Around Saltspring Island – 20170520 to 20170522

After I dropped Deb off at the airport I headed over to my good friends’ Wayne and Joe’s place on the mainland.  We had a nice week hanging out at the boys’ place drinking coffee and margs.  Yum!  Some good…

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Wayne and I went to see The Flaming Lips concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Mon. May 15.  They rocked and we had a blast.  It was a wild concert and lot’s of fun.  Always a good time hanging out with Wayne.

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New video by Ken Geange / Google Photos

We decided to head out for a few days sailing so we packed up, caught the ferry over to Vancouver Island, loaded our things aboard Treylya and cast off around 14:30.  After we got out past the ferry traffic at Swartz Bay we decided to head over to Genoa Bay for the night and then planned to continue on around Saltspring Island tomorrow.  We called and booked moorage for the night at Genoa Bay Marina and enjoyed a couple of hour voyage over to Genoa Bay Marina.  We called to book a table at the Genoa Bay Cafe ( restaurant and when we arrived at the dock Wayne cut up a few limes and popped the tops off a couple of Coronas to get us started.

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It turned out to be a great evening with lots of laughs as we were entertained by our friend and restaurant owner Gordon and his business partner Diana.  They run a great restaurant and really make you feel welcome.  We enjoy visiting there several times every year.  Can’t wait to return…  Thanks for your hospitality Diana and Gordon.

The next morning we awoke with fuzzy heads, but had a great breakfast and cast off around 10am.  We motored up thru Samsung Narrows and past Maple Bay and finally raised the sails just out from Osborn Bay.  The winds were light and we sailed around the north tip of Saltspring and back south towards Montague Harbour.

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We pulled into Montague around 16:20, dropped the anchor and watched the sun disappear as we indulged in drinks and good food.  Ah, life’s good.  Montague is starting to fill up with boats and we watched as a few boats drifted very close to each other. At one point the owner of a large power boat had to reset his anchor when the winds faded and his boat drifted together with another so that they were almost touching.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

Next morning we weighed anchor at 10:30am and steamed out into Trincomali Channel and raised the sail.  There wasn’t much wind but we weren’t in a hurry so we drifted along until we got to Prevost Island and we steamed between Prevost and Saltspring and southeast toward Sidney.  We were able to kill the motor again and enjoy a light sail for most of the afternoon until we got near Coal Island where we started up the motor and steamed into our berth.

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We tided up and caught the ferry back to Vancouver.  It was a very nice few days.


Sidney to Mill Bay to Montague to Ganges – 20170506 to 20170513

Deb and I hung around Victoria for a couple of days to take care of some business and then we provisioned the boat,  fuelled up and cast off on May 6th destine for Mill Bay to meet up with Sue and James.

It was a beautiful day on the water and we enjoyed a light sail most of the way to Mill Bay.  When we got close to Mill Bay our friend hailed us on the radio and we met up with them for a short sail in formation.  They captured some nice video of Treylya which I’m very happy to have.  It’s a perspective you don’t get to see often when solo sailing.  Thanks James and Sue.

After James and Sue checked their crab traps we headed across to the Mill Bay Marina.  Mill Bay is a beautiful little marina with a magnificent view across the bay to the east.  We spent a couple of day relaxing and drinking aboard Hounds’ Hollow or eating at the marina restaurant.  Sue gave us a lesson on crab fishing and set a few traps right from the marina wharf.  After 5 or six hours we checked them again and were delighted with the catch.  We had a few keepers and spent the evening cleaning and cooking the crab.  Lot’s of cruising fun…

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

The morning of May 8th we cast off and headed north.  It was another beautiful sunny morning and we had the full day in front of us so we hoisted the sails and slowly made progress towards Montague Harbour.  The winds were fairly light which made for slow going but a peaceful and relaxing sail.  Life’s good…  I was in the presence of the woman I love and doing what we love to do so all our cares and concerns faded as we passed the hours away.

We arrived at Montague, tied up to a mooring buoy and enjoyed a romantic evening in our secluded little harbour.

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Next morning we went for a stroll around the park and hung out at the beach for a while.  Still not many people around which made for a quiet few days.

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We had appies and Deb made vegan whisky sours in the afternoon so we hung out, listened to tunes and got a little silly.

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Next morning, May 10th, we untied and went over to Ganges for a few nights.  There wasn’t much wind so we motored most of the way.  We decided to take a detour and check out the bottom of Long Harbour.  I’ve never ventured down to the end of Long Harbour and it was fun to circle in around the boats moored down there.  We continued on to Ganges and tied up at the marina just before noon.

We spent the day wandering around downtown Ganges and stopped in to sample the baked goods at Barb’s Bakery & Bistro, a cute little coffee shop.  Yum…

The morning of May 12th, we fuelled up and were off by 9:35am.  We steamed out and rounded Beaver Point and raised the sails for a nice sail back to home port.  We arrived and tied up at 12:40pm.  A great end to a fun couple of weeks of sailing.  Glad my sweetheart was able to join me for most of it.

We had a day to kill before Deb flew back east so we spent it downtown Victoria taking in the sights and sounds…

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Sidney to Ganges to Montague – 20170428 to 20170504

With the haul-out done we were looking forward to spending some time relaxing on the boat.  We still had a few days before Deb showed up so we decided to head out sailing and after we launched Treylya, we headed towards Ganges, Saltspring Island.

