Start: 10:30 hrs. The start is the same as the previous finish.
This is the first offshore leg and takes sailors around the top of the island, past Cape Scott to the Open Pacific. This leg is where things get interesting and skippers have a choice of crossing the Nahwitti Bar, at the entrance to Goletas Channel, or taking the longer outside route into Queen Charlotte Strait. Nahwitti bar has a reputation for being one of the nastiest bits of water on the coast but it can also be benign.
Finish: The race committee will be on station at the Kains Island lighthouse (Quatsino Light station) and the finish will be a transit from the lighthouse to Robson Rock.
Kains Island is only accessible by boat.
Finish Time: Boats have until 1800 hrs on June 18 to finish this leg. In past years most boats finished in the early morning hours.
Moorage: Is available at the B.C Packers floats just north of the flashing light on Greenwood Point. The cost is $15/night. Overflow moorage is available at the Government Dock at Government Rates.
Facilities: The population here is less than 20 people. There is no Shore Power, very limited showers and toilets. Boats need to be totally self-sufficient here. Fuel, water, small grocery/liquor store, laundry and pay phones are all close at hand.
Frostyís RV Park has sites with electricity, showers and toilets available for RV Park patrons only. Call ahead to make a reservation at 250-969-4343 or 250-288-3517.
Awards Reception: The awards presentation will take place at the old School House. The folks of Winter Harbour and Holberg (the neighbouring community) are organizing a Hamburger BBQ, with proceeds going to help the local communities.
Special Notes: Driving to Winter Harbour from Port Hardy is 76 km. via a gravel logging road, through Holberg. The logging roads are active Monday to Friday until 6:00 pm. It is recommended that you wait until after this time to drive in past Holberg. This logging road is sometimes active on weekends. Be prepared to YIELD. For more information on driving in and current road conditions please call Western Forest Productís Holberg office at 250-288-3362 and carry good spare tires.