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Sailing With Howard And Yasmine

Written by:martin
Published on August 2nd, 2014 @ 19:30:00 , using 201 words, 48 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

42.0 miles, 10:13:03 hours

Out sailing into the Strait of Georgia with Howard and Yasmine. A little light leaving Howe Sound, but great wind once south of Bowen with Yasimine captaining the boat at almost 7 knots. Heading back we hoisted the spinnaker to get some speed, but eventually ended up with Howard guiding us back under motor. Fantastic day out with long lost friends.

Sailing With Howard And Yasmine
42.0 miles, 10:13:03 hoursOut sailing into the Strait of Georgia with Howard and Yasmine. A little light leaving Howe Sound, but great wind once south of Bowen with Yasimine captaining the boat at almost 7 knots. Heading back we hoisted the spinnaker to get some speed, but eventually ended up with Howard guiding us back under motor. Fantastic day out with long lost friends.

Leaving Bowen
Bowen Island is retreating into the distance as we set off

From The Bow
Relaxing on the bow without having to worry about the "autopilot" loosing control

Relaxed Captain
Captain Yas relaxing at the tiller

Good Speed
The wind is up as is the speed of the boat

Enjoying Being Captain
Yasmine enjoying her day out of sailing while trying not to scare her Dad too much

Bouncing On The Bow
Getting my feet wet as we bounced through the Strait

Spinnaker Is Up
Spinnaker is up and flying on our way back home

Solo Sail July 27, 2014

Written by:martin
Published on July 27th, 2014 @ 18:09:00 , using 115 words, 3 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

6.6 miles, 2:08:25 hours

Fantastic Sunday afternoon sail after spending the day fixing the broken bits on the boat. The new (working) Fish Finder worked well navigating me around Deep Bay. The weather was much better than the wind which quit part way to Passage Island, but the sun made it an enjoyable sail.

Solo Sail July 27, 2014
6.6 miles, 2:08:25Fantastic Sunday afternoon sail after spending the day fixing the broken bits on the boat. The new (working) Fish Finder worked well navigating me around Deep Bay. The weather was much better than the wind which quit part way to Passage Island, but the sun made it an enjoyable sail.

Sitting On The Bow
Sitting on the bow of the boat soaking up the sun

5th Annual Orchard Recovery Center Golf Tournament

Written by:martin
Published on July 22nd, 2014 @ 13:39:00 , using 75 words, 5 views
Posted in Bowen

5th Annual Orchard Recovery Center Golf Tournament.

Good thing it was a Texas Scramble as my talent at golf is slightly lacking. Sean was able to make huge drives, but rarely did they go straight. Luckily one of the 3 some could actually shoot relatively straight. Still a wonderful day out with co-workers and alumni.

5th Annual Orchard Recovery Center Golf Tournament
5th Annual Orchard Recovery Center Golf Tournament ... would have been a straighter course if I could actually hit the ball straight.

Bowen Island Yacht Club Rendezvous

Written by:martin
Published on July 20th, 2014 @ 17:57:00 , using 355 words, 4 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

2014 Bowen Island Yacht Club Rendezvous (Nanaimo and Silva Bay Trip)

Weekend total: 89.5 miles, 21:52:58 hrs

Friday (Red): 33.6 miles, 7:54:26 hours
Wonderful wind in Howe Sound, but as usual there was no wind at Cowan Point. Put the motor on and started heading out across the Strait. Just as the wind picked up the motor died. Replaced the filter and bleed the fuel lines while under sail which was rather entertaining. Spent the night at the Dingy Dock.

Saturday (Yellow): 31.0 miles, 7:05:12 hours
Fast run over to Silva Bay with great wind in the Strait often hitting 7 knots. As I turned to enter Silva Bay the wind died and the motor quit again ... this time I was unable to get it started and needed to be towed into the marina. Cleaned out the filter again and put in fresh diesel. When the tank reads half it is probably empty. Peaceful evening at Paiges Marina.

Sunday (Magenta): 24.9 miles, 6:53:20 hours
Headed home to Bowen. Good wind for half the crossing, but the wind died south of Bowen ... still a great day out on the water.

Bowen Island Rendezvous
2014 Bowen Island Yacht Club Rendezvous (Nanaimo and Silva Bay Trip)Weekend total: 89.5 miles, 21:52:58 hrsFriday (Red): 33.6 miles, 7:54:26 hoursWonderful wind in Howe Sound, but as usual there was no wind at Cowan Point. Put the motor on and started heading out across the Strait. Just as the wind picked up the motor died. Replaced the filter and bleed the fuel lines while under sail which was rather entertaining. Spent the night at the Dingy Dock.Saturday (Yellow): 31.0 miles, 7:05:12 hoursFast run over to Silva Bay with great wind in the Strait often hitting 7 knots. As I turned to enter Silva Bay the wind died and the motor quit again ... this time I was unable to get it started and needed to be towed into the marina. Cleaned out the filter again and put in fresh diesel. When the tank reads half it is probably empty. Peaceful evening at Paiges Marina.Sunday (Magenta): 24.9 miles, 6:53:20 hoursHeaded home to Bowen. Good wind for half the crossing, but the wind died south of Bowen ... still a great day out on the water.

Round Anvil Island

Written by:martin
Published on July 12th, 2014 @ 19:40:00 , using 334 words, 9 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

30.6 miles, 8:32:43 hours

Great day to be out on the water as there was wind and sun. Went round Anvil Island for the first time which proved interesting as the wind seemed to follow me allowing for the spinnaker to be flown about 3/4 of the way round the island. There were a lot of other boats out on the water including a couple of naval vessels on training trips. Found a few places that looked like they would be good for anchoring on an overnight.

Looking North
Anvil Island is way up there ... soon I will be heading north

On The Bow
The autopilot held for a few minutes which allowed me to sit on the bow with the spinnaker up

Nice Day For A Spinnaker
Good wind resulted in 6+ knots for most of the trip north

Autopilot
My autopilot ... cheap and sometimes effective, although it often turns 360's on its own

Pam Rocks
Pam Rocks ... where the weather station is located for Howe Sound

Anvil Island
Anvil Island getting closer

Spinnaker Is Still Up

East Side Of Anvil
The east side of Anvil Island

Port Mellon
Looking towards Port Mellon

Defense Islands
Guarding the entrance to the channel to Squamish

Looking Towards Squamish
Looking towards Squamish ... wonder what that trip would be like

West Side Of Anvil
West side of Anvil Island

Still Have Wind
Even though the forecast was for the wind to drop it stayed for an exciting ride south of Anvil

Long Way Home
It's a long way home from here ... can hardly see Passage Island

Christie Islet
There are a lot of birds on this piece of rock and they made a lot of noise

Navy Training Ship
The Canadian Navy is training north of Bowen

Round Anvil
30.6 miles, 8:32:43 hoursGreat day to be out on the water as there was wind and sun. Went round Anvil Island for the first time which proved interesting as the wind seemed to follow me allowing for the spinnaker to be flown about 3/4 of the way round the island. There were a lot of other boats out on the water including a couple of naval vessels on training trips. Found a few places that looked like they would be good for anchoring on an overnight.

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