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July  2016

Desolation Sound

a.k.a. The Killer Whale Sail

British Columbia, Canada
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Destination:  British Columbia’s Seaside Mountains

Proposed Dates:  July 16 to 23, 2016
Early Board Sat  3 pm
    Sail Away Sun 9 am
    Disembark Sat by 9 am

    Length of sail trip:  6+1 nights 

Cost $1200 per person
airfare not included). See below for details


More information:

bulletJuly:  65 to 85 highs.  50 to 65 lows
bulletWater temperature:  72-75 (warmest for the latitude)
bullet18 hours sunlight per day
bulletRugged, provincial beauty


bulletSail Charter Company

Take a look at Desolation Sound 6-day trip

Some links of Sound Sailing

bulletCharter's 9 min Summary Video
bullet"Pretty Decent" Photos
bulletSAIL Magazine Video


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Estimated between $1100 and $1400 (in US dollars).  

The cost depends on which boats we are able to reserve, the size and age of the boats, and the number of committed crew.  The final price is be firmed up when the actual boats are reserved and crew numbers declare their preferences for type of boat..

The estimate is includes boat rental, insurance, taxes, full provisioning for the 6 days and 7 nights, hotel items (linens/towels), bar tab and a little left for on-shore restaurants. Some items are estimates, and are based on previous cruises.  It is desired that a small refund is due to crew members at the end of the trip.

It does not include hotel or travel costs off the boat, trinkets, souvenirs, nor any air fare.

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Airfare Ideas

bulletAirport Codes - YQQ is Comox Vally Airport, only minutes from the base
bulletIn November, found fares from SFO as low as $359.  Typical is $650.
bulletExcellent travel tips: Getting to Comox by air or car

From San Francisco, it is about 20 hours driving, or 1100 miles one way.


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Sailboat Information

Boat Possibilities 

Layout and Specs

Jenneau 49 DS  "Norfinn"  (RESERVED)

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Crew List

The best situation is double occupancy given the two person staterooms.  Reserve a berth by sending a $700 deposit. The deposit is refundable if someone would be willing to take your place.

As deposits are received, you receive higher priority, but for considerations of ensuring enough sailing talent is available for all boats.   We are looking to get enough sailors for two sloops, but we will sail a one-boat trip if there are not enough takers for two. 







Joe Martinka


deposit received


Dorian Martinka



 Laura Martin


1/2 deposit received



 Sam Martin




Dan Geisler 


 deposit sent



Diane Eaton




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Page update history

Nov 20, 2015 - First Draft
Nov 25, 2015 - Added Martin's commitment, and the "pet name" of trip
Dec 3, 2015 - Added Dan and Diane.  One boat is reserved
October 17, 2016 - Cleaned up as a completed trip


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