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Monday June 20th 2016

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Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Low 12.

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I slept poorly again, but managed to sleep in this morning until my phone rang.  It was the body shop returning my call asking when they need my van for repairs.  The bumper is not there yet, but they could do a colour sample anytime.

I am undecided what to do next.

Orams had suggested that I accompany them on their odyssey to the east coast, but I can't imagine how that will be anything more than driving thousands and thousands of miles, mostly alone and trying to co-ordinate stops with them.  They also plan to meet up with the other Chris at some points, so it would be a gong show.

I also have a chance to sail around Vancouver Island since Cassiopeia is not booked for the next five weeks.  That is the most tempting.  I do not have crew, though, and it would be nice to have people on board to share the experience and the expenses.

I should visit Mom again soon, too.  I could just go for a few days, I suppose, but airfare is $1,000 return right now due to Air Canada's monopoly on that route and I am conflicted on the best way to spend the next month.  Orams will be stopping there about July first or so, and I could arrange to be there at that time, but I'm not sure that is what I really want to do.

I also have a few people who want bees from me, not that I have many to spare, and that means being here at some point.

I decided to see if I can fill my boat for the circumnavigation.  If not, then no harm, no foul, so I talked to Colin about how I can legally charge crew for their passage.  I don't want much, but would like to cover expenses and have a little towards overhead.

Then I spent a few hours writing and refining this:

Come Aboard and Live the Dream! Join S/V Cassiopeia for a Vancouver Island Adventure Circumnavigation this June and July 2016

Join Cassiopeia for part or all of an adventure sailing trip around Vancouver Island. We're leaving Sidney on Saturday June 25th and returning to Sidney July 23rd with stops at Vancouver, Powell River/Comox, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Winter Harbour, Tofino, Port Renfrew, Victoria and numerous places in between. Some nights will be at docks in marinas and other nights will be in remote anchorages. Some days will be spent sailing or motoring, other days will be spent on beaches or in towns exploring.

Who will enjoy this trip? Club members who want to put in miles at the helm of a fine coastal cruiser, and who will appreciate the chance to be 'Captain for the Day' on rotation (subject to ability and oversight by a mentor), and who enjoy hiking remote beaches and visiting small towns to sample the fare in seaside restaurants.

Sailing experience not necessary, but some boating experience is a prerequisite as we will be doing some real sailing and going into the Pacific where we can expect to encounter swells and constant sea motion, even on calm days. Although we will choose our weather, and sail conservatively and safely at all times, all aboard should be comfortable with sailboat heel and normal sailing motion. No night sailing is contemplated and our policy is to be in port or securely anchored well before dark.

Cassiopeia is a well-equipped, well-maintained three-cabin Bavaria 42 Cruiser with full enclosure and central heat for rainy days, all lines led aft and roller furling main and genoa for easy handling. We carry a cruising spinnaker for low wind days. We trail a dinghy with a 9.8 four-stroke outboard for exploring beaches and for side excursions. Learn more at http://www.cassiopeiax.com . Although the boat can can sleep eight, for comfort, we are limiting crews to a maximum of four people or fewer plus the captain on any one leg of the trip. Couples may request a private cabin.

Members can arrange to join the cruise at any of the various points along the 600 nautical mile route by previous arrangement, assuming space is available. Bus, shuttle and float plane connections are available at numerous locations all along the route. Please check the Internet and/or ask. While reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individual schedules, when sailing, weather and safety can override plans, so please allow some flexibility in your scheduled connections. After all, this is an adventure. Also be aware that although cell phone coverage is pretty good for much of the route, there may be days or longer at a time with no coverage when in the more remote areas.

Members are expected to provide their own transport to and from the boat and are expected to participate in shopping, meal prep, tidying, cleaning, etc. and stand watches as needed. For the comfort of all, smoking and pets are not permitted. For the comfort of others and your own enjoyment of the experience, please limit cell phone and text use to a minimum.

Bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase, plus basic personal needs and one change of clothes for hot and cold weather, foul weather gear or a yellow rain suit, footgear for wet days and for hiking and boat shoes if you have them. Bug spray and sun protection, including lip balm are advisable. Swimming suit for the hot springs and a wetsuit if you like. Bring what you need, but nothing extra. Space for storage is limited. All this should be in soft bags since hard cases don't store well on a boat and get in the way.

Price per member is $379 per week or $55/day booked plus applicable taxes and includes basic provisions for meals and snacks, an occasional glass or two of wine, marina fees, fuel, and other boat costs. It does not include restaurant meals, bar drinks, tips, special orders, etc.

Please be sure to tell your friends about this opportunity. Although this adventure is for club members only, the club welcomes new members and a trial club membership is available without cost or obligation.

Don't delay. Space is limited. Call Cooper Boating reservations at 1-604-687-4110 to claim your berth on this trip of a lifetime.

Men have become the tools of their tools.
Henry David Thoreau

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Tuesday June 21st 2016

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Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy near noon with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this afternoon. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 9.

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I slept well. 

Weight is 218.6 today, meaning basically no big change over the past ten days or so.  I have not been particularly careful about diet over the past weeks. My low point in April was 214.8 pounds and my high in May was 222.  Right now, I am in the middle.  I guess I should get back with the program, but if I do the circumnav, I may not.

Re-reading the ad from yesterday (now edited), I see a few typos and some things that could be omitted. I also realise the trip could be a simple or as complex as a person wants.  I prefer simple.  While it is prudent to foresee probable issues, worrying about the less likely ones can drive a person crazy or make the planning and preparation so difficult that it becomes too daunting, or impossible.  Just Do It!

I was up quite early today and had breakfast, then lay down and napped a bit, got up for a while, then lay down and slept until 1000.  Am I tired from my travels?  I wonder.  When I am out sailing, I have boundless energy, although I do like an after lunch nap, but after I get home, I tend to veg.  Cutting the grass may be a factor since I have allergic reactions to the dust and that effects can last for days.

By the evening, I was completely weary and, after another nap, began watching The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  I soon decided it was a terrible and uninspired sequel to a great film, and found Paycheck.  I watched that one in entirety, waiting for bedtime.  It was okay, but the obligatory action scenes were boring.

I noticed that Philip K Dick wrote the book behind the film.  The theme is familiar: a wiped memory and nefarious 'friends'.

Dick has been a favourite author for as long as I can remember, not just because we share a last name (We are not related AFAIK) and I decided to look him up. Turns out he lived in Orange County, and that is where my son, Jon, lives.  Interesting.  So I dug deeper and found some interesting links.  A map. A Biography.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesnít go away.
Philip K. Dick

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Wednesday June 22nd 2016

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Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness near noon then 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. High 25. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Low 10.

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I slept well. Ten hours.  Yesterday I was extremely tired and napped several times, but seem less weary today. Weight is 218.4 today.  Little change.

I'm wondering if I am nuts taking on this circumnavigation.  Maybe.

I have been very conflicted about what to do next. Life is much simpler when a person has no options.  I have many. (I'm not complaining).

I feel I really owe my mother a visit, but also really should make use of this opportunity to do the circumnavigation, something I have wanted to do for a long time. My decision was last-minute and I may wind up sailing alone. I made up my mind, and as is so often the case, I find I am second-guessing myself, but I made my flight reservations last night.  I'm committed.

I also had been wondering if I should try to travel with my daughter and family on their trip to the east coast, but a conversation with her the other day reminded me what common sense and experience already had told me:  the trip would have some high points, but I would mostly be driving vast distances alone and dealing with stress -- mine and others -- in trying to meet up, agree on where to be, and co-ordinate.

I don't mind driving alone, but doing so with no clear idea of destinations and poor communication for decision making is no fun.

I'll go east in August.  I have concerns about the lawns, but I have people taking care of things.  I simply let the gardens go to weeds and have don the basic minimum in dealing with my bees.  I have people wanting bees, but I am past caring.  I'll let them go the season and see what happens.

