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Artist's conception of the new Victoria International marina from shore

New Victoria marina construction to begin next month

The Victoria Times Colonist reports that Victoria’s new Victoria International Marina, a $22-million megayacht haven, is going to begin construction again next month, after fits and starts due to legal and fisheries delays over the past several years. We first reported on the new marina last year here. The process for development has been underway [...]

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No More Johnstone Strait Weather Forecasts!

Distance traveled:  30.6 miles Travel time:  4 hrs, 21 mins As usual, we began our day with coffee and listening to Environment Canada on the VHF radio. We’re starting to think Environment Canada broadcasts the SAME forecast every single day: wind 15 knots in the morning (or sometimes a “high wind warning” instead), and rising [...]

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Her Mysterious Ways

The boat is a demanding mistress. We’ve been taking a break from working hard on her, preferring to spend weekends sailing. Still, that list of boat chores isn’t getting shorter so we’ve started knocking a few small things out. Doing … Continue reading →

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Sointula: Plans change, and back to Port Neville

Distance traveled: 46.0 miles Travel time: 5 hrs, 41 mins Our plan for today was to go 7 miles from Sointula to Alert Bay. So we slept in, drank coffee and loitered. At 9:30am after listening to Environment Canada on the weather channel, we discussed that the weather on unpredictable, sometimes ferocious Johnstone Strait seemed [...]

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Downwind in light air

More sail trim tips from Chris Davidson and Chuck Skewes at Ullman Sails Seattle/San Diego. Photo by Tim O’Connell Sailing downwind in light airs can be very challenging but some big gains can be made. Weight should be distributed forward and grouped together. It is not uncommon for people to go below at this point. [...]

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