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2018 Sun Gypsy cruise

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  1. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0140.jpeg Had a great sail after leaving Lund. South end of Hernando Is. with Vancouver Island in the background. IMGP0141.jpeg Almost alone in Von Donop.
     


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  2. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0145.jpeg Threading our way through Whiterock Passage. 5 ft. at "0" tide and we draw 6'10" so we went slowly. IMGP0149.jpeg Going through Beasley and Surge Narrows. This was just before slack. Three hours earlier current had been 9.6 knots.
     


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  3. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0150.jpeg At anchor in the Octopus Islands. IMGP0153.jpeg North entrance to the Octopus group.
     


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  4. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0166.jpeg Handfield Bay. A great place to wait out 30kt. winds and rain.
     


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  5. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0170.jpeg View from the pub at Shoal Bay. We will leave here tomorrow and head for Blind Channel. I want to have a look at their new tidal current generator.
     


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  6. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,746 posts, 1,174 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    So, what made you decide to chance it? I'm glad it worked out for you.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  7. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,205 posts, 310 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Not too much to factor in; one hour drive time, no need to rent a sander here, and hotel room, not. Had my fill of hotel rooms during my career.
     


  8. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,205 posts, 310 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi Michael, have you hiked to the open gold mines before? Well worth the 30 minute jaunt. Take a good flashlight, boots because of water and a stick to poke for vertical shafts in front of you. Lots of derelict mining equipment along the way and some very nice overlooks.
     


  9. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hi Will
    We had never been through there before and had a rising tide and too much curiosity. We had 2kts of flood against us and just enough power on to make 3 kts through the water.
     


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  10. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Haven't done that Terry. They've had a Grizzly Bear around all spring and didn't recommend it. Don't think I can run that fast anymore!
     


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  11. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,673 posts, 566 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    You don’t have to run fast.... just faster than the slowest person in the group
     


  12. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,205 posts, 310 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hmmm, since Michael is in a group of two, I wonder who the slower person is?
     


  13. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    .....and she's more tender too!
     


  14. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    IMGP0184.JPG Blind Bay Tidal Generator. This is a joint University of B.C. and University of Manitoba engineering project. It produces 20KW with 6 kts of current.
     


  15. Captn Scotty

    Captn Scotty

    Joined Mar 15, 2013
    197 posts, 35 likes
    Islander 32 mkll
    Ca Comox Hrb.
    Been through Whiterock pass a few times. Difficult to navigate with all the boulders and watching the ranges astern of you!
     


  16. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Every time I turned to check I turned the boat as well. I think it must be easier to go toward Calm Channel as they are in front of you then. I'll have to try the other way next time, or just follow the red line on the chart plotter!?
     


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  17. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,899 posts, 2,066 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Michael, folks with steering wheels in cars have that problem. They look to the side of the road and the car starts to turn in that direction.
    You have a couple of options.
    1. Turn on the AP take your hands off the wheel and turn around for a quick check.
    2. Use the wheel break to hold the helm while you turn to check your position.
    3. Station a crew member to monitor the range marker while you focus forward
    4. Head in the opposite direction.
    :biggrin:
    Oh I almost forgot... Put the beer down in the cup holder before you turn your head.
     


  18. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,205 posts, 310 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    After he takes a swig or two.
     


  19. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,205 posts, 310 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Many cruises ago our little flotilla added a circumnavigation to our cruise plan, of Cortes Island. So, we did it counter clockwise starting with Von Donop Inlet, then Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay and ending with Gorge Harbor. That was back when Marlyn's Place was open for First Nation prepared (open fire pit and cedar staked) salmon fry bread lunches. The next year we stopped by it was closed, never to open again.
     


  20. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    593 posts, 247 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    ... and trust MY beer to a plastic cup holder!!!!!! I will try the rest though. Just came through Chatham Channel this morning. It has range markers at both ends so it's much easier.
     


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