A bold fleet of seven Grady-White boats affiliated with the Northwest Grady-White Club, sponsored by Jacobsen’s Marine of Edmonds, Washington, made an epic voyage this past July around Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Traveling a distance of more than 750 miles in just over two weeks, participants enjoyed spectacular scenery, wildlife, and awesome fishing accompanied by a fun and adventurous group of people, truly making this the trip of a lifetime.
It was one of those trips where every participant just couldn't stop saying, “Wow!” That was the reaction of the captains, crews and chroniclers of the voyage made by seven Gradys ranging from 23' to 33', most meeting in the official starting point of Nanaimo to begin the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, about 135 miles from Seattle. In addition to the Northwest Grady-White Club members and guests, there were two Grady-White factory team members, Gwen Edwards and Shelley Tubaugh, and Boating magazine's Jim Hendricks and Bill Doster, who flew by seaplane to meet the fleet in Walters Cove on the island's west coast.
Club Commodore J’Anna Post writes, “Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island is a trip many dream of but most boaters do not attempt even in big boats. Our Grady-Whites were perfect for making the passage and definitely the best for fishing these waters.” Knot at Anchor Captain Tom Schadt summarized perfectly, “The trip was the absolute epitome of The Grady Life. Our boats performed magnificently, faithfully dealing with the spectrum of weather, water, and wind conditions. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, one that none of us will ever forget.”
See a gallery of selected photos here. A more detailed story can be found here in the Fall 2016 issue of Anchorline. To read an article by boatingmag.com about the Round the Rock excurison see the following PDF.