Checking out Desolation Sound.

Waggoner Guide Flotilla Day 4

Pender Harbour to Melanie Cove

Day 4

Wednesday – While lying in bed after midnight it appeared the winds had dropped to nothing in Pender Harbour. But what would they be like on Malaspina Strait after sunrise? We listened to the weather radio report and consulted online weather sources. It appeared the high winds would have blown right through by morning. At 5:30 a.m. I checked the weather again and made the determination to give it a try. We left not quite knowing what the sea conditions would be. The weather buoy to the south, at Halibut Bank, reported 4-foot seas at 4-6 seconds, pretty choppy. To the north, the Sentry Shoal weather buoy conditions report did not sound too bad. We could wait to see if the winds died down or continue. We made the call to go. Malaspina Strait turned out to be 2’-3’ choppy waves with windblown whitecaps. Not too bad, though the boats all took a lot of salt spray.

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By the time we got to Lund, Thulin Passage was more protected. We turned the corner at Sarah Point for the beautiful view of Desolation Sound and the snow-capped mountains and continued with the beautiful views in Prideaux Haven. Several in our group took advantage of the new steel hooks and changes arranged on the north side for a stern-tie. We will try this next time when we come through in August. Many do not know that tying up to a tree carries a steep fine. This is no longer necessary, and the stern-tie chains are perfectly spaced and will allow for more boats in one of the most popular anchorages in Desolation Sound. There are also chains on the rock walls in Melanie Cove.

~Mark Bunzel

 

To see a map of where we have been and where we are:

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