Yeah, it probably wouldn't take more than a few hours to get across to Victoria if you get that nice afternoon westerly that sweeps down the Strait. That would be worth the trip in itself. I'm not on Vancouver Island but on Gambier Island in Howe Sound about 30 minutes north of Vancouver.
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This has just got me thinking that maybe it would be fun to host an informal "Around the Sound" weekend, invite a bunch of boats up to Gambier.... we have a big sheltered beach and tons of room for camping. If you can't make that, I'm sailing from Victoria to Port Hardy in July of next year to check out the more remote beaches for the race. Company would be welcome.
Here's the route:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&
It would be better for me to launch from Bellingham and cruise up the inside. I am ready for some sailing in the north sound and straights. I have only sailed monohulls from bellingham to north San Juans. My boat originated in Friday Harbor and the owner was lost at sea. I won't be able to get any surfing in on the sound, but the sailing should be awesome. Has anymore feet washed up lately? Are you ready for the Olympics?