We stayed a few more days after our return to Victoria from Sooke, getting supplies and fuel for our last sail in the Gulf Islands. We left Victoria March 18th and headed to Montague Harbour, one of our favourite sailing spots. Montague Harbour is located in the central Gulf Islands and is well protected. It is an easy place to anchor during the summer months and even easier to get a mooring buoy during winter at the Montague Harbour provincial marine park.
Montague Harbour was very quiet upon arrival after sailing most of the day from Victoria and we had our choice of moorage buoys on the east side of Gray peninsula. We only planned to stay one night and then continue on to Vancouver but weather prevailed (gale force winds forecasted for a few days) so instead we stayed at Montague Harbour enjoying some quiet time, walking through the park and even meeting up with Pete and Sara from s/v Riki Tiki Tavi who were anchored on the outskirts of the park boundary.
On March 21, we let go of the moorage ball and sailed onto Ganges Harbour; what a sail! The wind picked up as soon as we rounded Prevost Island and we had a great time sailing. One of us even suggested bringing in the jibsail to reduce our angle of heel, but I was out voted. Once we got near the harbour and brought down both the jibsail and the staysail, we were still going 7 knots with just the mainsail!!
We’ve been to Ganges a few times during the summer and knew were we wanted to anchor but it took us two tries before the anchor was set properly and we were happy with our location. I think we were both a little nervous after our experience in Sooke.
March 22nd saw us leaving late morning back to Cowichan Bay. We tweaked the sails as much as possible to get us much sailing in as possible before arriving back at our marina. The wind was with us until we got into Satellite Channel where we had to drop the sails for one last time before heading into Cowichan Bay and putting the boat to bed, ending our year off. ~Sophia & Rob