Luxury Sailing Vacation
The ultimate 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 on a luxurious sailboat
Summer 2023-24 Tour Dates Available
7 days – 6 nights
Sailing season is June – September
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
Customize your vacation by choosing the sailing yacht that suits your individual needs. A “monohull” offers an exciting “tilt with the wind” sailing experience, while a “dual hull catamaran” has more spacious common areas and a flat, smoother voyage. Other considerations include the number and size of sleeping areas, heads (bathrooms), and amenities from sun decks to galley size. The photos of yachts below are examples of possibilities. There are a wide variety of floor plans, privacy considerations and budget, with sizes depending upon the number in your group, from two to eight guests plus your captain/crew/chef.
Every boater’s choice for level cruise and the most spacious sunbathing decks, the Lagoon 52F features four huge common areas. The aft cockpit offers comfortable group dining. For warm winds visit the forward cockpit. The upper helm chaise-lounge features panoramic views, and the salon has ample seating and galley.
Each cabin enjoys a private head (bathroom), individual climate controls, and opening hatches for fresh air flow. Enjoy reading lights, overhead lighting, and USB ports. A full sheet set, pillows, and decadent “Beach Castle Sweets” chocolates greet you to your floating home!
The sailing vessel offers the perfect balance of features, accommodations and size. Each cabin features a berth for two, ensuite heads (bathrooms) for some, the other head shared. Pricing is adjusted for your preference. For your convenience, the ports (windows) open for fresh air, enjoy reading lights, overhead lighting and USB ports for charging. Full sheet set, pillows and special Beach Castle Sweets handmade chocolates will help greet you to your floating home!
The roomy cockpit has seating for 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 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.
Captain Mark is an excellent resource for provisioning/catering. Experienced enough to do it himself, he can take over for you, or advise you on what to bring. If you wish, you can shop yourself and supply the vessel with your favorites, or sample local produce from nearby stores and markets. In addition, you can cook or allow the crew to handle the meals. Ask about purchasing your own “adult beverages” or request a supply for your cruise.
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What You’ll Need
The vessel will supply galley supplies, soap for showers, towels, complete sheet sets, and duvet bed coverings. Evenings or stronger winds may require a jacket (dependent on climate). Dress casual, in layers, as you would for a hike or long walk. Sunscreen, water bottle, water tolerant footwear, and swimwear, as needed for sailing destination. Ask in advance about internet or phone access. Sometimes it’s just good to be “off the grid!”
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?
Recreational boating is permissioned in Washington State. All guests will have private cabins with private bathroom. Daily cleaning and disinfecting of common areas. Ample ventilation.
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 !