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Zealand, and three more U.S. ships, the Lynx, the Talofa, and the Bill of Rights — elegant vessels all. We spent the next three days enjoying the Tall Ship Festival, the town of Port Alber ni, and the surrounding countryside. Since we were classed as crew of the Zodiac, we were able to visit all the other ships and enjoy the entertainment — singers, music groups, bands, bagpipe bands, native dance groups — and the booths selling food, beer and souvenirs. Highlights for our grandson were two evening sessions of mock gun battles between the Lady Washington and the Lynx — lots of smoke and flames from the cannons. On our way back, we spent a night near the entrance to the Alberni Inlet, then again motorsailed back to the San ED BODINGTON
As we left the strait, we met the swells of the Pacific and rolled our way over night to Barkley Sound. We all had a tur n at the wheel, plotted our course on the charts, and acted as bow lookout. Once we were in the Alberni Inlet, the water was flat calm. As we approached Port Alberni, we saw that we'd been preceded by several tall ships: the Russian sail training ship Pallada, the Mexican sail trainer Cuauhtemoc, the Canadian sail trainer Oriole and the Lady Washington, one of the ships used in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. We docked on the shore side of a large floating dock, opposite Lady Washington. Four more ships followed us in: the R. Tucker Thompson from New
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Juan Islands. Again, winds, unfortunately, were very light. We checked in to Customs at Friday Harbor, then spent the night in a quiet cove nearby. The next day the wind came up and we finally got to experience Zodiac's wonderful sailing ability. We ended that glorious sail at Chuckanut Bay, near Bellingham,
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The April 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.