Monday, September 17, 2012

Saltspring Island Sailing Club, Ganges BC - 9/16/2012

It is decided.  We will go to Beautiful British Columbia once more this Summer, and moor at Saltspring Island Sailing Club in Ganges.

Ah, the picturesque rocky cliffs in the Pacific Northwest!

Along the way we alter our course to avoid a collision with a kayaker, who appears to be on an emergency mission, never looking our way.  He crosses our bow; I wonder if he sees us.

Then a power boat continues to head straight for us, even after we show a side to her.  

View out the Windshield

Is it the phase of the moon?

The rest of the trip is uneventful, and we watch the BC ferries come and go.

The Evergreen State ferry slips around the corner and turns inside our course as she goes toward Friday Harbor.  That's It gets a nice view.

That's It
There are many crab pots out today, and some beautiful sailing vessels.

That's It

We cruise past Stuart Island, and recall the exhilarating walk last year to Turn Point Lighthouse.  

Fall leaf colors catch my eye, as we cruise into Bedwell Harbour to clear Customs.

From Bedwell Harbour, it is a short cruise on into Ganges on Salt Spring Island.

Find Willie's Tug at Saltspring Island Sailing Club ....

Note the open roof vents -- it is HOT here, Willie said!  We are in the Gulf Islands and I quickly change into shorts and a short sleeve shirt.  

Patrick points out that we are in good company -- other Ranger Tugs that we know.

Nest Egg


Myra B on the Left

That's It is on another fairway.

We take a walk about and 
Jake sees something in the water that scares him.  He hesitates a bit.

No, it is not Popeye, the resident harbor seal of Friday Harbor.  It is a diver cleaning the hull of a boat.

The diver visits with us a bit, and reminds Jake that he is harmless and is the same guy he saw on the dock earlier.

I have never seen swans outside a zoo, except for here in Ganges.  They are so graceful (unless they want you to feed them).  We are told the white ones are adult, and the dark ones are their young.

If you look closely in the photo below, you can see the four young following the parents alongside the dinghy dock.

Jake takes us to explore the grounds around the clubhouse, and we find Patrick and Gail's truck.  I name her 'Sapphire.'

We plan to tour Ganges by land tomorrow.


The diver finishes his work for the day and says Hello to Jake as he passes by, and tells him he is the same guy that was in the water.

Mayor of the Dinghy Dock
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Sunday, September 16, 2012

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