Whales and sails
We left Newcastle Island and enjoyed a lovely sail almost all the way to Pender Harbour. Glorious! Running the water maker, we filled our tanks. The solar panels did their jobs with no intervention from us!
Pender Harbour turned out to be a lovely anchorage containing many little coves, most of which were filled with docks. We made our way to the far end of the harbour and dropped the hook not to far from the Garden Bay Pub. Folks were friendly and we actually ran into another Blue Water Cruising (BCA) member who was anchored right next to us.
In search of an internet connection (we recently installed a Coastal Marine Wifi booster system that works just great – highly recommend it!), Tony and I took the dinghy over to the pub for dinner and a cold beer. We scored on the wifi connection! Dinner was passable but just. Too bad that some restaurants have so much potential and owners don’t seize the opportunities. Ah well.
The next morning, we headed to the Public Wharf in search of a post office, photo copier and grocery store. We scored on two fronts – the Post Office in Pender is closed on Saturdays. By noon, we were powering out of the harbour heading to Sturt Bay on Texada Island. As we re-entered Malaspina Strait, the Hodgson Islands greeted us with sunbathing seals, both adults and pups. The sun shone the entire way to Sturt Bay. We engaged Monty (our Monitor wind vane) and coasted gently north under light winds.
Sturt Bay turned out to be a real gem. A small anchorage but we found a good spot to drop the hook amongst 3 other boats already there. Tony and I went exploring on shore with the dinghy and actually found a power boat on the hard pushed up into the trees. It was surely there a long time and wasn’t going to come out any time soon. Must have been quite the bad weather to push it that far out of the water.
We headed out early the next morning for Squirrel Cove on Cortez Island. On the way, we encountered at least 2 Humpback whales. Tony turned Mayaluga and we followed slowly. I grabbed the camera and went forward to the bowsprit seat. Awesome!