Category Archives: Position Reports

Position Report: 30 August 2010

This ocean is teeming with life! Khulula and crew departed a rolly Vargas anchorage on a picture perfect, dead calm and sunny day. Through the course of the 16 odd daylight hours, we:
1) Were treated to the appearance of no less than 10 Humpback whales, one of which surfaced 10ft off the boat
2) performed a Manta trawl for plastic
3) Anchored off Long Beach and caught some super fun waves
4) Motored the remaining miles to Ucluelet harbour just as the frigid downpour began…

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Position Report: 29 August 2010

We left the sun, surf and very interesting garbage profile of Hesquiat peninsula yesterday morning before sunrise, leaving enough time to traverse the 8 miles south to pick up Bryson’s lady, Jessica Kippan, who was due to arrive at Hot Springs cove via a Tofino Water taxi. These logistics worked out very well and we now have one additional crew member aboard! We are currently motoring out of hot springs cove after spending 24 hours at these fantastic natural hot springs, we are fresh water washed and feeling pretty good. Yesterday was also that day that nature blessed us with her bounty: Starting with a mid morning mussel feast, moving to a 10lb ling cod and finally three large dungeoness crabs!

Time: 0800

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Position Report: 27 August 2010

The morning of nature ! This morning we were woken by the grunts and splashes of a sea lion chasing a school of herring around the boat. The fish would scatter and the sea lion would roar and swim after them. Then while drinking a gourd of Mate a little later on, we were treated to a huge humpback whale breaching and swimming just off the kelp beds. Today we are off to visit Cougar Annies, the mussel cave, the polluted plastic point and maybe even get a couple small waves.

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Position Report: 25 August 2010

We are anchored in stunning “Friendly Cove” on Nootka Island. Home of the Yuquot first nations, the settlement here is steeped in history and happens to be the first place that Captain Cook dropped anchor on the west coast of British Columbia! Hikers know this place as the destination of the Nootka hiking trail, the place the catch the Uchuck ferry back to Gold River on the mainland. Sandford, master carver of totems, plaques and masks took a few minutes out of a morning of filleting halibut to show us his incredible woodshop. His pieces sell for 10′s of thousands of dollars, from the lodges in Tofino to galleries in New york, and every single piece was created in this little wood shop, down by the water in Friendly Cove!

Time: 0600
Boat: 0.0 knts at
Wind: 20 knts at NW

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Position Report: 23 August 2010

Time: 1800
Boat: 0.0 knots
Wind: 11 knots at SW

Glassy and sunny surf session and west coast mussel feast was the order of the morning! Andy Paine of Sitka, Andrew Naysmith of Oak Johnny Boy productions, and I (Ryan) arrived on board yesterday after a high speed, chop ramping ride from Cougar Creek, courtesy of Clay Hunting. Clay runs a very remote, rustic and very cool surfcamp on the west coast of Nootka island and was nice enough to rip us from the mainland to Khulula who was anchored deep inside Skuna Bay. For Clay a boat only has speed – FLAT OUT! We arrived with cold beers, and spent the evening catching up as our laughter echoed across a moonlit cold and windless bay and was absorbed by the quiet majesty of the coastal forest.

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Position Report: 19 August 2010

Khulula, the salmon fishing machine! On our way out of Quatsino sound this morning we thought we’d put our deep-sea fishing techniques into play in salmon territory, despite being told by seasoned fishermen in Winter Harbour that we’d need a downrigger to catch salmon. Well, wouldn’t you know that within 5 minutes of the pink lure being in the water, it was hit. The first and second fish got away, but the third one hit hard on the other lure, rigged to a proper rod and reel. After a hard fought battle, we had a 15lb Coho on the deck and being filleted. Mmmmm… its good to be home! Continue reading

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Position Report: 16 August 2010

Time: 0600
Boat: 5.3 knts at 120 deg T
Wind: 15 knts at N
Distance to BC: 6 nm

WWOOOOO WHOOOOOOO !!! Canada, here we are ! Sighted land early this morning but it rapidly disappeared into the fog. The radar gives us a fantastic bounce-back and we are just about to turn into the channel to Winter Harbour. 3200 nm, 21 days, 10 fish and 63 shifts (each) equals 4 people very excited to reach solid ground. So So So So happy to be home !

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15 August 2010

Time: 0500
Lat: 51 deg 13 N
Long: 131 deg 56 W
Boat: 5.3 knts at 105 deg T
Wind: 5 knts at N
Distance to BC: 155nm

CLEAR SKIES ! After 4 days on non-stop fog, it lifted last night and we were able to see the stars again. Stunning, smoky-looking sunrise this morning for the 4 – 7am shift. Caught a LARGE Albacore Tuna at sunset last night and once again the freezer is packed to the brim with tuna. Can hear the Coast Guard on the VHF and almost smell land…. Canada, here we come !

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Position Report: 14 August 2010

Time: 0430
Lat: 51 deg 48 N
Long: 135 deg 14 W
Boat: 6.5 knts at 120 deg T
Wind: 25 knts at N
Distance to BC: 285nm

We finally got into the northerly winds yesterday morning, and they built during day to 25 knots. Did 6s and 7s all night with our “Lazer Sails” up. ie we’re carrying about as much sail as a Lazer II sailing dingy. It makes for slightly slower speeds, much much higher crew comfort and reduced tea-spillage. The fog is still socked in, with visibility at 1/4 mile at best. The radar is doing its job, but unfortunately it can’t pick up the logs…

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Position Report: 12 August 2010

The only large floating items we’ve seen in the past couple days have been natural; kelp, logs, and that’s pretty much it. However we did a couple of trawls today and they turned up a few tiny (<1mm) pieces of plastic. The most numerous item in the net were what looked to be mini eggs that resembled eyeballs. They had a clear jelly on the outside, a black center about the size of a poppy seed and tasted like salt. More research is required. We’re now almost directly on course, heading towards the coast of BC. Fog everywhere, vision is limited to about 60ft at night.

Lat: 52 deg 12 N
Long: 140 deg 30 W
Boat: 5.0 knts at 087 deg T
Wind: 10 knts at W
Distance to BC: 478nm

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