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2020 September Commodore Column

Most of our boating this summer has been anchoring out. We cruised to various places in the San Juan Islands including Reid Harbor at Stuart Island, and discovered Cypress Island’s little gem of Pelican Bay. We also cruised to Sucia Island’s Echo Bay four times. Yes, Sucia just might be our favorite! It appears that Sucia is everyone’s paradise, as it has been very crowded, counting over 80 boats in Echo Bay, but there’s always room for one more. With miles of trails, kayaking and exploring, it leaves ample space for everyone. It was nice to see a few PTYC members up in the islands.

I’m writing this article while sitting on the deck of Rain Shadow at Pleasant Harbor. It’s nearing 95 degrees today, but a slightly cool breeze off the water is keeping us comfortable. What a glorious day for reading, kayaking and dropping the crab pots.

Pleasant Harbor provides its guests with plenty of room for social distancing and we feel very comfortable here. Boaters are diligent wearing masks on the dock and enjoying very small gatherings of 6 or less on their boats. It appears others feel more comfortable alone on their boats, but are still able to socialize with the boats in slips next to them and passersby on the dock, while maintaining distance. Members, I think we can do this and be safe with a few creative safety adjustments.

We are looking forward to planning cruises and being back on the water as a club in 2021; but, it remains questionable about indoor clubhouse events for the time being. Fleet Captain Elizabeth Eisenhardt will be conducting a Cruise Planning meeting on October 10th via ZOOM. I encourage everyone to attend virtually. We’d like to know where YOU would like to cruise in 2021. Start thinking about it now and watch for more information from Elizabeth on the details and instructions on how to sign up to attend. Continue reading

San Juan County Announces Gradual Re-Opening !

Hello RBAW Members,

We have just received some great news, San Juan County announced that they have revised their previous travel advisory and are beginning to reopen and are welcoming visitors.  They are now in Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” phased re-opening plan.
There are very specific details in this communication to include Island specific restrictions.  They also mention that additional details will be coming in the next few days so you’ll want to revisit the below links to ensure you have the most current information.

Below are some specifics from this announcement:

– This order applies to all transient overnight lodging in San Juan County, including hotels and motels, camping, moorage, and vacation rentals.

– Camping at state parks on the ferry-served islands will reopen at 50% capacity on June 8, if not sooner.

– Camping and staying overnight on docks and mooring buoys at state parks on non-ferry-served islands is allowed. Out of county boaters are requested to provision at their home ports and limit coming ashore on the ferry-served islands.

 In Phase 2, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory inside businesses, and when a 6-foot social distance may not be maintained outdoors.

Important Links for more Information

– Click HERE to read the San Juan Updated Travel Advisory

– Click HERE to read the Order and for San Juan County COVID-19 Resource Site

– Click HERE for the Washington State Parks Status

If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you,