We steamed out past Swartz Bay and although the wind was fairly light but we decided to raise the sails and enjoy the peace and quiet of the gentle breeze.  Ryan took the helm for most of the trip as we progressed towards Ganges.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

We enjoyed the light breeze and Ryan handled her like a pro.  After tying up at Ganges Marina we headed up for a beer and a bite to eat.  We hung around Ganges for a few days.   The weather was nice and we hung out drinking coffee in the mornings and watching hockey in the evenings.  Ryan is an Ottawa Senators’ fan and we headed up to the pub in the evenings to watch them.  They beat the New York Rangers in the 2nd game of the 2nd round of the playoffs 6-5 in the second overtime period.  Great hockey and everyone at the pub was pretty pumped.  The summer crowds haven’t descended on Ganges yet so we were able to enjoy a quiet little community and the warm spring temperatures in peace.

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On April 30th we decided to head over to Montague Harbour, Galiano Island for a night.  The winds were light so we motored most of the way but the weather was very pleasant for the end of April and it was nice to be out on the water.

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Upon arriving at Montague we tied up to a mooring buoy as one of the only boats in the marine park.  Montague is pretty sleepy this time of year and we enjoyed a walk in the park there and a nice BBQ on the boat afterward.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

Once the sun went down the evening grew cool so we put a fire in the Dickinson and went on deck for a cigar.  These are the moments that you realize all the hustle and bustle are just noise and when you slow down and take it all in you realize that life is pretty sweet and has so much good to offer.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

The next day we got up, made some breakfast and headed back to Ganges.  Deb arrives from back east in a few days and I’ll catch the ferry over to meet her at the airport.  We were able to get a bit of nice sailing in as we left Montague but the wind dropped off and we motored most of the way back to Ganges.

We arrived in the early afternoon and headed up to Moby’s Pub for dinner.  Next morning I left Ryan on the boat, said goodbye to Ganges and headed over to meet Deb at the airport.

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After a quick trip on the Saltspring Island bus and a short ferry ride and I was back in Sidney.  I caught a taxi back to pick up the truck and headed to the airport to pickup Deb.  She arrived looking chipper and in good spirits after her long flight across the country.

Our friends James and Sue had decided to head to Ganges today so we hitched a ride over.  It’s always a good time hanging out with James and Sue and their dogs aboard Hounds’ Hollow.  There wasn’t much wind so we passed the afternoon under motor as we eat and drank wine, played with the dogs and caught up on missed time..

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

We got back to Ganges and met up with Ryan.  He had spent the afternoon in the pub cheering for his fav team The Ottawa Senators….  They are having a good run in the playoffs this year so he’s a happy fan.

Sue and Ryan set out some crab traps the next day and we enjoyed fresh crab later that day.

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The next morning we cast off and headed back to Sidney as Ryan’s flight was later that day. We got Ryan to the airport on time, said our goodbyes and watched as his plane disappeared out of site.  It was great to have him join me for a few days and I appreciate all the help with the boat over the past few weeks.  Thanks bud.  Hope you’re up for it again next year…  🙂

Spring Haulout – 20170425 to 20170428

After a busy winter which included several trips to the U.S. for work it was nice to feel spring in the air.  I haven’t spent much time on Treylya during the past few months and have been mulling the idea of hauling her out of the water to redo the bottom paint.  Ryan, Deb’s son, is in University in Halifax and has a spring break in April so we decided to plan the haul-out during that time and fly him out to give me a hand to repaint the hull.  It’ll be a nice experience for Ryan, it’ll help me, and we’ll get to spend a little time building our friendship so it’s a win-win-win.

I booked Ryan’s ticket for April 25th and booked the haul out at Canoe Cove for April 26th and proceeded to make the arrangements and buy the supplies.  It’ll be nice to have a good look at the bottom of Treylya and get a couple of coats of anti-fouling paint on her.

I picked Ryan up from the airport just after midnight on the 25th and we headed back to Treylya for the night.  The haul-out is scheduled at 7am on the 26th (the first haul-out of the day) so I’ll bring Treylya over to Canoe Cove and tie up at the loading dock tomorrow afternoon so that we’re ready for the morning haul-out on the 26th.

We slept in, picked up a few supplies and cast off en-route to Canoe Cove.  There’s a gnarly rock at the end of D dock which I was a little concerned about but it ended up being enough room to squeeze by as we made our way to the loading dock.

Ryan and I had a few drinks and enjoyed a cigar at the loading dock.  There was a sign posted on the dock which stated that there was no overnight moorage but this is where we were told to tie up so we assumed we were fine.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

Next morning the guys had the lift ready to go at 7:00am sharp and they lifted Treylya out of the water, pressure washed the hull and moved her into her new home for the next few days.  It was very impressive to watch Treylya being lifted out of the water with such ease.  The lift operators really knew what they were doing and made it look easy.  Treylya (at 34 feet) is small compared to some of the mega yachts that come out so I’m sure it doesn’t put much strain on the equipment.

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Canoe Cove ( is a great little, one stop, full-service marina where you can get supplies and a wide range of services.  There’s a nice little restaurant with warm lunches and cold beer and a chandlery where we were able to get most supplies (wax, cleaners, zincs, rags, pads, etc) we needed.  I needed some Volvo specific parts for the engine and they were able to order in what I needed and have it delivered the next day.

An old friend, Cameron Fraser, came over to give us a hand and we spent the next few days washing, sanding, grinding, painting and waxing the hull and after several days of work and elbow grease Treylya was looking great…  They were long days and we’d sleep at the yard but in the end it was worth it.  It was really nice to see the transformation as she went from a dirty, tired looking vessel to clean and shiny looking.  What a good feeling.

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

After a few days of scrubbing and preping the hull it was time to repaint.  I went with a high quality paint called Interlux MicronCSC.  It’s a little more expensive but it suppose to be better  quality so we’ll see how it holds up…

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New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos
New photo by Ken Geange / Google Photos

I fitted new zincs to the Rudder and Keel and we were ready to put her back in the water on April 28th.

