Inside Passage | Departure PR Arrived Hartley Bay


Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay

Saturday 12 April 2014

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At 06.35 am we untied from the dock we have headed out into a bright clear dawn for a while. There was little time to feel nostalgic, as we still had numerous tasks to perform and the  morning fog soon formed to envelope us in its cloak of  white ambiguity. When I started sailing Fog was a frightening experience. Compass and dead reckoning, estimating speed, strong tidal and river estuary cross currents. GPS, AIS and Radar take the bowel laxative part away, so no worries as long as the other guys are paying attention!

Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay

Frost in the morning at the dock and very cold. May and Marty knocked on our deck to make sure we are awake, up and ready.  After making coffee we start the motor of Beautiful Swimmer and leave from Prince Rupert.   At 10.30 a.m. we passed Hammer Island At 12.00 a.m. Passing Oona River 5.5 K no wind ….Foggy…..  At 13.15 p.m. 6.2 K 13.45 p.m. White House 6.5 k 15.00 p.m.

Then we had Ice cream and strawberry while we Passing Ormond Point 8 – 8.8 k  At  17.00 p.m. Passing Low inlet and we decided to go further and it is not dark yet as the boat can run at that time to maximum  9.1 K {7 k average} Then we arrive at 20.05 p.m. Hartley Bay

At 20.30 p.m. We tided up and got free shore power. Hartley Bay is a generous dock that you can plug power line to the boat without charge. There is small fuel station, Water. People are friendly. Unfortunately our friends the Hills where out of the village. It would have been hard to say goodbye as Steve has known them for 30 years.

It was a long day and we had dinner at 21.00 p.m.

Luksana said I could add captions, but I think the photos speak for themselves. The North Coast is still one of the almost pristine wonderland’s the planet. Could not but feel sad and concerned that this beauty is under real threat from the Tar Sands pipeline that is being fast tracked by the present Canadian Government is threatening this beauty for ever.

Funny they never build pipelines through the centre of cities or next door to the Houses of Governments. But these natural Cathedrals, Art Galleries and National Treasures that are all unique and can never be replaced are being put at risk so that a few can make money producing more of what is destroying the planet. I must admit I did feel selfish in leaving this special place as it faces its biggest threat since the glaciers retreated.

Sunday 13 April 2014

2nd night stay at Hartley Bay Check engine and so on. Beautiful Full moon tonight.