an early morning start to rendezvous with the captain at horseshoe bay. after paying $16 to get on board and wondering why i was paying more than i was for a much longer trip home from saltspring island ($9), i learned that it’s a roundtrip fare and includes a second ferry if you’re heading further north to powell river or lund.
five guys can be pretty chatty, so giving those around you a heads up softens the alarm when we all get going. off we go on a morning cruise and soon arrive at langdale where we head for gibsons and some stocking up on food stuff. off again, only to spot a pickup full of fresh corn which couldn’t be ignored (it made a great addition to a supper). the captain’s a good navigator but had us wondering when finding the road to the boat posed a small challenge, however, we made it to rvyc moorage in garden bay. before heading out, we wandered up for some of the best fish and chips at lavernes-grill which set us into the right mood, as we prepared to load up the boat and get underway.
first day, find our nights anchorage as we got a late start in the day. heading west and past the southern tip of texada island we sighted the first island for our an overnight stay. we threaded our way past jedediah and jervis islands before arriving at a small bay on the northern end of lasqueti island, alas, it didn’t feel very welcoming and was a bit crowded with derelict boats and a rusted sailing boat seeking a new owner. so, off we went, rounding the northern tip of the island where we soon discovered our spot, (the oddly named) false bay where we dropped anchor for the night. crystal skies and water, smooth as glass, made for an enjoyable night.
up bright and early to see an awesome sunrise and a hearty breakfast (cooked by moi). then underway for a crossing of the salish sea to the southern gulf islands. it’s been a longtime since i’ve been seasick (1971 to be exact when i worked on a tramp freighter out of gibralter) but sure enough the heaving waves, one to two metres high, soon had me heaving too 😦 but not for too long as the crossing took only 3 hours or so. our destination was another bay between thetis and penelakut (formerly kuper) islands. cruising amongs the rocky islets and sheer sided gulf islands must rank as one of the most rewarding pastimes i know of. sunny skies, light breezes and fantastic scenery, including a lone killer whale that swam by and several seals. we dropped anchor in the late afternoon in clam bay and then set off in the to explore a canal between the islands in the pontoon dinghy and a telegraph bay at the other end where we picked up some ice and a home made blackberry pie and some jam at a local outdoor market on pilkey point road (pay on the honour system). back to the boat