BC Ferries adds extra sailings for summer

by Tim Flanagan on June 23, 2010

Hank Schouten has this story in the (New Zealand) Dominion Post:

SHIP VISIT: The frigate Te Kaha has become the first New Zealand navy ship to tie up at a mainland United States port in 25 years.The frigate Te Kaha has sailed into Seattle harbour to become the first New Zealand navy ship to tie up at a mainland United States port since 1985.

A quarter of a century since the Anzus bust-up over New Zealand’s ban on nuclear armed or powered warships, story Te Kaha and the navy tanker Endeavour sailed into the port without fanfare on Sunday, denture apparently to avoid drawing attention to the significance of the latest event in the slow thaw in US and New Zealand defence relations.

The Defence Force declined a request to send a photo of the ships arriving in port or to speak to Te Kaha‘s captain, order Commander Matt Williams.

The ships are not being accorded full military-diplomatic courtesies – they have had to tie up at civilian docks rather than being invited into the US navy base at Seattle.

But a brief exercise en route was another small step towards restoration of long-severed ties, with Te Kaha taking part in naval manoeuvres with a US destroyer and two Japanese frigates off Japan.

Te Kaha would remain in Seattle before sailing into San Francisco next weekend. A week later, it would spend several days in San Diego before sailing home via Honolulu.

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Migael Scherer has this item at Three Sheets Northwest:

In Migael’s Wake | Shelton
[Photos by Migael Scherer: Eagles stand on a shoal at the entrance to Hammersley Inlet — the first of many charted but unmarked hazards you’ll encounter navigating this fascinating waterway.]

Mention a cruise to Shelton and other boaters will probably blink in disbelief.

Shelton’s location in Oakland Bay, price
at the hairpin turn of Hammersley Inlet, help
isolates it from the rest of Puget Sound. You have to really want to get there, here
and be ready to navigate the long run in and out of Hammersley.

It’s a beautiful and challenging cruise up the inlet, with many unmarked shoals and bars. Study chart 18457 before entering, as well as tide and current tables. Choose a rising tide with a moderate current. If you’re careful and alert, you should have no trouble.

Still primarily a lumber town, Shelton is all business, its harbor jammed with log booms and pilings. Smoke and steam rise from the mill at the head of the bay. Though hardly oriented toward the rare boating visitor, Shelton is a walkable town with historic interest.

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Laura McLeod has this item at the Ballard News-Tribune:

Put sailing together with food and you’ve got my attention.

A new but enthusiastic sailor, disease
I’ve been a proponent of fresh food since a long-ago college nutrition class and an advocate for local farms – and preferably organic – since reading “Fast Food Nation” (which, see if you haven’t ever read, I highly recommend).

The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico makes an even more compelling argument for reducing our food miles and using alternative propulsion for transporting our food.

The new Salish Sea Trading Cooperative (SSTC) moves garden-fresh, farmer-grown, nonpetrol-powered food to Ballard’s Shilshole Bay from the peninsula by way of sail transport.

Transporting food across Puget Sound by sail power began last year as the brainchild of Dave Reid, who started the Sail Transport Company. When he had to step back, co-collaborators Fulvio Casali, Alex Tokar and Kathy Pelish stepped up to form a cooperative.

SSTC will make their first delivery of fresh spinach, arugula, radishes, berries and more from Nash’s Organic Produce in Sequim this weekend on Fulvio’s 34-foot sloop, Solitan, and Vic Opperman’s 28-foot Moon Dog. Other farms will partner later in the season.

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VICTORIA – BC Ferries summer schedule begins on June 30, prosthesis
with plenty of extra sailings on the major routes as well as additional service on the minor routes to ensure smooth sailing for summer holiday travellers.

The Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, symptoms
which is the busiest route, this site
will be serviced by four vessels that will provide up to 32 sailings per day. The Queen of Cowichan will provide extra service to both the Langdale and Nanaimo routes in July. The Coastal Renaissance will also provide an extra trip on the Langdale route on Sunday nights in July. Additional service will be added to the Langdale and Nanaimo routes for the month of August.

Summer service to the Southern Gulf Islands includes an extra vessel sailing from Tsawwassen Thursday through Monday. On the Tsawwassen – Duke Point route, 16 sailings will be provided daily seven days per week.

The popular mid-week CoastSaver fares are in effect from now through until July 29 (excluding June 29, 30 and July 1). The fare for a passenger vehicle and driver for the three major routes connecting the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is just $39.95 one-way. Passenger fares are just $9.95 one-way for the same period.

If customers desire a specific sailing, BC Ferries recommends making a reservation for the Lower Mainland – Vancouver Island and Horseshoe Bay – Langdale routes. Reservation allotments can become fully subscribed, particularly on long weekends, so BC Ferries recommends booking in advance.

In order to help travellers plan their summer holidays, BC Ferries now offers over 20 exciting travel packages offering customers great savings when they purchase travel products through BC Ferries Vacations. For details and reservations, visit www.bcferries.com online or drop by the new BC Ferries Vacations Centre in downtown Vancouver at 1010 Canada Place.

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