congratulations JOHN on stepping up to a higher level of competition ~ keep it up!
directed at the rogue skipper: "register a boat & come fight like a man"
DOUG & PATRICIA ~ one of our favourite 'inspirational cruising couples' from CALGARY
~ certainly a little background is in order ~ DOUG was retired when we met him & PATRICIA remained working ~ as DOUG contemplated yacht ownership through our charter program, one of his many quotable moments surfaced:
DOUG: "I need something to do ~ how about you put fuel in the chase boat & I can go out and help people?
RESPONSE: "2/3 of our callouts relate to challenges with sewage systems - we're thinking of calling the place "POOPER boating"
DOUG: "I'll do 1/3 of your callouts"
DR. KEN owns a beautiful cruising boat in our fleet, let's check out DR. KEN's big adventure from this year ~
<<REWIND: september 2013
DR. KEN: well, I've got the time off in july ~ am I racing with you to HAWAII or should I head out on my own boat?
RESPONSE: let me check with the owner of the boat ~ hang on
DR. KEN: do you think we've got a little too much sail up? (winds near 50 knots)
RESPONSE: (from owner of the boat): this is FUN
DR. KEN: right
Thursday: Today is beginning sunny and warm. We leave at 0800 to time Race Pass so we go through at slack or a slight flood. Currents can run up to six knots and the wind promises to be from the northwest. This combination can result in lumpy seas during the ebb. Moreover, at ebb we would hardly make any headway and also have little or no control.
We arrived at Blind Channel Marina, a lovely spot with good facilities and tied up for the night. A group had happy hour on the upper deck of Raven Magic, while others hiked up to see the old-growth cedar, then some went for supper in the restaurant while others cooked on board.
We are expecting wind and weather tonight and the waves and wind are building already. The marina is open in the direction of the wind and waves and the halyards are already slapping, so we may be in for a rocking time tonight.
Friday: The night turned out to be quiet.
Today we are off to Big Bay Public Dock and the departure is to be mid-afternoon to ride the tide down Cordero Channel and arrive at the Gillard Rapids at slack.
The day proved to be rainy and grey, but people wandered around and entertained themselves until departure. The flotilla pulled out on schedule and motored down through the currents in Cordero Channel, arriving right at slack.
At slack, we all went through Gillard Passage without incident and tied up at Big Bay community dock. We then had a final barbecue and called it a day.
The slack in Yaculta Rapids tomorrow is at 0520 and we want to be there right on time as that opportunity is very short before the the whirlpools start up again as the current increases to as much as ten knots at flood.
The next slack tomorrow is noon, and most of our boats chose that departure, but that late departure puts arrival at Powell River into evening hours.
Saturday: Three boats traversed the Yaculta Rapids without incident and motored towards Powell River, encountering twenty-five knot winds and chop on the nose after leaving Calm Channel. Two persevered to Powell River and one decided to sit out the blow in Lund, along the way.
Intrepid is back at the dock in Powell River now and the other boats will be arriving as the day wears on. We have one last get-together tonight and that is it for the 2014 Cooper Dreamspeaker Broughtons Flotilla.
This was a record turnout with ten boats and thirty people participating.
Today, roll call was at 0730 and we all left the dock at eight as planned, then we motored as a group out of the harbour and around the west end of Malcolm Island. Destination: Claydon Bay.
After yesterday's gale, today's conditions were remarkably calm. We occasionally encountered winds of five to ten knots crossing Queen Charlotte Strait and Intrepid sailed all afternoon but most boats headed straight to Claydon Bay and anchored in a well-protected corner. A few of our group went to Sullivan Bay to enjoy the floating town and marina an extra day. The flotilla is loosely organised, with boats proceeding according to their own wishes, but keeping in touch by radio and planning in face to face meetings whenever we are in ports.
In spite of few small mechanical issues here and there, all boats are able to keep up. With this many people an boats travelling together, each is secure in the knowledge that we are being led by experienced explorers and supported by the considerable combined wisdom and experience of the other skippers and crews.
Tomorrow's destination is Sullivan Bay on North Broughton Island, a mere 4.2 nautical miles from our present anchorage. We are now halfway through our time and as far north and east as we will go. These days, we are enjoying the Broughtons region, but from here, each stop will be a little closer to our home base at Powell River.