Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rapids Ahead -- 8/13/2014

Our timing for Dent and Gillard Rapids suggests we leave at 11:15 to transit at slack.  Mike and Chris leave a few minutes earlier to fish at Shoal Bay.  From Cordero Lodge we turn to port into Cordero Channel to the east.  

Cordero Lodge

Cordero Lodge and Docks

Seas are rippled; sky is monochromatic with various shades of gray. 

Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay Dock

Passing the confluence of Phillps Arm, we get to the confluence of Nodales Channel and Frederick Arm, where the sky is somewhat brighter with streamers of blue slicing here and there through the clouds.  As we get closer to Dent Rapids we encounter tide rips and S/V Beyond the Stars heels as she struggles through.

By the time we get to Dent it is very calm and a minute past slack at Gillard we have swells only.  


With Stuart Community Dock (formerly Big Bay) in sight,  something on shore to our port catches my eye.  It is signs people have posted with phrases or boat names.  A bit of graffiti and reminds me of the Sign Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon. 

We arrive at the dock shortly after noon and June makes us our choice of oyster or beef burger.  We can't resist her fresh chocolate cookies and a loaf of fresh baked bread for our provisions.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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