Olas De Viento (Wind Waves)
The sailing trip aboard Kuyima was great! We departed the River Rock Marina for Montague Harbour on Galiano Island. It was a clear, calm night, as we approached Galiano. Sailing under the stars in complete darkness; I love it. Waking up to heavy fog we took our time in the morning before departing south for Roche Harbor, WA, where we cleared customs. From there we continued on to Friday Harbor.
The next day we set our course for Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. We stayed the night and in the morning made a visit to the local Farmer’s Market held every Saturday of the summer. If you find yourself looking for a slow, stress-free life then look no further than Lopez Island. They’ve got an excellent public library but I don’t think I’d last more than a few days on the island unless I had some sort of project to work on!
After lunch we exited the shallow waters of the bay for some day sailing which took us on to Rosario in the evening. Rosario Resort is an impressive mansion built by Robert Moran in 1904. It’s quite the place. Follow the link for further reading. Also, the deer on the island are incredibly tame - it’s like a petting zoo!
From our anchor at Orcas Island we sailed to Bellingham, WA, a pleasant little city with character and a nice marina! Upon arrival we met up with some of Steve’s sailing friends who kindly showed us around the area. Nuno had to take off, so he took the train back to Vancouver and Steve & I continued on to Matia Island. We stretched away from the mainland to see the setting sun illuminating Mt. Baker in the distance; a gorgeous view but with chilly temperatures. This was the first night we could really feel fall setting in. As we came upon the island we found there were no anchorages available so we continued on to Sucia Island. Another night sail under a clear sky, we arrived in the dark bay, put down the anchor, and went and sat down to a great pizza by Steve.
The next morning was challenging work as Steve & I sailed through thick fog to Steveston. It was my first experience to sail through the fog, so it was tricky but fun. As there was no wind we just motored through but it was exhausting holding course and keeping a close eye on the radar whilst also keeping our ears open for fog signals. Our path took us straight north through heavy traffic areas, amongst the ferries, barges, and fishing boats. We checked in with Canadian customs upon arrival in Steveston and took the afternoon off. Later in the evening we had Steve’s girlfriend Trish as well as Steve’s cousin Floyd & Christine join us for dinner on the boat.
On Wednesday morning we continued north back to Richmond. It had been a perfect trip until we had to fight the currents coming back into River Rock Marina. A 47’ steel hull boat doesn’t quite handle like a sports car, especially when there’s a strong river current working against you. The hull took a nasty gouge in the paint from a protruding screw on the edge of the marina dock as we creeped into the slip. We did everything we could to bring the boat in safely but luck just wasn’t on our side this time. It was a shame our trip had to end this way, but it was a great week aboard Kuyima with Cpt. Steve & crew mate Nuno!
The evening was finished off with a nice dinner on the boat with Frances, Isabel, and Philippe. The next morning it was time to depart for Saskatchewan!
The above photo is of a painted steel structure by Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge. I spotted the piece as we were coming into Steveston and ran out to the park to take a photo as the sun was setting behind it.
The rest of the trip photos can be found here.