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Thousands of Words of Wilderness

Courtesy of Brenda WempnerTrying to capture July’s Gulf Islands flotilla with one-dimensional words would be futile. The wild beauty and solitude of the Canadian cruising ground is best represented by this stunning collection of photographs, which were taken by the many talented flotilla participants. While you can’t hear the forceful puff of an Orca whale spouting in the silent morning, or smell the heady flowers in Buchart Gardens, or taste the sticky-sweet rum-pecan rolls from the floating bakery barge in Montague Harbor, you can feast your imagination on these shots, each worth well over a thousand words.

Next year, consider heading north for vacation instead of south. The Gulf Islands flotilla is unique in that you get to clear in and out of customs by boat at the Canadian border, and anchoring among the many varied gunkholes with large tides and currents is an excellent learning experience. The Gulf Islands provide an incredible playground for exploring, so bring a favorite book, a pair of binoculars, and breathe in the clean fresh air of the Northwest under sail.

Courtesy of Susan Hoehn

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Brenda Wempner

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Frank Agovino

Courtesy of Susan Hoehn

Courtesy of Susan Hoehn

Courtesy of Susan Hoehn

Courtesy of Don Haisley

Flotilla Fever

Three weeks from today I’ll be touching my toes in the Adriatic, commencing ASA’s first-ever Croatia flotilla!

Jimmy Tanaka, an ASA Instructor, just returned from his own sailing trip in Croatia, and shared this video with me of his HD photos from the trip. Talk about heart-racing anticipation!

I also wanted to announce that ASA’s 2011 flotillas are now officially posted. In addition to the perennially popular San Juan and Gulf Islands flotillas, we’ll be repeating this year’s new Exuma Islands flotilla, as well as adding a new destination–Tahiti! (Which, by the way, is a KILLER deal.) I know you’re not all going to sign up just yet, but keep these dates in mind as you’re thinking about next year’s vacation plans. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer sailing season!