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September cruising in the PNW San Juan and Pender Islands

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: September cruising in the PNW San Juan and Pender Islands Reply with quote

September is usually warm and sunny in the San Juan and Pender Island chains. Once the summer traffic has slowed down and the marina slip availabilities open up, early fall cruising destinations in the PNW can be a paradise of calm and relaxation.

If you have a favorite marina or little cove that accommodates an easy anchorage let us know!

One of our favorite spots is Westcott Bay, on the north end of San Juan Island. This beautiful protected bay has provided a good result year after year for crabbing. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it looks like Summer September is finally here. Thanks for the tip regarding Westcott Bay.

Although the traffic has slowed down, the amount of available time has also diminished. As a cruiser in the Kitsap Peninsula area I'm always looking for places that are easily accessible over a long weekend.

Any tips???
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:48 am    Post subject: Shine Reply with quote

We have thrown and anchor out on the south west side of the Hood Canal Bridge off of the little town of Shine on the Hood Canal. The wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is beautiful.

There is a reef or shelf that extends from shore about 30 yards out, then drops off into a soft, 30-40 foot deep bottom perfect for an easy anchorage. Be careful during tides to make sure you are not over the shelf, as it can get very shallow.

One weekend we had friends join us on their Chris Craft. Despite our caution that they reset the anchor, they proceeded to make themselves comfortable. The next morning, the boat was high and dry on the shelf and they had to wait for the tide to turn before they could leave.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject: Off season sailing in the San Juans Reply with quote

I used to live on Orcas Island (the biggest island) in the San Juan’s; and ran two different kayak tour companies paddling around in the San Juan’s.

To find out all the great mainstay places to dock and anchor in the Pacific Northwest, buy the Waggoner Cruising Guide – it is the most complete, up-to-date area book. Most cruisers can find the crowds of Friday Harbor (one of two places I provision), Roche Harbor and Rosario
http://www.waggonerguide.com/

Here are some of my favorite off season anchorages.

Anchor - the very south tip of Decatur Island on the west side of the spit. In the quiet season, wander ashore. Beach fires on the spit attract no attention. Pretty protected and you can run a little up north on Decatur and use Center Island for protection if the weather changes.

Anchor – the eastern side of Cypress Island offers a bunch of semi protected places to anchor. About half way down there is a big hook with exposure to the south. You can once again explore trails on the island. On the east side of Cypress, there are a number of places you can anchor as well as park buoys.

Anchor – just north and close to Anacortes is tiny Saddlebag Island, either north side or south. This great little, often overlooked island is close to Anacortes. After provisioning, head up here. We spent a beautiful Christmas and Boxing Day, with lights in the rigging (matching the 4 sail shapes), frost on the deck and sunshine in the islands north anchorage.

Other favorite places are the east / south side of little Strawberry Island and any of the outer Northern San Juan Islands above Orcas Island - Clark to Jones Islands, especially Patos.

All of these places easily accommodated my 49’ LOA 26,000# sailboat.
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