We worked our way into Victoria Harbour at about 4.30 PM not being able to raise the Wharf Manager on VHF 73 as the web site had suggested. we motored to the Causeway Floats in front of the Empress Hotel dodging boats and sea planes along the way and saw a sign giving VHF 66A as the contact. We stooged around the harbor for about 20 minutes while a berth was located for us and we then got instructions to go to the Wharf Street floats, the south side of Jetty C which is perpendicular to the shore, to where it meets Jetty D, which is parallel to the shore. We were to raft next to a boat named Esprit de Mer. We found Jetty C, crept almost to the shore before we could turn left to approach it after passing several offshoots of Jetty D, then turned left along a narrow blind alley of boats and managed to tie up safely with the help of Robert, one of the four men on the chartered Jeanneau. After we arrived two more boats were crammed into this blind alley, one rafted behind Pachuca, and a smaller one ahead of Pachuca across the narrow section of Jetty D that forms the end of the blind alley. A year ago I would not been able to creep around narrow passages of a strange marina looking for a particular boat to raft to but I guess when you gotta you gotta.
Our theory that Victoria Harbor would be somewhat free because of the impending start of the school year was sound. However, we did not plan on a yacht club booking an entire wharf in the area followed by the start of a boat festival tomorrow. Things will be tight in Victoria Harbour until next week.
We're OK. We've booked for 3 days. The day after tomorrow Esprit de Mer will move on and we will claim the jetty space which I don't find that attractive if it means another boat rafting next to ours with their crew climbing all over our boat to access the jetty. But that's boating.
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