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26 Feet to the Charlottes

Exploring the Land of the Haida

by June Cameron

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published: Mar 2009
ISBN:9781894974615
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When June Cameron and Paul Holsinger set out in 1983 in Paul's ancient 26-foot wooden sloop, Wood Duck, to cross the perilous Hecate Strait and explore the weather-beaten west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands (now known as Haida Gwaii), they knew they would face danger. But June had raced her own sailboat for years and Paul was a gifted mechanic, so they put trepidation aside and answered the call to adventure.

 

Their journey taught them much about the challenges faced by the area's First Nations inhabitants—and much about why skippers do not sail the outer coast of the Charlottes for pleasure. There are no lighthouses, and many rocks and reefs are uncharted. June and Paul's survival would depend on cautious, observant navigation—and luck.

 

26 Feet to the Charlottes takes readers to remote beaches, uninhabited First Nations villages, abandoned mines and sheltered coves. Compelling reading for sailors and armchair adventurers alike, June's story conveys the joys and challenges of travelling by boat and living off the sea, and recalls a coast that has changed dramatically in the last century.

About the Author

June Cameron (1929–2016) sailed the coast of BC beginning in the mid-1970s, after raising four children and working as a teacher in Vancouver. She was a competitive sailor and the first woman to skipper her own boat, with all-female crews, in major BC sailing races. For six years, she lived aboard her cruiser, where she painted watercolours and wrote articles for boating publications. Eventually she returned home to the scene of her happy childhood summers, purchasing a cottage on the shore of Cortes Bay. June was the author of three books, all published by Heritage House: Destination Cortez Island: A Sailor's Life along the BC Coast, her memoir of early summers on Cortez and a tribute to the pioneers of Desolation Sound; Shelter From the Storm: A Sailor's Life of Havens, High Seas, and Discovery, about her sailing racing days; and 26 Feet to the Charlottes: Exploring the Land of the Haida, about sailing north to Haida Gwaii.

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“A testament to the richness of a pilgrimage of any sort, when the pilgrim reflects on personal experience and learns more about the land. . . poetic as well as poignant” —Mary Ann Moore, Story Circle Book Reviews


“Cameron is a fine and entertaining story teller and she takes the reader on an interesting voyage through time as well as across the waters. . . a fine trip narrative.” —Sandy Richardson, QAYAQ


“A delightful nautical book well laced with the history of our west coast and its people. . . also an educational tool.” —Anthony Dalton, Boat Journal


“When Cameron and her shipmate aren’t battling to keep their boat intact on windswept stretches like Hecate Strait, they’re dropping anchor at a string of remote, deserted Haida villages.” —Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight


“When Cameron and her shipmate aren’t battling to keep their boat intact on windswept stretches like Hecate Strait, they’re dropping anchor at a string of remote, deserted Haida villages.” —Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight


“When Cameron and her shipmate aren’t battling to keep their boat intact on windswept stretches like Hecate Strait, they’re dropping anchor at a string of remote, deserted Haida villages.” —Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight

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