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The Sail North

The group sailed north Sunday morning June 19th, taking short hops from town to town; Nanaimo and Campbell River, to pick up forgotten items, stopping for fuel , and just getting used to the fact we were going to be gone all summer! Trying to make it north as fast possible, the tides worked in our favor and we were able to leave the anchorages after a leisurely breakfast around 9 or 10 to catch a favorable current. With the days getting longer and longer, we had plenty of light left in the day to hone our crabbing skills after the anchor was down.

We stopped at Campbell River in the afternoon just to take a quick look around, and headed for Seymour Narrows just in time for max flood. Tango, the Nauticat 43, and Spica, the 34 American Tug, hit 16 knots over the bottom in Seymour Narrows. We pulled into Kanish Bay early that day to do a little bottom fishing and crabbing, and be ready to hit Johnstone Straits flooding north first thing in the morning. The weather and the moon were cooperating well with our flight north. We were making great time, but everyone was getting anxious. It looked like we were missing some beautiful spots as we went racing by.

The strategy was to move quickly through lower BC via Gulf Islands until we reached the Broughton Group. The echelon moved at a comfortable seven knots and we made consistent 55 to 60 nm per day taking advantage of all favorable currents we could.

Traveling in a group has its advantages. We all learned from one another. Jim Rard took us through Seymour Narrows at full flood. This is a fuel saving technique I had not tried. Spica hit 14 kts with an 8.5 kt rush followed by hours of a favorable push from behind. – Charles

Jerry and Laura on Steamy Windows blasting out the north end of Dodd Narrows.
Captain Kirk on Boy O Boy has an audience as he exits the rapids at Dodd Narrows
Ambidextrous the Jeanneau 45.2 rolls smoothly through the narrows.