The Surf Show, Act 2

Braesail and her crew left the dock at Haíɫzaqv for Pruth Bay on Thursday morning and motored for about six hours under blue skies that suddenly turned a steely gray as a puffy cloud lid closed over the water. Fog was so dense in the early morning that we could barely see the boat’s rigging from the port lights, but by mid-morning, visibility had improved substantially and we had no difficulties throughout the rest of our journey.

We motored for some time through twisting channels between islands, and then in open water, past many more islands and clusters of rocks, and, as was the case on Wednesday, the display of surging surf geysers was spectacular! We could detect the presence of submerged rocks by spotting sudden eruptions of spray from the ocean’s surface that were followed by the circling of small waves, and I could spot the dancing white clouds of breaking surf on the shores we were passing from very great distances.

When we dropped our anchor in the early evening not far from the Hakai Beach Institute, we agreed that the scenery had been beautifully wild, and we both had enjoyed it although the ride was somewhat bouncy as we made our way through the swells. It was good to be back in Pruth Bay, where we had spent some very rainy days back in May, and we hoped to visit the famous white-sand West Beach on Friday (the largest of a dozen beautiful sandy beaches that line the shore of this part of Calvert Island)–the weather had been so bad that we hadn’t done any exploring during our previous visit. Conditions should be different this time!

Surf spouts among the rocks and returns to the sea in small waterfalls

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