CCA/PNW Fall 2007 Desolation Sound Cruise
By Jean Coard
SEPTEMBER 1, 2007 Saturday
Montague Harbor (61.8 nm)
At 8:30 am, M/V DAISY, Capt. Gary and
Jean Coard and guest, CCA Past-Commodore Bill Whitney, leave our home dock
in Port Townsend and head for the CCA Fall Cruise starting in Gorge Harbor,
Desolation Sound. The weather is beautiful with sunny skies, no wind and
flat seas. The current is with us as we cruise into Bedwell to check into
Canada. Things go well and we cruise on to Montague Harbor to anchor for the
night. Anchor down at 18:00.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2007 Sunday
Pender Harbor Marina (56.5nm)
At 5:30 am, Capt pulls anchor in the dark
and we cruise very carefully out of the crowded anchorage. We have a great
sunrise and the weather is still sunny skies, warm, no wind and best of all,
flat seas. We get to Dodds Narrows at slack and cruise through with alot of
traffic. Some clouds appear and we have light rain as we cruise on to Pender. We
tie up to the Marina dock at 15:30. We see some of our CCA friends and
have a nice walk to the grocery store and back. We enjoy dinner on the boat and
great conversation with our guest, Bill.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2007, Monday (Labor
Squirrel Cove (48.7nm)
At 8:30 am lines are untied and we cruise
out of the Harbor with the destination of Squirrel Cove in Desolation Sound. We
are seeing and hearing more CCA friends. We are keeping our calm seas, but have
a few clouds and some light rain for awhile. The weather Gods are saying we are
to have great weather for the next week. We will take it for our CCA cruise
at the fresh water Lakes of Desolation Sound. The day is good cruising and
we enter the Cove and anchor down at 14:30.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2007, Tuesday
Gorge Harbor Marina and Resort (18.5
After breakfast, we dinghy over to the
store, provision some more and then back to DAISY and pull anchor at 10:30 am.
Rained all of last night, and today it looks as if the weather Gods are coming
through as the weather is beautiful! No clouds, sunshine and warm! We cruise
over to Gorge Harbor Marina and tie up at 13:00. We will be here three
nights. There are some CCA members already here so we catch up visiting.
After lunch we had a nice walk to Whaletown and then more visiting as the boats
came in to the Marina. A great day!
STATION CRUISE BEGINS
SEPTEMBER 5, 2007, Wednesday
Gorge Harbor Marina and
Today is the official start of the CCA
Fall Cruise. The members are all here and the greetings are joyful. We have a
great morning visiting and the Welcome meeting is
held at 17:00 with our Cruise Capt, Dave
Heaps. Our cruise consists of cruising to Mansons Landing, Teakerne
Arm, Roscoe Bay and Tenedos Bay We will be able to hike to and swim
in the Lakes of Hague, Cassel and Black. We have our opening dinner
at the Resort restaurant and there will be two
seatings, as there are 80 people in attendance. So DAISY hosts an "impromptu";
Come one and come all; "waiting for dinner" party! It was great fun and we
had about 25 people aboard. At 8:00 pm, we had dinner and it was very
tasty and enjoyable. The day was one to remember, great people,
conversation,food and warm weather!
SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, Thursday
SEPTEMBER 7, 2007, Friday
>Gorge Harbor Marina and
The morning finds everyone buzzing with
conversation, enjoying coffee and ready to start our day. The sun is out and its
getting warm! Manson Landing is small and exposed to southerlies so we all opt
to dinghy over to the Lagoon and hike up to Hague Lake. The tide comes in about
noon so the dinghy parade starts. We have a good cruise the two miles to
the Lagoon. After finding the trail, AND a few of us getting 'stuck'
and 'falling' in the mud, we finally get the dinghies tied up and we start our
nice hike. The Lake was beautiful and the swimmers said warm. Water was clear
and the beach was sandy white. Time went fast and we were back to DAISY and
getting ready for our clam chowder and songfest event. The evening was fun and
the food, as always, yummy!
