Sarah and I spent last year exploring the American San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands. As Fall gave way to wintery weather we snuggled into our warm boat and protected marina, safe from all the elements. We continued to venture out in-between storms, often spending the night anchored in our little bay.
The short days and long nights provided time to plan for next year’s sailing season. Turns out we didn’t need much time to plan. The goals were simple.
- Decide when to leave.
- Leave the Gulf Islands.
- Head North.
That turned out to be simple. When our winter moorage was up we would leave the marina and head North for the next 4-5 months.
Today is that day. Wednesday, May 16th.
With a warm sun and gentle breeze, we backed out of our slip, cleared the breakwater and began the first leg of our summer adventure.
15 minutes and 1700 feet later, we dropped anchor. We have an extra day, so why not spend one last night anchored in our beloved bay?
Tomorrow we head to Saanich Inlet, and with several days travel, will end up in Brentwood Bay. After spending several days exploring The Butchart Gardens by foot, and the highly touted Todd Inlet by boat, we head North to traverse Dodd Narrows, making our way out of the Gulf Islands, to the town of Nanaimo.
North we go to the Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound.
We can’t wait!