January 11, 2023 at 2:30 pm #11702
In a comment on one of the YOU Tube Sailing shows, a person inquired on how to plan their sailing season. I just happened to have the PY Mag in my hands. So I decided to give the PY extra value.
On a piece of lined paper, I traced 4 columns. #1 has year, month and page., the second destinations, 3rd has interest and topics (like fishing, galley, aids to mariner, etc.), and the 4th room for comments.
What I hope to accomplish, it write down what is pertinent from each monthly magazine, to assist me in designing my cruising season. Please note, for many years now Rick and Sue (Gemini), Peter and Lydia (Mover), Ron and Elizabeth (Zephyr) have been buddy adventuring, so much of my findings will be up for discussion as we plan our season.
Then in our travels we need to accommodate all our Club Cruise events and dates (Regatta, MRV, Com Cruise, PCom cruise, Succia). As Club members you will form friendships with similar interest, Rick, Lydia, and I love fishing crabbing, prawning, Peter loves harvesting clams and Oysters, Ron likes to power our boats as we move about our interest. Then their is hiking, swimming and paddle boards, we love gunkholes, and will venture to a marina for supplies and a pub. At night Peter or Rick with kill the calm with… Music! WE have always welcomed newbies to our flotilla, and they stay with us for as long as they can put up with us :-}.
Let’s journey through 2022 PY:
January: P45 topic: Tides – working with current part 2 (Dec 2021 tides part 1) This is good reading for beginners and Salties. P53 Interest: SanJuans – don’t bottom out – make notes if your travels include at traverse into the States. Feb.: P36 destinations: this article is a great find, North to Desolation Sound. Rick and I are adventurers we like to find new routes to get to the old destinations, adding something new to our sailing repertoire. The article offered up: day1 Degman Bay Gabriola Is to Smugglers cove. My notes would include options, Leave Sidney Commodore Cruise, to Pirates cove, then on the journey to Smugglers have the option to check out Jedediah, but an early departure from Smugglers would allow us some Wing to Wing sailing before engines would be required. Long day, but fun sailing.
Day2 Smuggler to Powell (Westview Marina) here we have opportunity to refuel, resupply, stay the night, swim at beach or move on to Savary Is. on the hook. Day3 Powell to Galley Bay Desolation Sound, with a stop at Copelands Is, Pilgram South of Is for a swim. NOTE: to keep to tight schedules we use “DAY”, for easy-leisurely sailing we use “AM” Acuna Matata for whenever all good, we like here, and so on like REST DAY!. Day4 Galley to Tenedos, just a short jump for a hike to Unwind Lake. Day5, option Hole in the Wall Octopus Is, Squirrel Cove (great fresh water swim – hope Ron doesn’t steal my shoes again!!! just saying, or follow the recommendation to head up and around to Ha’thayim inlet (VonDonLup inlet)on Cortez Island. Day6 WE have options to destinations like Campbell River, or keep to schedule and head down to Comox for fuel, food, maybe night at marina and pub or keep to schedule and go to Henry Bay on Denman Is. enjoying a nice swim on sandy spit. Day 7 head out to Lasquiti Is. to False Bay. Day 8 head to Pilot Bay on Gabriola or to Nanaimo/Newcastle. Day 9 options cross over to Gibsons, or go back to Pirates Cove – Maybe talk Rick into Ladysmith for a pub run.
From there we need to think about what to do before PCom Cruise to Bellingham, do we need to head to home port, or stay out and cruise the Gulf and SanJuans to be fashionably on time on August 4th
To be continued…. MarchJanuary 11, 2023 at 4:42 pm #11703
Ok I am back… PS I can hear Ron shouting from his home… Too much verbiage. All I can say in my defense we got 10 more months to go :-}
March:P34: Exploring the Coast – Cruising with your guide books on board… You wake up, you want to sail away, open your cruising guides and pick a anchorage. pick 2 destinations, check your weather, tides and currents… and go. For beginners open your guides, and pick a place new for a 2 night getaway one on the hook, the other marina to start off exploring our coast. A good book by Frieda VanDerRee 1979 Exploring the coast by boat. Good info for the Discovery Islands. In this story They leave Campbell River Marina to drop anchor at Birds Cove – Evans bay, Read Is. Then moved on to Lake Bay, for a hike to Rosen Lake for a fresh dip. Down Sutik Ch on Cortez to Mansons Landing (west side) to gather sea asparagus for dinner with Black Berries. The Discovery Is, known for Clams, oysters, crab, prawns, and fishing. A nice hike will get you to Hague Lk for a swim. On the next trek to Gorge Harbour enjoy the red pictographs in the tight pass on your way to the resort marina or hook in warm waters.
