Friday, August 30, 2013

Daily Log, Russell Island, Friday, August 30, 2013

Daily Log, Russell Island, Friday, August 30, 2013
Distance traveled: 20nm
Everything OK

We left Telegraph Harbor south through Stuart Channel and the Sansum Narrows.

The narrows, between Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island, is a sort of long boring trip. Nothing much to see. We were through here once in the past going to Maple Bay, and didnt think much of it then. We did have current behind us giving an extra one to two knots of speed. We passed a number of small boats on kickers or being towed in the other direction. Looks like there is a sailboat race nearby this weekend.

We dropped anchor behind Russell Island on the south side of Saltspring Island. This island is mentioned in only one of the many cruising books we have. And it is a brief mention at that. The island was homesteaded by Hawaiian / English family in the late 1800s. A house still stands on the island, now protected by the Provincial Marine Park system. A caretaker lives part time at the house giving tours. When we were there, the caretaker was also one of the original family descendants.

There is a trail that follows the shore around most of the island with some interesting rock and sand beaches for the dogs to explore.

We are within a days distance of our home port

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