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Maritimo 2023 M600 LEADERBOARD

Airship | Long Harbour on Saltspring Island

by Laura Domela 4 Sep 2023 22:13 PDT
Airship | Long Harbour on Saltspring Island © Laura Domela

We left Hammond Bay around 11am and aimed south for Dodd Narrows to arrive near slack (12:25pm).

About 40 minutes before slack we began hearing boats making sécurité calls announcing their transit through the very narrow Dodd Narrows. A couple southbound sailboats went through (current was pushing south until slack), and at that time a log barge made a call letting other vessels know they were a "too wide" log tow and would be going through at 12:10pm. There were probably 8-10 boats around us funneling south toward the narrows. As it neared 12:10pm, a sailboat announced they were at the narrows and going through, at which time the log barge called and told the sailboat they should abort that transit. The sailboat came back and said they had room and were going, and the barge came back and said they for sure should not try to go through. The sailboat turned around and waited with the rest of us for the log barge to go through. Good thing, because the "too wide" part of the log barge was no joke.

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