Sidney to Montague – 20170922 to 20170924

The forecast for the weekend was looking nice so I headed out to the boat on Friday, provisioned and settled in for a relaxing evening. Saturday morning was warm with calm winds so I cast off around 11am and motored north. I was planning to go to Ganges for the night but decided to head to Montague since I had everything on board that I needed for a night at anchor.

I motored out into the harbour, thru the passage on the inside (west side) of Coal Island and past Swartz Bay toward Portland Island. The current was against me but luckily it was a light current and didn’t have much of an impact on the speed.  I passed a few fellas salmon fishing and we had a chat, they weren’t getting much action but we agreed that it was a nice day on the water.

The wind was from the SE and when I rounded Beaver Point it was behind me. I decided to raise the sails when I passed the Channel Islands and got to enjoy a nice sail down Captain Passage to Selby Point, Prevost Island. I fired up the motor and crossed Trincomali Channel to Montague Harbour.

Downwind Sailing / Google Photos

Although the weather is still beautiful there are not many boats on the go this time of year.  There were loads of open mooring buoys and I tied up to a buoy just past 15:00. The temperature was warm and I was beat so I cracked a beer and relaxed to rebuild my energy.

Montague Harbour in the Fall / Google Photos

After a few minutes I was ready to set up the BBQ and get preparations started on dinner. I hooked up the BBQ and went to fire it up but no flame. Hmmm… After a few minutes of trouble shooting it turned out that my 12 lb propane tank wasn’t outputting any propane even though I just had it filled. Perhaps it’s defective. I disconnected it and connected the BBQ to the main propane tank and it worked fine. Oh well, I’ll have to take that one in and get someone to take a look at it.

I had a nice BBQ and relaxed for the evening with a few tunes. It was a clear night and the sky was full of stars. It’s amazing how lit up the sky is when you are not around any lights. Very nice…

I woke up Sunday morning, had breakfast, untied from the buoy and set out by 10am. It was a great sail when I got out into Trincomali Channel and the wind was blowing nicely when I got into Captain Passage. There’s no nicer feeling than that of Treylya leaned over under strain from a good wind, to feel the power of the boat as it cuts thru the waves and of the sound of waves splashing against her hull. Man, I love it…

Great Day Sailing / Google Photos
Feeling Good on This Sunny Day / Google Photos

The wind stayed pretty consistent until I got back near Sidney and I motored back into my berth.  Another great day on the water.  Gotta love it.  I spent the next few hours cleaning, tidying up and straightening away.

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