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8-27-09 Thursday – Santa Gertrudis Cove September 1, 2009

Posted by captnmike in The Queen Charlottes 2009.
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Bodega was very calm so we decided to tow the dinghy with the motor and fuel tank on it with only ten miles to go to Friendly Cove. After just a few miles it was white caps and blowing harder. At 28 apparent we turned into a cove behind an island and took the motor off, tank and seat. We then took the inside route. Friendly cove is right next to the open ocean and so very rolly with the heavy swell on the ocean that is going on. At first we tied up to the dock. It was too much for Marshall so he anchored out. I was already tied down pretty good, so stayed at the dock. We visited the church, the cemetery, the lake trail and some cabins, a totem laying on the ground, Sanford Williams the master carver, picked a bunch of blackberries and the best was the lighthouse tour by Mark and Joanne the keepers. They get one month off a year and recently had visited Cuba. They recommend it highly. Friendly cove is where the Spanish Captain Quadra turned over their claims to the area to Captain Vancouver in 1792 per a treaty that took five years to resolve. At 5:12pm we headed to Santa Gertrudis Cove about a mile away and anchored. Much calmer. Another sailboat from Elliott Bay, Seattle, Firefly a 45’ Morris came in just after us. All three boats are headed to Hot Springs Cove tomorrow. We’re getting up at the crack of dawn for hopefully calm water.

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