Friday, April 25, 2008

Post from the Broughton Islands

Friday April 25, 2008
Location: Windsong Marina, Echo Bay, Broughton Islands, British Columbia
Lat/Lon: 50°45.148'N, 126°29.781'W
Weather: Hi 55° F Low 44° F, Winds light

This is our first blog post via SailMail. I'm starting to figure out how to get email via the SSB radio on a regular basis so we'll start posting more often and you can start sending us emails to our SailMail account.

We have spent the last 4 days in the Broughton Islands, a group of islands off the mainland of British Columbia near the north end of Vancouver Island. We're having a great time, no breakdowns or boat troubles and mostly fair weather. We're traveling with our friends Art & Diane on their boat named 'Kirkwall' which is a new 42' Nordic Tug, a very nice boat. They are avid fisherman, crabbers, and shrimpers and we hope to learn a lot from them. Yesterday we did some crabbing off of the dock and had a crab feast for dinner, more crab than the 4 of us could eat.

We're are at a small marina that has not yet opened for the season so there's no one around to collect the moorage fees, hence we're staying for free. Boaters normally don't arrive in this area until mid May so the marinas are not opened and ready for business. We're going to stay in the Broughton Islands until we go around Cape Caution on May 1st, weather permitting. Our insurance stipulates that we can't go north of Cape Caution until May 1st. Rounding Cape Caution is our most exposed passage to the north Pacific that we'll make on our trip to Alaska therefore we'll need to watch the weather closely before heading out. It's nothing dangerous, you just need to approach it with respect.

We'll post more soon.

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