June 14, 2005

Very welcome sunshine beamed in on our little anchorage this morning. Took our time with breakfast. Got underway around 10 am. Nice breeze coming down Burke Channel, so I raised the main for the first time. Sailed a couple of miles before the wind died down, so back to motoring. Clouds started moving in, and it turned cooler. Cruised up Fisher Channel to the entrance to Lama Passage, entered and headed west, toward Bella Bella and Shearwater. Encountered stiff headwinds and a rain squall in Lama Passage. By the time we neared Shearwater, the sun was beginning to come out again. Stopped to gas up at the fuel dock, and filled all the gas cans, since the next stretch will be one of our longest between fuel docks. Bought 24 gallons of gas. Mileage works out to 6.7 mpg since Port McNeil, which is excellent. At that rate, we would have a 260 mile cruising range. Got a slip at the marina. Wharfinger is a very nice lady who was most accomodating. We’re definitely the smallest boat in the marina. We could serve as dinghy for some of the boats, but we’re here and enjoying it. They have an old tree snag set up in some concrete rings which attracts a stately eagle, who poses for photos all day (the cook feeds him to attract him in.) I bought a 5 day fishing license, and we grabbed showers, did laundry and picked up some groceries. Had a wonderful dinner at the waterfront restaurant. Prices reasonable and food outstanding. Beautiful sunset. We’ll try to get an early start tomorrow. The next several days should bring us through some outstanding scenery, in the area known as Fiordland.

Distance for day: 26 nm Total for trip: 322 nm

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