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It was a fun few days and Treylya is looking great.  Job well done boys…  Hope everyone is as enthusiastic about the job next year…

Sidney to Montague – 20160918 to 20160921

I didn’t get out sailing last week as I was (still…) working on the teak decking of the cockpit so I figured I’d try to get out for a sail for a few days this week.  On Sunday I provisioned, headed to the boat and cast off at 12:45.

The winds were looking great (15-18 knots from the SE) so with much anticipation I motored out of the harbour, raised the sails as I was nearing Coal Island and enjoyed a perfect sail up Swanson Channel to Active Pass, and onward to Montague.  I dropped the sail just as I was outside of Montague and motored in to the marina.  Things are pretty slow this time of year at Montague and I was one of the few transient boats at the marina.  It was a nice, quiet few days and they had a 2 for 1 deal on where if you paid for one night the second night was free.  Sweet.  This was the last week the marina services are open during the week.  Apparently you can still get fuel on the weekend during the offseason.

There were a few showers rolling thru during the evening and at night but the skies cleared the next morning and there was a beautiful mist on the mountains when I poked my head out.


I worked the rest of the day from my laptop aboard Treylya.  I’m fortunate enough to have a great job where as long as I have internet access I can work from anywhere.  I called my friend Wayne to see if he wanted to come over to join me for a few days.  He took the ferry over and we hung out.  I work EST hours so I started early (06:00) and at 14:00 (17:00 EST) Wayne and I would head up for a late lunch and beers.  Life’s good…  We spent the afternoons cruising around in the inflatable and hanging out on the beach or wandering the local trails.

Wayne caught the ferry back to Vancouver and I enjoyed another perfect sail back to Sidney on Wednesday.  The winds were from the NW and I was able to pretty much sail right to the marina.  It was great to relax for a few days and enjoy the last few days of summer.  I’m also pleased that the sails and the engine are both working great.


Day 1: 20160918
12:45 – 16:37 (03:52)
Distance: 17.1 nm
Total Sail: 03:00
Total Engine: 00:52

Day 2: 20160921
14:00 – 17:58 (03:57)
Distance: 17.7 nm
Total Sail: 03:16
Total Engine: 00:41

Trip Distance: 34.8 nm
Trip Sail Time: 06:16
Trip Engine Time: 01:33

Sidney to Ganges – 20160902 to 20160905

Deb and I planned to meet Sara over at Ganges for the long weekend.  We pretty much motored the whole way there as we were late getting away from the dock, the wind was light and the days were getting shorter.

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We pulled into Ganges Marina around 19:30, tied up and went up to the Oystercatcher pub for dinner.  It was a good evening chatting with some of the locals and a few tourists.  Then we went back to Treylya for a few drinks and hit the sack.  Woke up early and went up to the Tree House Cafe for brunch.  The marina was pretty open but several boats from a small group pulled up late in the afternoon.  Sara came over and met us and we hung out at Moby’s Pub for the remainder of the afternoon and retired back on Treylya for evening drinks.  We could hear the group of boaters outside talking, drinking and laughing as the night wound down.

We had a late rise the next morning and I hung out at the boat and puttered around while the girls went to the market to do some shopping.  So nice to see Deb and Sara getting to spend quality time together.

On Monday we woke to a nice southerly wind so we had breakfast, said goodbye to Sara (she was taking the ferry back to Vancouver), filled up with fuel and motored out of Ganges Harbour.  The wind was on our nose so we motored for an hour thru the swells, out into Swanson Channel.  We were able to turn south at this point and since there was a nice wind we figured we raise the sails.  I loosened the main halyard, attached it to the main sail and pulled on it to raise the sail.  It became stuck and no matter how hard I pulled it wouldn’t raise any higher.  I jumped up on the deck and could see that the main halyard was wrapped around the mast and the cable was caught on the mast light about 25 feet up.  Groan.  This happened because the swell caused the boat to rock and when I loosened the lines they got fouled.  Grrrr.  I pulled the main sail back down and set out to free the line.  This same thing happened once before and I was able to get it undone by flicking the halyard line but this time the seas were rolling, the wind was blowing and I didn’t feel like risking my life for a short sail.  I’d take care of it when the boat was back in the peace and calm of my slip.

Therefore we motored the rest of the way back to the slip the whole time I was fuming because I was missing a good day sailing.  We pulled in to the slip, started to clean up and within 2 minutes I had the line free and working again.  Too bad I missed a good day sailing but it was a quick fix and I’ll be ready to go next time…


Day 1: Sidney to Ganges
Date: Sept 02, 2016
15:50 – 19:34 (03:44)
Distance: 15.1 nm
Sail Time: 00:00
Motor Time: 03:44

Day 2: Ganges to Sidney
Date: Sept 05, 2016
09:47 – 13:31 (03:44)
Distance: 15:3 nm
Sail Time: 00:00
Motor Time: 03:44

Total Distance: 30.4 nm
Total Sail Time: 00:00
Total Motor Time: 07:28

Sidney to Savary Island – 20160806 to 20160821 (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1


Cam agreed to join me for a couple of nights for the sail back south.

We tidied up the cottage and caught the ferry back to Lund.  We spent the night on the boat at the marina and got an early (05:50) start the next morning.  It was still dark when we cast off and we motored south, past the shoal south of Savary Island and raised the sails as a NW wind was picking up.  We enjoyed a nice sail for most of the day running downwind but about half way down Texada Island the swells started to build which made for an uncomfortable sail.  We were making pretty good time and sailed south, between Texada and Lasqueti Islands.  Once we were around the southern tip of Texada we started the motor and motored over to Secret Cove.

