Rough Crossing

Popcorn managed to eat something along the way that badly upset her intestines, worrisome enough to make us want her to see a vet.  After some cellphone consultation leaving Desolation Sound the best option was Westview Powell River.  We had stopped there northbound for 3 needed items – a particular chart, bear spray and tape – and scored all three in the wonderful little general store at the head of the dock, a store seemingly stocked with one of everything. 

Our vet visit worked out fine though it took several unplanned hours. 

Westview is now high on our list of drop-in supply stops along the Sunshine Coast.

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We arrived at Pender Harbor near dusk after a long day made extra tiring by the medical excitement.  Pender is a highly developed area with many marinas, pubs and other attractions.  We elected to anchor out at Garden Bay near the Seattle Yacht Club outstation.

Being late and tired I had the typical excuses for not getting my laptop off to a wi-fi hotspot for a proper weather forecast.  Instead we left early the next morning in light winds at Garden Bay to cross the Strait of Georgia to Nanaimo when “the waves should not have built up yet”. 

Wrong.  In fact they were blowing hard, as they had been all night, so by the time we were well out in the Strait we had to pound into 4 foot confused seas for several hours with the occasional larger wave, mighty uncomfortable in a 32-foot boat no matter how seaworthy. 
We ended up “tacking” to ease the ride. 

On the other hand, out of 5 weeks this crossing of the Strait of Georgia was the really the only rough water we had.

The upside was a couple days in Nanimo, another favorite destination.  Meals at several delightful restaurants:  Wesley Street Café gourmet dinner, Penny’s Palapa on the docks and Mon Petit Choux for breakfast or lunch.  Serious Coffee is a pleasant wi-fi spot.  Stopped in at the well stocked nautical bookstore.  Visited the museum to learn about local history including the Newcastle Island coal mines. Last Next