Anti-clockwise to the Music
Aug 2012 Shaun Peck
Polyandra’s objective this year was to attend again a music festival at Bamfield in Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The music festival takes place in a remote place where there is a magnificent auditorium, with excellent acoustics, housing 150 people at the Marine Science Center. About 20 professional musicians – both classic and jazz play eleven concerts in eight days.
This year Polyandra cruised anti-clockwise around Vancouver Island covering 780 NM in 38 days. The early part was through Desolation Sound – the location of two previous OCC rallys. At the beginning and end there was some great weather and a sufficient wind for sailing. In the middle – south of Cape Scott we encountered several days of up to 35 KN headwinds which made progress slower and a bit wet – motoring into it.
We anchored 40 times in 38 days and went into docks 7 times – usually just for a couple of hours. The fishing was good – prawns in the Broughtons, and salmon in the Broken Islands. A successful cruise with thankfully no significant gear or grounding issues!
The photo is of Polyandra anchored at Rugged Point where we hiked about 8 KM on the sandy beaches and found an ancient Indian burial cave.