We just came back from a fabulous five day cruise & learn course to the Gulf Islands, BC.
Neptune meant well and the sun was shining all week.Crossing the Strait of Georgia was a great opportunity to apply the theory learnt during the navigation classes: Taking fixes, plotting positions and estimating our arrival time at Porlier Pass. It certainly is different to take those compass readings from a boat that is heeled over and bouncing through waves compared to the class room exercises.
The first night saw us anchoring in Clam Bay, just off that beautiful white beach on Kuper Island - Celeste was the only boat around. After R&R and a few ‘appies’ we discussed the boat systems and then enjoyed a BBQ.
The next day we practiced different maneuvers in Trincomali Channel. As usual, there was a nice breeze, perfect for sail training. On our way to Ganges on Saltspring Island, we got into a friendly race with another sailboat. They were no match for our crew though and eventually gave up.
The third day we focused on crew overboard (COB) practice. Our ‘dummy’ Charly braved the cold waters and surely was happy when we were through with these exercises. Heading for Wallace Island, a nice breeze blew gently over our stern - perfect conditions to hoist the spinnaker and practice gybes.
The brightest anchor light: It's magical!
After a long day on the water we anchored in Princess Cove under a clear, starlight sky.
Grischuna (named after a Swiss Canton) - After 15 years of being moored at the Maritime Museum - she left her berth for the last time on a voyage to explore the world.
The next morning we headed for Porlier Pass and anchored at Dionisio Point for dinner. We waited almost until sunset, before starting to cross the Strait of Georgia. It was a spectacular night - just a day short of full moon, no clouds and a nice breeze to carry us towards Bowen Island where we arrived around 1 am.
Although not in the curriculum, this was a great opportunity to experience night sailing. We introduced this into our sailing classes for the first time this year and students just love it. Watching the sunset under sail, seeing the moon slowly rising over the horizon and looking gazing up at the stars are some of the most beautiful moments on a sailboat.
The last day we practiced docking, went through one more navigation exercise and sailed back to Vancouver. A great five days with a fantastic crew!
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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