It's stayed rainy but the winds have diminished and we're ready move on down the Inside Passage. In Prince Rupert we enjoyed dining out at Smiles and wifi-ing at the Crest Hotel bar. It's free, although we feel obligated to purchase a drink, or two, or three. Blogging seems to go faster in the Crest bar. As usual the moorage at the PR Rowing and Yacht Club was full, so we stayed at Fairview Marina next to the giant container loading apparatus. Hey, any port in a storm.
Pat and I have been cruising with guests for the last two months. Now we get to cruise by ourselves for two weeks. It's kinda nice, although it's probably a good thing those dishes are Corelle. We've learned Corelle won't break when the seas get rough, and they don't break when you throw them either! Just joking......
Sunday, as we headed for Venn Passage on the way into Prince Rupert harbor, we noticed another Selene approaching. The Selene's are easy to discern with their large forward slanting pilothouse windows, but identifying the particular model can be a challenge. So Pat and I discussed which particular Selene model this boat was, without the need for Corelle projectiles! Later we met the owners Ron and Bonny Zuckerman of Seattle. Their “Z-Worthy” is a Selene 48 model. After sharing a taxi to town, we arranged to buddy boat for awhile down the Inside Passage. Ron has a great Blog with awesome photos. Check out web.mac.com/permit75
Our route today takes us past the mighty Skeena river to the start of Grenville Channel. Grenville is the long, straight passage along the east side of Pitt Island and most the direct route south. It is busy and we've cruised it twice. Instead of Grenville, today we'll jog seaward down Odgen Channel then south along Petrel Channel and the west side of Pitt Island. We spend the night in Captain's Cove on Pitt Island.
Let's check our history. Pitt Island was named after Thomas Pitt who was a mid-shipman under Captain Vancouver who explored Puget Sound to Alaska in the 1790's and was responsible for all the English names. Captain Vancouver had previously ordered Pitt flogged for petty theft, a minor offense, which enraged the crew and other officers. The crew lost respect for Vancouver, and later when word reached England, so did the English people. The event tainted Vancouver's career. Later Thomas Pitt went on to commit murder but was spared punishment. So now you know.
We anchored along with six other boats in the Cove. They must all be Captain Vancouver history buffs.
Food becomes a central part of our cruising, especially when we are away from towns with restaurants. This year we've had memorable delicacies from all over the world prepared by guest chefs: among them are Mexican prawn burritos, Italian pasta carbonara, Thai bamboo root halibut, and English toast soldiers. Tonight we dined aboard Z-Worthy for yet another epicurean foreign feast of fresh Japanese sushi.