LETTERS Readers — Christine adds: "My little lovely Lyman is a 17-ft slice of cute; she's the rare-ish side-steer version. A nice way to explore the Lakeshore and proximity of Great Lakes and ponds." — cw
⇑⇓ SAILING THE GLORIOUS SALISH SEA As my favorite bareboat charter destination, I can surely appreciate the high marks given the Salish Sea in your Charter Notes [in the January issue o f Latitude ] . Although informative, I hardly saw the report as a "detailed look" at chartering in those "well-protected waters of the Pacific Northwest." Permit me to highlight Trees, water and more tree are on tap in the glorious the section beSailish Sea. tween Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park and the region of Quadra and Cortes Islands, where my crew and I accomplished a portion of our 15-day charter last summer on a Hanse 495. Our most exciting destination was Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park and neighboring Waiatt Bay. Those granite islands comprise a tight cluster along the northeastern shore of Quadra Island, offering secluded anchoring surrounded closely by forest trees. The Park opens into Waiatt Bay toward the southeast — an expansive bay offering shallow anchoring depths near 30 feet even at its center. It was a peaceful, uncrowded site where we lingered four nights. It's easy to go ashore there for short hikes on forest trails to either Newton Lake or Small Inlet Marine Park — both worthy destinations. You also mentioned the challenge of rapid currents, which indeed must be met heading to the Octopus Islands and Waiatt Bay from the southeast. The course made is via Beazley Passage into Surge Narrows. Whereas the tidally forced currents of such passages are not to be casually approached, they are certainly practicable with planning. The guides advise transiting during periods of slack current. After clearing the passage returning southeast, a delightful destination not far is Gorge Harbour at Cortes Island. One finds there a quaint village with a general store, restaurant, pub, showers, laundry and summertime activities. Additionally, there's a marina, with a fuel dock, offering transient slips; and you can get water there as well (200-liter limit). I felt adventure transiting "the gorge" into the har bor as I imagined Poseidon
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The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.