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Salish Sea

LPSC Salish Trip

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LPSC Salish Trip
LPSC Salish Trip

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Jul 14, 2023, 12:10 PM – Jul 24, 2023, 4:00 PM

Salish Sea

About the Event

Salish Trip 2023

Last year 3 boats made the trip to sail the Salish 100 organized by the Northwest Maritime Center. There are LPSC members interested in making the trip this year however the Salish 100 limits boat length to 22 feet. This restriction excludes interested club boats like Otter, Sandpiper, Morgan, Chinook Wind which are all 25 feet plus other boats over 22 feet. I have started working on a club organized floatilla based on the Salish 100 experience that includes many of the routes and stops. However I have expanded the core of the trip to 10 days on the water and about 75 more miles. There will also be an ability for a boat to drop or add days if needed or desired.

I have built out a route in DeepZoom (link below) to work out tides however some modifications will be needed so I am calling it a rough draft. Route is based on a 3 knot hull speed. A good running engine is highly recommended to keep pace when winds are absent or for tide situations. You will need some type of tender. It does not need to be fancy, just something to shuttle you to and from shore. Also, plan on sleeping aboard. This was a frustration for my vessel during the 100. We were assured that shore camping would be an option at all primitive stops however only such stop at Blake Island offered realistic shore camping.

DeepZoom trip: LPSC Salish https://www.deepzoom.com/trip/mbbqnhfx

I anticipate that the group will modify this route however it gives us a starting point. I had thought about leaving Cornet Bay and instead of routing to Port Townsend, sailing into the San Juans for two stops then ending in Bellingham. I also considered heading down the Hood Canal as an ending stop. For now ending in Port of Edmonds offers full amenities for those needing service to load or de-rig. Leg lengths are a bit longer than the Salish 100 as the 100 had some pretty small and even oar powered vessels. I anticipate some modification to our route based on participating boats and their comfortable sailing capabilities.

Proposed Route:

July 14 - Rig and Launch at Swantown Marina in Olympia. I have spoken with Swantown and they can accommodate us and moor us together. Marina has rigging services if needed.

July 15 - Swantown to Oro Bay. "Oro Bay on the south end of Anderson Island in the Salish Sea is a beautiful anchorage with a nearby park, quiet privacy, and wonderful views." We will also have access to Jacobs Point Park which has 100 beautiful acres of beach, woods, and wetlands. Hikers will find about 2.5 miles of level, fairly easy trails to traverse. https://andersonislandparks.org/jacobs-point-park

July 16 - Oro Bay to Gig Harbor. Mooring options available at marinas, public dock or at anchor.  https://www.visitgigharborwa.com

July 17 - Gig Harbor to Blake Island. Features blue waters, peaceful trails, driftwood-scattered beaches and views of the city and Mt. Rainier. Moorings circle the island $15 per night and a simple marina is available at .70 cents per foot! Camping and picnic space is also available and accessible. https://www.parks.wa.gov/476/Blake-Island

July 18 - Blake Island to Kingston. Kingston's charming main street is lined with shops, pubs with local brews, and assorted restaurants. Marina stop. https://www.visitkitsap.com/kingston

July 19 - Kingston to Langley. Langley is a cozy Whidbey Island town that enthusiastically welcomes visitors. Marina or anchor https://visitlangley.com

July 20 - Langley to Penn Cove. Penn Cove is said to be the port of call to not miss on the inside Whidbey Island route. Be on the look out for Orcas! Marina or anchor https://www.sailmagazine.com/.../port-of-call-penn-cove...

July 21. Penn Cove to Cornet Bay. Cornet Bay is located inside Deception Pass Park. Plenty of on shore experiences with the ability to scout and time tides to make safe passage through Deception Pass the next morning. Marina stop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo-dp8W4BSE

July 22. Cornet Bay to Port Townsend. Time the tide to exit through Deception Pass and head south to Port Townsend. Who doesn't like Port Townsend https://backroadramblers.com/port-townsend/

July 23 Port Townsend to Port Ludlow. Nice scenic sail south to Port Ludlow. Nice marina, hotel as well as on of the best anchorages in Puget Sound. Bring your golf clubs and play a round on a championship course.

July 24 Port Ludlow to Port of Edmunds. https://www.portofedmonds.org/marina/

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