The ultimate vacation getaway
Remote, unspoiled and breath-taking, Washington’s San Juan Islands are a natural paradise. Journey through this wilderness in comfort aboard a 51 foot Beneteau sailboat, Blew By U, accompanied by Orca whales, porpoises, seals and eagles. Your professionally Captained, sailing vacation offers relaxation with the calm of cool lapping water, green islands and the cleanest air in the world. Savor fresh local foods, explore uninhabited shores, visit artist galleries and leave your cares behind. The only thing that matters is this moment, this place – a vacation you will remember always.
Explore the spectacular San Juan Islands in safety and comfort with Captain Mark Brown on a luxurious 51-foot Beneteau sailboat
August 25 – 31, 2020
7 days – 6 nights
Anacortes to Lopez Island, 12 miles
The snowcapped Cascade Mountains greet our morning as we sail through Fidalgo Bay, Guemes Channel and the Rosario Strait, to moor at the 200-acre Spencer Spit Park on Lopez Island. Hike wooded trails before ending the day with a sunset BBQ on board.
Lopez Island to reach Roche Harbor, 17 miles
Sailing Upright Channel and past Friday Harbor, San Juan Channel is home to Orcas and seabirds. It leads us to the historic lime quarry of Roche Harbor. Now a popular seaside resort, the town offers 3 renowned restaurants, shopping and local artists.
Roche Harbor to Garrison Bay then explore Stuart Island, 6 miles
A leisurely cruise takes us to tranquil Garrison Bay, home of the famous “Pig War” with the British. Walk historic British Camp or row the dinghy to nearby Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm to gather dinner. We will anchor at private Stuart Island for hiking and spectacular island views.
Stuart Island to the Magical Sucia Islands Group, 14 miles
When Sucia Island comes into view, you can see why it’s considered the crown jewel of the San Juan Islands. The forested main horseshoe-shaped island is surrounded by smaller islands and features beautiful fossil embedded sandstone formations. Its’ quiet solitude makes it a local favorite.
Sucia Islands to Patos? Matia? Boundary Passage Exploration, TBD miles
The many trails, small cliffs, and neighboring island views seduce most visitors into staying. It’s likely we’ll do the same! Kayaking, 10 miles of hiking trails and beach combing offer numerous ways to enjoy the island.
Sucia Group to Relaxing Rosario Resort, Orcas Island, 20 miles
The ornate restored 1909 Moran Mansion remains the centerpiece of Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, home of fine dining, swimming pools and a hot relaxing spa. A museum at the mansion features original photographs from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. A vigorous hike up Mt. Constitution reveals truly spectacular views from the Canadian Mountains to Mt. Rainier.
Orcas to Anacortes Return, 20 miles
An early morning cruise back to Anacortes Marina ends our journey but sends you home with memories of a lifetime!
Sailing in Paradise
Enjoy tranquil seclusion in the remote San Juans
Sailing Vessel, Blew by U (51 foot Beneteau ) offers the perfect balance of features, accommodations and size. Each cabin features a berth for two, private head (ensuite bathroom!) opening ports, reading lights, overhead lighting and USB ports for charging. Duvet, full sheet set, pillows and special Beach Castle Sweets handmade chocolates will help greet you to your floating home!
Blue by U’s roomy cockpit has adequate seating for up to eight guests. She has a canvas dodger and a bimini (awning), which provides protection from the elements yet still allows you to experience the scenic wonders around you unhindered. The spacious fore-deck also offers abundant room to stretch out and bask in the sun. Her step-through transom allows easy access to the swim step from which you’ll board her kayaks or her motorized launch with which you’ll be whisked ashore for a little hiking or beachcombing. More adventurous travelers may brave a quick dip in the cold waters of the Puget Sound.
Captain Mark is fantastic for coordinating creative culinary fare, gathering quality ingredients and providing flexibility in accommodating dietary requirements and special guest requests.
Each cabin should expect to prepare ONE dinner aboard. Breakfast and lunch to be self-serve and/or collaborative efforts. The 2nd and 6th evenings will be dining ashore at the boutique marinas, Roche Harbor and Rosario Resort.
Please refer to MENU PLANNING document to select your preferred fare and plan ONE evening meal to prepare and serve. Marketing services provided; food costs to be shared equally by the number of persons on board the boat, including captain.
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What You’ll Need
The vessel will have galley items (soap, sponge etc.) and soap for showers. Towels, complete sheet sets, and duvet covered blankets for beds. Evenings or stronger winds may require a lightweight jacket. Dress casual, in layers, as you would going for a hike or long walk. Sunscreen, water bottle, water tolerant footwear, personal supply of adult beverages, and a smile!
Internet signal can be spotty in the San Juans; some carriers are more effective than others.
Vessel will come with a gasoline powered tender (dinghy) for shore excursions and two kayaks.
Arrival and Departure
Vacation guests will board our beautiful sailing yacht at 9 am at Anacortes Yacht Charters. Early arrivals, please enjoy the AYC office lounge. The vessel will return by Noon the final day. If you wish to unload your own belongings, we access the boat from Gate F where dock carts are available. “Dock Runners” will assist with the transport of personal effects from car to boat!
Anacortes Yacht Charters
2415 T Ave #2, Anacortes WA 98221
Although a gratuity is not required, a 10% to 20% tip (for guests having had such a great time!) is customary in the industry.
Ready for a change of scenery?
Effective May 5, boating was permissioned for those sharing the same residence. Careful monitoring of WA Governor Inslee’s 4-Phase reopening plan. Private cabins and private bathroom facilities. Extra cleaning of common areas throughout the day as needed.
YOUR CAPTAIN AND HOST
Cruise with accomplished skipper Captain Mark Brown, through the majestic San Juan Islands – the crown jewels of the Pacific NW! As a US Coast Guard approved Captain and American Sailing Association ‘Outstanding Instructor’ – you will relax (or enjoy helping?) – with an experienced guide. Let Captain Brown share his intimate knowledge of the local isles’ hidden secrets, offering stimulating conversation and nothing short of the vacation of a lifetime – making this an unforgettable experience for you. Mark is eager to meet you and offer exceptional Concierge Service!
Welcome Aboard !