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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Soaking in the Scene Cruising Between Howe Sound and the dept of Jervis Inlet

Sail’ish Tours epic Princess Louisa Inlet Cruise

As predicted, the cruise to Princess Louisa Inlet was mesmerizing, breathtaking as words alone cannot give its beauty justice.  Blessed with incredible weather, Sail’ish Tours shared the privilege of attendance with few others.

That’s the thing about the month of September: As the world goes back to its busy routine, leaving the summer enjoyments behind, the summer weather is far from over, hence giving nature a respite from the onslaught of cruisers.

Here’s a brief summary of the adventure:

Howe Sound, Bowen Island to Welcome Pass, Smuggler Cove

On September 24th, Windswept and the crew left Snug Cove on Bowen Island with a westerly breeze filling the sails as we headed to Smuggler Cove to spend the night stern tied.  I hate to admit, but the cove is superbly attractive and it is clear as to why it is a Provincial Marine preservation park.  Again, the timing of the season offered the guests exclusivity of the place which is not always the case in previous summer months.

The Sunshine Coast Hub

On Day 2: The wind blew from the SSE and the sails were hoisted over the following seas. Passing by Garden Bay, and through Agamemnon Channel, Windswept traveled the 30 or so miles to Egmont where we docked for some supplies (cold beer).  Egmont is my favorite pit-stop as this tiny little harbour is situated in the middle of it all: The Sunshine Coast hub. The wireless services mind you don’t feel the same way, but that’s ok – If you need to let someone know of your whereabout, the pay phone by the General Store is reliable and takes credit.

That night, I located the perfect spot to anchor in Dark Bay 4 nautical miles from Egmont.  Don’t let the name of the cove dissuade you from dropping the hook in it – It’s very peaceful.  The Milky Way that night was so bright; showing herself entirely to the naked eye.  And then the sunrise…

Jervis Inlet: The Royal Reaches

Day 3:  Clear, sunny day, temperature in the low 20’s.  Jervis Inlet is more than just a passage to our destination.  The scenery allows its visitors to soak in the grandeur of nature.  The surroundings give a sobering perspective as the peaks, valleys and wildlife is the best anti-depressor available on the market as far as I’m concerned.  By noon, the swift current of  the Malibu rapids relented briefly to allow excited sailors awaiting access inside the inlet.

Princess Louisa Charming Farewell

Day 4: As the Sun was warming the earth the morning fog slowly dissipated and the tide favorable ebbing gave the crew the friendly sign for departure, but only after a final tour of the bay and Chatterbox Falls. By 1700 hrs.we were back to Egmont sun kissed and in time to get some supplies and call the loved ones at home.

Day 5: After thoroughly examining the tides schedule, The Skookumchuck rapids were our next challenge to which every consideration and respect must be given in order to be granted access to beautiful Sechelt Inlet.  Much to enjoy about this area which Sail’ish Tours will leave for our next cruise as the crew must resume with life back home.

First light in Dark Bay

Jervis Inlet Sleeping

Chatterbox Falls

The Falls upclose

Princess Louisa Inlet in the rearview

View from Above