Day 118: Sunny Day Again
Today was a repeat of yesterday with another great spinnaker run down the west coast of Vancouver, but today head to Bamfield at the southead end in Barkley Sound
Departure: Spring Cove GPS 48 55.3185 N 125 32.3309 W
Destination: Bamfield GPS 48 49.6527 N 125 08.6491 W
Hour meter: 1618 (Klemtu)
Todays Distance: 22 miles
Total mile: 3086
Today I’m up at 0636. The sun is just about ready to come up. Guess there might be something to the Red Sky at night thing where sailors take delight. I can already tell today is going to be a good day. I put the tea kettle on the stove and light a burner on the stove, and then I head up to the cockpit with my computer and my cameras. I take a few photos of the sunrise and I then work on my journal. It is very peaceful this morning. There is no wind, and if you can believe this there is almost all blue sky, with no clouds. There are a few clouds but they are way up there and few and far between. By the time I finish up my journal entries it is 0852 in the morning. Time to get moving, I’m still wearing my PJs under my sweat pants and fleece jacket.
This morning Rod makes us a breakfast burritos. Very Good. After eating breakfast and changing into my day time clothes it was time to leave. On comes the motor, up comes the anchor and we head out of Spring Cove. Our next destination is to be Bamfield, which is on the other side of Barkley Sound.
As we get out I’m scanning around to see if I can find some boats fishing. The wind is blowing, but it is only causing a few small ripple on the sea, not enough to sail. Rod eventually puts down the fishing lines, as we troll through the rocks that dot this part of the coast line.
We eventually head out toward the reef and rocks that are the furthest out in the ocean here at Ucluelet inlet. While motoring slowly along I roll out the jib, hoping to catch some wind. I turn off the motor. The boat slows down, eventually too slow, so I start the motor again. The further we go out the more wind we have. We decide to fish out to the last set of rocks and then will put up the spinnaker. We sail by the rocks and don’t catch anything, so in comes the jib and fishing lines and up goes the spinnaker. Before we know it we are moving along well under spinnaker alone.
The wind had come up nicely, we are doing 6 knots with just the spinnaker up. We continue on reaching out into the ocean. We sail out into the ocean for an hour or more and then reached back into Barkley Sound. As we get in Barkley Sound the wind lightens some. We get down to doing only 4 knots. In order to make our way to Bamfield we must jib and head between a couple of islands. As we get around the islands we can see the head of the inlet that will takes us into Bamfield. .
As we round the islands we find that we can’t carry the spinnaker into Bamfield due to the entrance is upwind a bit. We drop the spinnaker and roll out the jib. We continue sailing right up to the entrance to Bamfield and then start the motor, and roll in the jib. We motor over to the store dock.
The store dock says we can only stay 20 minutes on the dock provided we are going to the store. I head up to the store for an ice cream cone. The guys follow behind. We all get ice cream in a waffle cone and then walk down the boardwalk. The board walk goes along in front of all the houses. We walk out toward the entrance to the sound and the coast guard station, while we eat our ice cream. When the ice cream is finished we head back to the boat and pull away from the dock.
We motor further into Bamfield inlet and anchor out in front of the marina. There are already three boats anchored out. One was a local cat boat, and then we had a big tuna boat that was a personal owners cruiser, and lastly another sailboat. The sailboat was the Westsail 32 that we shared our anchorage anchorage with yesterday, at Spring Cove.
We eventually have dinner. Frank makes grilled cheese and tune sandwiches. They are excellent. After dinner I’m not feeling all that well so I head down to my cabin, climb up in my bunk and read a new book. I’m now reading a book about the early Pacific Northwest explorers. I’m starting with Captain James Cook, and am learning about his last voyage to the Northwest. Eventually my eyes get heavy and I go to sleep.
The Store at Bamfield