The May cruise & learn class saw some of the wildest weather we experienced in a long time. Sun, light winds, strong winds, rain - Neptune threw everything at us he had in store; even a lighting storm.
The first day we sailed around Bowen Island and anchored in Port Graves. Winds were light, but good enough for an easy sail. BBQ under the bimini (awning) in torrential rains ended the day.
The following day we headed towards the Strait of Georgia sailing through Collingwood Channel. The ebbing tide was fighting with the Southerly winds resulting in a very lumpy sea. Later in the day we sailed to Halkett Bay where we enjoyed a beautiful sunset and yet another BBQ on the back of the boat.
Look what we got on the line :)
The following day greeted us with pleasant weather - the calm before the storm: It’s very unusual to get lighting on BC’s West Coast. But as luck had it we were rolled over by a rare storm. First there was no wind. However, black clouds formed over the the entrance to Howe Sound and slowly rolled towards us. We headed for Snug Cove on Bowen Island, but too late.
The flood gates opened and drenched us with torrential rain. Within about 10 minutes, the lighting started and the wind picked up to maybe 20 knots.
We hove to so we could hunker down in the cabin, away from the lighting. Having a big aluminum stick high in the air in the middle of the ocean while lighting strikes all around is was not much fun.
Luckily the storm blew over quickly and we sailed on.
After some crew overboard drills in Queen Charlotte Channel, we sailed into Snug Cove. Like if we not had enough exitement for one day: Just before making it into the marina a maybe 100 or 150 m long cable blocked our way. It was floating just under the surface and we noticed it at the very last second. Not enough to clear it and we nudged it slightly on our side sending it under for good. The monster disappeard under water, leaving only air bubbles on the surface.
After some R&R at the dock, the students successfully wrote the exam and we headed for the pub for a pint of beer and some grub.
The last day we sailed back to Vancouver in sunshine and a nice breeze. Another sailing course came to and end. We enjoyed having a crew from Barnet Sailing Co-op on the boat and hope to see you out there sailing in one of your Co-op boats.
Your Simply Sailing team.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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