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  •  I love Watmough bay (13+ / 0-)

    Many years ago and friend and I sailed a 30' Coronado sloop up from long beach to Seattle, and I spent half of August and all of September singlehanding in the San Juans. Watmough was one of my favorite places (Good holding ground, as you say), and of all the pictures I have of that trip (6 Months) the one I keep on the wall is my Sailboat in Watmough as the sun rises in the morning - I dingyed out (in)  to get the picture.

    Pictures on the web Here

    Last time I was up there was in 2000, Dragged a 26' sailboat from Missoula, launched at Anacortes, stopped again at Watmough for lunch before heading on to Friday harbor.

    My son (Army Special Forces) is just back from Afganistan, stationed at Ft  Lewis, down by Tacoma, and wants to learn sailing. Next summer, we'll charter something and I'll take him up to watmough and the San Juans....and let the next generation see what it's like...

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:20:24 AM PST

    •  We have a Cascade 29 (10+ / 0-)

      we keep on a buoy in Barlow Bay around the corner, closer to our house, and go out as much as we can. I understand about being on the water nearshore! One of the wonderful things about sailing in the San Juans is how much of the journey is within sight of headlands and shorelines - looks completely different from driving around on land.

      Great idea learning to sail up here, I'm sure your son will love it. Lots of opportunity for tacking and jibing practice!

      •  I've had a sailboat for 20 years (3+ / 0-)
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        on lakes here in Colorado, and the kids learned a little about tacking and jibing already. When we had the boat they weren't so interested in learning; now that we don't, and they're older, they do. My Daughter spent a year as an Au Pair in Germany on the Baltic, and the family had a steel hull 42' ex Admiral's Cup contestant. She learned all about being a deck ape on a big boat. When I visited a few years back we all took a trip to Copenhagen for a week, stopping in small Danish harbors on the way.

        We have chartered in the USVI (Virgin Islands) a few times on 37s and 42s with six people and easy sailing, so they know how fun it can be. No cold gales much, lots of rum. Baltic, somewhat different....Cocoa and Schnapps weather

        I personally like the navigation issues offshore. We ded. Reckoned in fog and poor visibility for 2 days coming up from the Oregon coast and hit the outer buoy to enter the straits of Juan de Fuca by 1/4 mile seaward, and had great fun coming into Neah Bay on a following sea.

        But If I can get my son hooked up with a place to rent or charter in Anacortes or someplace like that and he can take weekends in good weather to practice (and learn navigation later, though he knows a lot from Special Forces and is going thru a combat diver course next month).

        When we go next we'll go to watmough bay and I'll bring a picture and say "see, this was me, 34 years ago, right here. And see that house up there?? I may know that guy!!!"

        I'm very envious of you. Thanks very much for the diary and the memories.

        Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

        by blindcynic on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:29:04 PM PST

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        •  Something so elemental about sailing. Using the (1+ / 0-)
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          sun and the earth's rotation as an energy source. Without the "iron wind", you need real skill.

          My husband once came up the coast by dead reck in fog and had the added problem that the Tatoosh Island beacon wasn't operating. They just decided at a certain point to bear east and hope they were at the strait. Luckily they were! That blind listening for waves on rocks to know how close to land you are is a very humbling experience!

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