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Bad weather in the Straits of Georgia

People say there is no wind in the inside passage in summer… well, they are wrong. People say that sailing the inside passage in summer is duck soup… well… ok, maybe it is true most of the time, but it certainly is not on the day that we choose to leave Powell River bound Gorge Harbor.

3 Aug 0900hrs, its a beautiful morning and Doug is loading up with fuel, shuttling 5 gallon jugs on the kayak between Calliste and the fuel dock. Its some holiday here in Canada, so the shuttle to city is not running. I had to walk up the steep hill to the stores to re provision, but I like walking anyway.

Unexpectedly, I walked by a Chinese market store. Really wasn’t expecting that in this little community. So I had to buy some stuff right 🙂 . I did, I am going to try making Vietnamese rice paper rolls.. Further uphill is a Walmart that is very disappointing, a good Safeway and a Save on Foods. I brought grocs from both of them… not my usual self to stand in line twice, but I really needed the provisions and they had some different stuff available. Heavily loaded with 2 large bags, I trod back down the hill.

1300hrs, We are underway. We hear on the VHF weather that it is expected to be rough out there… we think its not anything we cant handle … Making 5 kns in the 1st hr despite the roughness, I think we are going to be just fine.

1400hrs, Getting out from the protection of Texada island, getting into rougher seas and headwinds. Ok, its not comfy, but we can handle that… There were many boats out there too, more coming out at us that going our way. Those coming have sails up and enjoying the downwind sail, and every sailboat heading up are stickboats heading north. Leaving Doug to do all that cruising, I slept right thru the most difficult parts 🙂

1900hrs, Entering the protection from Marina island and Cortes. Its windy but much less wave action. 1930hrs, anchored in Gorge Harbor next to sistership Shaula. Doug’s too tired to catchup with them, unlike me who is just all perked up 🙂 But we wait till the next day to gam.

5 Aug 1300hrs, the system passed by now and we head out to Cortes Bay. This is an uneventful 4 hrs motoring back. 1700hrs, back at the McQueens dock and we were welcomed back the hosts! They are here at last.

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2 Responses to “Bad weather in the Straits of Georgia”


  1. February 9, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I think they say it averages a perfect 15 knots, but only because it’s either 0 or 30 🙂

  2. 2 funvinyldecals
    February 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Thats a great way to put it.


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