Vancouver Over Yonder


We’re about ten nautical miles NW of Vancouver, in the Straight of Georgia.

The land left of frame is Bowen Island.

You can see First Narrows and Lion’s Gate Bridge just starting to open to the right of Bowen.

Further right from there is Stanley Park, and directly behind Stanley Park you can see Burnaby Mountain.

And to the right, Vancouver’s skyline.


Port Side Surprise


Celebrity Millennium, steaming up Howe Sound, about to turn to port and head up Collingwood Channel and back into the Straight of Georgia


Bring on the Tourists


Its been weeks since we’ve seen any kind of cumulus clouds in Howe Sound.

With a bit of a weather change the last couple of days, we’re seeing some lovely picture perfect cloud formations, like this one over Vancouver, framed in the foreground by Passage Island.

Weather here can be extremely localized.  When I left our house in North Vancouver, about 10 km away from where the boat is moored, it was drizzling slightly.  At Horseshoe Bay, it was all sun.

With a nice southerly at about 12 knots, Madsu was doing 5 knots SMG beating to windward, against the flood tide current, as we headed out to the Straight.


Sublime / Ridiculous


Archimedes off my starboard bow. One of the 100 largest motor yachts in the world, she’s at anchor in Mannion Bay, Bowen Island BC.

Madsu and I sailed by and took a couple of quick shots, but didn’t want to be rubber-necking-tourists.

We’re far too classy for that.

A few quick comparisons:

  • LOA:  Madsu, 22 feet.  Archimedes, 222.3 feet
  • Power: Madsu, one, 9.9 horsepower gas engine   Archimedes, two, 2,000 horse power diesel engines
  • Fuel tank: Madsu, 22 litres.  Archimedes, 171,000 litres.
  • Crew: Madsu, 1.  Archimedes, 16

Also see this shot


The Greatest City in the World


Some haze obscures the view a bit – a warm 26 degree day in the greatest city in the world – Vancouver BC Canada