The first leg of our journey was a few short haul sails around the Gulf Islands, just off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mid-June will see us leaving the calm of the Gulf Islands for the open ocean, and a short journey to San Francisco.
The boat was in pretty good condition when we arrived in Deep Cove (north of Sydney) in mid May. Often boats get full of mildew and stuff but she was quite clean. We went to work getting Sol Mate ready to go offshore.
The biggest projects involved safety and keeping things in place if the boat got knocked over. We added all kind of hardware etc to hold tanks, seats, cushions in place.
We added safety lines on deck, to which the crew is attached with tethers while under way. Solar panels were added to help top up the batteries. We added a Voyager wind vane to steer the boat when we are under sail.
Our daily schedule was: work on Sol Mate from breakfast until 2 pm. Have a late lunch with beers of course. Buy stuff (hardware, ropes, epoxy, etc) for the projects we would be doing the next day. You never buy enough of anything!!!
We visited several of our favorite places before we left: Ganges, Bedwell Harbour, Silva Bay and Thetis Island (Catalina owners rendezvous).