I spent the day refining the trip, making sure it is publicized and tidying.  I decided to have company tomorrow night, so that is in the pipeline. Friday morning, I leave, so I have to pack.

After supper, I took a stroll out to the Quonset yard and was driven out by the bees.  That is very unusual.  I was not stung, but at least one cross bee was in my face.  I had noticed one cross hive -- it happens -- when I worked them before.  I'll have to mark them and re-queen them or nuc them out.  Could be there is no flow on, but I see flowers around.

I have not decided what to do about my bees and equipment. I have a fairly big investment and a lot of drawn comb full of honey and sixteen hives, but just do not seem to care or be able to work on them for longer than an hour or so before losing interest.

I have the energy to sail, it seems, but just not to work bees.  I know better than to try to force myself.  I simply cannot do anything if my heart is not into it.   I really should super them, but have not had the will lately.  Maybe I will, though. It would not take long and I have foundation, but my drawn supers are at my friends'.  I should not leave them without more space.

What I really need to do is have someone come in, buy the whole mess and leave me with a few hives. We'll see.

I have been trying to decide what to do with my hair. It was getting long and so was my beard.  I hate going to barber's and they were becoming a problem I decided to give myself a buzz cut and I did.  I also trimmed my beard short.

I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is.
Will Durst

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Thursday June 23rd 2016

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 Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon then 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing overnight. Low 11.

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I dozed from 2330 until 0200, but did not manage to stay asleep until after that.  At that point, I finally decided to take melatonin and two Benadryl, then slept until 0850.  I don't like to take drugs to sleep, but I need sleep.

This morning, I weigh 218.0, resuming my tapering down. We'll see how I do over the coming weeks on the cruise.

Today I figure to put some boxes on my hives.  Do I have the energy and ambition?  We'll see.  I have not thus far. I have guests coming for supper and want to keep things simple to save time. If it remains nice out, I'll do a barbecue outdoors.  If not, maybe chicken and spaghetti.

Well, I did go out and I found some supers that were not plugged and started putting them on.  At 1315, I decided that I should take a break and came in. No sense overdoing it, especially since I was under the weather the past few days.

So far, the hives are not overly strong and a number are without a laying queen.  I had split the strongest ones when I last looked at them on June 5th and 8th.  This the 22nd, so fourteen to seventeen days have passed and that is not long enough to have the new queens laying.  They are there, but still mating or preparing to lay.

This not a good time to disturb- a yard that was split walk-away style -- especially just at solar noon - since mating queens could get confused if the hives look different, but I am not worried.  Queens are a whole lot smarter than people think.  I even suspect that when there are several virgins in hive that when returning from mating, they might just 'accidentally' go into a nearby queenless hive and that small swarms will join up with queenless hives under some conditions. 

These sorts of phenomena are complex and not readily reproducible at will, and therefore bee science has to ignore them and concentrate on things that can be observed or made to happen every time.

Some hives appear to have hatched queens recently, but I moved frames of young brood around as insurance and supered the hives regardless of the apparent prospects at the moment. I also gave them another shot of oxalic acid syrup. I'm not seeing mites in drone brood and the hives with little or no brood are in an ideal state to benefit from the treatment.

When the hives have brood, up to two thirds the adult mites are hidden in the brood.  When the hives are broodless, all the adult mites are vulnerable and drizzle can be up to 99% effective.

I'll next look at them later in July and they should be coming along well by then.

If a beekeeper does not put enough supers on early enough, he/she will never know how much he/she missed since the hives will be glued up a bit, but the two or three boxes of honey that might have been collected is not visible. Moreover, the hive may nave swarmed, but left no trace of that happening.

Although everyone worries about July, for me, the main flow has often been in August.

Am I enjoying this?  A little, but it is work, not play, and I just want it done.  I am looking forward to being on Cassiopeia tomorrow.  I am looking forward to the circumnavigation, too, but with some trepidation. 

So far, it is not booking up quickly, and if I am not at least a little worried starting anew Endeavour, I know have just not been thinking deeply enough about it.  I've heard that the best public performers get stage fright.

