Compared to the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, these islands look like they just emerged from the depths last week. There is nothing gentle or time-worn about these lands. There are precious few landing beaches, but plenty of big hull crunching rocks. True, the water is practically sedate there it’s so protected. So, in […]
We haven’t had a Boat Name Yea or Nay in a few months, so when we received this from reader Steve Roberts it inspired us to purge it right away. The meaning behind this one is lost on us, but what do you think about Urge ...
Planning to get through a ship canal bridge to race in Seattle’s iconic Duck Dodge, to make it to or from the locks, to get some work done at a boatyard or to head out for a day sail on Lake Union or Lake Washington? ...
As we neared the Burrard and Granville bridges spanning False Creek in downtown Vancouver, colorful Aquabuses buzzed by, sailboats and powerboats made their way in or out, and the Public Market on Granville Island pulsed with a flurry of food and activity. After spending weeks in the quiet, secluded anchorages of Desolation Sound and the […]
Here’s some more GoPro footage from the Van Isle trip, heading back east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Renfrew to Becher Bay. Be sure to watch in 1080p HD if you’re on a fast connection. Read the rest of the post on S/V Violet Hour.
Georgia Strait stretched out ahead of us in a flat calm that went on for miles. Only a small island broke the monotony – Mitlenacht Island. “It’s a nature preserve, isn’t it?” I asked Steve. “Maybe we can go ashore.” We consulted the Waggoner Cruising Guide and determined that we could. The Waggoner suggested an […]
This post was written on August 26, 2015. I love to sail. My Dad loves to sail. And my sons seem like they love to sail. Porter says he does, and even though he’s two, his zeal for all things sailing allows me take his word for it. And Magnus is happy while we’re sailing — he […]
We are now in week four of our trip to the Broughtons and will have to start heading homeward sometime in the next week or two. It’s been grand, and the people, the countryside and the whole ethos of the place are simply stellar. But that’s not to say it’s any more a Garden of Eden […]
Our original trip itinerary was to sail from Port Townsend to San Francisco, without making any stops. But when we got the weather forecast of a big gale blowing up, and realized we were close enough to Newport, Oregon to stay safely out of the storm’s way, we high-tailed it in to the Port of […]
Tucked into downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour for Saturday’s windstorm, we could not only hear it howling through sailboats’ rigs, but through the trees at nearby Stanley Park. Every so often, I poked my head out from down below to survey the jibs of nearby boats; hoping no complacent sailor had left a sail such that it could […]
After waiting out six days of high winds in Nootka Sound, we finally got the opportunity to make our hop around Estevan Point. We woke up uber-early (for us) and pushed off from the Friendly Cove dock at 5:30 a.m. The sun had just snuck over the horizon and shone unnatural and red through smoke […]
The San Juan Islands here in Washington State are a treasure. Sailing, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking, history, Orca, whales, seals, seaside villages with unique appeal, and oh yeah…some of the best sunsets in the world all await you in this Pacific Northwest gem. After a winter spent working on our boat and a spring spent […]