Leaving Telegraph Cove is always difficult. Such a beautiful spot with a rich history. The old boardwalk connecting all the houses and the the the former saw mill is still there. I could easily spend a month here enjoying the place, going whale watching in a kayak, have BBQs in the evenings and enjoying the view over the marina and Johnston Strait.
After the start we battled the usual light winds. We were having issues with the wind instruments.
This made it difficult to sail the boat at it’s optimum. There were also some issues with the running rigging. To add insult to injury we got “stuck in a hole” an hour after the start.
Up goes Daisy our “wind-seeker”. We run a poll guessing at how long it would take for the wind to get up again allowing us to set a “proper” sail. The estimates ranged from an optimistic eight minutes to the doom and gloom estimate of one hour. Seven minutes after sailing into “no-wind-land”: The wind got stronger and up went the #1 jib . Seven minutes does not sound like much, but it was enough so we had to watch the fleet sailing away from us. Caroline, one of our charming “pit princesses’ guessed eight minutes one won.
Finally the wind filled in for us as well and we had a great time sailing towards Port Hardy. With nothing to loose we were experimenting with our new jib (a 3DL sail by North Sail) and had a ton of fun with that.
We were doing countless, small adjustments and watching the boat speed after each adjustment. Fascinating.
Tomorrow we are off to our first overnight leg around Cape Scott towards Winter Harbour and hopefully enjoy decent wind on our first off-shore leg.
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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