We arrived to Dodds Narrows just in the nick of time. We planned to arrive at slack but when we arrived the currents had already changed and we had to fight a 2+ knot current to make it through. We made it and were motoring through Northumberland channel in company with Our friends on Nordri. past the Nanaimo waterfront in no time. Once again, we had a great view of all the industry as we dodged log booms, tugboats and ferries.
Nanaimo Harbour is busy with float planes, ferries, sailboats, pleasureboats, tugs, rowboats, kayakers and people on SUPs. We had lots to look at as we motored to the visitor dock at the Nanaimo Yacht Club.
Once again we were tied up next to Kal and Chris aboard S/V Salient a Truant 37 with another cruising couple that we first met at Wallace island. It’s fun to see some of the same cruisers along the way because when you say “goodbye” you never really know when you’ll bump into them again. It’s always nice to swap stories and information on where you’ve been or beta on where you’re going. In this case we swapped cruising guides for the day and they shared a tub of ice cream with us which needed to be eaten as neither of us has a freezer only a fridge.
Nanaimo is an excellent place to re-provision and we were able to get all of the “big five” points done here. The big five are: Showers, laundry, groceries, water and fuel. Other minor points of a re-provision stop include having a meal out, finding a decent kids park and doing a more thorough clean of the boat.
The clubs or marinas we tie up at usually have showers, laundry and water but groceries is always the biggest challenge. Humping a huge load of groceries back to the dock with two kids in tow is challenging at best to downright miserable at worst. This time we put in a grocery order with Save On Foods the night before and it was delivered to the dock the next morning! No sweat, this was awesome, now we had the rest of the day to relax and do other chores and maintenance.
After stowing groceries, we headed out in the dinghy to do a few small errands and take Maddie to the local park.
We spent the afternoon exploring Newcastle Island, which is a short dinghy ride across Nanaimo Harbour. Newcastle Island is a marine park with beaches, fields and a playground. Perfect for a toddler and we enjoyed all of it. We even brought a picnic for dinner so we didn’t have to rush back to the boat.
Shortly after we returned to Arctic Loon, our friend Cara and her two little girls stopped by to say hi as they live in Nanaimo. We like to catch up with friends when we are in port and we were excited to see Cara and her nearly 3 year old girl Abby and meet her new baby girl Izzy. Maddie and Abby enjoyed playing together on deck under Ellery’s watchful eye, while Cara, I and the babies visited in the cabin. It was a short but sweet visit.
The next day we motored to Schooner Cove as there was no wind.
We tied up at the Schooner Cove Yacht Club, using our reciprocal privileges. Not long after we arrived, Ellery saw a 30 foot sport fishing boat not tied up properly and asked if he could be of any help. The man explained that his anchor chain had somehow become wrapped around his prop. Ellery volunteered to get in his wetsuit and dive down with snorkel gear to inspect it. Ellery easily unwrapped the anchor chain from his prop and cut away some line that was also fouled around the prop shaft. The man was lucky it was an easy fix.
We spent the afternoon doing laundry, having showers and going for a dinghy ride around the cove.
We had a nice view into the Strait of Georgia in the evening and were looking forward to our crossing to Jedediah Island in the morning despite the uncertain weather forecast.
– Chari & Ellery