•    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?
    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.

    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.

    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.


    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”:


    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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  •    Gibsons Thanksgiving 2016   

    A highlight of this trip was having Bernard’s new boat, “Wasabi” join the fleet for the first time. What a nice shiny new boat! Looks good on ya, Bernard!


    Wasabi and Hale Pau Hana sailed out of English Bay in light and lazy airs, heading south of Bowen and through the Popham Islands. Also joining us at Gibsons on the Friday were David and Marty on Zelda III, Rory on White Feather, and Gil and Sylvia on Irish Cream. David and Anne T. joined us by taking the ferry.

    Bernard on Wasabi

    Saturday was wet, wet, wet. So of course Jen and I donned out wet weather gear, and went for a big long hike in search of geocaches. We found most of the ones we were looking for, and by the time we were done, it was time to join the gang at The Waterfront Cafe for a nice dinner and to dry off. Restaurant owner Art welcomed us as always, and had put together a special turkey dinner for us. Thanks Art!


    Sunday Brunch at Molly’s was also kept up as a fine tradition, nothing like Eggs Benny and bottomless cups of coffee to start the morning. And the sun was now shining! Wasabi, Zelda III, and Hale Pau Hana all left at roughly the same time, meeting up outside of Shoal Channel. A fine breeze piped up, and gee, it now looked like a race! Little Hana held her own against the bigger Wasabi and Zelda III all the way to Point Grey, where the other two finally pulled away. Only later did I learn they had started their engines! We sailed Hana all the way to the mouth of the Creek. Had to be one of the finest sail voyages end to end I’ve ever had.

    Hana leading Zelda III

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    Thanks to Bernard and Rory for photos!

  •    August Long Weekend Blow-out   

    So, our planned weekend at Newcastle Island literally got blown to shreds. High winds over the last few days created big lumpy seas rolling all the way into English Bay. Hale Pau Hana and White Feather bravely motored into the big seas and winds, bouncing along and barely making 2 or 3 knots at times.

    Farther ahead, Zelda III had passed the bell buoy, and was giving condition reports. Usually there’s a patch of lumpy seas off Point Grey, but it settles down as one gets farther into the Strait. Not so, this time. After making a brave attempt to carry on, Zelda III reported being heeled way over on just a scrap of sail, and taking water over that big dodger. Skipper David suggested bearing off and making for Snug Cove instead. Being somewhat less than Zelda III‘s 39 foot length, Hale Pau Hana and White Feather opted to follow his lead. Even so, it was still a long and bouncy ride, crashing along towards Bowen Island.

    A call to the marina there revealed that there was no room at the inn. Skipper David suggested carrying on to Port Graves. About this time, Drift Away came along from Coal Harbour, and agreed with the suggestion. Alas, our troubles were not yet over. Zelda III reported problems getting the engine going, and after contacting C-Tow, said they were going to sail back to False Creek, where C-Tow would meet them and tow them back into the dock. The other three ships carried on. After Passage Island, the seas became thankfully calmer.

    Drift Away was first into Port Graves, and dropped anchor. Hale Pau Hana arrived next, followed by White Feather, all finding suitable places to anchor. Things were blessedly calm. G&Ts were mixed, and snack plates prepared. Free Spirit II arrived the next day, along with Irish Cream.


    Drift away and Irish Cream

    Some shore expeditions followed, but at times the wind would pick up, and come blowing into the bay, whipping up some sizeable waves and causing the boats to strain at anchor. At one point, Free Spirit II started to slowly drag, while the crew was on shore. Keith and myself considered mounting a rescue attempt, but then Jean & Richard showed up in time and re-positioned the boat in better holding ground.


    Re-setting the anchor

    Despite the occasional winds piping up, we managed to enjoy some trail explorations, including a trip to a beautiful bay on the east side of the island, and Jennifer and I made a hike up to the aptly named Lost Lake, a beautifully serene little spot. Back on board, we made trips to visit each other’s boats, and shared some drinks and appies. Saturday evening we enjoyed a campfire on shore, courtesy of the church camp there.

    Brigade Bay

    Brigade Bay

    Finally on Sunday the winds died down, allowing some of us to pull up anchor and leave Port Graves. A couple of us made for Gibsons, to replenish the ice and beer supplies. Note to self – never assume one can just leave things to the last minute and just re-stock at the next port of call!

    All in all, not at all the long weekend we had planned, but still an enjoyable, if accidental, adventure in Port Graves.

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  •    Guest Speaker – Marine Parks Forever Society   

    On Thursday November 24th, at 7 PM, we will be hosting a special presentation about the Marine Parks Forever Society, to be presented by Mr. George Creek. Please join us upstairs at the Wicklow Pub for this special event, and bring as many friends as you can!

    About the BC Marine Parks Forever Society

    mpfs_logoThe society was formed in 1990 by the Council of BC Yacht Clubs to raise funds through donations from members to assist BC Parks to acquire lands for Marine Parks. It was envisioned that if each member of each club donated just $10 per year, we could play a major role in the expansion of the Marine Park system.
    Since 1990, MPFS has donated over $1,250,000 to BC Parks for land purchases. A complete list of the amounts and years can be viewed on the website www.marineparksforever.ca

    In 2011, the mandate was amended to include the improvement and enhancement of existing Marine Parks in ways that would be a benefit to boaters.

