Tim and I are the proud owners of Waioli III, a 46' Ketch made from
wood and fibreglass. We bought it from the 87 builder who started the
West Vancouver Yacht Club in 1945 and built our Yacht in 1970.
The first day we acquired her was June 17, also my birthday, and
the builder, the broker, Tim and I motored from the WVYC around
Whytecliff Park to Horseshoe Bay where we spent the night at the
Government Dock and celebrated.
We celebrated Quinn and Madeline who are Tim's children. With
Quinn's buddy Cam and with our good friends Tim and Michelle.
Michelle is a Tall Ship Captain and gave us the tip of 'Mizzen, Mid,
Jib' as an order for the sails to be furled.
Tim and I toke a 4 day Shake Down trip to Nanaimo where we
started to make a list of the adds needed.
Waioli has two beautiful Spruce Masts.
Our next trip was two weeks later when we took Madeline and
her best friend Olivia on a four trip from Gibsons to Bucaneer
Bay, to Powell River and back again.
The trip was full of anchoring in the dark, anchor slipping in the
middle of the night and having to turn around coming out of
Bucaneer Bay because of a Severe Wind Warning and not enough
fuel to motor all the way to Gibsons.
Mr Scott at the helm.
Lighthouse island coming into Powell River.
Staying the night in beautiful Powell River.
The beautiful dock in Secret Cove where we ducked in to escape
the Severe Wind Warnings.
Tim and I just got back from Nanaimo where we were lucky enough
to show up when the Bathtub Races were on and we anchored among
a forest of about 100 sailboats and motorboats and tugs all anchored
to watch the fireworks and the beginning of the races the next day.
Me coming out of the Companion Way.
Tim proudly wearing his Dinghy Dock T-Shirt. Dinghy Dock Pub
is the only floating dock in all of Canada and is next to Protection Island.
Our view from our own private viewing platform.
View from the boat towards Newcastle Island.
We went and explored on Newcastle where there is a beautiful
View from Newcastle out to the Straight towards Gibsons.
Protection to the left and Nanaimo to the right.
Our paddle back to the Dinghy Dock Pub for a cup of ale.
And the Tuesday morning sail back to Gibsons.