Saturday, June 29th
Sunny today! No rain! We travelled most of the day, casting off our lines at Shearwater around 10 am and dropping anchor in Rescue Bay at 5 pm. We hovered outside Bella Bella for awhile this morning, dealing with business related email, then headed off under mostly clear skies and completely calm seas with Klemtu as our destination. We skirted Millbank Sound, taking the back route up Reid Passage, then Mathieson Channel, reaching 8.3 knots with main up, motor running and favourable tide helping us along. En route, when we looked at the charts and read our guide books, decided that the much acclaimed Fiordland Recreation Area was too close to pass by without visiting and so changed our plan to include a run up to Kynoch Inlet before coming back down Finlayson Channel to Klemtu.
After anchoring in Rescue Bay with a beautiful view up Mathieson Channel, we paddled the perimeter and down into Jackson Narrows, discovering a Marine Parks sign. About a dozed seals were hanging out in Rescue Bay, following our kayaks, startling us with loud snorts, and thrashing around and even leaping clear out of the water. We’re sharing this anchorage with one other boat.