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04-07-2008 11:34 AM
Moonfish Here's a link to the Current Atlas for this area:

Current Atlas: Juan de Fuca Strait to Strait of Georgia : Nautical Books at

We have it aboard as well, and always consult it if we are going somewhere. 48 Degrees North, our free regional monthly sailing rag (it's a very good little magazine and excellent resource, link below) did a great story a few years ago on going from Seattle to Friday Harbor. It was about the way the tidal currents can affect your cruising up here. The story was about two boats leaving at different times from the same place. I'm paraphrasing here, but one boat left bright and early at 5:00am and got to Friday Harbor at 3:00pm by going with the tide. The other boat left at 9:00am and did not get to Friday Harbor until something like 11:00pm that night. My recollection may be slightly off, but the gist is there. The cuurents can make a huge difference going with or against.

Last August we went from the NW tip of San Juan Island to Poulsbo (across from Seattle) in 10 hours one day. That was with the current. Four days later, going against the tide, it took 17 hours and two days...

Here's the link to 48 North:

48° North - The Sailing Magazine
04-07-2008 11:18 AM
If someone does not post the name or equal of the book I have
Is that the Washburne Tables your talking about? If not, that's a great reference for our neck of the woods.
04-07-2008 11:17 AM
TThomsen Here is a online tide table for Vancouver, the page includes BC, WA, and OR. Tide table for Vancouver, British Columbia (2)
and here you can find tide speeds for BC
ALL BC tides

04-07-2008 10:37 AM
blt2ski I have a book in the boat of course, but it lists the current directions etc during different parts of the tide changes, and to a degree, how strong the current will be with various shaped arrows.

Some cases the current is against you, but something you can sail agains per say, say less than 3 knots. Others like Deception pass, you motor thru, either with the current or if against, you anchor and wait for slack as that pass can have currents in the 6-8 knot range. There is one well north in Canada, that surfers will go to, as the current will hit 12-20 knots with the ability to hit a wave if you will and stay there for literally hrs if you will at a time, well maybe no more than 6 hrs, but one heck of a long time when you look at that way.

If someone does not post the name or equal of the book I have, I will be down there either later today or in the next few, need to fold genoa from a race saturday where kids shoved down the front hatch, as I was dropping them off at the gas dock and leaving for the 1.5 hr motor home north to my marina.

04-06-2008 05:21 AM
buttonsmachine Just how strong are the currents around the San Juans, and how are the tides there? So far I have not really dealt too much with strong currents or strong tides. Any advice on managing that if you are new to the area?
04-03-2008 12:57 PM
blt2ski Looks like the pig wars are starting up again! eeeks..

Anyway, what others said, Enjoy your time up up there, be it on the US or Canadian side!

03-31-2008 07:27 PM
CharlieCobra I can believe that.
03-31-2008 07:01 PM
erps We have some friends who make that trip each summer in their Hunter 35.5. He showed me his wedding band one time. It wasn't round anymore, but flattened out on one side. He said it was on one of his first night sails and it got a little rough and he had such a grip on the wheel that he smashed his ring.
03-31-2008 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by Lesmusic1 View Post
I am planning my first solo trip from Portland, Oregon to the San Juans in 2010. I enjoy reading things about it.

My trip will be down the Columbia River, through the bar and Up the Washington coast line. Any advise where to stop and stay and the way up?
There really are not any all-weather harbours between the Columbia Bar and Juan de Fuca strait.... This is usually a non stop dash to Neah Bay at least, and often Victoria or Pt Angeles.

So not many options between Astoria and Cape Flattery.... a very weather dependant passage.
03-31-2008 06:22 PM
Stillraining You will not find many places ...As is your Oregon coast line it is rugged and sparsely populated...With fewer natural coves or bays then you have to duck into..Time your weather and turn the corner as fast as you can..Past Aberdeen
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