Category Archives: Sailing Grounds

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Pender Harbour

Katie Ford came into our lives in 2008 when we brought her from Oak Bay to Canoe Cove where she currently lies. We did however spend some years admiring her in Van Isle Marina prior to this. Katie Ford has come to us extremely well found due to the stewardship of Ian Stewart. We would like to thank Ian very much for his diligence over the 35 years he looked after Katie and we will continue to do the same. We have very big shoes to fill! We look forward to many years of cruising in the Pacific Northwest. And as Ian said, Katie is fast and comfortable, and in bad weather, toasty warm


John Guzzwell Award

John Guzzwall, during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival was awarded the life-time achievement award for his contributions to the maritime community. Learn more about John below.

“John Guzzwell, perhaps more than most circumnavigators, was born to the oceans. His ancestors had been trawler men, whose red sails were common to the fishing port of Grimsby, England, and the North Sea fishing banks. His father had been born there, son of a trawler owner, but had wandered about the world to mine gold in Alaska and go pearl fishing in the South Seas…Arriving at Victoria in March 1953, he soon had a good job and was saving money. In the back of his mind was a plan to sail around the world in his own ship. On days off, he would go down to the Maritime Museum on the waterfront and look at Tilikum, Captain John Voss’s famous dugout canoe. He did not, however, have any harebrained stunt in mind….” Learn more about John Guzzwell and his maritime adventures and history in the digital edition of┬áThe Circumnavigators – by Don Holm

deer harbor

Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor is nestled in Orcas Island of the San Juan Islands. It is a protected harbor that we enjoy sailing into whether we are rafting with friends or docked, this is one of our favorite, peaceful places to sail to.


Deep Cove

Deep Cove, also called Deepwater as it was first known, is located in the traditional clamming and fishing area of the Squamish Salish native nation who lived for thousands of years and still live in the area. Spanish and English Naval explorers scouted the arm in the eighteenth century, and by the mid-nineteenth century, whales were being caught and flensed on the Cove’s shores. learn more about some of the fun thing to do in Deep Cove