From Teakerne Arm, we sailed the spinnaker to Refuge Cove again as we needed more water and fresh produce.
We decided to anchor off Refuge Cove that night as we spent the latter part of the day on shore, walking the docks, having showers and getting a bite to eat at the cafe Upcoast Summers.
Our next destination was Laura Cove, near Prixdeux Haven where we ended up staying 3 nights. This was a first on this trip but it felt wonderful to relax a bit more. As any parents out there know, there is limited relaxing when you have young children. We really enjoyed the warm water swimming in the ocean, the great views and the secure anchorage. We finally inflated the SUP again and spent lots of time paddling around, usually with Maddie sitting onboard.
We also had extra time so we went fishing and caught our first fish, a greenling. Maddie seemed to enjoy the whole fishing experience, even the chowder Ellery made that evening. Now we are excited to catch more fish!
At this point, we finally started to get accustomed to a routine of eating, swimming, rest/nap and repeat.
After Laura Cove, we headed to Refuge Cove one final time for more fresh produce and a load of laundry. We didn’t stay the night at Refuge Cove and instead we continued on to Tenedos Bay, where we anchored with a stern-tie to shore.
The weather has been really warm and we have had to be creative to beat the heat. Some of our ways include: setting up the bimini for more shade, securing a hammock under the boom for some real relaxing and filling a Tupperware bin with saltwater for Maddie to play in, in our cockpit. This keeps her cool and occupied. We also have a water bag sitting out in the sun so later in the day we can all have warm fresh water showers on deck.
During our rest day at Tenedos Bay, we got in the dinghy just after 0800 in the morning to go ashore and hike to Unwin lake to swim. It took us going to three spots by the lake to find one that was flat-ish, hence toddler and baby friendly. We got all ready to swim and then the wasps showed up. They wouldn’t leave us alone and even though Ellery used his ninja skills to kill them, more wasps just kept showing up. After we all got a short swim in, we decided it was time to go. It sure was beautiful and without the wasps, we may have been tempted to stay all day.
From Tenedos Bay we headed south to the Copeland Islsnds. We had decided it was time to start the journey back towards home. We sailed out of Desolation Sound in a light westerly wind with main and jib up for most of the day. The started dying around 1430, so Ellery started the engine and we motored south into Thulin pass.
Very shortly afterwards we heard a pan-pan on the VHF radio. A pan-pan is an international radio message that someone onboard a vessel uses to declare that they have a situation that is urgent but not life threatening; it is a state urgency.
A motor vessel was in the Copeland Islands taking on water and their bilge pump was not keeping up. We listened to the radio conversation and wondered if they were nearby because we were just heading to our anchorage in the Copeland Islands. When the coast guard asked if any nearby vessels could help, Ellery figured out we were close by radioed and said that we would be on scene in 7 minutes.
Amelia was sleeping on me at this point and Maddie was napping but we headed toward the motor vessel. When we arrived, all 5 passengers were outside on the aft deck. The skipper told us that their water problem had stabilized and that the coast guard was 10 minutes away. We stayed with the vessel on standby until the Coast Guard fast rescue craft arrived, just in case. The Coast Guard arrived promptly and we watched for a few minutes before radioing them we were on our way. We were thanked and we all waved bye.
We went straight to anchor and could actually still see the motor vessel from our anchorage. It was interesting to see that after a second Coast Guard vessel arrived, another large Coast Guard vessel arrived as well. Shortly after C-Tow arrived and towed the vessel away. I found the whole situation super interesting and was glad we were around to help and experience it.
The following morning we woke up in the Copeland Islands and decided to go exploring after a slow morning. We did a short hike to a beach and to a bluff overlooking our anchorage.
Next, we went on a dinghy ride to explore the rest of the Copeland Islands. Maddie loved zooming around in the dinghy with her hair blowing in the wind.
Once back at the boat, we wondered what we would do for the rest of the day. We decided to motor a few miles into Lund and spend the night at the dock.
We had a lovely afternoon walking around Lund. We had lunch at Nancy’s Bakery, checked out the shops, had showers and ran into some new and old friends.
I think we got a little over zealous because we decided to go out for dinner, which we rarely do. We felt so good after our showers, so we even put in a little effort, I mean I wore a dress with my hair down. Anyway, in the first 15 minutes of sitting at the table, Maddie has her crayons in her water, has coloured on the chair, I bumped Ellery’s beer and spilled a bit of it and then Amelia grabbed my beer glass and spilled it all over me! Well, at least we were sitting in the corner and no one noticed and our table was on a dock so no clean up was even needed. It was just me that felt gutted. Oh well! I guess you can’t expect too much with small kids around. At least the food was good and the company entertaining!
I wonder what kind of adventures await us as we sail down the Sunshine Coast?!