Friday, Aug 25, 2006

Depart: Tofino, noon
Breakfast: Bacon & eggs
Weather: fog

The impenetrable fog around Tofino lifted after 11 am and we decided to depart. We pumped out the holding tak for free then departed the docks. We motored out of Tofino under sunny skies, but were caught by dense fog before clearing the Barrier Islands. We motored a compass course and the fog lifted fortuitously for us to confirm our exit past the Barrier Islands.

We brought up the sails, but concerned about the fog and our late departure, we motorsailed at 5-6 kt. We used the GPS to plot our position as we sailed a compass course in 1 m swell. At times visibility was quite poor, but generally we could see several hundred metres, but could not see land. The fog cleared as we passed Long Beach and we continued under sunny skies to Ucluelet.

We also discovered how to set the autopilot on a compass course and later checked the oil on the outboard.

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