Archive for the 'VI Circumnavigation' Category

Friday, Aug 25, 2006

Posted on August 25th, 2006 by Darusha

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 […]

Thursday, Aug 24, 2006

Posted on August 24th, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: 9:30, Hot Springs Cove Breakfast: Porridge/leftover vegetables Weather: sunny, light wind Motored out of Hot Springs Cove, brought up foresail early and slowly sailed up Sydney Channel. Turned into Shelter Inlet where we brought up the main and alternately zoomed along and drifted. As we turned into Miller Channel, the wind blew up the […]


Posted on August 24th, 2006 by Steven

Bamfield is a small town that surrounds a narrow inlet. While smaller than Tofino or Ucluelet, it is bigger than the other towns on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It has a year-round restaurant, store, offices, and a coast guard station. There is a boardwalk along the inlet, but there are also roads inland. […]


Posted on August 24th, 2006 by Steven

Being urban-dwellers, Ucluelet was what we expected all Vancouver Island towns to be like. Ucluelet has dock space for about one 30 foot boat for every building, and has about 100 of each. There are several hotels, restaurants, and other tourist infrastructure. There is also a functioning commercial fishery, something that was entirely absent everywhere […]

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006

Posted on August 23rd, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Friendly Cove, 9:00 Breakfast: Porridge Weather: Overcast, thin fog, light wind 10:00 49° 31′ 56 N 126° 36′ 19 W, light S, light SW swell, motoring 11:00 49° 26′ 56 N 126° 36′ 43 W, light S, 2′ west swell, motoring 12:00 49° 23′ 18 N 126° 36′ 02 W, – , 1 m […]


Posted on August 23rd, 2006 by Steven

Tofino is a town catering to tourists. By west-coast-Vancouver-island standards it is a city. It has all services. We tried and failed to eat out in Tofino. In the summer there are more tourists than seats in restaurants, so you’ll need reservations and expect to pay C$30-40. If you’re sailing down the coast and you’re […]

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006

Posted on August 22nd, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Zeballos, 10:45 Breakfast: omelette/bacon & eggs at Zeballos Hotel Weather: overcast, light wind 11:45 Zeballos/Hecate/Esperanza intersection, 5 kt S, rippled, motoring 12:45 Tahsis Narrows, light, glassy, motoring 13:45 abeam Blowhole Bay, 10+ S, light chop, motoring 14:45 past Tsowwin Narrows, 10 S, light chop, motoring 15:45 north of Strange Island light, 15 S, light […]

Hot Springs Cove

Posted on August 22nd, 2006 by Steven

Hot Springs Cove ( 49°21′N, 126°16′W ) is a provincial park with a 2km-long boardwalk leading to a natural hotspring. The boardwalk is longest, best-maintained, most-scenic one that I’ve seen in BC. It leads through temperate rain forest and hundreds of planks have boat names carved in it. The hotsprings trickle by large bolders forming […]

Friendly Cove

Posted on August 21st, 2006 by Steven

Friendly Cove is at the village of Yuquot, on Nootka island. Yuquot is incredibly small, I believe that no services are available. Friendly Cove is very small. There were only two other boats anchored there yet there was little space. Luckily the depths are under 10m, otherwise only a single boat would fit. There were […]

Monday, Aug 21, 2006

Posted on August 21st, 2006 by Darusha

Depart: Kyuquot, 9:30 am Breakfast: Porridge Weather: Sunny, warm, light wind 11:00 49° 56′ 54 N 127° 20′ 57 W, 15 kt W, 1-2 m swell, full/full, sunny noon 49° 51′ 44 N 127° 13′ 54 W 20 kt NW, 2 m swell, full/full, sunny 13:00 49° 49′ 33 N 127° 09′ 39 W 10-20 […]