Delivery to Port McNeil

The first trip of my little busy spell is the delivery of "It's Magic" from Vancouver to Port McNeil.  We leave the morning of May 4th and sail through the night to arrive in Rebecca Spit marine park early in the morning.  Then we have a short motor up to Bezley Passage and Surge Narrows.  Get through there at the low slack.  We are getting into lots of skinny little passages at that point, so we will have current to deal with for most of the trip.

We get through Bezley passage and then stop at Octopus Marine park.  To much current in a spot called the Upper Rapids a bit further on.  We are on the move again at 0330 the next day to catch the next time the current is with us. We ride the current as far as we can that morning, hopefully as far as Chatam Point.  Some time after that we will need to stop when the wind blowing against the current starts to create some rough water.

Another little rest in some little nook along the way and then we go through Current Passage as soon as the current is going with us again.  We might get through there on the afternoon of the 6th, but we might wait until the morning of the 6th.  After that we have an easy run into Port McNeil.  We go hove by car and ferry.

The crew and the instructor for the advanced course takes over from there and heads out around the north end of the island, out to sea for 150 miles and then back in to the Mainland.  A short over night sail back to Victoria and that's will be the end for them.

Here's a link to the tracker for the boat:

Busy Month

This year I am trying something different.  I have not taken a contract for an extended period from one school, I am trying to patch together enough work to keep me busy from multiple schools.

If the rest of the season goes as well as this month its going to work out fine.  This week I leave on the 4th to deliver a boat to Port McNeil with the Simply Sailing crew, and come right back and go again working for Simply Sailing teaching a basic course.  After that I have a couple of days off and a private client then I sail accross the straight with the Vancouver Sailing School's Beneteau 36.7.  Oh and I also am doing some sailing for fun on the Vancouver Sailing School's J24 "Josephine"

I am feeling pretty positive about this month.  I am really enjoying teaching on some lovely boats.  Here's some pics:

Crew overboard with spin up

I have done lots of Crew overboard exersizes as part of basic and intermediate cruising courses.  Something I don't get to practice is COB with a spin up.

Here is Yachting Monthly's take on it.

They seem to be advocating for cutting the spin away and saving your friend.

Here's another video of a full crew doing a recovery.  They have lots of hands so they pull the spin in by brute force.

Any other opinions?  I have heard of a method of getting the spin down and then using the engine to return upwind to the crew.  Couldn't find a video though