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Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

I'm heading out for the first voyage of S/V fairhaven after a long winter at the dock. It'll just be for the weekend but we're departing tomorrow afternoon around 4:00pm. That gives us 4.5hours of daylight to get where we're going before dark.

Weather? 15-25Kts out of the SW.

So where should I go? I'll be departing from Anacortes and it'll be slack in the Guemes channel and Rosario and Bellingham channel. I'm thinking I would like to go somewhere very local for the first night but I would like to go somewhere new and have decent anchorage protection from the predicted wind. I've been to hunter bay and spencer spit and blind bay a million times.

Any experience with the east side of Saddlebag island? Eagle harbor on Cypress? Would Chukanut bay be too exposed? Any other ideas?

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

Hi Med Sailor
Why not head up to Echo Bay, Sucia Island on your second night.
That's one of my favourite spots to spend a night on the hook and an excellent place for a walk to stretch your legs. It's about 20 nm NW of you.
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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

Stop in at Blakely and say hey to jrd22.... then on to Sucia....

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

Blakley is neatest little marina in the San Juans!
I think they cut their grass with nail scissors.

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

There is good anchorage, little used, on the east side of Cypress just north of Eagle harbor, west of Cone islands. Decent shelter from most winds this time of year. Also Cypress Head has bouys, Pelican Beach at Cypress is nice and has bouys. Spencer Spit at Lopez, James Island West side of Rosario. Real fun is up North, but Deer Harbor and Friday Harbor are fun for a change of pace.
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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

Boats at QCYC across from SYC for opening day stuffaroo!

Otherwise, SJ's are a freaken day at 6 knots to get to the southern end of lopez! so not a weekend ramble, at least for me. In the mean time, it would be with in 4-6 hrs either way!

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

I second the votes for Echo Bay, Sucia Island. Beautiful spot.
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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

MAJOR currents and tides (-2.3 Sunday morn.) this weekend Med. Make sure you have enough water under you wherever you drop the hook.

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, and jrd22 for the tide warning. We ended up getting off the dock an hour before we expected and since the tides were running so strong we decided to use the Bellingham channel as a conveyor belt to Sucia. Man when the currents are with you that channel is awesome! We were doing 7-9kts SOG and were hook-down in Echo Bay in under 4hrs from our slip. On the way home, it was even better, 2:45 from anchor up to tie up in the pen (motoring though).

We looked at several of the closer anchorages on cypress on the way up (thanks for the suggestions) but since we were making good time we kept going. Passed up anchoring in Fossil bay because of the big minus.

Getting back into the slip was fun. Depth sounder read 8ft on approach and we knew that a few yards to port was even more shallow. A yard or two beyond that, were birds standing on the mud. Tight, but we got her in.

Best part about the trip, besides getting the cobwebs off the keel? I found the perfect spot for my new hammock. No fancy knots or rigging needed either. Clip 2 carabinas and 10 seconds later you're in the hammock nodding off. Life is good.

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Echo Bay wasn't too crowded when we arrived:


A nice sunset:


Beautiful HUGE moon was responsible for the tides that made for such a quick trip:

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Re: Calling San Juan Sailors!!! Where should I sail tomorrow?

ame out of the Locks at about 11.45 and a -3 at 11:30, by the time I got to edmonds sailing the approx 10 miles as the crow flies, varying head wind and tide, at 4:30 the water was up some 12' or there abouts pushing a 12.x high! Amazing how fast one can go sideways across a current like that! or somewhat slow against, I was in an area with usually not more than 2 knot currents.

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