Gate to Gate
11/09 Vancouver – Prevost Island
After a night of boat prep and buffalo cauliflower tacos, we set off early to fuel up at Coal Harbour. The air was thick with smoke from a local forest fire, distorting the city – casting a grey and ominous feel.
Our crew prepped the lines for the fuel pontoon, fueled up and began motoring towards Prevost Island. A vast amount of fishing boats were kicking around the channel, the sun began to break through and our crew were happy to be setting off on an adventure. Prevost island – anchoring in 16meters, the air had cleared and the sun was warm. The water was far too inviting not to swim. Splish Splash Splosh & a quick exit. The sunset was muted but simply spectacular.
12/09 – Prevost Island to Bedwell Harbour
A porridge spread to fire-up the day, we took to a dinghy ride ashore to scope out some local trails. We traipsed around the coastline, walking up to a couple of different view points and found the beautiful Selby Cove. The water was so clear, purple shells decorated the shore, fiery red crabs scattered around and arbutus trees hugged the coastline.
Back onboard for lunch time, we munched on Ale’s potato salad and basked in the sunshine before lifting anchor at 3pm.
With the wind on our nose again, we motored towards Bedwell Harbour, where the winds became cooler and cooler as we neared. Plenty of layers were grabbed.
Anchor down in 15meters, we watched a beautiful Gaff rigged pirate ship pilot in and anchor alongside. We wondered if they had a plank onboard?
13/09 – Bedwell Harbour to Port Angeles
A beautiful calm morning with smoke from the forest fires still lingering, we anchored up at 0730 and motored towards Port Angeles.
We practiced knots underway, shared stories and played Two Truths and a Lie to get to know one-another.
As the air began to cool even more, we came alongside the customs dock, cleared customs whilst loosing a couple of lemons and then docked up alongside further into the marina. Some of the crew boosted off to explore the streets of Port Angeles, in scout of good coffee and yummy ice-cream.
As a crew, we ate off the boat and enjoyed some tasty sea-food at a local restaurant. On our way back to the boat, we found a piano on the street where Holly and Erin gave us a tune.
Back onboard, Matthew and Erin treated us all to some tasty fudge and liquorice delights, before sending us all into a food coma of snores.
14/09 Port Angeles
With the wind looking more favorable to depart tomorrow, we decided to stay in Port for the day – giving the crew some time off to go and explore the area more. Some hired a car, explored some local trails, ate some tasty food and bathed in some hot springs. Others found some local shops to grab some extra needed layers or essential snacks whilst we provisioned a little more.
Erin and Scott cooked up a ramen storm before Ale went into depths about the next big chunk of our passage towards San Francisco.