Around Vancouver Island part 7: Nootka Reefs, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Continuing our journey south down the west coast of Vancouver Island, our next stop would be somewhere along the west coast of Nootka Island. The rabid surf enthusiasts among us – everyone except me, were hoping to find some clean peeling waves down the west side of Nootka. As we sailed briskly along through the … More Around Vancouver Island part 7: Nootka Reefs, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Round Vancouver Island part 5: Tatchu Peninsula and catching our first salmon

The town of Kyuquot is a collection of wood buildings perched around the sea, docks jutting out into the mist. A dirt path weaving though front yards of houses is the main thoroughfare on one side of the cove. Small aluminium boats zigzag back and forth across the bay. The entrance to the cove is … More Round Vancouver Island part 5: Tatchu Peninsula and catching our first salmon

Around Vancouver Island part 4: Brooks Peninsula and Our First Beach Clean-Up

Here we are sitting inside to have a break from the hot sun of the past few days. Jonty is frying up some Lingcod for dinner, and a warm wind is whistling down off the mountains of the Brooks Peninsula over our boat bobbing in Columbia Cove. We weren’t sure if we would be sailing … More Around Vancouver Island part 4: Brooks Peninsula and Our First Beach Clean-Up

Around Vancouver Island part 3: Rounding Cape Scott to Sea Otter Cove

After stocking up with as much food and fuel as possible and leaving Port Hardy to round the top of the island, we cast off up Goletas Channel and found ourselves in a thick fog and utter lack of wind. The time had come to switch on our 1980’s era radar. Shifting neon green shapes … More Around Vancouver Island part 3: Rounding Cape Scott to Sea Otter Cove

Around Vancouver Island part 2: Desolation Sound to the Broughton Archipelago

After a morning swimming and shore exploring in the small bay on Cortes, we said goodbye to the crew of the Clair de Lune and set off to reach Yuculta Rapids at slack tide. Water passing through the narrow passages of this part of the coast often creates powerful tidal currants and whirlpools that can … More Around Vancouver Island part 2: Desolation Sound to the Broughton Archipelago

Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Well, We’ve finally set off on our cruise around Vancouver Island. It was an interesting challenge figuring out how to stow all the food and supplies, as well as people’s personal things, but we seem to have figured it out. We even have a guitar, a hand drum and a mandolin on board and what … More Around Vancouver Island part 1: Departing Victoria to Desolation Sound

Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance

There is hustle and bustle going on here as we prepare to take off cruising for two months in just a few weeks. It seems like we’ve been talking non stop about boat things – jobs needing done, things needing buying, problems needing solving. We’re almost there though, things are being crossed off the list … More Sailing plans, provisions, safety gear and finding the balance

Desolation Sound

Our first big cruise on Mamaku was up to and around Desolation Sound, north of the Sunshine Coast in south western BC. Desolation Sound has been much written about and much explored, but it is definitely deserving of the attention. If you only have a couple of weeks to cruise somewhere from Vancouver or Victoria … More Desolation Sound