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
We planned to leave Port Hardy in the early morning and turn left towards Bull Harbour on Hope Island, where we would spend our last night before rounding Cape Scott, the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. At first light we got up and listened to the weather forecast on the radio. Low lying fog with … Continue reading Week 7 – Into the Wild West Coast
Hi everyone! Six days in to our trip I sat at the head of Gibson's Landing and did an interview for the Ditching Suburbia podcast. Here's the link. Enjoy! https://ditchingsuburbia.com/our-podcast/73-shelly