As we were nearing Secret Cove I could feel the engine slowing down and almost stall.  I gave her more fuel using the throttle and after a few tense moments the engine picked back up and everything appeared ok.  We chugged into the narrow passage to Secret Cove and pulled up to the fuel dock to fill up.  We chatted with people at the marina and picked up a steak for the BBQ.  The wind was picking up pretty good and there was a small craft warning on but this was a nice protected cove with lot’s room for several boats at anchor.  We dropped the hook, fired up the BBQ and cracked a beer.  By now it was howling but the anchor seemed well set as we danced back and forth on anchor.  We hit the sack early as we were planning to drop Cameron over at Halfmoon Bay by 07:30 so that he could catch a taxi/ferry back to Vancouver.  As we were settling in for the night a few fellas from the large boat behind us came over to let us know that they’d be leaving early and would need to pull up close to us as we were settled back near their anchor.  We were planning on leaving early anyway so that was fine.

We woke up by 05:45 and had a quick bite and when we jumped up on deck to start the motor we noticed that the boat next to us was in the process of pulling their anchor and their boat was getting close.  We fired up the engine and I pulled in our anchor rode which pulled the boat forward, away from the other boat.  We waved and steamed out of the passage and around the corner to Halfmoon Bay.  I slowed the boat as we neared the dock and the engine slowed and stalled as we drifted towards the public dock.  Since the engine was off I didn’t have reverse but luckily we were going slow and I jumped off and used the stern line to slow and stop the boat before she crashed into the dock.  Cam grabbed his bags and jumped onto the dock and helped me get her tied up.  It turned out that we were on the Coast Guard dock which is off limits to pleasure craft but my motor wouldn’t start right away so I figured they’d be ok with me being there…  Luckily it started back up after a few minutes and I was underway once again.

I motored out to Georgia Straight once again and turned south and raised the sails.  The wind was up and to the NW once again so I sailed with the wind behind me.  The swells grew and after a few hours I noticed I had entered Navy Practice Area WF.  My understanding is that pleasure craft are allowed to enter WF but I can’t find a definite answer online so I’m not sure.  However there I was, out in WF and I noticed three large navy vessels motoring in formation towards me.  Yikes…  I was still a little shellshocked about what happened in WG so I wasted no time to tack and head back out of the area.  They got closer and formed a straight line and moved parallel with me towards the edge of the area.  I’m not sure if they were just performing a training exercise or if they were trying to intimidate me but it worked so I continued to sail towards the edge to exit the zone. There was another sailboat sailing about 1 NM south of me which was sailing along the outside edge of the zone and the first ship passed directly in front of it and the 2nd ship passed directly behind it so I think they were just performing a training exercise.secf-not35-img13-en

It made for an interesting few hours before they finally moved off and disappeared down south.  I continued South  and about 6 NM to the west of the entrance to Gibsons harbour I noticed a large dark shadow following me for a while.  Initially I was thinking it was a shadow from a cloud but I looked up and there were no clouds in the sky.  It stayed about 50 meters behind me for a couple of miles and while I wasn’t sure if it was a whale or a submarine I assumed it was a submarine since I was near the DND sub surface operations area (Sea Area WE).  Who knows…  It slowly disappeared as I got within a couple of miles from the Gibson’s harbour entrance.

I sailed right into the harbour and dropped the sails outside of the Gibsons Marina and motored into my assigned slip.  I was a little worried about the engine cutting out at the worst possible moment but all was well and I got tied up in my berth.  I spent the day exploring around Gibsons and enjoyed a bite to eat at Molly’s Reach.  It brought back many memories from various trips years ago.  Also there’s the nostalgia that goes along with The Beachcombers, The Persephone and Molly’s Reach…

I relaxed all the next day, did laundry, showered and explored around Gibsons.  It’s a beautiful little town that wasn’t too busy with tourists with a beautiful little walkway along the shoreline to town.  I spent the evening at Grandma’s Pub and made arrangements to meet Deb and the girls in Vancouver tomorrow.  I’ll sail and meet them somewhere downtown.  The winds are forecast to be fairly high which should make for a quick sail.

Next morning came and I checked the forecast and the winds were suppose to be around 20 knots from the NW so it should be a brisk quick sail.  I motored out thru Shoal Channel and into the straight and the winds were blowing pretty good as forecasted.  I put up full sails and enjoyed a fairly stong wind behind me as I proceeded around the south end of Bowen Island.  The wind picked up a little things were getting a little tense so I figured I’d reef in the jib a little to reduce the sail size.  I put the autohelm on while I was adjusting the sail but the wind took control of the boat and rounded her up into the wind which caused the sails to flap uncontrollably.  Groan.  Out in Georgia Straight again with things getting a little harry.  The wind had picked up to 28 knots and big swells were bouncing me around pretty good.  I killed the auto-pilot and let the boat point into the wind while I wrestled in the jib.  I managed to get things under control and fell off to sail downwind and towards Bowen Island.  A ferry passed close by and the waves from the ferry combined with the other swells to make a confused sea.  I fought thru it and sailed towards to the lee of Bowen Island.

Once in the lee of the island everything settled down and I called Deb and the girls to let them know of a change in plans.  I decided to change plans and head into Snug Cove on Bowen Island instead of trying to make it for downtown Vancouver.  It’ll be no fun to fight single-handed into Vancouver and find anchorage in a NW wind with a grumpy unreliable motor.  Snug Cove is a beautiful little cove on Bowen Island and is well protected in a NW wind so I figured I’d just anchor there and take the ferry over to Horseshoe Bay to meet everyone.  There were no vacancies in the anchorage so I made for the Snug Cove marina.  Unfortunately there was no room at the marina but I managed to find a spot at the public wharf (right next door) by rafting up to another boat that was there.