NOTE: Discovery Islands on my bucket list to adventure and explore.
P31 Destination: Gunkhole James Bay, Prevost Is. Gulf Islands. Their is a gravel beach, O’Rielly Beach, and offers good hiking to Peile Pt. or in opposite direction to Shelby Cove.
P122 Destination: Todd Inlet, next to Butchart Gardens. Good anchoring, swimming, hiking, and entertainment in the Gardens.
APRIL: P20 interest: Galley: Veloute a basic butter sauce.
P68: Interest: Fishing Halibut.
May: P22: Galley: Flatbread, 3c flour, 1 1/2c yogurt or milk, 1Ts baking pwdr, 1/4c water, 1TB honey, 1 1/2ts salt, 1ts soda pdr, 1tb veg or olive oil. P29: Destination Crofton on VanIsle across from Saltspring – Osborn bay for warm swim, Osborn Pub, and Brass bell pub further in town, 3 small docks including Crofton Wharf. Call ahead.
JUNE: DESTINATIONS: VESUVIUS on West Saltsping, Gov dock and gunkhole, a little hike in and around town.
JULY: P30: Destinations: Roche Harbour, San Juans. all amenities, including touristic hikes. Expensive moorage. P20: Galley: Pork Burger with Paprika, thousand Is dressing, mayo, ketchup. Serve with grilled sea or local asparagus saute in blasamic and Montreal steak spice. P68: Topic: fishing – Down rigger ball set up.
AUGUST: P34: Destinations: Saltspring: 3 gems in Sansum Narrows, Vesivius (public dock) Burgoyne Bay (not good in wind), and Mustgrove Landing (hard to find docking. Worth a day or two of exploring. P44: Interest: PUBS Ahoy – 1 Dinghy dock NewCastle Is., 2. LightHouse pub Saturna Is (use gov dock), 3. StoneHouse pub, Canoe Cove, Swartz bay. 4. Cowichan Bay Pub, off of Fishermans wharf, you can even buy fresh prawns right off the dock. Baypub.ca. 5. Moby’s Pub, Saltspring. Shipyard Rest&Pub Maple Bay, Maple Bay Marina. Note if I Have 2 weeks Peter and I could add to the PUB list.
P52: Destination the Broughtons: as we just covered the area I didn’t take notes. But for the Adventures, prepare well for this trip, it is really worth it. And I know I will revisit the area in the future
P28 Destinations: Conover Cove on Wallace Is. good nock and holding, place to swim and hike.
End of Chapter 2 of the sea-novel.January 13, 2023 at 1:17 pm #11711Ron GilliesKeymaster
Is there an audio book version so I don’t have to read all that? 🙂
January 13, 2023 at 2:35 pm #11713Ron GilliesKeymaster
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Ron Gillies.
Nicely done. A few comments….
1) The shoe incident wasn’t wasn’t at Squirrel Cove, it was Roscoe Bay. And it wasn’t me, it was Cathy!
2) On the trip down from Comox you missed a stop. (Little) Tribune Bay on Hornby Island.
3) Musgrave Landing on the south west side of Salt Spring is a great little dock. Only holds a few boats but if you can get in it’s nice and quiet. There is a walk to a small waterfall, not much else around. Would love to go back sometime.
January 14, 2023 at 4:26 pm #11714
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Ron Gillies.
Conclusion: PY is just one good source to shake up the routine, their are many books written of destinations on our cost. As a member, talk to the salts who adventure every year. Then their is darts, pin your chart on the wall, and throw a couple. Or save putting holes in your chart, and study the contours, and ask yourself, I think I can anchor here, do the research, and then go for it…
Enjoy planning for your destinations, and then sail the Adventure.
Have fun, learn skills, share skills, then head out to travel destinations safely.
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