A week ago I received a call from my friend Ian letting me know his boat was free for the next weekend. As luck would have it we did not have any plans. So I took a day off work and made it a last minute long weekend.
Today my friend Dom asked me to help him take his boat RedFive, a J30 back from the boat yard in Steveston where it had bee hauled out and sanded down, to the RVYC marina at Jericho.
We set off at 14h00 in a light drizzle and a rising tide.
By the time we got to the Fraser lightship station at the mouth of the south arm where we would be able to turn north, the wind had freshness up to 12 knots out of the northwest. As we moved towards Point Grey the wind rose steadily and peaked at about 20 knots with a solid set of waves hitting us on the nose.
We finally saw the bell buoy Q62 at sunset.
And turned east into the darkness as the wind started to freshen up behind us.
We tied up the boat in the dark and were quite happy to stop in the club for a bite to eat, warm up and watch the final game of the regular season for the Whitecaps on the television in the corner.
This August we had the pleasure of spending two weeks aboard my friends Ranger 33 Sylvia. We set out from Victoria on August 15th to explore the Gulf Islands National Park reserve as well as a few other anchorages.