Our next destination was Lund, only 12.5 nautical miles (NM) north of Westview and the cruising boaters’ gateway to Desolation Sound. It is also the end of Highway 101, originally known as the Pan-American highway that extents over 15,000 km (9,300 miles) from Puerto Montt, Chile to Lund. We made the decision to stop in Lund on our way to Desolation Sound only after meeting some fellow boaters that informed us about the wonderful bakery (Nancy’s Bakery) and sweater shop (Pollen Sweaters) in town.
We left Westview fairly early and once within the Malaspina Strait were able to raise all the sails and sailed for about two hours with the speed up to 6.4 knots at times. It was a great sail after so many days of very little wind. Upon arrival to the Lund Public Harbour, we discovered that the wharf like the one in Westview had been recently been expanded to accommodate cruising boaters and like Westview, we had to dock stern-in, bow-out. We also had the same issue as before with the wind blowing the bow off the dock and Rob had to back into the dock channel between the two docks to be able to approach the dock in forward and still dock as requested (49°58.830’N/124°45.797’W). Unfortunately, we also had a whole gallery of people watching as we were trying to dock – never fun!
Once we checked in, we soon discovered that they charged for everything. Of all the marinas/public wharfs we have stayed in, this one measured the exact length of our boat, from the tip of our bowsprit to the end of our windvane. We ended up paying for a 41.5 foot boat instead of a 32 foot boat! In addition, as soon as any room became available on the dock, we were asked to move our boat to accommodate future boats that might come later in the day. They even moved boats when the owners were not around, unplugging the shore power incorrectly. By unplugging the shore power without shutting down the systems below in the boat may lead to a short in the system that may damage the electrical system on board. One power boater came back to his boat while the staff was in the process of unplugging his boat; he was not pleased and expressed it! I’m glad we were around when they moved the boats but we were eventually asked to move 5 times in the 2 days we were there! We also soon discovered that showers were more expensive than other places we have stayed at ($2 for 5 minutes) and garbage disposal is based on weight.
We did take advantage of the bakery and stocked up on pastries, cinnamon buns and breads. Apparently Nancy’s Bakery is famous on the coast and we were glad to be able to sample some of the goodies. Pollen Sweaters located conveniently upstairs from Nancy’s Bakery produces washable wool sweaters, toque’s and scarves. Both of us bought a sweater and Rob bought a scarf while I bought another toque for my collection! The names the ladies at Pollen Sweater give to the colours are ingenious. The colour of my sweater is sweat pea while Rob’s is pond scum! All Pollen Sweaters have I.D. numbers on the labels that correspond to style, colour, and size so you can reorder the exact same sweater again if need be, cool! Both of our sweaters and the toque have come in handy and have kept us warm so far in our sailing travels north.
As mentioned, we ended up staying two days in Lund in order to repair one of our portlights. The glass in the portlight cracked somewhere along the way to Westview and we decided that by replacing the gasket, we hopefully might be able to prevent the glass from completely falling apart. Once the new gasket was put in-place, the portlight stopped leaking and the glass itself has stopped from cracking further. We will have to replace the glass eventually but that would require an automobile store or a specialty marine store and would have to wait till we get back to Cowichan Bay.
We also met some interesting people on the dock and our neighbours for the few days we were in Lund were on a Hans Christian boat named Sophia and their dog’s name was Sophie (dog was not named by them)!
And finally, we were also serenaded the one evening during dinner by a lady bagpiper! Apparently, during the summer months, she comes out during the evenings and practice playing her bagpipes – very lovely! ~Sophia & Rob