25 days of thrills sailing rugged west coast
Offshore sailing is very different from the island-hopping and day sailing we may do on English Bay or through the Gulf Islands.
Instead of lying at anchor in a protected bay in the evenings, we sail the boat non-stop in any conditions. Hiding in a cove or harbour is not an option; instead the crew and boat have to deal with anything Mother Nature may throw at them.
The fog subsided as we headed away from the shore. Far off the coast, the deep blue sea of the Pacific Ocean stretched as far as the eye could see. Strong winds pushed It’s Magic purposefully through the white-crested waves.
The wind never abated and the waves reached a formidable height of three metres or more, some big enough to crash through the cockpit, drenching the crew in a cold shower of sea water.
On the second day offshore, dolphins approached us and playfully cut through our bow wave, zooming under the boat and appearing just under the surface on the other side. What a spectacle — all our hardship from the last night was forgotten and everybody had a big smile on their face.
Full story here....
Photo by Penny N.
Part two of the Van Isle 360 coverage appeared in the Vancouver Sun.... more.
The best view on a sailboat. Photo by Penny.
Click on this link for a short compilation of photos from the race:
Van Isle 360 - Photos
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