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A CAUTIONARY 'TAIL': LESSONS
LEARNED FROM A ROUGH CROSSING
- by Chief Commander Peter Bolton, SN

Back in 2006, our family consisted of two humans - myself Once we made it past Cape Lazo, the wave height dropped
and my admiral - and a family of Border Collies - mum and and we made an uneventful passage into Comox Harbour.
four pups.
It was with a feeling of relief that we made it to our spot
on the dock. The Admiral hopped out and began to tie up
Aboard our Eaglecraft aluminum powerboat, which has the starboard spring line and I followed and commenced to
plenty of power and a strong hull, we decided to join our secure the stern line. As I did so, there was a roar from the
local yacht club weekend at Lund and take part in their engine, the stern dug in, the bow raised and the boat with
Easter Bunny-Fest. Comox to Lund is about 25 nautical nobody aboard attempted to back out of the spot.
miles, which took just under two hours to cover. Our trip
was uneventful for the most part.
We didn't understand why the boat had gone into reverse
on her own until we looked into the helm window. The winThe weather deteriorated in time for our return. There dow was open and our junior pup, Charley Brown, who had
was a strong southeast wind of about 20 knots with had more than enough of the boat, the seas and anything
one-and-a-half metre (four feet) seas outside Lund. I de- nautical, had decided to take matters into his own paws
cided to set off, intending to travel more slowly and to and get out onto the dock through the open window. In
reach the unsheltered area crossing the strait beyond the leaping onto the helm seat and freedom, Charley Brown's
shelter of Harwood and Texada Islands. All went well until right paw knocked the throttle lever to full reverse power.
we closed in on Harwood when the rain increased substan- The Admiral leaned in and shut off the engine and all was
tially and the seas were increasing, eventually up to two well that ended well.
and a half metres (eight feet).
There were some lessons learned here worth mentioning.
As we approached Harwood, I could see through the heavy
rain a vague shape to the right of Harwood but there was 0DNHVXUHWKDW\RXKDYHWKHFRUUHFWSDSHUFKDUWRXWDQG
nothing showing on the chart plotter. I asked The Admiral open before you leave. It was far too rough for me to leave
to bring the paper chart so I could check the chart plotter. the helm. Even though you have planned the route careShe refused, stating the she was not budging and was not fully, remember to zoom your chart plotter in and out from
sure if she was going to be sick. As we started to cross the time to time - plotters simplify the detail at smaller scales
strait out of the shelter of Harwood, the wind increased to and it reappears when you zoom in to a larger scale.
about 25 to 30 knots and the wave height increased to twoand-a-half metres (eight feet). As I was now heading more When you are tackling big seas, try to ride them at 45 deor less directly into the waves, the drop-off the top of the grees rather than head on. The ride is much better.
waves was considerable and, on a couple of occasions, the
ERDWFDPHGRZQWKHVWDUERDUGVLGHˋUVW$IWHUDFRXSOHRI And when you dock, turn off the motor before you leave
frightening drops, I turned at 45 degrees to the wind/waves the seat so that no one else, human or canine, takes over.
and was able to slide down the backside of the crests rather J
than fall off the peaks.
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Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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