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Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:05 am

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June 22-28, 2019 SALISH 100 Small-Boat Cruise, running the length of Puget Sound from Olympia to Port Townsend, Washington.

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The itinerary:

Olympia to Hope Island Marine State Park (#1), just south of Squaxin Island.

Penrose Point State Park (#2)

Gig Harbor (#3)

Blake Island Marine State Park (#4)

Kingston Marina (#5)

Mats Mats Bay (#6)

…and then Port Townsend by the 28th.

Boaters will be shuttled back to Olympia after reaching Port Townsend, to get their tow rigs and empty boat trailers.

The event is being organized by the Port Townsend Pocket Yachters, and sponsored by Duckworks Magazine and Duckworks Boat Builders Supply.

If you’d like to sign up, or ask questions, email organizer Marty Loken at Norseboater22@gmail.com

The cruise will include several larger Motherships (including Pete Leenhouts' classic 47' RIPTIDE) that’ll provide general support, including tows to each day’s destination (if necessary). The route and schedule are being planned on the assumption of light sailing winds…so each day’s destinations should be easy for slower boats, rowers or others who tend to have lower cruising speeds. If we encounter days with stronger southerly winds, and if boaters prefer, we might leapfrog certain destinations and sail directly to the next stop. (So, in other words, the SALISH 100 is being planned as a week-long event, but it’s conceivable–depending on weather and the mix of boats participating–that the 100 water miles could be covered in, say, 5 or 6 days.)

Costs? As usual with Pocket Yachters events, there will be NO REGISTRATION FEES. Costs for individual boaters should be restricted to launching and parking of tow rigs and trailers at Swantown Marina in Olympia; fuel for kicker motors; any campsite or moorage fees incurred at state parks; food carried by cruisers or possibly purchased along the way; and ramp fees at Boat Haven Marina in Port Townsend, when boats are pulled out of the water at the end of the cruise. That's it!

Tent camping ashore will be an option almost every night, but we expect most SALISH 100 participants will sleep aboard their boats. Motherships will be able to carry any extra fuel or food items if smaller boats need that kind of "overload" assistance. And, of course, we'll employ the buddy system all the way, staying in touch with one another to be sure everyone arrives at each daily destination safely. If winds are too calm for sailing, we'll offer tows. If winds are too ferocious, we might experience "weather days," where we hunker down, drink coffee and wait for conditions to improve. Our main goal, as always, will be to have a great adventure together, with safety as a constant priority.

This will be a terrific small-boat cruise, most likely involving the usual variety of late-June weather; some strong currents running our direction in places; fantastic beach-camping locations for those who want to tent camp ashore; and everything from hidden back bays to bigger, open crossings in the company of others. And prizes will be awarded at the finish line for everyone who successfully completes the first-ever SALISH 100!

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Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:01 pm

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Sign me and Otter up. I will have to find some muppets to crew for me :)

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