Sunday, June 8, 2014

Day 5: Prideaux Haven to Blind Channel

The rapids north of Desolation Sound require respect. Today’s route led us through Yuculta Rapids, Gillard Pass, and Dent Rapids. We had two choices of time, one about 11:00 in the morning and the other about 5:00 in the evening. We opted for the morning exchange.

In order to make it to the rapids in time we had to depart Prideux Haven about 5:30 a.m. Everyone made it out on time, and thanks to less opposing current than expected we arrived at the rapids early. I shut down the engine for half an hour and drifted, enjoying the brilliantly sunny and calm morning.
Morning in Prideaux Haven
We ate breakfast underway
We transited Yuculta and Gillard a bit early, with a couple knot current against us. No problem. We arrived at Dent (the most hazardous of the rapids) at 10:38, three minutes before slack. One of the boats called on the VHF and wondered where the rapids were.

Boats following us into the rapids
What rapids?
The rest of the day was uneventful. Calm water, beautiful scenery, and easy cruising. We arrived at Blind Channel around noon and got settled in. Many of us walked up to the giant, 800-year-old cedar tree.

Ocean Alexandra’s hose leak was fixed by 10:00 a.m. and they went through the afternoon slack. By 6:00 p.m. they were secure at Blind Channel and the group was all together again.

44.66 nm today

208.77 nm total

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