One of the reasons we worked so hard to get out on Friday, May 25, was that the buildup for our yacht club's Memorial Day celebration at the Bainbridge outstation was occurring. It is a multi-day event with boats thickly rafted at the dock. It started on Friday and we knew if we didn't get out by early Friday morning we'd be stuck until Tuesday.
Fortunately, we'd done some provisioning in Port Townsend once the tenting around the boat associated with the bottom coating was removed. We worked hard at our chores and at 4:30 AM we cast off the lines to begin our cruise.
Our first night we made it to Sucia Island. The next day we ran up the Strait of Georgia to Nanaimo where we cleared customs. At the customs dock we were pleased to see our former Seattle neighbors, Jerry and Marge. They were on their own boat but staying at the city docks while Jerry recovered from a bad cold. Since we were going to anchor out we had to cut our visiting short and leave the customs dock before the afternoon rush from Dodd Narrows arrived.
We had another predawn start and continued up the Strait of Georgia to Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island. We stayed two nights here (one at anchor the other at the dock of the Gorge Harbour Marina) waiting for a break in the NW winds in Johnstone Strait.
We positioned ourselves for Johnstone by anchoring in Owen Bay on Sonora Island the night before. Another predawn start got us to the Port Harvey Resort on Cracroft Island before 11 AM. It still being early season (although it seems late to us), we ended up being the only boater on the dock. Dinner was one of George’s excellent pizza which he brought to the boat after it was cooked in their pizza oven.
One more predawn start got us to Port McNeill around 9:30 AM. Port McNeill provides convenient provisioning and is an excellent jump off for rounding Cape Caution, our next milestone.
Distance covered – 329.8 miles in 50.5 engine hours