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Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet

Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet

by Cathy Converse


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After her husband died in 1926 from a suspected drowning, Capi Blanchet spent every summer cruising BC’s west coast with her five children and their dog in the family’s 25-foot boat. The Curve of Time is the book Capi wrote chronicling these adventures, and it remains a bestseller and a classic in the annals of nautical literature. But little is known about the rest of her life. Cathy Converse found herself asking: who was this skipper, this mother, this writer?

In this biography, Converse offers insiders' recollections of this enigmatic woman, along with family photos and updated information about the villages, inlets and islands described in The Curve of Time. Following the Curve of Time is essential reading for anyone who has ever been captivated by the book, the West Coast or Capi herself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771512961
Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cathy Converse has been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. Her most recent book is Against the Current: the Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron. For more information, please visit

Table of Contents

Aknowledgements vii

Areas Covered

Vancouver Island xi

Princess Louisa Inlet xii

Desolation Sound xiii

Broughton Archipelago xiv

Knight Inlet xv

Preface 1

Introduction: Capi Blanchet and The Curve of Time 3

Chapter 1 Capi's Early Life 11

Chapter 2 After Geoffrey's Death-Preparing for Cruising 65

Chapter 3 Cruising Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound 91

Chapter 4 Cruising Beyond Desolation Sound 107

Chapter 5 Life after the Caprice 161

Chapter 6 Capi's Children 177

Epilogue 184

Endnotes 187

Selected Bibliography 198

Index 205

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