Maple Bay to Lund

Out for the summer, YEAH!!  What a ride we had across the Strait of the Salish Sea.  The NW wind at 25 knots got us going in a hurry, scooting across Wiskey Gulf before the Navy woke up!!  We blew into Secret Cove on the mainland in a record 4 hours, (not really cause we’ve never been in Secret Cove before).   It’s a sweet spot with ALOT of boats tucked into it’s various coves.

Not too much wind the next day so we ended up motoring north to NANCY’S BAKERY,  that’s in LUND by the way.  But really the sourdough bread at Nancy’s is like a drug and we got our fix.  The marina was chaulker block full so we rafted to a 67 foot long sailing vessel which felt like the land!!  She was uninhabitated (is that a word before coffee??)   There wasn’t anybody on board so we didn’t disturb anyone racing to Nancy’s at 5 minutes to closing time.

Evening pipes played over the bay in the setting sun and OMOO and her crew is feeling like the beginning of the journey is official!!

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Lund to Octopus Islands the next day and sat out a big rain which keeps the forest fires at bay so we’re ok with that!!

Help was on the way in Heriot Bay for week 2!!

SHAKEDOWN 2016

WHAT A DAY!!  This is what it’s all about…

Ken and Tanis arrive before 11 bells and OMOO is pretty much ready for a day under sail. Forecast is NW winds to 25 knots on the Strait S of Nanaimo, which means roughly 15 knots in the Southern Gulf Islands.  Perfect for the first trial of sailing again after a long winter slumber.  The boat’s been out a few times under power so we weren’t expecting any surprises.  But we were awesomely surprised, thank you Mother Ocean.

We drifted through Samsun Narrows under the jib into lunchtime so we made the turn into Genoa Bay to drop a hook in the shallows by the community of float homes.  So delightful in 12 feet of water where the breeze kept us cool and OMOO  dancing as it caught the top of the mast.

The sound of the increasing wind beckoned us out into Satellite Channel as we hoisted the anchor and headed back toward Cowichan Bay.  The backdrop is astounding with the distant snow covered mountains, clear blue sky and diamonds rippling on the water.  SIGH….

Up goes the main with no problems and out comes the jib.  The sails fill and off goes the engine.  Pure bliss.  The decision of when to turn back was decided for us by the approaching view of Mount Baker.  The  mountain peeked around the point on Saltspring Island, standing proud and magnificent.  The other sailboats in the Channel included a 50 foot Bavaria,long and sleek, tempting us to a race till she slid past us swiftly leaving a wake of envy and photo ops.  Heading back to Maple Bay was a blast as we tacked, close hauled into the wind.  OMOO luvs to sail this way.

 

Now we are ready to head north to the Great Bear Rainforest and explore the Fiordlands.  YIPPEE!!

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APRIL ON G-DOCK

Sideways Sally (aka the first mate) is back from the Big Stink and onboard for the summer.  1st order of business is getting the scuzzy scuz from the winter back in the ocean.

2nd order of business is purging OMOO of tools, books, dusting off the skipper and getting rid of anything that will slow her down

3nd order of business is catching up with G-Dockers and opening the patio.

None of the above is necessarily done in that order.

The day I was cleaning the dingy I got a welcome hand from our neighbor’s kids and their cousins.  What a treat!  Of course, the patio was open later on and the dock rats gather like the vermin they are.  Lots of stories and laughs to go around!!

Angus and Hazel are always curious about all things above and below G-Dock so one day we hauled up an old line dangling in the water and found all sorts of teasures.  These kids are so much fun to hang out with!

NEXT UP – SHAKEDOWN 2016

LUV A HAULOUT

So much fun!!  We know it’s ALOT of work but we can’t wait for a haul-out.  This year we had an survey booked for insurance purposes so we did all the maintenance required while on the hard.

The skipper had been preparing for months, especially trying to figure out how to adjust the feathering prop.  The morning of the haul-out found him multi-tasking during the last few minutes in the water.  Breakfast, researching and printing info on Max Prop adjustments.  See what I mean by how much fun we have!!DSC04340

0730 Hours – OMOO is out of her slip and we take a run around the bay to warm up the engine before getting in position for the haulout.  It’s promising to be a sunny weekend so we’re feeling hopeful we’ll be able to get the prep and painting work done without dealing with rain.

AHHHH…. Cup of coffee in hand and back on the water makes for a lovely morning.

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Mount Maxwell on Saltspring Island greets us like an old friend as we take a tour to warm up the engine.  Back to the dock for the scheduled 8AM appointment with the dock guys.

Next month, out for adventures!!

 

Happy Birthday Skipper

pre-party pics added. Judy, Eileen, Tanis, the ladies who made it happen!!

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Last weekend we threw a surprise birthday party for Hershey.  He turned 68 and is feeling good so we celebrated!!  Ken and Tanis showed up for a “game of chess” and an early Birthday drink on Saturday.  After Angus, our 8 yr old neighbor who loves chess also beat Hershey and Ken,  they convinced him that some  boating friends who were renting the float home wanted to say hi.  Tanis just “happened to be talking to them in the parking lot.”

What fun!!  Judy and I had been scheming all week, had stocked up with the goods and checked into the float home Friday.  Hiding there got the party started early!!  THANX EILEEN!!  Here’s some pics from the morning coffee off the deck looking toward Bird’s Eye Cove with  Judy’s new Canon EOS Rebel.

Thirty friends showed up for the BIG SURPRISE.  It was and is the Party of a…

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Happy Birthday Skipper

Last weekend we threw a surprise birthday party for Hershey.  He turned 68 and is feeling good so we celebrated!!  Ken and Tanis showed up for a “game of chess” and an early Birthday drink on Saturday.  After Angus, our 8 yr old neighbor who loves chess also beat Hershey and Ken,  they convinced him that some  boating friends who were renting the float home wanted to say hi.  Tanis just “happened to be talking to them in the parking lot.”

 

What fun!!  Judy and I had been scheming all week, had stocked up with the goods and checked into the float home Friday.  Hiding there got the party started early!!  THANX EILEEN!!  Here’s some pics from the morning coffee off the deck looking toward Bird’s Eye Cove with  Judy’s new Canon EOS Rebel.

Thirty friends showed up for the BIG SURPRISE.  It was and is the Party of a lifetime as I doubt we would ever be able to pull this off again. Hershey had “not a clue” what was going on as he entered the float home.  Everyone was quiet waiting for him to come up the stairs.  Thank you to all who made this happen.  It will go down in memory for many birthdays to come!!

ENJOY!!

 

 

CAPTIANS PASSAGE Skipper’s Request

THIS IS HERSHEY’S ALL TIME FAVORITE VIDEO

Here is a day in the life of Omoo four years ago.

Log entry:

2012

July 9,  Anchored in Montague Harbor, peaceful night with lots of boats (almost hit one).  Rick and Wendy visited.   Rick is some guy eh Wendy!!

RICK AND WENDY

July 10,  1130 hrs out of Montague in Trincomali Channel, broad reach past Prevost.  Lost wind and inched back into wind through Captains Pass.

1600  Close hauled, tacked to Russell Island. CRAZY FUN SAIL!!

Good anchorage.  Crabbing with Len and Judy aboard for supper.  Len was enjoying every scrap of the crab Judy and I caught!!

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