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Our Journey on Scolamanzi II
Our Journey on Scolamanzi II

El Capitan Channel

El Capitan passage

El Capitan passage

23rd  August 2016

We woke to a thick foggy morning. Thankfully it lifted around 8am. It became a lovey clear day for quite a special experience.

El Capitan passage was our next challenge. This very narrow and shallow passage required all the concentration and skills of the captain to negotiate safely.

We entered the northern end at quarter tide with only 1.2 meters under our keel and kelp all over the channel so the sounder only works sporadically. The channel is about 30-40 ft wide and our beam is 18 ft. We just stuck to a mid-channel course and made fortunately made it through without touching the bottom. El Capitan passage is a very scenic and protected route but certainly requires patients to navigate it safely.

We continued south for an hour and anchored in Sarkar Cove near a very new and upmarket El Capitan Fishing Lodge. The guests fly in and out by floatplane for 3 day sportfishing packages. Later the afternoon at high tide we used the tender to go thru the skookum-chuck to explore Sarkar Lake. Touched the rocks a few times in the shallow fast flowing rapids to get in but no harm was done.

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