George has put together a 2minute trailer for our 2006 trip on youtube:
Gives a nice taste of last year’s trip…
Bill, Paolo and I set out from Wier’s beach near William head and followed the coastline around William Head, Pedder Bay, inside Bentinck Island, Christopher Point, Whirl bay and eventually to a beach by Large Bedford Island. Conditions were nice and we avoided the wind and any flood current by hugging the shore and pokinmg around islets. After lunch the wind had built a bit and the current was flooding strongly. I put up the PA sail and we cruised quickly from the Bedfords to Pedder Bay by way of Race Pasage. Once in Pedder Bay, the wind was at our side and there seemed to be a current eddy pushing us out, so it was slow going from there back to the beach. A very nice day, sunny, breezy but not too much. The winds at Race rocks rose gradually from 15 knots at 10 AM when we started to 25 at 3 PM when we finished.
Here are some images from the week…
Some Video clips:
I am posting a “week in review” post with tracks since I sent all the daily posts by e-mail from my pocket PC. I’ll follow with some pictures.
The tracks for the whole week…
100 km for the week, 54 NM, YTD: 895 km
Went to Elk lake to help out with the VCKC practice session. Took my SOF boat and my new feathercraft klatwa paddle which arrived yesterday. It is almost excatly the same dimensions as my usual GP, so it was a comfortable “fit”.
Did not have a GPS, so estimate 1 NM of travel…
2 km, 1 NM, YTD 784
Duncan, Roscoe, Jennie, Lani, Gary, David, Stephen and I set out from Island View Beach for a nice paddle out to D’Arcy Island. Conditions were great with a steady flood all day. We had a nice lunch break and paddled back by way of Salllas Rocks. The pace was relaxed and the company was great – good chats!
17 km, 9.1 NM, YTD 782 km
Gordin and I set out from Albert Head lagoon and paddled leisurely along the shoreline to Witty’s lagoon for lunch and back. We explored the shoreline and saw a bunch of kelp which seemed to be suffering from something – many heads had no fronds and were bleached and almost eaten-looking on one side. I also enjoyed seeing all the pillow basalt lava close up and from the ocean. We also had a nice chat with an American couple who were just finishing up a year long sailing trip from Seattle to Mexico to Hawaii and back. Lots of seals with pups along the shore. The weather was grey but quite calm.
12 km, 6.4 NM, YTD 765 km
Though my GPS stopped recording the track from around rafael Point onwards, I have been able to do our first few days. I will have to make up the remainder of the tracks using what I can get from Pete and George’ GPS units
Remember the main trip report is at: http://www.islandnet.com/~mjackson/pblog/2007/07/july-20th-to-28th-nootka-sound-to-port.html and photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/WestCoastVancouverIslandTripJuly2007
Bill, Roscoe, Gordin, Kent, Paolo and I set out from Amherst and made our way around to Roberts Bay where we met up with Heike and Hans. We paddled out through the Little Group, past Dock Islet, through the Greig Islets, past Reay, Brethour and Comet Islands to the North Beach at Rum. W had a very lesiurely lunch break and then made our way back along the south side of Gooch Island, over to Forrest island and back to Amherst with a short stop at Ker Island. A beautiful sunny day with virtually no wind.
21 km, 11.3 NM, YTD 753 km.