I was on the 2:00pm sailing, sorry mean the 3:17 sailing to the island. The winds where light then within 30 sec (no joke) they were hitting 70 to 90 with gusts. Have some photos and a video Of the Queen of New Wes using the dock to dock. But it Is from my phone: a old 3GS. Plus: The one cargo ship at berth broke free and had to drop anchor, the Photos are not worth it except for the time and place.
One might expect to see more discussion on the SoBC then its sister simply because it was first, and we followed it more closely. As an example, I believe that I posted a fairly lengthy article from Harbour & Shipping on the construction of the SoBC. Typically first born children and first vessels of a class get more attention in their early years then their 'younger siblings'. I believe that you will find this to be true with the first of the Coastal class, and with the new WSF vessels also.
Some onboard photos from the Spirit of Vancouver Island, January 3, 2012 on the 3:00pm sailing from Swartz Bay
The winds had picked up a bit on the Strait, which were coming from the South East. This means the ferry was running in the trough of the waves. The waves weren't anything to be concerned about, but here's a good example of why our ferries aren't designed for weather. The waves get caught up underneath the rubbing strake, and flare out from the rubbing strake. It's always a little dramatic looking, and it rattles the ship with every bounce, but it's nothing to be concerned about. It's fun to take photos of to make it look more serious than it really is.
SOVI being prepared for refit today at Swartz Bay, with Coastal Celebration arriving. Today there was a liferaft deployment. In the next day or so, she heads to Esquimalt Drydock for two months worth of work.
Did I miss something? I thought the SoVI was supposed to be at EGD for her refit right now... I heard that one ship was going to be gypped out of a proper drydocking refit, but I didn't think it was the SoVI. Or is my memory just screwing with me?