Sailing the Inside Passage Towards Saint Elias

“April 5, 2009: Bellingham, WA to Nanaimo, BC
After a short delay leaving, we traveled about seven hours to White Rock where we cleared Canadian Customs formalities. On the beach was actually a “white rock” the size of a small house — “that looks painted,” commented Tauru. We then continued further north through the night escorted by a couple of dolphins and reached Nanaimo around 5 a.m. the following morning.

Day 2 (April 6): Nanaimo to Boho Bay, Lasqueti Island
On the dock in Nanaimo, Dave ran into a French-Canadian who warned him of (with a French slur) “potential terrorists out there” and to “watch out for the cameras.” Dave walked on. We continued northward under a clear sky. Pulling into Boho Bay, seals on the shore barked while two wild sheep looked as if they were mating.

Day 3 (April 7, 2009): Boho Bay to April Point
Motored most of the day due to good weather (not much wind) except for a brief period of sailing. Everyone was on deck working the sails…but that lasted only 30 minutes or so before we took down the sails and sat quietly staring at each other. The Canadian Air Force did give a show as they flew in a 7-jet diamond formation over us. “That must be the entire Canadian Air Force!” said an anonymous crew member. We anchored in a serene bay for the night and watched a movie, “Transformers.”

Day 4 (April 8): April Point to Alert Bay
We started at 3 o’clock in the morning to catch the outgoing tide up the Johnstone Strait. In the darkness, two barges full of logs motored south perhaps towards America. Today was the first day that we got cloud cover although, the weather was still good. We’re hoping Alert Bay has beer…”
– Taylor Woodward



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