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Circumnavigating Vancouver Island Flotilla - Day 12 - Columbia Cove to Rugged Point to Nuchatlitz

by Laura Domela & Sam Landsman 6 Sep 2018 12:28 UTC
Circumnavigating Vancouver Island Flotilla: Day 12 © Laura Domela

We've quickly grown spoiled by the windless days in the ocean and we decided to use this last day of calm to jump down the coast to Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound. This meant skipping the Bunsby Islands and Walters Cove. We didn't want to skip them, but several factors weighed on our minds. We're running a bit behind schedule after the weather days in Port Alexander, which would be no big deal except that some people are swapping crew in Tofino and already have flights booked. And the previously mentioned weather! When it's this calm, why wait for it to get rougher?

We didn't want to entirely skip Kyuquot Sound though, so we planned to stop for a few hours at Rugged Point Marine Park. We'd hike to the beach, then continue south to Nuchatlitz. From Nuchatlitz, we'd spend several days in Esperanza Inlet and Nootka Sound—protected inner channels—so it wouldn't matter if the wind was blowing outside.

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