{Stus-List} Roche Harbour, San Juans. New Canadian chart 3313

Terry tj622 at comcast.net
Wed Jun 24 16:30:56 EDT 2009

I motored thru Mosquito pass without any issues. Need to follow the chart, but no issues...Terry Johnson
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  From: Russ & Melody 
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  Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Roche Harbour, San Juans. New Canadian chart 3313

  Hi Patrick,

  I saw a few boats sail into Spieden Channel, near the beginning of the ebb, on the last leg of the Van Isle 360. They almost caught us at East Point so obviously not bad conditions for sailing.

  I suggest the first few transits be planned around Haro Straight's slack and if you get hung up on a foul current just motor through it (should be much less than a few miles).

          Cheers, Russ

  At 09:42 AM 6/24/2009, you wrote:

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    I plan to sail to Roche Harbor and the most direct route from Tsehum Harbour would bring me in from the North. I have just bought the updated Canadian Gulf Islands chart book 3313 and noticed that in the Supplemental Information opposite page 6 it says "In Spieden Channel, heavy tide rips and eddies result from flood currents flowing East from Haro Strait and West from San Juan Channel. This channel is not recommended for sailing craft." The alternative entrance is via Mosquito Pass and the SI says "Strong currents flood North and ebb South through Mosquito Pass. Local knowledge recommended."
    So what is a poor sailor to do? Is this the authorities being very conservative to avoid lawsuits? I assume that sailboats go in and out of Roche Harbor all the time. Perhaps you should not sail through Spieden Channel but have no trouble entering Roche because it is at the western end of the Channel, or in fact not really in the Channel at all?
    Appreciate any comments from those who know the area.
    By the way, something to look out for: the bookseller who sold me the chart book (and who seems knowledgeable about them) said that this chart was re-issued in January but has had to be recalled twice since then because of errors. My copy is marked January 2, 2009 so they have not indicated the updating. Even the version I got is marked as having an insignificant typo in some French wording in one place and the seller hopes that all errors have been caught.
    Patrick Wesley
    s/v "The Boat" C & C 24
    Westport Marina, Sidney BC
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