2016-08-19-15-10-23Rafting is a common, acceptable practice when space is limited and while not every boat owner likes the idea of having someone else tied up next to them it’s perfectly legal.  The owner of this boat wasn’t around so I tied up and jumped on the ferry for Horseshoe Bay to meet the girls.




It’s always so nice to spend time with my girls.  So nice to see what beautiful young ladies they are becoming.  Their mother has done a great job raising them and they are well grounded young women with positive outlooks on life.  They really have bonded with Debbie and it seems like they enjoy spending time with us as much as we enjoy time with them.


We caught the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, picked up groceries and settled in for the night.  The forecast for tomorrow was for moderate NW winds and we would need to make an early start to make the currents thru Porlier Pass tomorrow morning.  I woke before 6am and monitored the forecast and the winds for a while before getting up.  Deb joined me on deck and we agreed to let the girls sleep in while we cast off.  The girls were up before we motored out of the cove as they were excited about the crossing in front of us.  The NW wind was between 15 and 17 knots and the sea swells grew after a few hours.  The conditions were fine but the large swells made for a crappy crossing.  Taeya started feeling sick after a few hours, she turned white and started puking before long.  Deb was next to start feeling sick so it was up so Brooklyn and I to steer the boat for the remainder of the day.  Luckily the girls felt better once we turned south and the swells were behind us instead of hitting us on the side.  We saw a pod of killer whales 500 meters or so off the starboard side and we enjoyed decent conditions the second part of the day.

There’s an area west of the mouth of the Fraser River where murky water from the silt of the Fraser mixes with the clear sea water to form a distinct line thru the Straight.  It was kinda weird passing thru this line with the murky water on the Island (west) side of the Straight.  This line appeared reversed as the murky water is typically on the Fraser River side but I guess with all the NW wind in the past few weeks it has blown the silt over to the other side of the Straight.

We sailed down past Active Pass towards Saturna Island and by good fortune (and a bit of planning) we arrived at Boat Passage and entered Winter Cove at slack.  Boat Passage has an interesting history from the days of the rum runners which I’ve spoke of previously.  We went for a hike, had a BBQ and turned in for the night.

Next morning we woke up and decided to make for Sidney. The wind was blowing from the south…  just the direction we wanted to go.  Groan.  We motored out towards Plumper Sound and  the waves started to build.  I could see by the look on Taeya’s face that she was starting to feel seasick so instead of putting her thru another day of boating hell I turned around and headed to the Saturna Island ferry terminal.  The ferry was pulling up just as we got near the terminal so we tied up to a private mooring buoy and jumped into the inflatable and I dropped the girls off on shore and they raced up to catch the ferry.  Luck was on our side and they managed to catch it just in time.  Whew.

I motored out into the sound and beat my way south as Treylya smashed thru the waves.  I rounded the tip of South Pender Island and out into Boundary Pass and turned west towards home port.  The wind was now behind me and I was fortunate enough to have the current behind me as well so I enjoyed a quick sail back to Sidney, often reaching speeds over 7.5 knots.  I was nearing port around the same time Deb and the girls were so they just caught a taxi over to the marina to meet me.  The motor stalled once again as I was pulling into my slip but I was again lucky enough to stop her using a line fastened to the wharf before she smashed into the dock.

Very disappointed now that the Volvo diesel motor is having issues and is stalling out.  Groan…  Another project…

We tidied up Treylya and headed for home.  Whew…  What a great few weeks…  I need a rest.

Day 8: Lund to Secret Cove
Date: August 16, 2016
05:50 – 18:13 (12:23)
Distance: 51.8 nm
Sail Time: 10:19
Engine Time: 02:04

Day 9: Secret Cove to Gibsons
Date: August 17, 2016
06:00 – 14:13 (08:11)
Distance: 30.4 nm
Sail Time: 05:17
Engine Time: 02:54

Day 10: Gibsons to Snug Cove
Date:August 19, 2016
07:10 – 12:58 (05:48)
Distance: 17.4 nm
Sail Time: 04:19
Engine Time: 01:28

Day 11: Snug Cove to Winter Cove
Date:August 20, 2016
07:12 – 18:35 (11:23)
Distance: 41.5 nm
Sail Time: 05:24
Engine Time: 05:58

Day 12: Winter Cove to Sidney
Date:August 21, 2016
09:13 – 14:23 (05:10)
Distance: 19.6 nm
Sail Time: 01:49
Engine Time: 03:20

Trip Sail Time: 52:03
Trip Engine Time: 24:22
Trip Distance: 322.4 nm

Sidney to Savary Island – 20160806 to 20160821 (Part 1)

Now that I’m back in BC I’m planning a trip out sailing for a few weeks.  Was thinking that I might try to head to Desolation Sound but it’ll take about 6 days to get there and six days back so I won’t have much time to explore, but hey this is about the sailing right…  Deb agreed to head out with me for the weekend at Montague, she’d get the ferry back and I’ll continue on.  I talked with my former business partner and friend Cameron and he agreed to meet me in Nanaimo for most of the rest of the trip North.

