I'm Back, The Desolation Sound Trip

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The trip to Desolation Sound actually took only eighteen days, due largely to good weather and some scheduling requirements but was an amazing success. Most nights were spent at peaceful anchorages and most days were spent sailing although the motors were used when necessary and marinas were welcomed occasionally for showers and laundry. (and oh yes, ice cream)
Here is the route for the trip. If anyone knows how to post this as an active Google Earth file, it has all my photos geo-tagged on it.

I was planning to run this leg right into the annual Sucia Island Small Boat Rendezvous but had to drop back home for my passport. I was home for a day and then off to Sucia for another six. I’m home now and catching up on what stacked up during almost a month of playing hookey. I’ll be back in the shop soon.

Anyway here a few photos to show what the attraction of a trip to Desolation Sound is.

And a farewell shot of the company on our last day in Montague Harbour on Galiano Island.

Chuck, his crew Suzie Jo, Me (really bad shot), Michael’s crew Heather, and Michael.

I have to apologize for losing the photos from the first half of the trip. That’s why there are no shots of Jamie or Wayward Lass. He left earlier on the day that I accidentally deleted all my photos. :-(

A few short videos:

Self steering in Malaspina Strait


Drifting up to Prideaux Haven


Malaspina Strait again. Baggywrinkle powering through the swell. Friendship is keeping up under sail.


If you still haven’t had enough, there are more photos here.

I’ll post the last (Sucia) leg when I get the photos sorted.

Thanks for looking in.


-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Madts, my jib sheet doesn’t work as it is on a boom with a tackle. I have used my main sheet for self steering but the improvement over just a piece of surgical tubing to a cleat isn’t worth the setup time. The arrangement in the video works great (to windward) to give me a break to go below for a snack or to shoot some photos or video and only takes a few seconds to set up.

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Did you hook up the wheel to the jib sheet to get the self steering? I do not see a vane.
Beautiful place to sail. Reminds me of sailing into Halifax. I unfortunately have not sailed the West Coast.


-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

as I listened to the water lapping against the side of the boat I felt my shoulders droop as my body relaxed. ….
beautiful photos/video/journey
Thank-you for sharing

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Thanks for the photos Paul. Looks like you all had a wonderful sail and even some time for the pub. The nature and water pictures look just like Norway. Almost all of your photos could have been taken within a 30 min. drive of where I live. Now I just need your boat!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Wow, what a great trip u had, Paul. I’m enjoying your report on my iphone while sipping my morning coffee outside – the beauty of WoodworkingWeb :)

And congrats to your post # 100!

-- Martin Sojka, https://craftisian.com

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