Friday, 10 June 2016

A short visit to Desolation Sound area in early June

Entering Desolation Sound (June 3, 2016)

After our 8.5-hour motor back down Jervis Inlet (against a 1-2 knot current), we anchored for 1 night in the Hardy Island Marine Park anchorage. Normally a little too crowded and requiring stern ties, in June it was almost empty and we could free swing at anchor.

Next morning, we headed out with a Southeasterly building in Malaspina Strait (winds reached 25 kn). We had a great (!) downwind sail under jib only, averaging at least 6 knots for 28 nm until the entrance to Thulin Passage (just past Lund). This is why we have a sailboat!

Entering Desolation Sound, we anchored in Squirrel Cove (Cortes Island), again, very few boats, and next day, after a brief stop in Refuge Cove, we went to Von Donop Inlet (North end of Cortes Island), where we spent 4 nights/days relaxing. Daytime temperatures reached 30 degrees C, and sea water temperatures reached a cool 19 degrees C. Warm enough for us to swim (and for David to change our zincs). We also kayaked a couple of days, including over to Robertson Lake for a warmer swim, and to the head of Von Donop for a hike.

After Von Donop, we made the short hop over to Heriot Bay (Quadra Island), where we stayed at Taku Resort. Repairs/maintenance, and provisioning were completed.

It's a rainy day here at Heriot Bay, but we plan to head north up to the Octopus Islands today.  

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