What A Start! 2019 months of April and May Have Been Wonderful Gifts From Mother Nature

Girls Want To Sail

Learning to Sail in Howe Sound, BC. on a Beautiful Day of May

Already June and Sali’ish Tours has had a banner Spring season. Thank you to all our guests who have joined us and enjoyed the best season on record.

June is calling for great weather and sailing our treasured Salish Sea will be full of excited guests.  July is equally promising and and bookings are filling the calendar for the hotter months of the year.

Don’t wait to long to book a tour.  We don’t like to say no to sailors at heart.

Nanaimo, A Cruising Mecca

It is no secret that Nanaimo is thriving not only for its fabulous location, but also for it is sailors’ most welcoming harbour. This place has enchanted our crew and we have not hesitated to make it our new base. It makes so much sense as it is a hub that is served by airlines, ferries, and automobiles.

If you are looking to sail the nearby Gulf Islands, we now offer departure in Nanaimo as well as West Vancouver. Don’t wait to book your tour. Sailing season is already at our doorstep.

A Mid-Summer Update from the Sunny BC Coast

I must apologize for not keeping the post fresh as the last months have been simply mind and sail blowing, the pen and keyboard neglected in the process.  I will do my best to curb my biased enthusiasm in the following words.

There is nothing more fulfilling to be instigating moments of joy in one’s life.  Starting in May, Sail’ish Tours very casually started the season with exciting guests whom, out of the blue, got our number and booked a tour. Two actors conducting an upcoming series in Vancouver set sail in Howe Sound with the thick snow peeks in the surrounding background.

Then, we had the immense pleasure to welcome friends Claire and Guy of the Voilier Balthazar whom their accomplishments of sailing the North-West Passage is fascinating.  Claire and Guy have sailed the world for over a decade to which they have produced several documentaries of their adventures.  They are currently sailing the Gulf Islands and working on their next documentary about the Salish Coast inhabitants.

July has been very kind to sailors. The warm breeze has been constant and so are happy crews of Windswept.  Captain Chris hosted life loving visitors from St-Louis, MO. San Diego, CA and Québec while gently skimming the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In closing, although August is very popular in this part of Paradise, September and October are even more ideal for cruising as the crowds have gone back to work. Hence Sail’ish Tours is offering a 15% discount on all our cruises booked before August 15th.

Wait no more. Offer yourself the best cruise with the best sailing charter.

 

Cheers,

 

The team of Sail’ish Tours

Sunny Cruises on the Sunshine Coast of BC

There are many sunny days left in the season and Sail’ish Tours latest cruise was filled with it.  As we departed Tillicum Bay Marina in Sechelt Inlet,  The temperature is summer like for the 24th of October.  The calm water of this fabulous inlet provided a smooth ride towards the Skookumchuck Narrows and rapids.  The trip through these spectacular rapids was worth the detour as I found some of the locals secrets.  I now understand why many pleasure boaters spend a good part of the summer in this under estimated inlet.  They have quiet anchorages by sandy beaches.  I will be a returning guest next summer for sure.

Where the Skookumchuck Meets the Jervis Inlet.

A light outflow filled the sails, and I must say that Jervis Inlet is underrated; it matches the beauty of Desolation Sound with the jagged peaks, falls, wildlife, pristine shores.  We were accompanied by mother Sea Lion from the rapids all the way to Nelson Island. These creatures are more elegant and gracious swimmers I could imagine as she paced along the side of Windswept for several miles effortlessly.

Upon approaching hidden entrance of Blind Bay, I reduced our speed to safely navigate through this narrow obstacle course keeping the two submerged rocks to starboard, hugging the port side shore till the bay opens up to unlimited exploration.

Ready to settle and throw the hook for the night, a quiet anchorage gave us the comfort of another awesome sunset and night of sleep. The morning came; dawn revealing the grand morning.  The weather once again proving  the existence of a Canadian Banana belt with a perfect sailing day for the southbound cruising.

The Warm October Breeze in the Sound

This stretch of ocean along Texada Island I find exciting, always keeping surprises for attentive sailors.  The day warmed up and  sunscreen lotion was slapped on.  The following swells made the ride even more enjoyable, the pace highly satisfying to the skipper, Windswept perfectly timed to surf on the front face of the swell adding harmony of the vessel’s performance.  By sunset,  Ragged island, I tiny private island between Keats and Bowen Island, provided good shelter for the Northwesterly and outflow winds of Howe Sound.  It is, though, highly recommended that you add extra precaution to your setting as the it is wide open to the southwesterly winds.

Windswept is preparing for the winter haul-out for deserved love and care.  Thanks for reading.

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