20 - 21, 2003
Course: Port Hardy to Winter Harbour
Distance: 69.40 nautical
0800 hrs. same as the previous finish excellent spectator viewing from the government
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 can get very 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. This leg could prove extremely challenging.
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 0.62NM. bearing 081 magnetic from the light house. This is the preferred
entrance to Forward Inlet from the North. Kains Island is only accessible by boat
(or helicopter if you happen to have one).
Time: Boats have until 1800 hrs on June 21 to finish this leg. In past years
most boats are finished by 0800 hrs.
Is available at the B.C Packers floats just north of the flashing light on Greenwood
Point (see map under Winter Harbour-Host Cities) The cost is $15/night. Overflow
moorage is available at the Government Dock at Government Rates. It is wise to
have Canadian cash on hand.
No Shore Power, limited showers and toilets. Fuel, water, small grocery/liquor
store, laundry and pay phones are all close at hand. Accommodations are very limited.
Most are already full.
RV park has 32 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.
Reception: The awards presentation will likely take place at the old School
House. The folks of Winter Harbour and Holberg (the neighbouring community) are
in the process of organizing a Hamburger BBQ, with proceeds going to help the
local communities, nothing finalized as yet. Boats need to be totally self-sufficient
Notes: Driving to Winter Harbour from Port Hardy is 76 km. via a gravel logging
road, through Holberg. There is A restaurant/pub in Holberg called
the Scarlet Ibis. 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.
There may be some activity on weekends but in any case be prepared to yield. For
more information on driving in and current road conditions please call Western
Forest Products Holberg office at 250-288-3362. A limited number of road
maps will be available from Race Headquarters in Port Hardy. Carry good spare