Wednesday, September 13, 2006

South to Sooke & on to Victoria

We departed Bamfield in the dark at 0500. We were accompanied by numerous fishermen all seeking the biggest catch for the day! It's a long trip to Sooke and the sea swells are 8' with small waves and little wind. The crew is a little worse for wear!

As we turned to head into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we were surprised buy a big humpack whale that surfaced about 50' off our starboard bow and then breached right beside us! It was awesome!

The much anticipated wind in Juan de Fuca never accumulated, in fact we had to motor almost the whole way on the glass calm water, huh!

We arrived in Sooke around 1930 and tied to the government dock for the night - cheapest moorage of the whole trip! Did a little blackberry picking and made some blackberry syrup for pancakes in the morning - yum!

We thought we'd wait for the fog to clear before departing, but that never happened so we left anyway. It was tough enough staying on the range coming into sooke, it was even harder when we couldn't see anything for the fog - thank goodness for the chart plotter! The fog off Sooke was unbelievable! less than 1/8 th mile visibility - yay for radar once again! The fog finally broke just after we passed Race Rocks and we enjoyed the sun and clear skies as we entered Victoria.

We thought we would have a tough time finding moorage in Victoria, but such was not the case, there was, in fact, plenty and we were fortunate to tie to the government dock right in front of the Empress! What a fun place to be! Lots of people and lots of activity. Here's a picture of Jay BBQing dinner on the back deck.

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