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Days 19-20 - West side of Vancouver Island Flotilla - Hot springs cove to Ucluelet

by Laura Domela and Sam Landsman 7 Sep 2019 06:57 PDT
Day 19-20: West Side of Vancouver Island Flotilla © Laura Domela

Today's 45nm cruise from Hot Springs Cove to Ucluelet takes us back out into the ocean. The Environment Canada forecast was for a southeast wind 5-15kts, and Windy showed light winds in the morning, building to southeast 10-15 knots along our route, accompanied by a lazy 5-6 foot swell.

Why are we skipping Clayoquot Sound? The short answer is timing. We waited for weather in Port McNeill, at Brooks Peninsula, and again at Estevan Point. We're running a few days behind schedule, which isn't a problem, really. But we had to cut somewhere, and the only places left are Clayoquot Sound or Barkley Sound. The weather today sounded good for a run to Ucluelet, some people need to have good connectivity (which is good in the Broken Group, but not so good in most of Clayoquot Sound), and having 5 or 6 days to slowly explore Barkley Sound is attractive. So off we went.

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