I begin the actual voyage Monday morning, but leave Sidney Friday or Saturday.

I went back out and finished the south yards.  I put on a lot of foundation that has been around.  We'll see how it draws.  I know for sure they will not draw it in the stacks, unless a chance swarm were to find it.

Most of the brood was without any remarkable blemish, but the last hive I checked, the swarm, had beautiful slabs of brood, but terrible chalkbrood (images).  I'll have to requeen them even though they distinguished themselves among all the others by being the only hive strong enough to swarm.  Lots of good genes, and some bad, too, it seems.

I'm not seeing any varroa in drone brood.  I think Apistan is working again.  I put some in when I last worked on the bees (I'm not planning to produce honey).  The oxalic drizzle did not hurt either. I have not seen results (not scientific, but just what I don't see) this fast with Apivar.

While I was working, the body shop picked up my white van. They will replace the bumper while I am away.

Ruth, Dave, Fen, Betty and Caroline came for supper.  We has spaghetti and meat balls, chicken drumsticks, cauliflower, and carrots, then ice cream for dessert.

It ainít what you donít know that gets you into trouble. Itís what you know for sure that just ainít so.
Mark Twain

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Friday June 24th 2016

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Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon then a few showers. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Low 12.

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I woke up at 0333 and went back to sleep until 0600. I got up, ate, packed and went out to super the last hives.  I discovered the supers that Martin extracted for me last fall and that helped.  I am forgetting things, it seems.  I blame it on doing too many diverse things.  That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

I am daunted by the mass of bee stuff I have and discouraged by the winter loss.  Lack of a forklift and an assistant are definite factors, too.

That finished, I still had time before I had to leave.  This is very untypical for me, but maybe I learned something from the last-minute rush last time I left and mis-estimated by an hour.

The news is full of the Brexit vote.  Everyone thinks it is the end of a world and all the smart money bet the wrong way, they say. I doubt it.  The results rocked the markets a little, but the world did not end.  Like Y2K, I'm guessing that it will be a non-event.  I'm also thinking that there will be endless re-negotiation and a new equilibrium will result. Maybe not.  Trump lurks and irrational demagogues thrive in times of uncertainty.

Betty had forgotten her purse last night and I dropped it off on the way to Airdrie. Mike ran me over to YYC, and a taxi whisked me to the marina, and by 1400 PDST, I was aboard Cassiopeia.

Callum and I did some odd jobs that needed doing, I walked up to he hardware store for parts, had supper at Fish on Fifth, then bought groceries on the walk back.

I installed the outboard lift, a small crane that is designed to lift the 100-pound outboard from its storage on the stern of the boat down to the dinghy and back up when needed. I have had it around for several years, but not known how to mount it and I had been bulling the heavy and awkward motor manually thus far.  It's a difficult, awkward job with risk of harm to the outboard or to me, so this should help a lot.  Callum figured that gear clamps will work, so that is what I used.  We'll see.

There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.
Lenin

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Saturday June 25th 2016

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Today Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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I was up around six.  It took me a while to wake up and have breakfast, then I cast off the lines and motored out of Port Sidney Marina into my Adventure.

Although this June, and summer, the morning was decidedly cool and overcast, but the cockpit enclosure and my long underwear and toque kept me warm until the day warmed.  By noon, I was in shorts and a tee.   Although the afternoons can be warm or even hot, evenings and mornings are often very cool. I cannot understand clients who remove the canvas.

The wind was with me, but came and went.  I timed Active Pass and figured I'd be there an hour after slack and fighting two knots of current, but arrived right around slack and motored through with very little current against and quite a bit in my favour.

At 1145, Larry texted me from Powell River.  A client had reported poor shifting into reverse on my other boat, Just Do It!  I found the specs for the boat and a manual online and sent him a copy.

From there, I headed north under power and sail.  The wind dropped and I raised the cruising spinnaker.  At the Fraser north river mouth, I found a bank and dropped anchor.  My intent was to have a nap, but I had been intending to mark the anchor chain by weaving in poly rope at 25-foot intervals and took the opportunity to do that as I fed out chain.  After, I found I was rested, and carried on, arriving at the G-20 dock at Granville Island at 1620.

