Monday, 20 August 2012

Back home in Vancouver

We had a good sailing trip down from Desolation Sound to Vancouver. Sailed over half the way with winds behind us (with an overnight at Garden Bay, Pender Harbour). Not bad for Summer sailing around here. We had to get back quickly/early due to a death in the family.

After nearly a week back in Vancouver, we took off on Pelagia to clear our heads. This past weekend, we spent 3 nights anchored over at Port Graves (Howe Sound). Thursday night there were only 4 boats (take that, Desolation Sound), and both Thursday and Friday the weather was sunny and the water 22 degrees C. Of course, things filled up by Saturday (perhaps 35 boats -- but there was LOTS more room*).  We finally were successful with our HF SSB radio, checking into the Great Northern Boaters Net (HAM, 3870.0 kHz, LSB, 8 am PDT) three times. Our first amateur radio QSO!

To top it all off, we sailed all the way home from Port Graves to Vancouver -- albeit a somewhat tough wind-on-the nose slog. Shoulders are sore from all the tacking and grinding. (Anyone want to sell a couple of electric winches cheap? No? I didn't think so....)

* Why is it that every new boat coming in has to crowd/jam in with the rest of the boats? The 35-or-so boats were mostly crammed in to the end, leaving the other half of the anchorage essentially empty! Ahh, the "herd mentality"...

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