Start: 0800 hrs. The start is on the east side of the Comox Sand Bar.
Special Notes: This leg is where the tides meet. The tidal stream entering the strait around the SE of Vancouver Island meets the corresponding tide that flows around the NW end of the island between Cape Mudge and Cape Lazo. The tide floods south north of Middlenatch Island and floods north, south of Middlenatch Island. The tide will be against you at some point, but fortunately it is not that strong on this particular date.
Finish: The current also gives us enough of a break to move the finish line downtown in Campbell River. Boats will finish off the Government Fishing Pier in Discovery Channel. There is excellent spectator viewing, not to mention fishing, from the Pier.
Moorage: The Riptide Pub and Marina will once again be hosting moorage at their facility in Discovery Harbour. Discovery Harbour is located immediately north of the Quadra Island Ferry Terminal. The Coast Discovery Inn & Marina will take any overflow boats at their marina. Escort boats will be on hand to escort you to your slip with lots of assistance to tie up. Rip Tide Marina monitors Channel 68.
Awards Reception: An informal awards reception will be held immediately adjacent to the Riptide Pub at the head of the docks, shortly after 6:00 pm.
Accommodations: The Coast Discovery Inn and Marina, a gold sponsor of the event, is located in the immediate vicinity.
Facilities: Excellent shower and laundry facilities at the head of the dock. Fuel, water, shore power, ice and liquor store, etc. are close at hand. Stock up at the Save On Foods, also very close-by, as this is the last stop for provisioning before Port Hardy.