I walked up to the office and visited a bit, had supper and puttered around until bedtime.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
Malcolm Forbes

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Sunday June 26th 2016

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Today Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Low 9.

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I woke up at 0448 and got up.  I have the day here in Vancouver.  Colin and I are going to RVYC this morning to meet with another boat owner to look at Sceptres (a type of boat that Cooper owns the rights to) with him.

We went over, then I took the van over to Walmart.  I usually shop close by, but there are things I wanted from Walmart, especially a top for my sweats, seeing as in packing I had somehow forgotten mine at home.  I also like to buy groceries there as the produce quality is always superior and prices are usually better, too.  I lucked out and found the berries were very cheap and better than the ones that I bought in Sidney for twice the price and the same yogurt almost one third the price.  I had forgotten, though, how long it takes to drive five miles in Vancouver -- no freeways.

Back on the boat, I fiddled around, wrote a captain's log, checked the steering, and filled the water.  The steering has been stiff and although I had thought to leave early tomorrow, after Patrick looked at it and agreed it should be looser, I think I will wait to have Steve look it over in the morning.

He who hesitates is a damned fool.
Mae West

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Monday June 27th 2016

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Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 12.

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At 0710, I awoke from the best sleep I have had in a long time to discover a bright, sunny morning.  I'm still at slip G20 in the Granville Island Marina.

Yesterday, I felt completely empty, with no ambition or direction.  I found it curious, but realised it was like the calm in the centre of a storm or the slack water when a tide turns and stops flowing in, and just before it begins to ebb in the opposite direction.

The reason for my personal lull was that the pressures, schedules, doubts, conjectures, and focused efforts to get to this point had ended and the new schedules, priorities and demands of the coming trip had not yet begun.

Today, I'll check the steering and the batteries and head for Nanaimo on the first leg out of Vancouver.

At least that is the plan.  So far, I have no companions booked and that gives me a greater degree of freedom than I would have if I had people on board.  At this point, I have nowhere I have to be, and no deadlines for the next month.  If the company finds me companions for parts of the journey, I'll be sure to arrive on time wherever they arrange pickup, but otherwise, I have no pressures.

I checked the batteries and sure enough, the water was below the plates.  Not good. If there is a maintenance log, I have never seen it. The four -six-volt batteries took a gallon of distilled water.

I left the dock at 1100 and found good wind as soon as I entered the bay.  Of course it was on the nose, but I was making up to seven knots and tacked out past Point Atkinson and along Bowen Island.  A racing design boat about the same size came up behind me, and we travelled along together a ways.  He was able to sail a bit closer to the wind and marginally faster than I, but in a half hour, he only made about a quarter mile on me. That speaks well of Cassiopeia since, even on autopilot, with full enclosure and a furling main, she matched a stripped boat with racing sails and conventional main surprisingly closely.

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
C. P. Snow

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Tuesday June 28th 2016

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Well, today is Tuesday and I didn't even think of writing this morning. 

I woke up at 0428, just at first light and looked around.  Tugs were passing pulling barges and log booms. My young neighbours were stirring.  I saw light on their boat and soon they rowed out and raised saiI. I now could see there were two guys and a girl and the boat is a carbon fibre racer. Must be a story there.  I could have invited them over last night, but on my first night I valued my privacy. Oh, well.

I had breakfast, raised anchor, and left the anchorage.  It was a pleasant place, but subject; to swells from passing traffic. 

Soon I was sailing at seven to eight knots into swells and heeling at up to thirty degrees. In spite of the speed, the current was against me and three hours later, I was only ten miles away.

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
C. P. Snow

 

The diary continues in the Captain's Log which steps back to the 25th of this month and runs to the last week of July. The log is a narrative of my voyage around Vancouver Island, written for a wider audience and contains less personal observation and candor than my usual writing.

After returning home, I was distracted from the diary and the balance of July after the end of the adventure is covered in the August diary.

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