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Circumnavigating Vancouver Island Flotilla | Day 27 | Port Renfrew to Victoria

September 15 – We left Port Renfrew at 6:30 a.m. for the last leg of the flotilla — the 50+ mile section from Port Renfrew to Victoria. We took advantage of the flood current we’d have for the first part of the day, with between 1 and 2 knots of current pushing us along for the first several hours. The Strait of Juan de Fuca was exceptionally calm today, with just a bit of fog beginning as we neared Sooke Harbour.

Lake-like!

We arrived at the Causeway Floats right in from of the Empress Hotel in Victoria just after 1:00 p.m. and met back up with Ralph on Rhapsody, who’d cruised the whole way from Effingham Bay the day prior.

Rhapsody on the Causeway Floats in Victoria Harbour
The flotilla. Causeway Floats, Victoria Harbour.

We were all together on C dock, which was nice, and after a whole lot of “Can you believe how calm it was out there???” sentiments, we walked around town a bit to stretch our legs, grab a bite, or shop.

Later in the evening, we held our group farewell dinner up at Moxie’s on Yates Street. They were able to get us all in (party of 10 on a Saturday night!)–and we were seated upstairs in a semi-private room at a huge table under big skylights. It was lovely–the food was very good, as was the service.

This is the salmon and avocado Cobb salad. It was amazing: fresh salmon, crisp iceberg lettuce, bacon, cage-free boiled egg, feta, peppercorn ranch & sundried tomato dressing.
The Empress Hotel at night as we walked back to our boats after dinner.

This has been another fun and successful flotilla, and we are looking forward to starting all over again next May! (Stay tuned for announcements about our 2019 Flotillas–coming soon!)

Today’s route: 52.8 nautical miles, 6 hours 57 minutes underway
Flotilla total: 706.1 nautical miles, 107 hours 45 minutes underway

Port Renfrew to Victoria

Here are a few bonus photos as we all exited Victoria Harbour early on Monday morning:

Early morning walk
Tall ship silhouette
Epoch with the Olympic mountain range in the background