April 2 Storm Wreaks Damage in Strait of Georgia

A deep low pressure area created 55-60-knot southeast winds in the Strait of Georgia, sinking one boat in the annual Southern Straits Race and forcing most of the others to withdraw. At Mill Bay in the Saanich Inlet the winds destroyed the docks at the Mill Bay Marina, driving several boats ashore and sinking others.…

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Fulford Harbour Marina Closed

Due to winter storm damage, Fulford Harbour Marina is closed. The marina, located on Saltspring Island, will most likely be closed all year (initially posted 6/15/2010). We called the marina office at (250) 653-4467 to check on their situation and they have a voice message that says the marina is still closed as of 8/19/2011.

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Caution in Ostrich Bay

Local Notice to Mariners advises that unexploded ordnance still lies in Ostrich Bay, particularly in the vicinity of the old ordnance loading pier. We spoke with the contact person listed in the notice, who told us the ordnance loading site has not been operative for many years, but that old ordnance has been found. No…

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Grounding Hazard in Echo Bay, Sucia Island

A reader has reported that he grounded his Cal 39 sailboat, which draws 6 feet 8 inches, on a rock in Echo Bay. The grounding occurred in the area marked 1 fathom 5 feet extending from the small islet northwest of South Finger Islet, as shown on large scale Chart 18431. He sounded the area…

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New Buoys at Port Gamble

Local Notices to Mariners reports that lighted buoys 2 and 4 have been installed on the west side of the entry channel to Port Gamble. Buoy 2 is Fl R 2.5s; Buoy 4 is Fl R 4s. Light 1, a short distance north of the entry channel, has been removed. The range boards for the…

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Sunken Fish Boat in Friday Harbor

Local Notices to Mariners reports Dangerous Wreck at 48°32’10″N / 123°00’31″W. Plotted on large scale Chart 18434, the wreck is right in the middle of the channel between Brown Island and Friday Harbor, approximately 100 yards or so south of the Washington State Ferry dock. The wreck is an old fish boat that had been…

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Cruising in the Northwest: Introduction

Cruising in the Northwest offers it all: stunning scenery, breaching whales, secluded anchorages and urban escapes. From Olympia, Washington and north, you needn’t go far to have an outstanding cruise. Don’t try to pack too much into a limited holiday afloat. Cruising takes time. On any given morning you can be up and out at…

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Page Point Bistro Review

Thought you would like to know that the Page Point Bistro opened on July 31st at the Page Point Marina in Ladysmith Harbour. We enjoyed a meal there last week. Robert & Sandy Wilkinson are the new owners and are working very hard to make this a great restaurant. Their chef is very good. Jim…

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New Fuel Dock in Nanaimo

Departure Bay Gas N Go has opened next to the old Brechin Pt. Marina at the north end of Newcastle Island Passage in Nanaimo. They carry gasoline and diesel and have a small store with oil and snacks. Open 7 days a week, 6am-8pm; after Labor Day 7am-7pm. Their phone number is (250)591-0810. Thanks to…

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Saltspring Marina Ad Correction

The Saltspring Marina ad on p. 145 of the 2011 Waggoner trumpets a winter special of 15¢ per foot. Sorry, people, it’s a big typo. The real rate is 50¢ per foot, still a good deal. The poor graphics person is going to catch hell for this, but these things happen. It’s a beautiful ad,…

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