    In the last few years, the Stern Tie Stewardship Program was launched. It is intended to install rock pins and heavy link chain to mid tide and identify each location with a stainless steel plate. To fund the materials, BC Parks donated the surplus Marine Parks Guides to be used for fund raising for the project. For a $10 donation, a Park Guide was given out. Over $15,000 was raised. In 2015, the first 12 pins and chains were installed in Melanie Cove, Desolation Sound Marine Park. 25 pins were added in Prideaux Haven in 2016.


    In Princess Cove on Wallace Island, long link chain was added to existing rock pins with some pins being replaced. No longer does a boater have to make like a goat to shore tie there. Pirates Cove also received some replacements and additions to make shore tying easier. MPFS is also working with BC Parks to provide a Marine Access point in Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park (Sansum Narrows). We have requested docks and mooring buoys be installed along with shore facilities such as tables, benches, BBQ’s and eventually rain shelters for groups. MPFS is prepared to fund a significant portion. BC Parks has confirmed that this project will proceed but will be subject to the cooperation and endorsement of local First Nations.


    In the last 5 years, MPFS has changed its relationship with BC Parks from being simply a source of funds for land purchases to a proactive partner in planning and management of the Marine Park system. It was awarded the “2014 Community Partner of the Year Award” by BC Parks partially in recognition of the significant role it played in the Quadra Island – Octopus Islands Marine Park expansion.

    We continue to seek opportunities to enhance and improve the BC Marine Park system for all boaters.

    George Creek, President

  •    Gibsons Jazz Cruise – June 2016   

    We changed gears this month, normally we do our cruise to Plumper Cove in June, but when we heard that a jazz festival was going to happen in Gibsons, we thought let’s check it out. Friday was a fine sunny day, making for a nice trip to Gibsons. The early birds decided to try dinner at Gramma’s Pub for a change, and we were rewarded with fine views over the harbour, and some beautiful sunset colours, even a rainbow in the middle of the orange glow! It was a fascinating sky for sure, but it also boded ill weather coming our way. We were also entertained by the efforts of an otter trying to get into a small powerboat, until the owner came along and chased it away.

    Saturday poured with rain. Really, really poured! Even so, a hardcore crowd of people showed up for the Jazz Festival, they had a stage set up in the middle of the street, and a beer garden tent offered some respite from the downpours. Some good music was heard too. And we got out for a few local hikes, after the rains passed.

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  •    Slideshows broken   

    Hi all – apologies for the fact that none of the slide-shows work any more. This is because Google took over Picasa Web Albums, and in their wisdom decided that it was too much of a good thing and have now “retired” Picasa Web Albums, in favour of Google Photos, which in my humble opinion, sucks and blows at the same time. It will take me some time to find a solution, if it exists. I hope we haven’t lost access to all the photos we have uploaded over the years.

    – Your Rather Frustrated Webmaster (Sean)

  •    Sailpast 2016   

    Sorry for the late post, your webmaster has been a bit swamped lately! Sailpast 2016 was held on Saturday May 7th, at the usual spot off Kits Beach. Numbers of boats were a bit down this year, forecasts of high winds held some back at the dock, though the wind did not appear until later in the day. Plus your Webmaster (and Secretary) was on the opposite coast in Halifax at the time. However, the faithful did show up to salute Commodore Peter on Lorelei, and afterwards there were snacks on Bernard’s new boat, a sumptuous Hunter 30. Reception followed at the Pub with appies provided by the Club.

    Thanks to Bernard for photos!

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  •    We’re back!   

    Sean Smith
    Ahoy folks, after some hiccups and speed-bumps, the SLYC website is back online! We have transferred to a new web hosting service, and as with all things digital, things did not go as smoothly as promised. However, it looks like the bugs have been ironed out, and we’re back to smooth sailing! Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Sailpast on May 7th.

    – Web Master (& Commander) Sean

  •    Snug Cove 2016   

    Wow, what a fine start to the weekend, with a bit of sun showing itself for the first time in weeks! We had over 20 people come out and fit ourselves very snugly into Cabin 1, which was a great place for a party. Boats in attendance included Lady Dane, Main Brace, Blue Max, White Feather, Free Spirit II, and Hale Pau Hana.

    Some of us came over on the Friday, and we enjoyed an excellent roast beef at Doc Morgan’s Pub. Saturday turned out fine, Jennifer and I continued our geocaching adventure hikes across the island, and others took the opportunity to hose down the decks and get the winter moss and mildew scrubbed off.

    There was no shortage of food at the pot luck, and plenty of green for St. Patty’s Day, including a few leprechauns!

    For Sunday brunch, Jean and Richard made up some scrumptious offerings, very delicious! Thanks guys! And thanks to Barb and Tage for organizing the dinner party!

    The sail back on Sunday was a bit drizzly, but it turned into a bit of a race, as Lady Dane, White Feather, Hale Pau Hana, and Free Spirit II all converged at Point Atkinson, working the light breezes and currents and refusing to submit to turning our engines on. After squeaking past the point, the wind piped up, and we had a fine sail back into the bay. And the rain made a perfect excuse for a hot rum toddy!

    Slideshow of photos:

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    Video of the smooth sailing enroute to Bowen on Friday March 18: