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Sunny in Westview

We have been blessed with great weather and water so far. It is guaranteed to not always be that way so when we get it we truly are grateful. It can be a matter of a day or two that can make all the difference in the world.

We left Ganges Monday morning for the short three hour cruise to Silva Bay on Gabriola Island. When we were in Silva Bay last August there were protests about the government plan to start anchoring large freighters on the west side of the island as overflow for ships going to the Port of Vancouver. Well, it looks like they didn’t win their fight. There were 5 large freighters anchored in Trincomali Channel near Porlier passage. There is great concern about potential damage to fish runs and the local residents are continuing to voice their concerns.

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Freighters anchored

I was looking forward to going out to dinner at Silva Bay but the restaurant is under new management and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. And the little morning coffee stand isn’t opened much yet. Everything starts to pick up starting this weekend with the upcoming Canada Day celebration on Saturday and the holiday Monday.
Tuesday morning the weather reports indicated a pretty good crossing of the Straits of Georgia starting around noon so we did some chores and then some waiting. Around 10:00 I looked over at the entrance and saw a large and pretty new power boat hard aground on the rocks at the harbor entrance. It was a beautiful Mainship, at least 40′ long. It had been moored near us the night before. If you don’t read the charts and books carefully it is easy to misjudge the two markers that you go around. The captain of this boat decided he was to go between them, not around. When we left at noon the only thing keeping it from going over was a huge long rope tied to shore. The tide still had 3 more hours to go out when we passed it. I wonder how much damage was done. This is the 2nd grounding we have seen there in 4 years. No wonder they named the rock Shipyard Rock. The local Shipyard gets lots of business!

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Hard aground

We timed our crossing of the Straits of Georgia perfectly. The most wind we had was about 12 knots and occasional 2′ waves, but mostly 1 footers. We did have to deviate from our planned course because military activity area Whiskey Golf was active. That is where the Canadian Navy does practice torpedo stuff. The Coast Guard and Navy were busy chasing off boats (all sailboats on this particular day) who had not paid attention to the multiple ways to check on the radio about Whiskey Golf. Trust me, you do not want a helicopter hovering over you and a big gray Navy ship heading your way!!!  By the time we were getting close to Texada Island we were in nice calm water with an occasional small swell.  There have been lots of logs this year, though, probably due to the high tides that have happened.

Our plan was to go to Pender Harbor for the night, go out to a nice dinner and then head to Powell River/Westview the next morning for a night or two. Well, the water was so calm and the weather for Wednesday wasn’t supposed to be quite as nice so we just kept going and arrived at the Westview Harbour Marina at 5:30. We are currently on a great dock in the south harbor and are probably going to stay until Friday morning. We took the time to put up our shade bimini on the bridge today. We usually wait until we get this far because if we get in high winds it doesn’t do so good. So rather than chancing the damage we just wait. Now we can sit on the bridge, out of the sun, and watch all the activity in the marina.
Tomorrow we will walk up to Safeway and stock up on things. I just found out today that Safeway will deliver for $6, but free for seniors!! We just go shop, they store until the afternoon and then deliver after 4:00. At least what the sign on the bulletin board said so we are going to give that a try. The store is a decent walk away up a steep hill. Last year we took a taxi back because we buy too much to carry. There is a free shuttle but it doesn’t start running this summer until June 30th.
Oh, we did go out to dinner last night. We didn’t want to walk far so we went to the bowling alley where there is a restaurant and bar named Strikers. I had one the best French dip sandwiches I have ever had! Tonight we are going out again!!! Woo hoo! I think we will go to Snickers. It is steak, pizza and Greek food.
Right now it is relaxing time for me while Garry washes the boat. I will be out there in a bit to wipe railings down.

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Working so hard