Sara took the ferry over from Vancouver to join us for the weekend so Deb, Sara and I set out from Sidney on Saturday morning.  There was a nice southeast wind and we got to sail most of the way to Montague.  Bonus!  Sara was feeling a little seasick so Deb fed her some Mrs. Vicky’s salt and vinegar chips which always works wonders.  We pulled in, dropped anchor near the marina and had a quick bite to eat and a drink as we straightened things away and headed in to catch the bus to the Hummingbird Pub.  The ride to the pub on the pub bus is a fun experience.  The bus driver is a fun loving hippie who handed out instruments and had us all singing and banging whatever instrument (maracas, tambourine, drum, etc) we had in our hands to the beat of old 60s tunes blaring out on the loudspeakers…  It was a perfect start to a night that we figured would go down in the history books.  Not so much…  We got to the pub and it was fairly busy and we couldn’t find a table so we sat at the bar.  The lady at the bar was super busy and stressed and explained they were very understaffed.  She was nice and kept apologizing for the slow service as several patrons visibly upset.  We finally got our drinks after 30 minutes and it took another 30 to get food but we were in no hurry and were having a laugh talking and sharing pictures on our phones…  We stayed for another drink and went back out to catch the bus back to the marina, took the inflatable back to the boat and turned in for the night.

The next morning we headed in to the little marina restaurant for a few cocktails and brunch.  We spent most of the day walking in the park and hanging out on the beach.  Deb made arrangements for the girls to have a spa day on Monday and I planned to set sail towards Nanaimo…

I departed Monday around noon, chugged north thru Trincomali Channel and made plans with Cam to meet him in Nanaimo Tuesday afternoon.  That’ll give me a night somewhere between Montague and Nanaimo.  I think I’ll head to Silva Bay, a little bay on the south end of Gabriola Island.  It’s a great little spot that I visited several times years ago on my previous sailboat, Alleluia.  I was a little concerned about motoring thru Porlier Pass as  Porlier is known to be a nasty spot (rocks, back eddies, strong currents) when the current is running (it can get up to 6 knots) but I arrived near slack so everything was ok.

I arrived at Silva Bay around 18:00 and it was packed…  I circled several times but didn’t feel comfortable about squeezing Treylya into the middle of the tight fleet that was anchored so I moved towards the entrance and found a spot near the northeast opening to the bay.  I dropped the hook and once I had it set I realized I was a little closer to a big wooden power boat than I would have liked.  Luckily there was no wind so I headed below to make dinner and take a break.  The whole time I was down there I was assessing the situation and as the sun was setting I decided to haul anchor and reset it a little further from my neighbour.  I felt much better about the new placement (as I’m sure my neighbour was as well) so I crawled into the sleeping bag to catch some sleep.

I woke several times during the night to check on things and make sure I wasn’t drifted onto my neighbour but everything was fine so I drifted back to sleep.  Next morning I had breakfast and got underway around 09:20.  There was little wind so I enjoyed a quick steam north to Nanaimo.

I arrived outside the Nanaimo Inner Harbour and when I radioed in I was assigned a berth at S dock…  S dock?  Hmmm…  Not familiar with that one…  Turns out it’s a dock across the harbour from the amenities and is primarily used by large boats.  I was sandwiched in between two massive boats which made Treylya look somewhat out of place…

Cam took the ferry over from North Vancouver and met me at the marina.  We dropped his stuff at the boat and headed over to the grocery store to pick up the necessities (beer, wine, food and water) for the next few days of sailing.  Next we jumped in the inflatable and headed over to the Dingy Dock Pub on Newcastle Island for dinner.  The Dingy Dock Pub is one of those places you have to visit if you are visiting Nanaimo by boat.  It’s a neat little pub with good food and live music.  Cam and I enjoyed dinner on the patio and watched the boats come and go as the sun settled over the horizon.  We headed back to the boat and John Day, Treylya’s former owner, came down to meet us for a beer on the boat.  It was great seeing John again.  John, Cameron and I worked together back in the early 2000’s at WebTech and Cameron and John had lots to catch up on.

Next day Cam and I cleaned up, set out around 10:30 and hoisted the sails when we rounded Protection Island. Unfortunately the wind was from the NW which was the direction we wanted to go so we decided to point as high as we could and sail across Georgia Straight.  If all goes as planned we’d end up somewhere over near the south end of Lasqueti Island where we could just anchor in one of the bays over there.

While we were heading across I noticed I didn’t have my handheld radio turned on so I flicked it on and within a minute or two I heard some chatter on the radio from Winchelsea Island to a sailboat somewhere.  Cam and I were enjoying the strong wind and though we couldn’t make the progress we wanted this was better than tacking back and forth into that wind.  We watched as a large US Navy vessel steamed south towards us.  Man, those are BIG vessels that move VERY FAST.  Luckily it looks like it’s heading behind us so we don’t have to worry about getting run over…  Another hailing over the radio…  This time it said “This is US freighter so and so hailing the sailing vessel which is three miles south of Winchelsea Island and is heading northeast.  You are about to enter the restricted military training area Whisky Golf.”  I looked at the charts and realized we were about three miles South of Winchelsea Island…  and were heading NE.  Hmmmm…  All of a sudden sirens started blasting out of the freighter and it turned course directly behind us.  Gulp…  That’s me they’re hailing!!!  Again they came on the radio “This is US freighter so and so hailing the sailing vessel which three miles south of Winchelsea Island and is heading northeast.  You are about to enter the restricted military training area Whisky Golf.  Alter your course 123 degrees.”  I grabbed the handheld and responded that we were altering course as directed.  Yikes…  What a fright…  I had forgotten about the restricted area WG!  WG is a restricted military training area outside of Nanaimo harbour that extends about 12 miles north along Vancouver Island.  It’s not always active but turns out today it was and we were close to entering it.  We altered course and the large freighter proceeded to chase us out of there.  My knees were shaking and after what felt like an eternity it finally changed course satisfied we were no longer a threat.  Lesson learnt.


