I’m back from OCSC’s first British Columbia Flotilla, refreshed and inspired. It is such beautiful and spectacular country, from the fiords to the glaciers to the waterfalls. AND we had great weather, with only one half day of light rain. We sailed from Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, across Georgia Straits to the mainland. There were a few days good for sailing, with winds from 5-15 knots and one day that one of our boats enjoyed with 15-20 knots and four-five foot seas. That said, we did do our British Columbia share of motoring and motor-sailing.
There were many highlights, but certainly a big one was Chatterbox Falls, at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet on the BC mainland coast. The photos don’t do it justice; It’s a magical place. Another continuing highlight was the amazing drop off from cliffs in the long inlets, with the depth sounder reading 400 ft. plus, and being two boat lengths from the shore. We got lots of good practice anchoring our bows in deep water with our sterns tied to shore. Always a good adventure! The boats from Nanaimo Yacht Charters and Sailing School were perfectly clean and worked well for us the entire week. Shari and Ian McPherson, proprietors, were a joy to work with and set us up well with our charter.
We did raise and donate upwards of $500 for forest preservation in Canada by the Rainforest Action Network, one of the hardest working environmental groups around.
We loved the magic and majesty of British Columbia and I’d be happy to answer questions for anyone planning to go up there.. just drop an email or call me here at OCSC.