Logbook: Pender Harbour to Vancouver


We left Princess Louisa and went to Pender Harbour for two nights and on the second night were treated to a full roast chicken, gravy, potatoes, carrots, baguette and wine dinner by Heather & Ted at their beautiful home in Madeira Park. We swapped cruising stories – theirs tropical and remote, ours frozen and local.

We left Pender to make some ground toward Vancouver and ended up sailing to Secret Cove. We anchored in the Southern inlet only to find ourselves getting iced in just after dark. With our powerful spotlight, we negotiated the tiny entrance to the Southern inlet in reverse and anchored in pitch dark in the main harbour where I spent a restless night imagining that I heard ice on the hull.

We left Secret Cove first thing in the morning toward Vancouver and after an hour or so of brisk sailing began bobbing around in the Strait of Georgia with no wind while gale warnings surrounded us. We decided to stop early at Gibsons rather than motor to Vancouver with the hopes of catching sailing wind the next day but Howe Sound really DID have a gale going and by the time we reached South of Gibsons we had 20-35 knots of outflow winds and we flew the rest of the way to Coal Harbour in Vancouver.

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