Brrrrr, it got cold again! I tried switching to shorts and flip-flops for a couple of days, but the weather turned on me! Oh well, it comes with a little wind for sailing!
We are planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this summer - see below for details.
Our next social is coming up on Saturday, March 3rd at 6pm. Members should have already received an Evite and should RSVP if you are attending. Anyone else who would like to join us, please reply to this email and RSVP so that we can get an accurate headcount for food.
If you haven't yet started working on getting your California boater card, see below for instructions and links. Everyone will need to have one before long and we will be verifying and making copies for our member files.
We will be picking up three boats in Bellingham to explore the San Juan Islands! There isn't a lot of room on this trip and we expect the cabins to sell out quickly. We will not be booking group airfare. Everyone will book their own transportation and meet us in Bellingham, where we will have a hotel booked for one night. We will spend the next day shopping for provisions and preparing for the charter, staying on the boats one night before leaving to explore. Last time we did this trip we stopped at several beautiful anchorages and spent two nights in Victoria harbor. Wildlife is abundant, the scenery can't be beat, and there are some great out-of-the-way places to visit, have a drink, and enjoy local restaurants. Here are the photos from our 2012 San Juans trip! Total cost will be $2800 per cabin (members), $3300 per cabin (non-members), and includes the boats and hotel rooms! Dates are August 2 to August 11. The first deposit of $1400 will be due when you reserve your cabin, and the remaining $1400 will be due May 15. If you are interested, call Brandy or Matt and we'll be happy to answer questions about the trip. A sample itinerary is available here: San Juans 2018
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to watch one of the Tradewinds boats from a distance "struggling" in 25 knot plus winds at the eastern entrance to Raccoon Straight. My initial thought was that the boat was in trouble, so we started in that direction to lend assistance.....Click for complete article.
Be sure to get checked out on every boat you are eligible for. Scheduled checkouts are free and the more boats you are checked out on, the easier it is to get a boat for last-minute sailing all year! Remember, this email is accurate when I write it, but the live schedule is on our website and is subject to change!