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VI Mid-Island Club Night - Northwest Passage Adventures

Join Larry and Mary Anne Unrau as they recount their adventures of sailing through the Northwest Passage.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Where: Nanaimo Yacht Club
400 Newcastle Avenue
Nanaimo, British Columbia 
Contact: Kate Swangard

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Our decision to cross over to our ‘home’ waters was made while we wintered-over near Tower Bridge in central London.  Our stay at St. Katharine’s Docks had been one of the highlights of years of travel since sailing away in 2004.  But now we suddenly felt the need to get back. Lulled by ‘easy’ passage-making accounts of other sailors in 2011 and 2012 – we decided that going over the top of mainland Canada and Alaska would be the fastest way... we would make the fabled 'Northwest Passage'.

Of course, the actual NWP would form only part of the trip. For making a west-bound trip one needs to cross the Arctic Circle near Nuuk Greenland and re-cross near Nome Alaska to make it official. Somehow we had to approach these ‘lines’ (which – like the Equator – are abstract and pass un-noticed under the bow of the boat) as winter loosened her grip and the ice turned into water.

That meant leaving the south with a fully provisioned boat at the right time and being prepared to wait for Mother Nature to grant us passage. There are many choices of routes on the NW Passage. 

We had to prepare for the large areas on the charts marked ‘Magnetic Compass Useless’.  Prepared for this and many other foreseeable problems, we still had many difficulties and were fortunate to get through in 2013. This illustrated talk is the story of that trip.

Larry is a retired Air Canada pilot and Mary Anne is a retired pianist and music educator. The couple have made their home aboard their boat since 2001 and will be based at the Causeway Marina in Victoria BC during the coming winter.

Traversay III is a Waterline 43 designed by Ed Rutherford and built of steel at Sidney, British Columbia in 2000.  She is cutter rigged with roller furled genoa and hanked on stays’l. She is 45 feet overall with a 13 ½ foot beam and 7 ½ foot draft.

Join Larry Roberts and Mary Anne Unrau for this exciting presentation.

Door open at 7pm and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

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