Saturday, June 02, 2007

A Dr. Jekyl Day

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.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your odyssey is a great lesson in geography. So far have been able to find every place you alight by Google and all seem delightful.

Good sailing.

clw

June 04, 2007 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! All the way to Rivers Inlet in less than two days.

You are in the "home" of the big King Salmon. Hope they are there and biting. If you cannot get Herring for bait, try a slowly trolled large plug with perhaps a small piece of herring attached for smell. Fish as deep as you can.

Good Sailing.

clw

June 05, 2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Your title, "A Dr. Jekyl Day" reminded me that Gertrude Jekyll was an avid gardner in England. Some of her books are still in print. You might enjoy them. Her brother was a friend of Stevenson and he borrowed their last name for his character.
Jane

June 06, 2007 11:57 AM  

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