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Auzzee 09-17-2017 04:08 PM

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It is always exciting to sail in waters unlike those upon which one has spent a lifetime sailing. I'm sure the waters of the Puget Sound are not always benign. The currents can be extreme, but after sailing in and around Darwin in northern Australia, where tidal ranges are up to 27 feet, the tidal rips in the San Juans don't feel quite so potent as literature would suggest.

The water is cold; and it's deep. But there are many wonderful and well protected anchorages which seemed to be underused by the vast number of vessels using these waters. It seems a good percentage prefer to travel from marina to marina, rather than from anchorage to anchorage.

My biggest regret from the trip is that we were unable to get to the wooden boat festival in Port Townsend to see long-time cruising peers Brenda and David who were exhibiting at that show.

I'm re-thinking my opposition to sailing in cold latitudes. It's not that bad after all.

Photo #1 is Mt Baker from Rosario Channel.
Photo #2 is also Mt Baker from the southern tip of Lopez Island. Note the fog bank just 2 miles away which consumed us for about 15 minutes.

Brent Swain 09-22-2017 11:15 PM

Next time try get further north , into Canadian waters, where you can find some of the warmest waters north of the Gulf of Mexico. Not much summer fog in Georgia Strait in summer. North of Campbell River ,the water turns cold again, but the air is warm. Far less populated, and more wilderness. Tens of thousands of islands and anchorages, mostly empty . Excellent fishing

Auzzee 09-23-2017 02:20 AM

Thanks Brent, we had hoped to do that on this journey. However, I am currently restricted in my movements in, and out of the country. Something which will shortly resolve itself. Then, we will head for the North. While we didn't fish much on this trip, we did plonk crab traps out when at anchor. Had some very nice meals as a result.
Best wishes.

Brent Swain 10-04-2017 09:37 PM

Get in touch with me when you get here. After over 40 years of mostly full time cruising here, I know my way around here.

Elliff 10-08-2017 01:18 PM

Great to hear about your sailing trip Auzzee. Awesome photos as well, thanks for sharing.

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