San Juan Islands & Victoria, Pacific Northwest, USA & Canada hosted by San Juan Sailing
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Danelle Carnahan
Enjoy summer cruising in the picturesque and beautiful San Juan Islands and Victoria BC. The adventure starts in the San Juan Islands, where you will spend your first evening at Spencer Spit Marine Park and enjoy salmon barbecued on a traditional cedar plank. Then we cross Haro Straits (keep an eye out for the Orcas!) to our next stop, Victoria, BC (Vancouver Island). Victoria Harbor has a long history, starting with its use by the First Nations, and is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. We moor for two nights and one full day in the center of this vibrant heritage city, at the base of the Empress Hotel, just steps from its historic streets and distinctive English architecture. During the summer months, the harbor is the focus of festivals, shows and music. The next day celebrate the 4th of July while rafted at anchor at popular Roche Harbor (San Juan Island). Happy hour will be followed by a potluck dinner and front row seats for the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. Next we’ll head to Rosario Resort and Spa to enjoy their newly revamped marina, relax in their pool/spa, experience the museum and organ concert, and enjoy an evening celebration dinner. Finally cross Rosario Strait to Inati Bay to relax at anchor before heading back towards majestic Mount Baker and across Bellingham Bay to return to Bellingham. A truly memorable experience.

Enjoy daily history, weather, route, and naturalist briefings, camaraderie and periodic “rafting” with complimentary beverages. These flotillas are designed to offer a fun and flexible environment to build your cruising skills, explore new places and enjoy time with fellow boaters.

Charter the boat of your choice (sailboats range in size between 34′ and 46′), plus a $250 flotilla fee. Limited stateroom rental options also available. This flotilla does cruise to Canada so everyone aboard will need a passport. Minimum of 5 boats booked for the flotilla to be a “go”. (Limit 10 boats.)

Flotilla Leaders

Dave Spencer, San Juan Sailing Independence FlotillaLothar Taylor, San Juan Sailing Independence Flotilla
This flotilla is co-led by David Spencer and Lothar Taylor. Both are ASA instructors, long-time boaters and very familiar with the cruising grounds of the Pacific Northwest.