By Chris McMuldroch --We had 18 connections to our Second Thursday Cruiser Social on ZOOM and 24+ people present on camera.
The meeting got off to a slow start. Technical support was provided via cell from the office staff who was on kayak near Meadow Point buoy! She talked me through how to find the meeting schedule, and open the correct meeting! Live and learn…
We did introductions around the room to find out what everyone has been doing recently. Cary and Tom called in from California. David Williams called in from Oregon. Scott and Karen called in from their boat in Garrison Bay San Juan Island. Paul and Erica were on their boat in Vaughn Bay, South Sound.
Several cruisers had been out day sailing and doing overnights during our isolation phase. We heard of 40 boats at Blake Island and Blakely Harbor. Four or five boats in Manzanita. A full bay of boats at Poulsbo. Over a hundred boats at Sucia in the three different bays. 4 or 5 boats in Garrison Bay. Today, Tuuli and Altair are both in the San Juans. Atalaya is in South Sound.
Our topic tonight was “Hidden Gems of Puget Sound”. There was lots of talk about places to hike to from Blakely Harbor. Also hiking from two water access points in Port Madison. I learned that there is ice cream in Brownsville. A couple of people talked about the really good Navy museum at Keyport where there is a dock which is a bit shallow for sailboats, so it is better to dinghy in. In Poulsbo, Peggy talked about the board walk and trail North along the shore from the marina. There are a couple interesting destinations along that direction. I also spoke about the shore access and road to Manzanita Park, and someone else mentioned there is a cool creek to paddle in just to the East of that access in Manzanita Bay on Bainbridge Island. We heard about South Sound locations, with comments that it is less crowded than places North of the Tacoma Narrows. Lots of people were aware of the really nice trails on Blake Island, including the perimeter trail.
There were too many other mentions for me to keep up with tonight! We have a group of people with a lot of information on places to go, and places to discover!
Towards the end of our social we reviewed our upcoming cruises.
Because state parks are open for day use, and mooring balls are open for overnight stays, I think we won’t cancel upcoming cruises. But we need to modify our expectations. In place of our normal anchor rafting we will anchor individually. Right now marinas are either closed or limited with no reservations, so those cruises are pending further developments.
- Memorial Day at Mystery Bay. Three boats tonight said they are interested in going if the weather is pleasant: Maggie May, Gratitude, and Tuuli. Those Guys will not be going. The tractor parade is cancelled, so we can meet up for a hike. Also the group could decide to anchor at Fort Flagler where there is a park dock and trails across the bluffs to Admiralty Inlet. The views from the trail are beautiful and the military fortifications are interesting.
- June 6-7 Blakely Rock Low Tide cruise will be with individually anchored boats, but the group can go explore the rock at low tide. Sharing food may not be advisable.
- June 16-17 Blake Island Marina led by Al Johnson is still on, pending the status of the marina for overnight stays. If the marina is not open, Al will not attend, he prefers not to anchor. However, if the marina is closed, the group could anchor on the West side, and dinghy ashore for a hike. Stay tuned to the club web page for updates.
- June 27-28 The Bremerton Bridge Blast fire works have been cancelled already. At this time the Port Orchard Marina guest moorage appears to be closed. So this one is pending, and could be relocated or cancelled.
- July 3rd Poulsbo Fireworks. The web page says to watch for a schedule of events. So I don’t know if the fireworks are going ahead or not. It always draws huge crowds in town, at waterfront homes, and on boats at anchor. If you see some information, please let me know, so we can announce it. Again this would be a cruise with individually anchored boats.
We had a fun hour, seeing each other on camera, and talking with each other.
Talk to you all again - same time same place in June!
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