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From the helm: the wild west side of Texada

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to go sailing again. With an overcast sky and the weather promising to improve, we set sail for the southern side of Jedediah Island. As predicted, the southeast winds shifted to the northwest, and we found protection in Sea Otter Cove just west of Home Bay. Surprisingly, we were the only boats in the anchorage and so stern-tying to shore was pretty straightforward. At mid-day the sun came out in full force and we were rewarded with a beautiful day. As the afternoon ended, the winds from the northwest subsided and we set out to explore the southern and west side of Texada Island in our 10.5ft dinghy powered with a 15 HP outboard.

Sabine Channel was completely calm, so calm that there wasn't a ripple in the water. We zipped across in no time and started slowly meandering north following the western shoreline. The shoreline was steep and rugged with no sign of tree stumps -- completely pristine. We were surprised to see many deer foraging. In a couple of hours we must have seen two dozen! I've always wondered if there are any goats or sheep on Texada Island like we now see on Bull and Lasqueti Island. On our small excursion there, we saw no sign of them. All in all a great weekend! When was the last time you visited Texada?

- Jeff Systems Design Engineer at PYS

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