Cam and I spent the rest of the day beating into the wind as we tacked back and forth between Vancouver Island and WG as we crawled our way northwest.  Groan…  After 05:22 we covered over 20 nm zig zagging our way northwest but the progress was only about 6.5 nm as the crow flies…  Around 16:00 we finally finished our last tack and were able to sail directly towards our destination.  We dropped the sails outside of Schooner Cove and motored in for the evening.  Schooner Cove turned out to be a great little spot to spend the evening.  It’s a resort and spa that’s currently under renovations so none of the spa amenities were operational but Cam and I weren’t looking to soak in a hot tub this evening.  We were just looking for a safe harbour for the night and this was perfect.


Next morning the winds were once again blowing pretty good (16-20 knots) from the northwest.  We cast off at 9:45 and motored northwest into the wind and after an hour we rounded Gerald Island. Once we felt we were far enough northwest to sail we hoisted the sails and enjoyed a thrilling sail across Ballenas Channel, and then across Georgia Straight to the southern tip of Lasqueti Island.  We were sailing close-hauled with the boat heeling well over so that water was lapping over the deck and were enjoying over 6 knots most of the way.  It was a quick sail across and at 13:00 we dropped the sails, started the motor and motored north thru Bull Passage.  We planned on dropping the anchor in one of the small bays (Deep Bay or White Rock Bay) near Jedediah Island but they were full so we went across and anchored at the NW end of Boho Bay.  Boho is pretty exposed to the south and is not a great place to anchor but in a NW wind it provides adequate protection.  Cam went exploring in the inflatable and I relaxed in the heat.  Tonight was the peak of the Perseid meteor shower so after dinner we settled in with a couple of sleeping bags and ample drinks on the deck to wait for the show.  It was a beautiful clear night and due to the lack of light pollution thousands of stars filled the sky.  I was lying on the deck under a sky of diamonds and I slowly drifted into asleep.  Cam woke me up as it was nearing midnight and the forecasted start of the show.  We watched a few shooting stars but they were few and far between so I fell back asleep after 20 minutes and missed the whole thing…

Next morning we got an early start and weighed anchor at 6:30.  We planned to head to Tribune Bay, Hornby Island and get a rest before we set out on a night sail to Savary Island later tonight.  It was another beautiful morning with a NW wind.  We motored northwest around Lasqueti Island, raised the sails and sailed across Georgia Straight to Tribune Bay.  Tribune Bay is a beautiful large sandy anchorage with a magnificent large sandy beach.  Cam and I dropped the hook and headed up to the market.  The market on Hornby Island is such a treat.  It’s filled with easy going hippies who run the eateries, grocery / general store and small clothing shops.  Everyone is relaxed and cheerful and there is a feeling of peace.  We had lunch, looked around, picked up groceries and then headed back to the boat.  Cam had a swim and then we relaxed in the shade for a short nap.

We got up around 19:00, had a bite to eat and got ready to set out again.  One of the items on my sailing bucket list is a night sail.  We’ve been planning this for a while now and finally the evening had arrived.  We raised the anchor just before 21:00 and motored out into Georgia Straight.  The wind was once again to the NW which meant we’d have to beat into it as we sailed north.  We raised the sails and our eyes adjusted to the growing darkness.  It was another beautiful evening and the moon lit up the sky so that things were surprisingly visible.  We headed across towards Texada Island but after a couple of miles the lights from a tug hauling a log boom were off our starboard so we tacked back towards Hornby again.  Once near Hornby we tacked back out into Georgia Straight and towards Texada Island once again.  The lights from the tug grew more and more distant and after an hour we began to feel all alone out in the straight in the darkness.  It’s amazing that the lights are visible for miles and miles in the dark.  You can see the lights of ships further at night than during the day.

All of a sudden, a whoosh and a motor boat appeared just off our port side.  I glanced over and could see a man and woman in the cabin of their boat, their worried faces lit up from the glow of chart plotter they were huddled around.  They were motoring along with no running lights on (which made it impossible to see them) and they had no one on watch.  The wind was blowing so I didn’t hear them either until they were within 10 feet of us.  What a rush!  Luckily they saw our lights thru their window and avoided us at the last second.  That was too close for comfort…  They were gone as quickly as they appeared so I couldn’t see a name of a boat to hail them to warn them that they didn’t have their running lights on.

The wind was blowing pretty good so we sailed for the entire night, watching for lights of tugs and cruise ships and monitoring the movement of ships on an AIS app I had installed on my iPhone.  We could only see the water about 6 feet from the boat so I had visions of us smashing into a dead head at any point, which was a little unnerving.  We had to tack a few times to avoid traffic but the night went pretty uneventful.  Cam and I took 2 hour shifts which provided a little time to get some sleep and by the time the sun came up we were both in pretty good shape.  The winds jumped up into the mid 20s as the sun was rising but fortunately we were north enough to now run broad-reach over towards the mainland.

We rounded Harwood Island to the south and started the motor as the wind was now on our nose and we had enough of beating into the wind under sail.  The wind dropped back a bit and we chugged for a couple of hours up to Lund and tied up at the marina there.  Whew finally made it!


Lund is as far north as we’re going to sail and the plan is to catch the ferry over to Savary Island and relax for a few days at Cameron’s summer cottage there before heading home.


