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Taylor posted 08-22-2003 06:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for Taylor   Send Email to Taylor  
Just got back from Desolation Sound, British Columbia, Canada and I thought you all might appreciate a picture from the trip. Here is my Montauk 'Norka' on the dock at SYC Cortez Island. Mine is the one with blue canvas surounded by much larger boats. Sort of hemmed in. The 15 in the foreground (on the dinghy dock) is a tender to Bandit (a nice sailboat).

http://web3.foxinternet.net/taylor_clark/syc_cortes_dock.jpg

At one point someone asked if I would move my 'dinghy'. Where I asked. Well along side your boat. But this is my boat, I replied. Yes, he said, its a nice boat... for fishing.

What's that supposed to mean?

On a brighter note, this trip marked the first time my son George (just turned ten) took the helm for any extended run.

http://web3.foxinternet.net/taylor_clark/george_on_course.jpg

That's Refuge Cove (the only dependable gas dock within 30 miles) in the background. I had a course layed into the GPS, and without any instruction he took us five miles, around a couple of points, past some hidden rocks and into the harbor. I asked him how he did it. "Well, I just followed it like it was a video game".

I'm proud of him (even with the video game part) and you can see he is too.

Can you stand one more? For those who have seen *any* of my other pictures, you might want to know where Maighread was. Here is Maighread with her 'lambie' (lambie is on the right) just as we were leaving the aptly named 'Boat Passage'.

http://web3.foxinternet.net/taylor_clark/lamb_in_boat_passage.jpg

Sorry about the poor quality, its hard to hold the camera still on a moving whaler.

Dick posted 08-22-2003 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Taylor

Great pictures. Looks like a magnificent trip.

Dick

lhg posted 08-25-2003 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Taylor - We just missed you. We were in Lund on the 22nd and cruised Desolation Sound, including the Toba Inlet, on the 23rd. Whalers are all over the place up here, but have not seen anything larger than a 22 Revenge WD.
David Jenkins posted 08-25-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I'm willing to bet that in next summer's trip report, those kids have their own boat!
jimh posted 09-03-2003 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Wow, I cannot believe we almost crossed paths. I am just in the process of transferring about half a giga-byte of digital images from our trip. More details later.

By the way, if I had taken a picture of every Boston Whaler boat we saw up there, I would have about 2-gigs of digital images of Whalers.

Tom W Clark posted 09-12-2003 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I'm just beginning to get caught up with the Forum after an extremely busy and exhausting summer and am reading this for the first time.

Taylor, I love those smiling kids. Just something about boating I guess. I know it was for me as Desolation Sound was where I acquired much of my early boating/sailing skills. My family always went on at least one sailing trip "up north" each summer and Desolation Sound and the surrounding BC coast is VERY familiar to me. Many of my fondest memories were forged on those trips when I was George and Maighread's ages.

It is funny how close paths sometimes come to crossing. Jim Hebert gave me a phone call the night he and Chris arrived in LaConner (just north of Seattle) and wanted to know if I could drive up for a visit. This came at the absolute peak of a serious push to get the project I've been working on ready for cover. It was just too late in the afternoon to make it.

Jim, next time give 24 hours notice, eh?

andygere posted 09-15-2003 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Taylor,
Great photos and trip report. I have got to get my Outrage up to that part of the world soon. George looks very salty at the helm, and Maighread looks like she is just having fun on Dad's boat.
Taylor posted 09-16-2003 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Salty? I'm glad you think so, Andy, and I'll tell Geo.

The high point of the trip for both George and I was the afternoon we spent running up and down the saltwater rapids at Yuculta, Arron and Dent. For those who have not heard of this phenomena - suffice to say its like a giant river all the features of a white water rapid, only faster than a normal river. At one point there was what appeared to be six foot drop in water level over about 100 feet. Going downstream is not so bad, but going upstream or entering the main jet over the eddyline is tricky.

See http://pulson.seos.uvic.ca/people/burkard/nakwakto3.html

Caveat - this is probably dangerous - even for an experienced white water kayaker this flow volume inspires awe.

peetmin posted 09-16-2003 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Is it anything like Dodd's Narrows just south of Nanaimo?
andygere posted 09-20-2003 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Looking at figures 4 and 5, I'd say those standing waves are ridable on a surfboard. My 9'0 has more planing surface than a the playboat kayaks in the photo, and is more manueverable on the face of the wave. Has anyone ever seen board surfing attempted on these tidal rapids? I've seen video of board surfing on river hydraulics, but this could be a new frontier. I really like the idea of a wave that you just keep on riding until you get tired or fall off. Talk about a secret spot! Taylor's right, it looks dangerous...
jimh posted 05-12-2004 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
We transited the Yaculta and Dent rapids twice, but thanks to good timing from our senior pilot, LHG, we must be been near slack water. Fortunately, we never saw anything like that!

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