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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Fling - Princess Louisa Trip

Icon just returned from a fast trip to Princess Louisa Inlet. For those of you who haven't heard about Princess Louisa Inlet - it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and can only be accessed by private boat or seaplane.

We left Thursday night and sailed all night (kind of rough off the Sand Heads with a building westerly and the Fraser River outflow), cleared customs in Vancouver, then sailed on to Pender Harbor. Leaving early the next morning we made it to Malibu Rapids in time for the high slack and then had two days of wonderful weather in the inlet with only a few other boats for company. While there we went swimming, hiked to the trappers cabin, and generally played around.

Leaving the inlet early the following morning at low slack we sailed down Jervis Inlet and then over to Naniamo in a building gale - kind of lumpy (6-8ft waves, some bigger). Nearing Naniamo we went to the assistance of a sailboat in trouble and towed them back into Naniamo.

The next morning we sailed down the Strait of Georgia in a building NW breeze and spent the night at Poets Cove. The crew especially enjoyed the pool and hot tub! The following morning we crossed over to Roche Harbor (cleared customs there) and then sailed on home to Anacortes.

A great trip with about 500 miles of sailing spread over 4 days (while at sea)!