The winds let up overnight and we, along with three other boats, got a 7 AM start to hit the slack water at Hiekish Narrows. From there it is a long slog up Princess Royal Channel, the main route north. The channel is very protected and generally pretty calm.
As we entered Wright Sound near Hartley Bay, southerly winds began to pick up to the upper teens and the rain began. Our destination for the night was Coghlan Anchorage, a somewhat protected channel between Promise Island and the mainland.
We tucked as well as we could towards the north side of Promise Island, dropped our anchor and 240 feet of chain and watched it stretch out as we drifted back in the wind. Our anchor, a 120 pound (55kg) Rocna, is a beefy tool and it dug in well. With the wind staying strong, we stayed stretched out and hardly moved. While a bit noisy on account of wave chop, the anchorage turned out better than we were expecting in these conditions.
We were joined in the anchorage later by a Canadian Coast Guard vessel doing exercises in the area.
Today’s mileage – 57.9
Cumulative mileage – 629.8