A Week-Long Voyage

Islander 28 SailboatTomorrow morning at 8 a.m., we take off for a five hour drive to Bellingham, WA, to start our week-long charter of Vamanos, an Islander 28 sailboat. We plan to visit Sucia Island, Stuart Island, Rosario and Inati Bay in the San Juan Islands.

Vamanos is the smallest sailboat in San Juan Sailing’s fleet, but she should be all we need for the trip, even with our two kids along. Next year, we might charter a Crealock 34 if we enjoy the voyage this year.

Sailing with kids, however, isn’t always relaxing. Our first race last week with kids was a pretty sterling disaster, but it was a memorable experience. The bad part is the kids are always on one’s mind, even when the weather conditions change radically and really dictate that your full attention should be on the boat. Afterwards, our kids were very proud of how they handled themselves, and I doubt we’ll encounter anything nearly as frightening during our week in the San Juans. In fact, we’ve been told to expect to be motoring at least half of the time due to light summer winds.

But now, it’s time for some sailing, exploring, fishing and (hopefully) relaxing.

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