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2019 Cruise Highlights

posted Mar 14, 2015, 9:43 PM by   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 7:01 PM by Kristi Rimkus ]

Progressive Cruise to Admiralty Inlet and Beyond July 13-21 2019


We are home after a fun and relaxing Progressive Cruise to Admiralty Inlet and Beyond.....  We spent the first night at Port Gamble, then headed down Hood Canal to the beautiful and friendly Pleasant Harbor Marina for one night.  We all agreed next time it will be 2 nights so we can fully enjoy the heated pool, hot tub and BBQ area.  Our next night was at Port Ludlow and then onto Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend.  The winds in the straits and Admiralty Inlet were just beyond our comfort so most of us chose to skip John Wayne Marina in Sequim and stay in Port Townsend a third night.  This gave some of us an opportunity to see the movie, "Yesterday" at the quaint Rose Theater.  Very nostalgic music for us baby boomers!  Our last 2 nights were spent at Mystery Bay on Marrowstone Island.  What a fantastic place for us to relax, go for dinghy rides and gather for potlucks on the dock.  We had 8 boats start the trip but 2 boats had to leave early.  But because we had 2 "mystery guests" join us in Mystery Bay, we ended up having 8 boats finish the trip.  

Once again we were reminded how great our club is because of the people who are in it.  People came together to help with boat repairs and minor injuries.  We shared stories of adventures and wisdom from experiences.  If you have never cruised and are curious about it please consider joining us for future cruises.  If you have cruised with us we would encourage you to keep on cruising.  It's lots of fun and you get to keep learning new things!

Fair Winds and Happy Sailing,

Grant and Linda Albert
MSA Cruise Fleet Captains

Port Ludlow Back Bay June 22-23 2019


Once again our hosts Chip and Marianne on S/V Endless gave us a fun weekend celebrating the arrival of summer.  10 boats rafted together in the beautiful Back Bay which we shared with deer, herons, seagulls, a curious seal and the sweet dog, Matey, from S/V Hula Girl.  Chip and Marianne organized fun and challenging activities that encouraged us to get to know each other better and to help us improve our rowing/communication skills.  Each boat had a Passport which we had to take to each of the other boats for a special stamp.  Wonderful way to get to know people!  

The blind dinghy race was a challenge to some of us (which way is port???-Grant!!!).  For most of the dinghies it was a free-for-all at the mark, except for Brian who was blind-folded and single handing sitting on his dock chair balanced on his surf board.  His brother, who was on their boat, gave him directions through his ear piece.  Others had a bit more of a challenge but David and Melanie gave the race a valiant effort double-handing on (and below) their single seated kayak. They said the water was actually pretty warm!  

Everyone  brought the most delicious entries for the best appetizer contest.  Perhaps the best of all was the enjoyable conversations with all of the Milltown boating friends.

The night ended with the annual burning of the wickerman at sunset.  We gave it our best as a welcome to summer but we still woke to cloudy skies and light drizzle.  But we are stalwart and hardy sailors  and Chip and Marianne kept us content with the delicious breakfast brunch.

The trip home was great with a light breeze eventually building which gave people an opportunity for a good sail home.  

Many thanks to Chip and Marianne for hosting a great weekend with fun activities to welcome summer.  Back Bay is truly a beautiful destination and not too far from Milltown.  

Many thanks to all for helping make the cruise a success!

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li 

Port of South Whidbey at Langley May 24-27 2019


Once again we had a wonderful (and Memorial!) cruise to Langley to celebrate Memorial Day and the beginning of summertime sailing.  A great big THANK YOU to Janet and Bill (S/V My Sunshine) for hosting this 3 day weekend.  They had their hands full keeping 17 boats-full of people fed and entertained throughout the weekend.  Bill's "Signature Lasagne" was delicious and especially appreciated on the damp and chilly first night.  By Sunday morning the sun finally made an appearance which  made the made to order "freezer bag" omelets even more enjoyable on the dock.  We think everyone would agree that the "make your own beer can sailboat" race was a highlight of the cruise; very challenging for people to create a sea-worthy sailing vessel out of cans, tape, string, a rubber ducky, a fan, a kite, etc, etc.  Plus factor in the wind, current, waves, ferry, pilings, etc. etc.  So you can probably imagine it was a funny site to see.  There were so many winners (and losers!) that it is impossible to name them all; just know that it was fun for all!

Sunday afternoon the Chinese Sea General was granted permission to arrive in Langley to perform the Annual Boat Renaming Ceremony.  Two boats were renamed with lots of noise and celebration.  Welcome Isloa (now officially renamed) and Sky Rim!

As always the best part of the Milltown cruise was the time spent with our boating friends.  Visiting with people dockside during the day and sitting around the "fire pit" during the chilly evening is a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other.  The live music and singing was wonderful!

Many thanks to all for helping make the cruise a success!

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li         

Hat Island Marina April 26-27 2019

The "Search for the Missing Mouse Treasure" to Hat Island was a success!  The flashlights were discovered as part of the treasure hunt "for a safer and simpler life" and fresh new light bulbs were awarded to the winners of the scavenger/trivia contest!!  Everyone had a fun weekend discovering the island, getting re-acquainted with old friends and making new friends. And, of course, no one went away hungry thanks to the delicious and plentiful potluck foods!

As usual the weather gave us all something to talk about.  Friday morning the sky was clear and seas were calm.  By mid-day it was obvious the marine forecast of 20-25 knots from the north was correct.  Despite the gusty winds and choppy seas by Friday evening 14 boats came bouncing across the water from Everett  to Hat Island.  All day Saturday the winds prevailed but that didn't stop 3 more boats from joining us, so we had a total of 17 boats for the cruise.  By Sunday the wind had calmed down so we were able to sit on the dock and enjoy the beach without the threat of being blown over!  Hopefully everyone had a nice cruise home.  I heard that some people were fortunate to see the gray whales.

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li         

Port Ludlow Marina March 16-17 2019


We had a great start to our 2019 Cruising Season with the cruise to Port Ludlow marina last weekend.  11 boats and several people came by cars to have fun celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with food and games.  People put out their best to enter the best Irish food and best green food contest. And we had some wonderful entries for the write your own limerick contest.  Once again it became apparent that our club is full of members with talent!  Many thanks go to Valerie and James on SV Isola for hosting the weekend.  The prizes were much appreciated. Valerie served a wonderful breakfast on Sunday morning with cheese, fruit, and home made muffins.  Delicious!!

This cruise was also the first Pursuit Race which gave everyone a chance to unfurl their sails and take on the challenge of racing downwind, upwind and no wind.  At one point we were treated with a view of snow covered mountains from all directions (the Oympics, Cascades, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker).  Add in the warmth of the sunshine and we had a truly wonderful weekend  being on the water!

Your Cruising Captains

Linda and Grant Albert, S/V Mei Li         

Cruise to the Seattle Boat Show Yacht Club Challenge Winners 2019


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