We departed Blind Channel Resort at 8:30am on an overcast day after resetting the lines due to a strong current that would have swept us sideways into the neighboring dock/finger pier. We took the mid-bow and stern lines across our finger pier, looped them around the dock rails and back to cleats on the boat. This setup kept the boat as close to our dock as possible and enabled us to simply release the lines while already aboard the boat. A quick release of the lines and a quick backing maneuver put us safely out of our slip. The next challenge was transiting Greene Point Rapids through Cordero Channel. We motored up Mayne Channel and took a peek at the Rapids which were running at 6 knots due to spring tides; we could see through the binoculars that the current was moving swiftly with upwellings at various spots. We decided it might be best to go back out Mayne Channel to Johnston Strait and continue northwest via that route instead. As we got closer to Johnston Strait, we encountered 4-5 foot chop with white caps, conditions surely would get worse from here. Bucking winds and chop over the long stretch up Johnston Strait would not be fun. We turned around again and headed back up Mayne Channel passing by Blind Channel Resort once again. They probably assumed the conditions were bad or we were completely lost!
|Greene Point Rapids|
|Forward Harbour Anchorage|