Saturday, July 29, 2017

Silva Bay, Gabriola Island, BC

Silva Bay, Gabriola Island, BC

Here we are at the second stop on our sailing trip...Silva Bay, Gabriola Island.  Back in the 70's this was a real party harbour.  All the sailboats used to rendezvous here for the weekend as it is just a 6 hour sail from Bowen.  There are about three times as many boats in the harbour as this photo shows ...just couldn't get them all in.  This is an entry point to the more sheltered routes to the Gulf Islands without going back out into Georgia Strait.  As you can see from the video below, Georgia Strait was a bit choppy and gusty during our crossing today.  We decided to just put the main sail up and motor at low speed...because we would have had to do a close reach with the Genoa sail up and it would have been quite bouncy with the waves.  The receptionist at the Marina told us that they had some cancellations recently due to high winds.

We were laughing because in the old days (we've been sailing for 40 years) we would have just beat it across...sailing close to the wind...but now we're opting for comfort...not being in such a hurry anymore.

Limerence Captain in Georgia Strait

More observant readers might wonder why the "Limerence" has such a ragged "bimini".  This is the canvass top protecting the rear of the boat from sun and rain. Well, we ordered a new one but it has to be sewn and the woman who has agreed to sew it hasn't got around to making it we're just using the old one.

Search for the Avro Arrow - the Day Canada Died

I have had NO problems with WiFi or blogging this trip.  The technology has really improved in the last few years.  I've been able to surf the net with no problem from the marinas.

Recently, I have been writing about aviation and the role it plays in geopolitics.  Related to this topic is an interesting report on the CBC and even on the BBC see link below:

It seems that some well off Canadians are reviving the search for the Avro Arrow.  These were the prototypes for Canada's only home built supersonic jet fighter aircraft. Back in 1959 the Canadian Government of the day (headed by prime minister John Diefenbaker, I believe) suddenly cancelled it's contract with the Canadian company behind the design and manufacture of this multi million dollar program.

Not only was the project cancelled but the parts, designs and models were ordered to be dumped into one of the Great Lakes!  A pretty draconian step to take regarding a technological break through.  Why?  This was the question Canadians were left asking themselves.  One of my earliest "adult" memories is listening to my parents talking about this news story...with them speculating on the governments' intentions and/or who or what power was behind the sudden and dramatic decision.  I do believe my fundamental cynicism and skepticism over governments had its genesis from listening to those conversations.

Looking back...with the 20/20 hindsight of all the government corruption, vassalage and mendacity of the past half is pretty easy to figure out what went on.  Canada, having been "given" by Churchill to the US at the end of WWII, was told in no uncertain terms by the US that it could not have an independent military or air force.  I have suspected for a very long time that Canada was told it had to buy (and thereafter bought) US military equipment only...or equipment that met the approval of the US.  That is why, like most NATO countries, Canada is stuck with the F-series lemons.

If the individuals who are going around snooping into this chapter in the sorry Post WWII history of Canada haven't figured this out yet, hopefully they will.  But don't wait to hear about it from the M$M [Legacy version].  I will be following this story in the coming weeks and months.

Well, back to the galley...dinner on the barby.


Penny said...

Hey GC:
I will be following along on your trip- or should I say living vicariously through your updates
have a wonderful time!

greencrow said...

Thanks Penny...I'm going into uncharted territory here...not sailing...I mean blogging about sailing. What to leave in...what to leave out.


Ed(itor) said...

Well, leave out the choppy parts (reaches deep into old boxed archives for dictionary of sailing terminology).