The Joys of Winter Cruising

(published November 2016) When the rain came, I pulled my hood over my hat, lowered my head slightly to look at the compass and took my sunglasses off. Yahtzee powered forward as the wind kicked up and I could sense that this squall was the beginning of what would be

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The Many Emotions of Completing a Voyage

(published October 2016) The sun glistened brilliantly off the Strait of Juan de Fuca as we sailed eastward through Race Rocks wing-and-wing and then turned north towards Victoria to close our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It was three months to the day and 1,141 nautical miles later, and after coming

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The Rewards of Racing

(Published August 2016) Red buoy #2 bobbed dead ahead in the swell as we passed astern of the committee boat on the tumultuous Columbia River Bar. The starting gun was a minute and a half out and we were right on the line on port tack. With boats entering the

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Beauty Abounds in Desolation Sound

Warm water and amazing scenery are just the beginning in this idyllic playground  (published March 2016) As we rounded Sarah Point on Malaspina Peninsula and made our way into Homfray Channel, our jaws dropped and mouths went agape. In front of us, British Columbia’s Coast Mountains shot straight from sea

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Just Sail the Boat

(published December 2015) I was on the dock casting off lines when Jill put the engine in reverse. Then, when she powered up to back us out, nothing happened. We didn’t move. Not good. After securing us to the dock again, I immediately expected the issue to be transmission or

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Just Sail the Boat

(published December 2015) I was on the dock casting off lines when Jill put the engine in reverse. Then, when she powered up to back us out, nothing happened. We didn’t move. Not good. After securing us to the dock again, I immediately expected the issue to be transmission or

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Linger Longer

(published October 2015) My phone buzzed on the table next to my laptop in the small village café with a text message from Jill. “Crystal clear water. Beautiful sand. Best beach yet.” That statement firmly held my attention, as it was mid-August and we’d spent a good amount of time

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Island Time

Exploring British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands and capital city offers solitude and a lively urban atmosphere  (published August 2015) The strong southerly that had propelled us quickly northward up Trincomali Channel towards Wallace Island was streaming over the treetops when we dropped the hook in narrow Princess Cove. When firmly

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