Sorry for the delay in posting. Ted
Sat. Aug 25 - Left Pedder Bay at 10:00 am to ride the flood to hit the slack at Dodds Narrows at 3:30 PM., approx 87miles. Timed it perfectly and met up with our cruising partners, Terry and Brenda Young in their 25 ft Bayliner outside Nanaimo, and headed for the yacht basin for the night. Had a nice chat with " GO FISCSH" a 411 Meridian out of Fox Island - the only BOC we met on trip. Had a call from the other two boats we're meeting and they are in Sointula for the night.
Sun. - After walking our 16 year old minature dashound "Corky" we departed for the 75 mile run to Campell River. The 3 ft Chop at Entrance Island settled down by the time we hit Balenas Island where we spot our first of many Ocra sightings. Anchored up in Tribune Bay for lunch and a walk on the extremely beautiful sandy beach. Smooth seas got us to Campbell River at 4.00pm, topped up with 600 litres of diesels, happy hour, and off to a great meal at Ridtide Pub for Dinner.
Mon. - After a quick tour of the mall for some forgotten items,we head out at 10:00 am to hit Seymour Narrows at slack then on to Johnstone Str. Never seen so many salmon jumping as at Chatham Pt. if there was one ,there was a dozen in the air at once. Looking down from the bridge, they schooled by in the hundreds. Terry and Brenda couldn't resist throwing out a couple of lines ( no luck ) while we cruised ahead and were treated with 4 small pods of Orcas. Killed the motors and drifted. one group passed within 50ft. Our lucky day, Johnstone Str. was like a mirror. 4:45 we pulled into Lagoon Cove, just in time for Happy Hour. An unbelieviable welcome and up for all you can eat fresh parwns and an endless cruising stories. Terry and I go exploring and end up chatting with the wharfinger at Minstrel Island. Found out that although the Resort at Minstrel Island is closed, the docks are government and open for business - not in great shape. A call from the other boats and they are in Cullen Harbour and will meet us tomorrow in Echo BAY. As the sun went down it start to rain.
Tues - Hear Echo bay has no fuel so take on another 300 litres of fuel and 3/4 waters. Although there is a good chop in Knight Inlet, once we get to Tribune Channel, it is smooth all the way to Echo Bay in the Rain. Jeannie's brother, Ken and wife, Arleigh, on their 55 ft Fleming and Jim and Bonnie Hume on 40 ft nordhaven - Free Flight - were waiting for us at Windsong. Jim and I went and set my crab traps and check his in Shoal Bay - 1 keeper while Ken and Terry went to pull the prawn traps - about a 100 4 to 6 inchers. cooked them up and off to happy hour. Another night with no need for dinner. Heard bake goods from Shawl Bay Marina could be ordered and delivered at 10 the next morning. Cimmie buns and 3 pies were ordered. Boy is it raining now.
Wed. - After walking the dogs and checking the traps, one crab and 100 prawns, get back as the baking arrives. They looked so good, we just grabbed our coffees and forks, and made short work of them. Cooked up the crab and prawns devoured them too. In need of a walk, it was off to Billy Proctor's Museum - a interesting collection of years of beachcombing. After the walk we all untie and move a short distance to Pierrie's. On the way Terry stops and pulls another huge set of prawns. Cook them up and off to another Happy Hour - no need for dinner tonight either. It's movie night but Jeannie and I turn in early instead. Still raining.
Thurs. - Arleigh has had it with the rain and the Fleming heads home. The others decide to see if we can find Grizzlies at the head of Mackenzie Sound and back here for the pig-roast on sat. night. Terry pulls more prawns. In Grappler Sound, the drift in the water is unbelievable but on the brighter side the sun is breaking thru. In Mackenzie Sound we see the slide respondible for all the drift, about 10 days old. Go down and check out the river mouth but it's high tide. So go and anchor up in Little Nimmo Bay, had a great potluck dinner and take the dingies back to the river for low tide. No grizzlies but 6 black bears. The salmon haven't arrived yet.
Fri. - Little Nimmo Bay is the home of a very posh resort. Heard $3000 bucks a night will let you enjoy flying into fly fish pristine lakes or chase summer run steelhead from one of their 3 or 4 copters. The copters put on quite a show as they as they buzzed us as they came and went. Ophra visited here earlier in August. We took the RIB for a tour Big Nimmo Bay. We sat 50 ft offshore and watch a black bear rolling rocks on the beach hunting for his breakfast. We may have seen a grizzly with a cub down at the head of the bay but with only 18" of water on a fast falling tide, I wasn't wanting to get stuck on the mudflat to get close enough for a better look. After lunch we pulled anchor and headed for Turnbull Cove. Roaringhole rapids are unbelievable and a must see. The power is awesome. After a quick viewing Jeannie and I went back and kayak around the cove while the others waited for slack and did a five minute tour of Nepah Lagoon. Jim, a professional diver, treated us with fresh rock scallops and sea urchins - we tried both raw and I was pleasantly surprised at how favourful they were. These were followed by another outstanding potluck on Arctic Loon. What great week in paradise. Ted.
Coastrider - because we were travelling with a 25 ft'er with a single IO, towing a 12 ft Boston Whaler, he needed to run at around 16 kts. to stay on the plane, so travelled much faster than we would normally. Nobletec showed going up -fastest SOG 18.2 - average speed 11.2. Coming back by ourself - fastest SOG 16.2 - average speed 9.4. Longest one day non-stop run Gorge Harbour to Maple Bay - 100.5 k miles - 9hrs 15 min. = 10.86 average. some legs we had the current in our favour, others like going up Johnstone Strait, I think we were battling up to a 3 knot current. Figure total mileage around 650, 64 hrs on the hourmeter, and would guestimate around 23-2400 litres of diesel. Ted