Princess Bay, Portland Island

Transit Date: 
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 10:33 to 13:59
Departure Location: 
Cadboro Bay
Arrival Location: 
Princess Bay, Portland Island
Total time: 
3H 25M
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One of my favorite destinations in the Southern Gulf Islands is Princess Bay, Portland Island! Andrew and Chrissy are arriving on Monday and I've booked the whole week off. But since the great weather started today, I've booked today off as well. Princess Bay, Portland Island it is.

There was no wind so relied on the mighty 15 HP Yanmar diesel marine engine to get me there. As I was traveling with the flood, I made great time and was soon at anchor in Princess Bay. There were quite a few boats in the bay. I think I counted 2 dozen at one point. Pretty crowded for that little bay. Royal Cove, on the North end of Portland Island was empty due to the North wind forecast.

As I was scanning the bay with binoculars I noticed a familiar sailboat name. KWUL-LUNG. I owned a dinghy with that name on the transom, back when I had my San Juan 21 on Okanagan Lake. So I texted Mom and asked her whose boat it was. She replied George and Rita Burrow. Old sailing friends of Mom and Dad's. Dad had bought George's Minto dinghy back in the day. And then I ended up with it as a tender for 'Honey Bear'. When I stopped by for a brief chat, it turns out they had recognized Trouper 2 immediately. They asked about the kids, mom and dad. It was nice.

I enjoyed an invigorating hike around half the Island. I traveled clockwise this time from Princess Bay, Portland Island to Shell Beach, Kanacka Bluffs to Royal Cove and then back down the centre of the island. I went fishing too. Caught three Ling Cod. I let them go of course, because I'm all for conserving stocks. Truthfully, I didn't know how long they had to be to keep. So, erred on the side of caution.

All in all, a lovely weekend. Did not light the fire.

Princess Bay, Portland Island

Princess Bay, Portland Island

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