August 8, 2014: Big Bay, Stuart Island

August 8, 2014: Big Bay, Stuart Island

Bears on the beach again!

The engine noise of a boat leaving Port Harvey early this morning woke us, so we figured we might as well get going to beat the wind on Johnstone Strait—it was 6:30 when we got underway. Ron steered a course close to the shore out on the strait, and spotted black bears on two beaches before we were down to Port Neville. We exited the strait at Sunderland Channel and went careening through Whirlpool Rapids in Wellbore Channel reaching 11 knots (our usual speed is just over 6 knots). Chancellor Channel was breezy as usual, but not too bad for seas, and we whooshed through Greene Point Rapids maxing out at 12 knots! A group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins came and played in Snug’s bow wave in Cordero Channel—that always makes us smile! We had to wait awhile for slack at Dent Rapids (that’s one we don’t run—there’s an area in the rapids called Devil’s Hole, which speaks for itself) so dropped the hook up against the shore just north of Dent Island and had a nap before going through. We tied up at the community dock in Big Bay on Stuart Island for the night, not wanting to buck the tide below the Yucultas.

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