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Subject: Broughtons Flotilla update
(Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45PM )
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Our last update was Day Six. We are now in the Broughtons and our minds are more on the amazing scenery and wildlife, and enjoying bays, marinas and the other boaters' company than on communicating with the outside world -- even if we could out here where Internet is sparse and slow -- so updates will be less frequent.

After anchoring overnight in Claydon Bay, we proceeded to Sullivan Bay Marina.  Happy Hour took place at five under the tent, with excellent live entertainment by the local jack of all trades.  Supper followed in the restaurant on the dock. This is a fun little town.  There are float houses for sale as low as $105K and air service from the major centres if anyone is looking for a remote hideout.

 From Sullivan Bay, we went a short distance to Waddington Bay to anchor for the night.  Intrepid went out to the Strait for some sailing and along the way we encountered at least one hundred dolphins feeding and sporting around over a square mile of sea. They put on quite a show and we have video, but no way to upload it right now.

The next day we were off to Echo Bay Marina.   Pot luck supper was at
six and Bill had caught a fish so we all shared a few bites.

The next morning we all set sail for Qwatsi, but our lead boat diverted to Port McNeill due to electrical problems, leaving the rest of us on our own.  Some boats found room at Qwatsi Marina, but the space was limited and some anchored, but others returned the short distance to Echo Bay while others went on to Lagoon Cove Marina.

Intrepid was among that group, and along the way while running wing and wing down Tribune Channel, we encountered another group of a hundred or so dolphins.  This time they accompanied us and wove back and forth under the bow, leaped from the water and generally put on an amazing show only feet from our boat.  I shot video for twenty minutes at least.

The plan is to meet up with Corus again at Port Harvey.  We leave shortly, and have to time a pass, so that is it for now.  Pictures later.

We leave for there in a half hour.
Subject: Broughtons Flotilla Day 6
(Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 01:50PM )
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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.

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Subject: BROUGHTONS flotilla ~ day 4
(Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:28PM )
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~DAY four~

Although the winds were blowing 25 knots when we went to bed, the night was quiet and in the morning the wind had dropped to almost nothing.
We motored out past Port Neville, then Milly Island and turned west on Johnstone Strait towards Port McNeill.  We had intended to sail, but the Strait was dead calm and we motored directly to Port McNeill.


We've finally officially arrived at The Broughtons, even though we are actually passing them to the south and spending the rest of the day and night at Port McNeill, just south of our target area. The plan is to fuel up, provision, and rest up tonight; then travel the 30+ sea miles to Turnbull Cove on the mainland north of the Broughton Islands tomorrow.  From then on, we'll just do short daily trips from one bay or marina to the next and enjoy the area. 


We all arrived at Port McNeill mid-afternoon and tied up at North Island Marina and went ashore.  At 1700, we had a skippers meeting and the plans changed.  The forecast is for winds up to 35 knots tomorrow, so that is a good reason to stay put and enjoy Port McNeill. 


The decision now is to stay in Port McNeill a second day to wait out the gale, then cross to Claydon Bay which is  a bit closer and better sheltered from the expected winds than Turbull Cove.

 

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Subject: BROUGHTONS flotilla day 3
(Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 09:27AM )
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~ DAY three ~ notes from the crew on INTREPID  IV ~

Contrary to our expectations, last night was dead calm. We slept well, awakening early with the sun at 0430. Corus called on the radio at 0600 and all the boats checked in.  We left the anchorage at 0630 and motored up through the Lower Rapids.  Currents ran up to five knots against us and we were stalled down to a knot or so some places, but got through in short order.

From there, the group motored into fifteen knots of wind on the nose until we arrived at Port Neville.  A few tied up there, but the rest of us went on to Baresides Bay and anchored. Port Neville is not much, just a dock and a small historic store.  The whale watcher tours from Campbell River show up here sometimes.
Some in the group dinghied back to see the historic site.  Others enjoyed the day on deck and on the beach.  There was even a report of a cougar sighting.

Predictions are for strong winds again tonight. This time, maybe they will be right.  As sundown approaches, we find we're anchored out in the wind and waves on the exposed side of the channel. We let out two hundred and forty feet of chain for 7:1 scope and set an anchor alarm.  I see others letting out more chain, too.  I expect to sleep well after a day in the fresh air and rocked by the swells coming down the channel.

Tomorrow, Port McNeill.

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Subject: BROUGHTON flotilla tracker & DAY two
(Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 02:23PM )
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~ follow the 2014 Cooper Dreamspeaker Broughtons Flotilla in real time on the FLOTILLA TRACKER ~

DAY two ~ notes from the crew on INTREPID IV ~
 
After a quiet night at anchor we cast off, one by one, around 1100 hours bound for Surge Narrows.  Our plan was to meet at the entrance to Beazley Passage and proceed through at slack, predicted to be after 1300, as a group.
 
Intrepid found good wind, and we sailed some of the way, but motored a fair bit to meet the schedule and because we encountered unpredictable gusts from all directions as we got into the narrower sections.
 
Most of us arrived early, so we drifted and had lunch while the stragglers caught up, then proceeded through as a group, one after another.  One sailboat went through an hour early and reported on the radio that they encountered four knots maximum current, but most of us stuck together and waited for slack. 
 
We all entered the sheltered bays of the Octopus Islands Marine Park, anchored near shore and stern-tied, well protected from the gale-force winds predicted for Johnstone Strait late tonight or tomorrow.  The depths along shore in spots were such that some were able to back right to shore and step off.  The afternoon was spent exploring this enchanting spot and visiting other boats.
 
At present, our plans for tomorrow are uncertain due to predicted gale-force winds ahead.  We have a net on channel 68 tomorrow at 0600 to decide, once the day's forecast is available and in time to make the Upper Rapids at slack if all is clear.
 

Subject: explore the BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM
(Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 03:46PM by Colin Jackson)
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NORTH of DESOLATION SOUND & CAMPBELL RIVER ~ but still within the protection of our lovely VANCOUVER ISLAND is the BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO & your once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore it as part of a group led by the DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDE TEAM is here



this captivating group of islands, islets & passages that make up an exquisite region remains chalked full of wildlife, untouched harbours & quaint villages

your leaders literally WROTE THE BOOK on this region & plenty of great times were had at their 2013 event in DESOLATION SOUND


DETAILS:

our adventure begins JUNE 14 2014

come to our session & meet the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM  LIVE  IN PERSON

got a book? ~  get it autographed ~

need a book? ~  we can hook you up! ~

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 at GRANVILLE ISLAND (starts 6.30pm) RSVP

check back at our site, we'll roll the cameras to capture some fo the 'preliminary' magic
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