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Desolation Sound Southeast Alaska
Desolation Sound is a place of extraordinary beauty. And, it is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dreamed-about and sought-after cruising destinations. Desolation Sound offers a wilderness setting, generally easy waters, may bays and coves to explore, tranquility, and more.
For adventurous cruisers, try the holy grail of Pacific Northwest cruising: the Inside Passage to Alaska. The scenery is magnificent and the experience is once-in-a-lifetime. Cruise to Southeast Alaska on our yearly flotilla to Ketchikan every May.
About waggoner cruising guide flotillas
For years, we have successfully led flotillas covering majestic Desolation Sound, the enchanting Broughton Archipelago, and the inspiring Inside Passage to SE Alaska. Our experienced flotilla leaders help educate participants along the way on topics as diverse as selecting weather windows, timing passage through the tidal rapids, anchoring, managing a stern tie for your boat and route planning.
Flotilla cruising is also about making new friends and sharing the experience with a small group of like-minded cruisers. It’s wine tasting in Ganges, soaking in hot springs, and enjoying happy hour on the dock.
Entertaining educational Eventful
Cruise of a lifetime
Anacortes, WA to Anacortes, WA
(with a turn around at Gorge Harbour, BC)
Dates: June 23 to July 6
This trip leaves from Anacortes, WA and takes you to the best Desolation Sound marinas and anchorages. Designed for those who want a guided trip and ideal for those on a 2-week charter, or with limited vacation time. It Includes key cruising guides for the trip, the 2019 Waggoner Cruising Guide, the 2019 Ports and Passes Tides & Current Guide, and the Waggoner Tables. To prepare for the Flotilla, sign up for our one-day course on Cruising to Desolation Sound at Cruisers College, April 13, at the Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.
2019 Flotilla to SE Alaska
The Inside Passage to Alaska
(Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK)
May 20th to June 8
This 750 mile, 3-week cruise stops at many of the most popular destinations in the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, The Broughtons, and Northern BC before concluding in Ketchikan, AK. About 2/3rds of the stops are at marinas and 1/3rd are anchorages. The focus of this trip is a safe, comfortable, fun, and educational passage. We focus on teaching weather and the currents to participants so they’re prepared for further exploration in Southeast Alaska and their return trip.
Includes 1/2 off our 3-day Alaska Cruising Seminar, in Anacortes (March 8-11). Also includes key cruising guides for the trip, the 2019 Waggoner Cruising Guide, the 2019 Ports and Passes Tide and Current Guide, along with other great planning books.
The longest cruising day is about 70 nautical miles over 10 hours, though the average day is about half that long. We plan stops for fuel, water, provisions and laundry, and sightseeing along the way. Whale and bear sightings are not unusual. Waterfalls line the passages and add to the mountain scenery in the beautiful anchorages. This is the trip of a lifetime with memories and new friendships made along the way.
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What To Expect
The experience begins long before departure. We start with telephone briefings soon after you sign up and send mechanical checklists to make sure your boat is ready. Then, we present a 2 to 3-day seminar that takes you through the entire experience, including places to visit after the flotilla portion of the trip concludes. As the cruising guide and tide and current guide experts, we provide a complete library of books and briefing maps for the trip.
What else is included in the experience?
- We coordinate all moorage and plan special events.
- We closely monitor the weather.
- We provide daily briefings, in person and in writing, with information on the planned route, weather forecasts, relevant tide and current information, and notable local history.
- We monitor a preselected VHF channel 24/7, and quickly respond to questions or issues participants have.
- And using our connections along the coast, we can help arrange for expedited repairs or shipments of spare parts if needed.
What’s not included?
- Meals out, and gratuities are not included and are paid by each individual vessel.