May 27, 2010

day 8 at sea - crossing the Straights of Georgia -

So far so good - fair winds and head winds - rain and sun - flood tides and ebb tides. These first few weeks are serving as a shakedown cruise to ensure all systems are working before I head North into the British Columbia wilderness - where there are no hardware stores for fix its.

I had a full boat of crew as I left Seattle - that quickly dwindled down to just Theodora Tolkin and then she left at Pender Harbor- now it is just me.

After waiting out a gale in Nanaimo - we crossed the Straight of Georgia in calm weather.

For the record, this was the second time I have waited out a gale in Nanaimo only to cross the Straights with little wind the proceeding day. The problem is . . . I am neither a fan of calm winds nor Nanaimo (no offense to locals Dianna Krall and Pamela Anderson) - so if this happens again - I am crossing the Straights in the gale.

To be clear, I have a lot of love for Canada - but there is something wrong with Nanaimo - it got hit on the head as a child or something - sort of reminds me of Bremerton back in Puget Sound.




4 comments:

Pat Freeny said...

Sounds like the trip is going well. Now, if you had gone around Gabriola to Silva Bay, that's a much better place to wait than busy Nanaimo, and a straight shot across the GA St to a great little anchorage between Lasqueti and Texada (Jedediah anchorage) and it skirts Whiskey-Golf if it is closed to transit (remember this on the way home). Or you could go into Pender Harbor where there is a great grocery store, fuel, and a good pub!

Try out Ford's Terror if you get a chance (up Endicott Arm- Kevin was just there on his trip)

Cheers,
Pat (S/V Nirvana)

curran said...

you are right Pat - I need to get more creative with my gale waiting periods - although i just waited out another gale in a sad little has been town called Alert Bay - on Cormorant Island - as a way of not waiting out the gale in the main town of Port McNeil - and this also backfired - Alert Bay is all shut down - no laundromat and the locals are truly depraved drunks - so we are now in Port McNeil - happy to have a laundromat.

Kevin
(S/V Alize)

anjali said...

R. Kelly and sailing....I love to pee on people also.

curran said...

anj -

when are you going to get past the pee thing and judge the man on his music alone

that pee is just water under the bridge.