Catching Up - August 2011 to June 2015
It has been four years since our return from our 14 month adventure from Comox to Mexico and home via Hawaii. During that time, Ka’sala has not been sitting in dry docks. We spent two summers circumnavigating Vancouver Island, heading north from Comox through Johnstone Strait, around Cape Scott, in and out of the many inlets along the west coast, around Capes, through Race Rocks and Victoria, threading our way among the Gulf Islands and back home. The following series of pictures are a potpourri of the highlights of these voyages.
When we weren’t sailing we were upgrading Ka’sala. We have learned a lot about our sailboat, and our personal needs, living aboard over the years. We wanted to make sure we were well prepared for our next big adventure – this time, all going well, to the South Pacific.
|Anchorage at Mittlenatch Islands - Salish Sea|
|Kayaking off Potts Lagoon|
|Wild Beach at Bull Harbour|
|The wolves are watching - Bull Harbour|
|Lyneita at Winter Harbour, Quatsino Inlet|
|Anchorage near Port Alice - Quatsino Inlet|
|Surf off deserted beach around the corner from Columbia Cove|
|Deserted Beach off the Brooks Peninsula|
|Deserted Beach near Columbia Cove|
|Kayaking in the Bunsby Islands|
|Sunset at Nuchatlitz|
|West Coast Sunset - Barkley Sound|
|Sea Stack near Bamfield|
|Doug kayaking through the breach near Fleming Island|
|Sailing up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa Inlet|
|Mighty Cliff Faces of Princess Louisa Inlet|
|Lyneita and Doug at Chatterbox Falls - Princess Louisa|
|Chatterbox Falls - Princess Louisa|
|Private Warm Water Anchorage at Princess Louisa|
In the years since our return, I became principal of a secondary school. During the school year my nose was to the grindstone and every moment off we were aboard Ka’sala. Doug completed many projects and continued the upkeep on our house and property. Two years ago he had the opportunity to join Steve Millar aboard Silas Crosby in Chile and sailed with him, over a four month period, from Puerto Montt to Hawaii via the Juan Fernandez Islands, to the Gambier and Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. I retired in the spring of this year and we began our preparations for our next cruise in earnest. This time there would be no return deadlines.
The Journey Begins: June 30 2015
We left the Comox Marina at 8am on Tuesday, June 30. Technically the beginning of summer, the weather we had been enjoying for the last two months had been glorious – day after day of sunshine and temperatures over 20. As a result, the northwest winds were blowing steadily down the Straits and were predicted to reach 25 – 30 knots later that day. As we wanted to clear the north end of Texada Island we anticipated a beat, so we were smart leaving. As it turned out, the winds did rise to over 20 knots, but we had a fabulous sail, Ka’sala slipping through the waves on her very clean bottom, and we were on the dock in Van Anda, on Texada in time for a late lunch.
|Last Night in Comox - already disappearing!|
|Goodbye to friends Farrell and Christine|
|Slipping the lines|
|Leaving Comox Bay Marina - Ka'sala's home for the last 7 years|
|Spirited Sail across the Salish Sea|
It wasn’t hard to spend two nights on this lovely dock. We were tired from all the final activities – storing our things, preparing our house for Morgan and Matt, moving aboard, provisioning, last jobs that could easily be accomplished with access to the workshop, etc. Although eager to get going, I was experiencing a bit of sadness at leaving behind our friends, beautiful home and way of life. I knew there were many things I would miss on this upcoming voyage, but also knew that I would be coming back – I wasn’t giving everything away for the sea. The young couple who would be living in our home would be good caretakers and we felt secure in the knowledge that it would be fine when we returned. Our friends had lots of their own adventures to pursue and I also knew that, upon our return, we would have many war stories to share. With technology today, it wasn’t as if we wouldn’t be able to stay in touch.
|Home coordinates - Comox Bay Marina|