Sample Itinerary: Pacific Northwest Sailing
This sample itinerary for a 7-night sailing yacht charter in the
provided by s/v Coconut
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST
By Captain Daniel Wise, s/v COCONUT
Day 1: Anacortes to Lopez Island - Cruising distance: 12 miles
Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island which is the easternmost of the
San Juan Islands and a staging point to the rest of the archipelago.
Fidalgo has the benefit of being a drive-to island and is accessible by
bridges from the east and from Whidbey Island to the south. It is also
home to the Washington State Ferry terminal, serving the rest of the San
Juan’s and Sidney / Victoria, BC.
Anacortes boasts a huge amount of
recreational activities for all ages, interests and skill levels. Here
you can enjoy sailing, power boating, whale watching, hiking, kayaking,
mountain biking, golf, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, scuba
diving, beach combing and much more.
Our first day would take us from Anacortes to Spencer Spit State Park.
This 130 acre park on Lopez Island hosts a huge amount of both sea and
wildlife and catching your own dinner that evening with the help from
our experienced crewmembers and a little luck should be a real
Day 2: Victoria B.C. - Cruising distance: 24 miles
The following day a good three to four hour sail gets you to the
provincial capital in time to begin exploring. I would recommend
mooring in front of the Empress Hotel allowing easy access to the city
and hotel facilities. Afternoon tea, gourmet restaurants, duty free
shops, bag-pipers, and world-class museums are the attractions of the
Day 3: Roche Harbor - Cruising distance: 25 miles
leisurely morning in Victoria is suggested before lifting anchor and
setting your course around Discovery Island and north to Roche Harbor.
Roche Harbor is a really special place and a night here in the world
renowned Marina would be highly recommended. Every evening in the
summer time there is the traditional "Colors Ceremony" where the
British, Canadian and U.S. flags are lowered to the sounds of each
national anthem followed loud shot from the village cannon!
Day 4: Reid Harbor - Cruising distance: 5 miles
Just a short sail today taking us to this large and well-protected
anchorage is just north of Roche. En route, watch for the abundant Orca
whale pods that frequent this area especially in the spring and early
summer. Stuart Island, which surrounds this harbor, has terrific hiking
trails with views across the shipping lanes.
Day 5: Friday Harbor - Cruising distance: 12 miles
From here we travel to the “capitol" of the San Juan’s. The town enjoys
gourmet grocery stores, restaurants and shops of every variety. In
addition the area hosts all of the expected outdoor activities of the
Day 6: Hunter Bay - Cruising distance: 14 miles
From Friday Harbor we travel through the San Juan’s into Lopez Sound to a
quiet anchorage at Hunter Bay for a peaceful evening "on the hook" or a
Day 7: Return to Anacortes - Cruising distance: 12 miles
The final day return to Anacortes offers breathtaking views of the beautiful snow capped Mt. Baker in the distance.
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