FAREWEL PRINCE RUPERT

My intentions for an early start evaporated when John produced a pot of fresh coffee and muffins straight from the oven.  We sat in the cockpit of Caro Babbo chatting and eating happily until late morning.  It was almost mid-day by the time I heaved the anchor from the mud and motored out of Russell … Continue reading FAREWEL PRINCE RUPERT

GOOD TO BE BACK IN BC

This morning started with flat calm and brilliant sunshine.  I had breakfast in the cockpit in T shirt and shorts.  Thirty minutes after departing the anchorage we ran into thick fog, visibility less than two cables and it persisted all the way down Chatham Sound to Venn Narrows, the northerly approach to Prince Rupert. The … Continue reading GOOD TO BE BACK IN BC

FAIRWELL ALASKA

Last night I didn’t anchor, I found a nice bit of empty sea and drifted for a few hours. The sky was clear again, magnificent stars, shooting starts and the northern lights came up behind the mountains. Today I crossed Dixon Entrance, a sometimes tricky stretch of water that is open to the pacific Ocean … Continue reading FAIRWELL ALASKA

WHALES AND SEALIONS

I woke up this morning at four with light shining into the cabin and the patter of raindrops overhead.  It started raining again last night and has continued all day without respite.  It’s hard to believe I was stripped off in the sun only a couple of weeks ago. This morning I went for a … Continue reading WHALES AND SEALIONS

ENTERING ALASKA USA

It rained again last night and continued intermittently all day today.  I feel like a human wick.  Can’t remember the last time I felt the warmth of the sun.  But, today for the first time this voyage we had wind from the right direction. Last night I heard a high pitched eagle squawking.  A large … Continue reading ENTERING ALASKA USA

PRINCE RUPERT – SOCIAL SCENE

Rain pissed down all day today, heavy in the morning and light in the afternoon and now what a local refers to as Scotch Mist in the evening.  A busy day doing chores as this is the first port call for a couple of weeks. Garbage disposal, two trips to the launderette, ship chandlers, Library … Continue reading PRINCE RUPERT – SOCIAL SCENE

PRINCE RUPERT – THIRTY YEARS ON

I woke up this morning and it was still pouring with rain, damp and cold. No hurry this morning and no point in getting out of a warm bed so I rolled over for another hour kip. When making tea this morning I got a drip of water on the head, there is a small leak on … Continue reading PRINCE RUPERT – THIRTY YEARS ON

A LONG DAY AND SLOW SAIL

Up bright and early today to beat the forecast gale.  Beautiful daybreak and flat calm in Gillespie Channel, the water was like glass. Up bright and early today to beat the forecast gale.  Beautiful daybreak and flat calm in Gillespie Channel, the water was like glass.  Getting out through the narrows was very exciting with … Continue reading A LONG DAY AND SLOW SAIL

WAITING ON WEATHER

The forecast for today is North Westerly Gales.  We stayed put in the anchorage and had a nice relaxed day doing cleaning, maintenance, cooking and some splicing.  There is always something to do on a boat and the time flew by.  The sun came out and was nice and warm for a couple of hours … Continue reading WAITING ON WEATHER