San Juan Islands Flotilla 2008

The first ASA San Juan Islands flotilla explored six of these beautiful islands just south of the Canadian border in northwest Washington state.  Activities included mooring at remote state parks accessible only by boat, anchoring in isolated coves, dining at fine shoreside resorts, participating in dinghy racing, a potluck, log rolling, crabbing, and a raft up. The experience was both fun and challenging.  Ten boats with 45 participants got in a lot of sailing, seamanship and adventure with most exploring these waters for the first time, under the leadership of San Juan veteran and ASA instructor Roger Philips. The group spotted orca whales, dolphins, seals and bald eagles along the way.


As You Wish

Echo Bay, Sucia Island
Barney Gibbs

Mt Baker from Inati Bay
Robert Balch

The Dream Catcher

The Commodore Roger Philips
Rick Foppiano

Winya Wynah

Hotel and Garden Roche Harbor - Rick Foppiano

Glamourous Galah

Reid Harbor, Stuart Island
Rick Foppiano

Living In Fiction

Orca whales off Turn Point, Stuart Island - Robert Balch


“Thanks, Roger!  We had such a great time; we’d love to do it again next year.  We really appreciate all the time and TLC you put into making the experience so enjoyable.  You planned a wide variety of experiences for us, and I feel like we had a great sample of what the San Juans have to offer.  We also made some great new friends.”



Vicious crab overpowered by valiant crew! - Roger Philips

Nauti Princess

Raft Up - Inati Bay, Lummi Island - Roger Philips

Ol' Bear

Moonrise - San Juan Island
Rick Foppiano


Squalicum Harbor - Bellingham, WA
Gerhard Van Niekerk


Yoga at Sunrise
Gerhard Van Niekerk

Scooby 11

10 ASA boat raft up
Roger Philips


“The San Juan Flotilla was my first experience with an ASA group sailing event, and I was impressed with the organization, the itinerary, the charter company, and everyone involved. What a fine group of people to sail with! They came from the Midwest, the West Coast and locally - families, singles, men, women, young and younger. The San Juans were absolutely beautiful and the harbors were so quaint with loads of character. Even the orca whales put on a show for us. Can't wait to do it again next year!


Silent Partners

Sail la Vie with Mt. Baker
Roger Philips


ASA plans to return to the San Juan Islands - Roger Philips

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