November 4, 2020 at 3:34 pm #8800Rick & SueParticipant
Gemini and Saynomore started to plan this cruise last year but put it on hold due to health and Covid issues. We plan to make the Cruise this year. We plan to leave the Commodore’s Cruise at Ganges Marina, Saltspring Island July 4 and head north to the Broughtons. Our plan is to be back for the Past Commodore’s Cruise in Bellingham July 31 – Aug 2nd. We have not developed a sail plan for the trip yet. We have discussed travelling through Seymour Narrows or maybe the Discovery Islands. We are looking forward to the February Club Night Presentation by Alex Boronowski to get his thoughts on the route he took as part of his voyage around Vancouver Island in 2020. We have identified several locations in the Broughtons that we would like to visit but not the specific direction of travel to get to them. If you are interested in the locations, they are plotted on the MYCBC Interactive Map under the Resources Tab. Be sure the Broughtons 2020 box is checked.
If you are interested in joining us, you can post below any questions or comments.
November 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm #8804Linda and Alex BoronowskiParticipant
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I hope all is well next year for your great adventure. In 2018, I towed the boat to Port McNeil (PM) in order to spend more time in the Broughtons. On the Interactive map in PM is the name of a fenced storage area for keeping your vehicle and trailer. The advantage is only 1 day to reach PM where we slept in the boat in the storage area and next morning launched into an unforgettable holiday. The Port McNeil Harbour Authority runs a nice marine with an excellent launching ramp. PM is a great town for food supplies, fuel and marine services. If you find yourselves tight on time, then this quick access to the Broughtons may be worth considering.
I think almost every Coastal Cruising guide will discuss tides, currents and wind directions when transiting Johnston Strait or running the Yuculta, Dent, Green Point and Whirlpool rapids along the “Back Route”.
I referenced Dream Speaker’s Cruising Guides, Waggoner Crusing Guide, and Sailing Directions. I have only cruised the Johnstone Strait from Sunderland Channel northwestward. The article, “Tackling Johnstone Strait” in the July edition of Pacific Yachting discusses the route from Discover Passage to Sunderland Channel and beyond. A great read especially on a rainy day like today!November 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm #8899Rick & SueParticipant
I started the Passage Plan. My first thought was to look at the chart for the “TIDE GATE” at Seymour Narrows. Scared the crap out of me. I’m used to the flood and ebb current arrows but this is ridiculous. Not only do they go in opposite directions. They go around in circles and everywhere.Check out the attached picture. Not only that but the flood arrows point south and ebb arrows point north. After calming myself and reading the Sailing Directions and remembering that Captain Vancouver did it without charts, sailing directions and current stations I decided that we could to. All we have to do is make sure we hit slack right on. So here we go.
The first leg. Ganges Marina depart July 4 to Race Point arrive for slack changing to Ebb July 6 at 1652 (aim to arrive earlier for safety margin).
Option 1 (dependant on no NW winds in the Strait
0900 Depart Ganges 7 nm to Active pass
1000 enter Active with +2 kt flood current
1030 exit Active Pass with Flood current to Smuggler Cove 46nm (8-10 hr)
1700 – 1900 arrive to anchor Smuggler Cove
0900 Depart Smuggler
1700-1900 Arrive Copeland Islands (anchor) 45nm or Cortez Bay 50nm (anchor)
1130 Depart Copeland/Cortez 22nm
1630 Arrive Race Point for Slack to Ebb (north) at 1652
Option 2 if NW winds in Strait
0900 Depart GAnges for Dodd Narrows 27nm
1400 arrive Dodd for slack to Ebb (south)
1700-1900 Arrive Nanoose Bay or French Creek
0900 Depart Nanoose/French Creek for Comox 30-35nm
1500 Arrive Comox Marina
0900 Depart Comox for Race Point 35nm
1630 Arrive Race Point for Slack to Ebb (north) at 1652
need to add time a locations for fuel stops.
Its a start and not written in stone.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.January 2, 2021 at 9:52 pm #8954Cats CradleParticipant
Hi all we are very interested in this trip. We live in Courtenay and our boat is moored in Comox.
Signed Jan and Cat
Cat’s CradleJanuary 16, 2021 at 3:55 pm #8992
Dragnfly wants to join you to the Broughtons, provided we are able to cross the border. We will have had the vaccine by then so hopefully we can cross with that proof.February 9, 2021 at 4:25 pm #9041Peter & LydiaParticipant
I hope that 2021 will finally be our year for this trip. I’m thinking to follow Alec’s advice and launching in Port McNeil. My reasons are as follows: it will be faster to trailer (the reason for a McGregor), weather will not be a big factor, and we can gunkhole a little longer. Now here’s a wrinkle: the mast is temporarily going into the back yard. I hurt my back last March and I don’t want any isues raising/lowering the mast. ( I will have some sort of pole up though, for the VHF and the MYCBC burgee) Once the rest of the fleet arrives, we will rendezvous at that time.February 13, 2021 at 8:11 am #9043Heather ClarkeParticipant
Aerwyna is interested in this trip. Although, may not be able to take as much time out on the water as Gemini and Saynomore. Going out of Port McNeil may be an option for us
Heather and Alvin
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