A September Cruise – September 17, 18, and 19th
A Welcome to Fall Celebration Cruise
This is the beginning of the shoulder season in the Islands. While the weather is still good, we’ll enjoy Roche Harbor and the surrounding areas. On Friday and Saturday we’ll anchor out or get a slip at Roche Harbor. Boaters planning on getting a slip will be grouped together on the east finger dock. Make reservations early and let them know that you are part of the club. Boaters anchored out can bring in their tenders for hearty cocktails or deserts at 18:45 up at a picnic table on the lawn near the flag pole Friday Night. Land cruisers should park and walk over to share in the food and the Colors Ceremony.
Friday Currents in Spieden Channel
On Friday, unless you want to go against a powerful eastward flowing current in Spieden Channel, plan to be out of your slip in Friday Harbor by 14:00 to navigate San Juan Channel in the late afternoon. The current in Spieden Channel begins to slack at 16:00 and changes to a westward ebb at 17:00.
On Sunday, we’ll have a favorable eastward flood current in Spieden starting a noon with slack turning to ebb beginning at 17:15. This being said, leaving Roche Harbor at 15:00 should get you a nice following sea for the entire trip home
Activities in Roche Harbor
The lowering of the flags occurs each evening through September. The time frame for our visit is a 19:00 start.
On Saturday morning we’ll walk through the Sculpture Park, let’s meet on the water side of the coffee stand at 10:00. When we get back from this relaxing walk we’ll sit at the tables near the store while enjoying a beverage and a treat from the store; if we’re lucky, we may even get an ice-cream cone.
We have many choices for our Saturday evening meal; let’s make this call when we are together.
Sunday morning we’ll plan to share a breakfast and a hot beverage before a stroll along the shore and possibly into the quarry trails area.