Archive for the 'VI Circumnavigation' Category

Tide Tool

Posted on January 15th, 2007 by Darusha

Technology is becoming more popular on boats every day, even on smaller vessels like Wai Whare. We circumnavigated the island without a lot of the bells and whistles many people swear by (chartplotters, radar, etc.), but we weren’t tech-free. Of course, we had a sometimes functional VHF radio and Mr. GPS. But I forgot to […]

Weather Forecasts

Posted on October 16th, 2006 by Steven

Forecasting is difficult, especially about the future. – Niels Bohr and/or Yogi Berra I’m not one of those people who hate weather forecasters. If the forecast was sunny and 27c and it turns out as party cloudy and 25c, I think that the forecast was accurate. However, I did learn about a few differences between […]

The Crew

Posted on September 22nd, 2006 by Darusha

We were aboard Wai Whare for a total of 25 days on the trip, and I suppose we did get a little crazy over the course of time. As such, we magically acquired additional crew members who became invaluable. They were: Nancy Long ago Steven took to calling the alarm clock Nancy – it is […]

Sailing Directions

Posted on August 31st, 2006 by Steven

The Canadian department of Fisheries and Oceans, publishes a series of volumes called Sailing Directions. The volumes are divided by region, we used the BC (southern portion) volume. This book was invaluable. In its 400 pages it discusses, in various levels of detail, every rock, nook, and cranny on Vancouver island or the adjacent mainland. […]


Posted on August 29th, 2006 by Steven

Sooke is a large, well sheltered harbour filled with dangers. The entrance needs leading marks to keep boats from hitting the rocks and bars in the middle of the channel. Do not enter the harbour until you see the two daymarks line up, one above the other. Keep them in line as you approach until […]

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2006

Posted on August 29th, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Sooke, 8:30 Breakfast: Eggs aboard Weather: cloudy Visibility! We could see across Juan de Fuca when we got out of bed and excitedly decided that we could handle 20-30 kt winds as we could finally see where we were going. We motored around Sooke harbour looking for a fuel dock. Finding unmarked shoal after […]

Monday, Aug 28, 2006

Posted on August 28th, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: 8:30, Port Renfrew Breakfast: Eggs & bread aboard Weather: clear in the harbour with a fog bank at the mouth After a surprisingly good night’s sleep, we weighed anchor and motored out to the mouth of Port San Juan. We could see a fog bank across the face of the the port, but the […]

Saturday, Aug 26, 2006

Posted on August 28th, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Ucluelet, 10:20 am Breakfast: New Orleans skillet/grilled vegetable omelette @ Starfish Cafe Weather: Sunny & warm We passed several sea lions as we motored out of Ucluelet. We saw one bickering with some seagulls, one minding its own business and two sunning themselves on an abandoned dock. We motored to Chrow Island, where we […]

Sunday, Aug 27, 2006

Posted on August 27th, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Bamfield, 8 am Breakfast: eggs & bread aboard Weather: heavy fog Despite being unable to see across Bamfield’s narrow harbour, Wai Whare set off in dense fog. The crew was optimistic that the fog would dissipate early as it had in Ucluelet, and there was a long day ahead. Wai Whare lost sight on […]

Port Renfrew

Posted on August 27th, 2006 by Steven

Port Renfrew is the name of the town at Port San Juan, a 2km by 6km bay on Vancouver Island facing the straight of Juan De Fuca. The bay is large and free of harzards except close to shore at the entrance. The bay gradually shallows to a beach and there is plenty of room […]