Easter in Canada is a 4-day weekend for many (Good Friday to Easter Monday). As a kid I loved it because it was a really long weekend (i.e., a long break from school...) and the weather here in southwestern BC is often pretty good.This Easter weekend (April 6-9) gave us 4 days of sunshine.
We planned for a group of 4 boats to meet up over at Clam Bay in the Gulf Islands for Saturday dinner. As it turned out, all of us arrived Friday late afternoon.
|Pelagia's Easter route|
We met up with SV Sapphire and SV Brer Terrapin off of Point Grey, where the winds were 6-8 knots NW, so up went the sails and we started sailing. This lasted about 2 hours, until the wind was down to only a few knots. After giving it another hour or so, we gave up and turned on the motor.
|Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island mountains from Georgia Strait|
|Pelagia in Clam Bay|
As usual, lots of room in Clam Bay.
SV Berkana joined us later.
We spent two nights in Clam Bay, enjoying the Spring sunshine, walks and runs on Thetis Island, and drinks/dinner with friends. (Perhaps too many drinks....)
|Looking back (south east) to Clam Bay|
Monday was another sunny day, with winds forecasted to be NW 10-15 kn. Perfect!
|Sapphire trying to pass us...|
|Drat! They passed us!|
|Pelagia sailing Georgia Strait to Vancouver (Howe Sound and Mt. Garibaldi in background)|
A great sail back -- calm seas, with Waggie the autopilot doing most of the work. We sailed all the way across and into English Bay, turning on the engine at the QB Mid-Channel Buoy. So rare to have such a nice comfortable -- almost hands off -- sail across Georgia Strait (usually it is either too little or too much). Back at our VRC berth by 330pm.