We took the ferry over from Lund.  A daily ferry service operates in the summer and it’s a quick trip over from Lund. Savary Island is a beautiful little island that’s surrounded by sandy beaches.  It’s a very quite island with only a few full time residents but gets busy in the summer as the tourists flock to it’s cottages.  There’s a pub and general store on the island but not much else.  There are not many good anchorages but you can find safe harbour from a south wind on it’s north side.  The south side of the island has a few places to drop the hook but it’s fairly tricky to get close in a low tide as the shoreline is peppered with huge rocks just under the surface and there’s a shoal that extends several miles to the south that a boater must be wary of.  Cam has a nice little spot on the north side of the island, high on a bluff and overlooking the ocean below.  It’s facing Desolation Sound to the North and is a peaceful place to relax on those warm summer days.

We hung out for a few days and did a few odd jobs such as replacing a few of the planks on the patio and painting it and fixing the walkway down to the beach.  Mostly I just hung out in the hammock and played with the resident deer that visited us every afternoon.

After a couple of restful days I’m feeling ready to tackle the trip back south…

(Continued on Part 2)

Day 1: Sidney to Montague
Date: August 06, 2016
11:30 – 16:51 (05:21)
Distance: 17.4 nm
Sail Time: 03:43
Engine Time: 01:38

Day 2: Montague to Silva Bay
Date: August 08, 2016
11:45 – 17:47 (06:02)
Distance: 21.9 nm
Sail Time: 00:00
Engine Time: 06:02

Day 3: Silva Bay to Nanaimo
Date: August 09, 2016
09:22 – 12:51 (03:28)
Distance: 12nm
Sail Time: 00:00
Engine Time: 03:28

Day 4: Nanaimo to Schooner Cove
Date: August 10, 2016
10:30 – 17:28 (6:57)
Distance: 25.8 nm
Sail Time: 06:11
Engine Time: 00:46

Day 5: Schooner Cove to Boho Bay
Date: August 11, 2016
09:45 – 14:14 (3:31)
Distance: 15.2 nm
Sail Time: 02:21
Engine Time: 01:10

Day 6: Boho Bay to Tribune Bay
Date: August 12, 2016
06:27 – 12:47 (06:19)
Distance: 18.8 nm
Sail Time: 02:18
Engine Time: 04:01

Day 7: Tribune Bay to Lund (Night Sail)
Date: August 12-13, 2016
20:50 – 10:51 (+1) (14:08)
Distance: 50.6 nm
Sail Time: 10:22
Engine Time: 03:41

(Continued on Part 2)


Sidney to Montague – 20160703 to 20160704

After a few days at the apartment I was itching to head out again.  This time I was gonna go for an extended trip.  Perhaps to Desolation Sound or up island somewhere…  We’re heading back to NL for a wedding celebration (ours) in mid July so this was a chance for me to get away on Treylya before I’m away from her for a few weeks.  BUT life get’s in the way…  We are doing a ballroom dancing course and I just ordered a bunch of furniture which is due to show up next week…  SOOOO, I gotta hang around next week…  grrrr…

Oh well, one last outing this weekend I guess.  Deb didn’t feel up to it so I headed out to Montague once again.  Monday is a holiday (July 4th) for me so I might stay at Montague for a night and then head to Ganges for a few days.

I had great sailing for a couple of hours before the winds died off and I started the old diesel and chugged to Montague.  There were no mooring buoys free so I was forced to anchor.  I anchored at the southeast end of the harbour and there was virtually no cell coverage so I figured I would head to Ganges tomorrow.  I settled in for an early night and drifted off to sleep.

Next morning was fair so I had breakfast and started out towards Ganges.  I got part of the way across Captain Passage and found a nice 13-18 knot wind from the south.  The weather forecast wasn’t great for the next few days and there were good winds today so I made a quick decision to enjoy the day sailing and head on back to Victoria.  I tacked out thru Captain Passage to Swanson Channel and enjoyed a great sail back to Portland Island.  These days are made for sailing.

I motored to Coal Island and had to fight a steady 3 knot current against me as I was heading into the harbour.  Groan…  What should have been 45 minutes turned into an hour and a half.  Oh well, a bad day sailing is better than a good day at work…

20160704 Trip

Day 1: July 03, 2016
12:30 – 16:50 (04:20)
Distance: 16.8 nm
Sail Time: 02:34
Engine Time: 01:46

Day 2: July 04, 2016
09:50 – 15:19 (05:29)
Distance: 20.3 nm
Sail Time: 02:27
Engine Time: 03:02

Sidney to Montague – 20160624 to 20160626

Deb finished work an hour early and took the bus to meet me in Sidney.  It was a beautiful afternoon so we steamed out into the channel but our wind died before we had a chance to get the sails up so we steamed all the way to Montague.

Montague is really starting to pick up and it was packed full of boats so we were lucky to get one of the last mooring buoys available.

We were both a little tired from a long week and there wasn’t much love in the evening so we turned in early.  Next day we went for a hike and enjoyed brunch on the patio at Montague Harbour.  The cafe there is running in full swing and everyone seemed to be rather relaxed in the summer heat.  Deb caught the ferry back to Victoria and I stuck around to relax, eat and drink on the patio.  Ah…  Life’s good…


There was a beautiful sunset that evening and I was located so that I could watch it drop down between a break in the trees where the lagoon is.  Absolutely breathtaking.


Next day I decided to head back to Sidney.  There was some nice wind so I was able to sail for a good part of it… always a bonus.


20160624 Trip

Day 1: June 24, 2016
15:03 – 18:53 (03:45)
Distance: 16.1 nm
Sail Time: 00:00
Engine Time: 03:45

Day 2: June 26, 2016
10:40 – 15:28 (04:48)
Distance: 17.7 nm
Sail Time: 02:15
Engine Time: 02:33