but the forecast for today was winds 10-15 knots in the morning, rising to 20-25 knots about noon. We wanted to travel 42 miles to Pender Harbour so knew we needed an early start. At 6:25 a.m. we were off the dock, when it was just light enough to see crab pots or deadheads.
Malaspina Strait adjacent to the Strait of Georgia has always been kind to us, but not today. 25 knot winds arrived an hour after we left Lund. There's only one photo from today:
Seas were 4-6 feet the entire 4 1/2 hours, with occasional 8-footers that swamped the bow 3 times and left the windshield awash in green water for 10 seconds before the windshield wipers could clear them. Phoenix performed beautifully, and we were never scared, but we don't like these conditions and can't safely walk around the boat.
The final insult after we got safely anchored in Garden Bay at Pender Harbour: we heard an unusual noise and figured out the fresh water pump was running continuously. Uh oh; it's not supposed to do that! A quick system check revealed an empty water tank despite Bob having just filled it at Lund. We have a shower caddy that holds shampoo and conditioner, and it turns out the rough seas had knocked the shampoo and conditioner out of the caddy. One or both must have hit the shower handle on the way down as the water was on, and the last water from the tank was dribbling from the shower head. Sigh.
So anchor up and into a marina we went to refill tanks. I think we'll go out for dinner too.