•    Snug Cove March 2018   

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  •    AGM 2018   

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  •    Sail Past 2018   

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  •    Christmas Party 2017   

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    The SLYC Christmas Party was held at Timber Restaurant on Robson Street, a very Canadian Lumberjack-themed venue, hence all the plaid shirts! Thanks to Jean & Richard for organizing the event, we had a great turnout, lots of fun, and TONS of door prizes, one for everyone!

    Link to photo album – CLICK HERE.

  •    Snug Cove Wind-up, or “Wind Up”…?   

    Last cruise of the year – who else is crazy enough to go sailing in November? (besides racers, of course!). Some of us got a head start on the Friday, which was a fine day with glassy calm seas, and a bit of sunlight to warm us along the way.

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    Rain was forecast for the weekend, but it held off, which was much appreciated for some local exploration of the island.

    On Saturday afternoon Bernard hosted some of us in the big enclosed cockpit on board “Wasabi“.

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    Saturday evening at the cabin was organized by Jean and Richard, with a “White” theme – everyone wore something white for Baby Nate’s first birthday! There was food a-plenty for all.

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    Jean and Richard organized an excellent brunch for Sunday morning as well. But the foul weather that built up that morning was not exactly welcome. The forecast has called for a windstorm to blow through overnight, and ease by morning – that was not the case, the storm arrived a bit late and really started howling by noon.

    Lady Dane” and “Wasabi” decided to brave the conditions and head back, but it was rough sailing! Wind speeds reached 40 knots or more, the seas were bad, and on board Wasabi nobody could see through the dodger, the crew had to take turns peeking out the side windows to see where they were going. Not a comfortable ride at all.

    The crew of “Hale Pau Hana” decided it was wiser to just stay an extra day. Dinner at the Tuscany Grill made for a most excellent reason to linger another night. The cruise back on Monday was nice and calm too.

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  •    Plumper Cove   

    The SLYC crew sailed to Plumper Cove for June 23-25, included in the fleet were Irish Cream, White Feather, Free Spirit II, and Hale Pau Hana.

    The crew of Hana had a great sail out of English Bay, but got caught in the “washing machine” of wind-over-tide off Point Atkinson. Six foot swells, mmm, lots of fun! Fortunately that didn’t last long, and we charged into an entirely different sea, much calmer and different coloured water, which was the incoming tide running over the outgoing tide.

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    Rounding Cape Finisterre

    A nice run up past Snug Cove, where the wind died off as usual, forcing us to motor around Cape Finisterre. White Feather was well behind, they managed to miss the nasty chop off Point Atkinson. There was a beautiful breeze up Collingwood Channel, we hung onto that almost all the way to Plumper Cove, just had to motor in the last little ways.

    The docks were pretty crowded already – we managed to snag a tight spot at the end of one of the docks when a power boat moved up a bit to give us room. Irish Cream was already at a mooring buoy. White Feather arrived later, and was very lucky to snag a spot only just recently vacated by another boat.  Seems like it’s mostly the Gibsons crowd that comes over for a sunny weekend, such a long trip, eh?

    First item – mix up some G&T’s, while we still have cubed ice! Followed by our first corn on the cob on the BBQ of the season, mmm yummy. After dinner we made a visit by dinghy over to Irish Cream, where Gil insisted we sample some of their latest vintage of wines. We were pleased to oblige.

    The following day, the crew of Hana went out on a little hike, checking in on a few geocaches along the way. Free Spirit II arrived, and was also lucky to grab a spot recently vacated by another boat. Little Nate got to see Plumper Cove for the first time, and most of us congregated on FS II for drinks and a yak.

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    The sun was so hot though, that some of us had to seek shade and a nap, and recuperate when the heat of the day had passed. Time for another BBQ! Steaks are on. Now that things have cooled a bit for the evening, time to take the dinghy out for a little exploring. The little Honda 4 worked just dandy, we circled around the little islands, out past the old government dock, and back… well, almost back, I did run it out of fuel at the last! A little row is good for you.

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    A sunset dinghy ride

    Meanwhile, Commodore Peter went on an exploratory hike of his own, all the way to the east end of the island, and then couldn’t find the trail back to the campground, and it was getting dark. He encountered a cottager, and upon asking for directions for the trail, the fine fellow offered to just dinghy Peter back to the marina, it was far easier than finding the trail in the dark.

    The only drawback to Plumper is it seems to attract some of the floating trailer park trash – there’s always one boat with the thumping stereo and party-makers who think everyone else wants to hear their music and rowdiness late into the night. Mixed with clouds of pot smoke to boot. That mooring buoy was starting to look like a pretty good idea.

    We did get sleep at last – though it was tempting to start blasting opera music at 7 AM to entertain those passed out on the party boat. No matter, a cup of coffee (or two) makes things right with the world. After getting things ship-shape, it was time to pull the lines and head home. Well, not for everyone – Free Spirit II stayed an extra day, and it was tempting to do the same – it sure would have been quieter after all the weekend warriors had to rush off home!

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    Free Spirit II caught some nice sunsets on their extra day

    We made our own adventure on the way home, we weren’t in any big rush. Turns out, there’s a geocache on a little islet connected to Hermit Island by a stony beach. It hadn’t been visited for about a year. I had carefully planned the best approach and anchorage ahead of time, but when we arrived we found the Coast Guard hovercraft had taken my spot! No matter, there’s another anchorage right nearby. Dropped and set anchor, it held well, so we launched the dinghy and hoped Hana would still be there when we got back!

