Port Harvey to Port McNeill

Port Harvey courtesy of Teri Weronko

Port Harvey courtesy of Teri Weronko

0830 hrs June 23, 2015 at Port Harvey N 50º34.164′ W126º16.411′

After a pleasant evening of dinner with Irene and a cruising couple from Portland, I was up at 0600 hrs this morning to make coffee, take a shower and be ready for our 0830 departure to Port McNeill some 35nm west of Port Harvey.

Port Harvey to Port McNeill

Port Harvey to Port McNeill

We slipped our lines and motored down past the Havannah Channel past the Broken Islands into Johnstone Strait and came to a west heading below Escape reef.  Calm winds and sea state this morning.  We continued to motor towards the west.

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Irene talking to a dolphin and Teri on the bow spotting

1000 hrs as we are approach Robson Bight we see about 50 dolphins, feeding in groups off both sides of the boat.  Later, about an hour, two Minke whales can be seen off the port side.  An amazing day.  Everyones on the deck enjoying spotting.

1400 hrs we’re in the channel between Cormorant Island and Vancouver Island.  We come in close to the shore of Alert Bay to recon tomorrows visit.

Alert Bay Shore

Alert Bay Shore

At 1700 hrs we have passed the nav aid on the south west tip of Cormorant Island.  We are about one hour before reaching Port McNeill as we motor past the Alert Bay ferry heading towards Port McNeill.

Alert Bay Ferry

Alert Bay Ferry

We are now within sight of Port McNeill at 1800 hrs.

Approaching Port McNeill

Approaching Port McNeill

First stop is the fuel dock.  We fuel up and then go to the water/pump out dock.  Some crew remain on the boat to go to our slip and tie up while others head to the grocery store to restock the boat.  The grocery store, restaurants, etc. are just up the hill from the port.  Easy access.  Tomorrow we will visit Alert Bay.

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