Richardson Bay, Sausalito We had spent one night in Sausalito with my Mom and after she flew back home we decided to spend a few more nights here to catch up on sleep. Steve worked on fixing the auto pilot since it seemed to have put a brake on the wheel that we discovered while … Continue reading Week 15 – Touristing in San Francisco Bay
Clearing Customs We arrived from our offshore voyage mid-morning on October 1st. Our first order of business was to clear customs in Oakland so we tied up at Jack London Square beside a replica pirate ship. We heard someone saying later that it was the actual ship used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. … Continue reading Week 14 – Welcome to San Francisco Bay
Planning and Preparations Our plan for our first offshore trip was to sail the boat from Bamfield, Vancouver Island to San Francisco, which was approximately 780 nautical miles. We wanted to head at least 100 miles offshore so we wouldn’t have the effect of any refracting waves off the coast, and reduce the land effects … Continue reading Week 13 – Offshore to San Francisco!
Our week in the Broken Group and Bamfield ended in dreary fog so we wanted to hightail it up to Port Alberni. We had around 2 weeks to kill until our crew was ready to head offshore for our trip to San Francisco. And although Port Alberni is a great place, we weren’t really looking … Continue reading Week 11 & 12 – Home for a Rest
Our original plan was to circumnavigate Vancouver Island before we headed to San Francisco, and pick up our crew in Victoria; but as any sailor knows, our plans are written on the wet sand at low tide. We studied our charts and looked at weather patterns closely and decided that heading into the mouth of … Continue reading Week 10 – The Broken Group and Bamfield, Barkley Sound
Tofino, Vancouver Island We were excited to get to Tofino because we had heard so much about it. When we arrived, we pulled up to the government dock but were turned away. They had no vacancy as the harbour around the dock was being dredged. It turned out that the company my brother works for, … Continue reading Week 9 – Tofino and Ucluelet
“It wouldn’t be an adventure if it wasn’t hard,” Steve says trying to cheer me up as I nurse my gashed hand. At that moment, he is in pigeon pose trying to stretch out the nerve that has been bothering his back to the point of immobility and he was still trying to cheer me … Continue reading Week 8 – Injuries and Adventures