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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