This morning we completed a few last minute provisioning errands before leaving Port McNeil. In brilliant sunshine and calm seas, we motored the eight miles over to Sointula. We spend midday strolling from the harbour into the village, poking around in the chandlery, and having lunch at the ever-better cafe. Early afternoon, we snoozed in the sun, waiting for current to move to slack. Mid-afternoon, we headed out around Pulteney Point and into the Queen Charlotte Straits. Contrary to all forecasts
and our expectations, we encountered strong winds, ugly seas, and fog. For four hours we beat into winds 20-30 knots, and took waves and spray over the bow. We reefed the sails again and again; our consolation was that we were making good time. Finally at 6:30, we reached the mouth of Blunden Harbour, where the wind died and the fog cleared. Now we've had dinner in the last sunlight, and it is calm. A Dr. Jekyl day.