Squirrel Cove Anchorage (18.5
Today is Day # 3 of the cruise. Its an
open day and a special evening for us. Capt Gary and Jean, with our guest Bill,
decided to host a cocktail party aboard DAISY. At 10:30 am we untie lines and
head to our favorite spot in Squirrel Cove to anchor. Weather is holding up,
sunshine, flat seas and no wind. Warm as toast and the T-shirts and shorts
are out! The sun shining on the Mts make it a beautiful sight. We three become
busy little bees cleaning and preparing for our party at 17:00. Before we know
it, our guests arrive with plentiful and tasty food. We have a trail of dinghies
tied to DAISY, a picture in its self. We enjoy the comradity of 35 friends
and once again; a great evening was enjoyed by all. Those attending were:
SHIBUI,ALERT,PAU HANA II, SOUNDER III, FREIA,HEART OF GOLD, LYRIC and guests,
HALCYON and guests, MENTOR (s/v), GOOD VIBRATIONS, MARGALO, SARITA.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2007, Saturday
Roscoe Bay Anchorage (9.8nm)
Today becomes another busy day, after
breakfast, the guys check in on the ham radio and at 9:00 we dinghy over to PAU
HANA II, tie up our dinghy and cruise with Capt Jim and Susie Day to Teakerne
Arm so we can hike up to Cassel Lake. The weather is still the same, beautiful
with the Mountains out in all their glory. We have clear skies, flat seas and no
wind cruising the 7.6nm to the Bay. We enjoy seeing the beautiful water falls at
the end of the Bay. The water is deep and anchoring is poor, so Capt Jim stays
aboard and we all dinghy to the dock and start our hike. We hike over obstacles,
hang on to ropes to climb rocks until we reach the Lake, of which, is
beautiful and serene. Capt Gary takes a swim and the rest of enjoy the
beauty.Our hike back to the boat goes fast and we are back on PAU HANA II and
cruise back to DAISY, by 11:40 am. Lunch is next and then Capt pulls anchor
and we are off to our next adventure, Roscoe Bay. We need high tide to cross the
entrance bar (l' above zero tide). We have a great cruise and we cross the
bar with a depth of 10.5 feet. The anchorage looks small but we find a good spot
and anchor down at 15:30. These sunny days of cruising are spoiling us.
Tonight is the Rum Barrel party and will be hosted by Ray and Dianne Jarecki on
AVANTI and Bill and Marcia Bents and guests on VERTIGO, who are rafted. The
attendance is great and another good time had by all!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2007, Sunday
Tenedos Bay anchorage
Lots of the boats leave on the early
rising tide but we want to hike to Black Lake. Jim, Susie, Gary, Bill and I have
a great hike through the old forest to the Lake. It was very relaxing and
the Lake was also a beautiful place to enjoy and swim. Dave and Sharon are
already there so we have a good time visiting. Back to DAISY for lunch and check
the tides. Looks as if we shall cruise over the bar about 15:00.
Time passes as we all get all prettied up for our last event of the cruise
tonight at Mink Island. Capt pulls anchor and we cruise
over the bar with 8.1 foot. We cruise past Mink Island and see some of the
CCA boats anchored. Our short cruise takes us into a great small cove in
Tenedos and anchor is down at 15:45. We have enough time to have a cocktail
and do some reflecting on the cruise. This is a special evening as Dick and
Gretchen Scheuman and Doug and Ty Scheuman are hosting a dinner at their cabin
on Mink Island. The food will be catered by The Laughing Oyster and the rest of
the Rum barrel will flow. They also are using their launch to carry the members
from Tenedos the 3 miles. The evening could not have been better. The view and
sunset were awesome, our hosts were delightful and the evening weather was
perfect. Once again the CCA Members all had a wonderful time enjoying wonderful
food and great conversation. Good-Byes started were said and our
launch had us all home by dark.
We all give a huge "THANK YOU" to
the Scheumans for letting us all share a wonderful evening on their Island.
It was greatly appreciated.
>We also want to give a big "THANK YOU" to
our Cruise Capt. Dave Heaps for a job well done. (Thanks to his wife, Sharon,
too, as we hear she did some boat driving while Dave visited) It takes alot of
preparation and it all came together great. We had uncrowded anchorages
and beautiful September weather in Desolation Sound.
CCA Members attending: SHIBUI, SHINGEBISS
II, ALERT with guests, PAU HANA II, SOUNDER II, FRIEA, CHEERS, DAISY with Guest,
FOREIGN AFFAIR, AVANTI, SAPPHIRE, ECLIPSE, HEART OF GOLD, ANNABELLE, LYRIC and
guests, HALCYON and guests, CLOUD 9, TALISEN, VERTIGO and guests, SAFARI. LOON
and guests, FURY, s/v MENTOR, m/v MENTOR, GOOD VIBRATIONS, MARGALO, MOONGLOW,
DIRIGO, SARITA, DRIFTERS, QUINTET and guest, HOOLIGANS WAKE and
STATION CRUISE ENDS
SEPTEMBER 10, Monday 2007
Tenedos Bay to Comox BC
SEPTEMBER 11, Tuesday 2007
Comox BC to Montague Harbor (81.0
SEPTEMBER 12 Wednesday 2007
Montague Harbor to Port Townsend
All three days we had beautiful weather.
Sunshine, most of time light to no wind, calm seas. Current was with us most of
the time and not much traffic or logs to watch out for. We checked into the USA
at Roche Harbor at 9:15 am and then have a great ride to Port Townsend,
getting in 2 hours before we had planned. We traveled over 300nm. burned 140 gal
of fuel and used 47.9 hours on the John Deere engine.
Gary and I Thank Past-Commodore Bill
Whitney for being our guest for the cruise. A sailor and gentleman, he is, and
we had a most enjoyable time visiting with him.
Gary and Jean Coard aboard DAISY Krogen