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    Hovercraft “Moytel”

    We landed on the beach by the hovercraft, and after a short bit of bushwhacking (which turned out to be unnecessary) found our “treasure“. Mission accomplished! Back to Hana, the anchor came loose without fuss, and we sailed for home. A worthy weekend adventure. But maybe we’ll take that mooring buoy next time…

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    Thanks to Rory and Richard for pics!

  •    Caulfeild Cove Cruise   

    Back when we thought summer was starting (late May), two SLYC boats decided to rendezvous at Caulfeild Cove. (yes it’s spelled right, it really is E before I). There’s a small government dock there, just big enough for one decent-sized sailboat – or two if you raft up. Signs posted allow 3 hours for tying up. But almost any time I pass by, (by sea or by air!) I see the dock is open.

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    Free Spirit II was returning from a weekend at Snug Cove, and Hale Pau Hana had my parents (visiting from Nova Scotia) on board for a day sail,  as well as First Mate Jen. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity for a nice sail and a rendezvous! We combined our collections of snacks and bevvies, and lounged under the shade awning on Free Spirit II, entertained by the newest little Free Spirit, First Mate Nate.

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    It’s worth a stop if you’re out for a day sail, and want to feel like you’ve “arrived” somewhere.

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  •    Sailpast 2017   

    We couldn’t have asked for a finer day for Sailpast! How many times have we done this in the rain? Alas, Commodore Peter could not make it, having fallen ill with some scurvy flu. So Vice-Commodore Bernard stepped up to receive the salutes of the fleet, and anchored Wasabi in English Bay.

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    The growing number of boats permanently anchored out there made it a bit of an obstacle course, but we threaded the needle, and enjoyed a nice sail afterwards. Saluting the Vice-Commodore were White Feather, Hale Pau Hana, Fan Sea, Main Brace, and Free Spirit II.

    Back at Mahoney’s Pub, the gang had a great spot upstairs with a fine view of the marina, the sun beaming in the windows, and some summery beers and other drinks and plates of appies. A fine day to break out the navy blazers and white pants!

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  •    Snug Cove March 2017   

    Some people might think we’re nuts for sailing in March, but you know, the weather wasn’t as bad as it could be. A little drizzle never hurt anyone, and besides, you bought all the foul-weather gear for a reason, right?
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    It was a bit of a sea-trial for Hale Pau Hana, having just had the head of the engine rebuilt, all running like a charm now. The crew of Hana followed JJ on board Free Spirit II, and arrived at Bowen to find White Feather already there. The crews relaxed on Hana for a bit to dry out and have a beer.
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    Zelda III arrived not too long after, and we all went to Doc Morgan’s Pub for some Roast Beast and live music.

    To everyone’s surprise, the Saturday turned out sunny! Jen and I joined up with the British Army (Rory and David L.) for a patrol around the lake. Nothing unusual to report. Back at the marina, Mr. Swan came along tapping on boats and looking for crackers, and after the cabin opened up folks started to gather.

    The theme was Silly Hats, in case the pictures don’t give it away.
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    We had a special visit from Annie P., nice to see her doing well. Ted and Dorte brought some friends from Denmark, and the fire was warm and cozy as various folks arrived by ferry. Jean and Richard brought out our newest member, First Mate Nate, on his first ever trip to Bowen Island.

    The food was great, Ted told some hilarious stories, and JJ won the prize for Best Headgear. Jean and Richard organized a great Sunday Brunch, which kept us going for the return trip home. The rain was minimal, but strong winds on the nose and tide against us made for a slow crawl past Point Atkinson. And now we wait (and wait) for spring…

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  •    Snug Cove Wind-up 2016   

    As usual, the weather was grey and damp, but spirits were in good cheer with the SLYC fleet. Several boats came over early, and we gathered at Doc Morgan’s Pub for some roast beef and drinks, and good cheer.

    Saturday was off and on with rain, but that didn’t stop some of us from getting out for local explorations. Jennifer and I went trekking in search of geocaches, a fine excuse to explore more of the island. First we trekked to September Morn Beach, just south of Dorman Point, and then we turned to the north-west for an epic march across the island to the north-west coast at Galbraith Bay, with a view towards Hutt Island. We found all the caches we were looking for.

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    The fire at the cabin was great to warm up to when we returned, and soon there was food galore and good cheer all around. The night sky cleared enough to see the “Super Moon“, which we all oohed and aahed over. Keith showed me how to dial down the F-stop and shutter speed to get a pretty good “moon shot”:

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    Bruce and Linda did a smashing job of Sunday Brunch as always, thanks guys! That hearty brunch was definitely a prerequisite for the journey home – with inflow winds gusting into Howe Sound over 25 knots, and tide and waves against us, it was a long hard slog to crawl our way out. Eventually I got the idea to just jog sideways towards Whytecliffe Park, were we found some respite from the wind and waves and could make better progress along the shoreline. Point Atkinson showed wind up to 50 km/h (27 knots) sustained, with gusting higher that afternoon.wind_speed

    It seemed to take forever, but once past the worst of it I had a well-deserved hot rum toddy on the last leg toward home port.

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