Cruising around Sucia Island

One discovery I made about the San Juan Islands is that the winds are not really strong enough to sail at all times and mostly not strong enough except for a few hours per day during the summer. There are places where I think the winds are more dependable and different seasons where you can expect good winds but they usually coincide with colder weather. Satori needs about 12 knots of wind to get up to 4-5 knots of speed over the water. 15 knots and she’s moving faster than the motor wants to push her and 20 knots should put her at or beyond maximum hull speed. I’ve been in winds at about 17-18 knots so far and cruised around 6.5 – 7 knots and that’s where I like to be for gaining any distance. One place I realized has pretty consistent winds is just on the north end of Sucia Island near the northern buoy. My friend Justin was out at Echo Bay back on Labor Day weekend and knew I was heading around to visit him for a couple of hours before heading out. My crew and I were anchored out at Fox Cove just between Little Sucia and the other side of the channel. That morning we cruised up north and hit awesome winds and when I made a call for Justin on VHF he decided to give us a fly by greeting in one of the dinghies they had towed from Oak Harbor. He had some nice photos of our position and offered to share them for the blog. Here are a few of that series….

Satori under sail in 15 knot winds north of Sucia Island, San Juans, WA
Satori under sail in 15 knot winds north of Sucia Island, San Juans, WA

 

Satori heeled over north of Sucia Island
Satori heeled over north of Sucia Island

 

Satori sailing with Mount Baker behind. North of Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, WA
Satori sailing with Mount Baker behind. North of Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, WA

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