Day 2 | Flotilla to Alaska | False Bay to Kanish Bay

Today was all about timing our arrival at Seymour Narrows. Seymour Narrows is one of the fastest flowing tidal rapids in the world, with current that can exceed 16 knots, so we definitely don’t want to cruise through at the wrong time.

Akeeva at anchor in False Bay

We got to sleep in this morning, and didn’t leave False Bay until just after 9:00 a.m. The sun was out and the sky was blue and it was a great day to be out in the Strait of Georgia.

Nice enough to be up on Airship’s flybridge today!
Bonito, a Fleming 55, underway in the Strait of Georgia

Our plan was to arrive at the south entrance to Seymour Narrows by about 5:15 p.m. in order to transit at the 5:49 p.m. slack. We had the flood current pushing us along for much of the day and throttled back, but as we approached Discovery Passage the water grew more turbulent. Soon the flood turned against us, and we fought several knots of current all the way to Seymour Narrows as the flood tapered off.

Swirling eddies with logs and birds
More swirling eddies
Cape Mudge and the Cape Mudge Lighthouse
Cape Mudge Lighthouse

As with many pinch points such as this where timing is an issue, traffic can form right at or before slack, and things can become hectic with many vessels to keep track of, particularly slower-moving tugs and barges, and the occasional ferry.

Matanuska, one of the ferries operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System
Northbound in Seymour Narrows. Tug and barge on the left, Dog Star on the right

We continued on to our anchorage in Kanish Bay, just south of the Chained Islands. Beautiful spot! We anchored in 75 feet with mixed holding—the anchor skidded across the bottom before setting hard, and it brought up thick mud in the morning.

Dog Star anchored in Kanish Bay
Nice light with dark sky behind Akeeva
Rubicon at sunset in Kanish Bay

64.6nm today
142.9nm total