We took off from Princess Bay in mid morning and headed out into Houston Passage on our way to Sibell Bay in Ladysmith Harbour. As we rounded Southey Point on the Northwest end of Saltspring Island, we started getting some wind. 7 to 9 knots so up went the sails!! It had been calm up till that time. We sailed due South towards Stuart Channel where we started making our way Northwest toward Ladysmith Harbour. As you can see from the photo taken in Stuart Channel, the winds died. We slowly drifted for a few hours trying to get what ever we could out of any kind of breeze we could meander into. By 1530 hours, we gave up and started the engine. Toodling along, we passed lots of other boats just sitting--both sail and motor. Some fishing and some waiting for wind or whatever.
We made it safely into Sibell Bay(48 59.468N 123 47.147W) and dropped anchor. There is an island that encloses much of the bay that belongs to the Seattle Yacht Club(insert big bucks here). Off limits to everyone else. After a few hours, we decided we didn't really like the little bay, so we upped the anchor and took off for Preedy Harbour(48 58.786N 123 40.946W) on Thetis Island. With still no wind, it was motor all the way(about an hour). Down went the hook and we were set for the night.
A nice little place with the only draw back is that there is a ferry that comes in about once an hour making poor Zephyr rock a good bit. Not a problem as we expect to be heading around the corner to the Thetis Island Marina for the night. It's laundry time again.
The ferry docks are just to the left of the five white drums on the platform(not sure what they are for).
As you can see, it is still calm out there. The forecast for the rest of the today and Friday is great. Temps could hit the mid 60's!! We haven't been that warm since last September. Rain is on the schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Maybe yes, maybe no. It's only a 60% chance.
We have to dawdle a bit longer down here than we thought we would. The part from Shakespeare that was supposed to have shipped out on Monday hadn't even been order through their "Customer Service"department till yesterday and it has to make its way up to Nanaimo and that could take some time. It's a replacement piece of electronics to make our antenna work. They want the old one back that doesn't work. I've been emailing them for the past week and had been assured (last Friday)that it would be leaving ASAP. Guess not. I emailed yesterday and got the response that they were just placing the order and it would go out. While it's not that big a deal, if we don't pick it up now, we won't be back here for several months and I don't know if the Post Office will hold a "General Delivery" package that long plus I'm sure Shakespeare would like the old one back. We'll take more of Bill & Susan's recommendations and find a few other places to drop the hook for a few days if we have to.
That's about it for now. The furr people are wandering about the boat on deck getting some rays and working on their tans.