VanIsle 360 Encounter

Donna & Peggy with their new Mounty buddy

Donna & Peggy with their new Mounty buddy

We’re glad we stuck around for the Vanisle 360 Race group’s Port Hardy stop over. It was great fun and really “woke up” the town. 50 boats and over 400 sailors converged yesterday at the finish line off the town dock to conclude leg 5 of a 9 leg race around Vancouver Island. Ironically, after a week of 20-30 knot winds, they finished in drifting conditions. Neptunes Car got line honors so that was fun since we were hanging out with their “roadies” — Bob & Peggy. The gang from PMYC on Ace finished not too long after. The town put on a big party down by the dock, then the bars were hoppin last night–we were there for moral support.  The start this morning was spectacular (hang overs not withstanding)–right off the town dock, all 50 boats in one start– with about 20 knots of wind.
As they head on around Vancouver Island, I think we’ll head on around Cape Caution. I’d like to do some fishing and crabbing. Also Lucy wants to work on “using” the mat. We’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get her to go on the mat so when we’re at sea she’ll feel comfortable using it. No luck yet, when we go ashore for her “walk”, I’ve been taking the mat along and thrusting it under the business end of her potty stops. Hard to look dignified (for both of us) when performing this maneuver. Guess maybe we’ll have to just keep her on the boat until she eventually has no choice but to go, hopefully on the mat. Hey, it’s green, grass like, and has a cute flower on it–who can resist? Maybe I’ll need to show her how it’s done.

The parts I ordered for the radio/modem didn’t arrive (again) so guess we’ll pick them up on the return trip and hope the Harbor Master will keep them for us. Trying to install stuff while on the road and out of the country is good experience for us. Everything is a little more complicated, and we’re still basically in the US. I’m sure it’ll get much harder the further south we go.

Surprising light air finish at Port Hardy

Surprising light air finish at Port Hardy, Our buddies on Neptune’s Car are first.

Blustery start for the leg out to Cape Scott and around to Winter Harbor.  70 miles of excitement--Especially Nahwitty Bar where big ocean swells will meet a big ebb tide in very shallow water.

Blustery start for the leg out to Cape Scott and around to Winter Harbor. 70 miles of excitement–Especially Nahwitty Bar where big ocean swells will meet a big ebb tide in very shallow water.  5 coupon ride for sure.

Me with part of the Ace "brain trust"

Me with part of the Ace “brain trust”

They call me "Sparky" for a reason.  Now where does that red wire go?

They call me “Sparky” for a reason. Now where does that red wire go?

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