Join us on exciting flotilla trips in 2018!
Group flotilla travel with experienced leaders is fun and a great way to expand your boating knowledge.
We are pleased to offer two flotilla trips for 2018. Our round trip to Desolation Sound is designed for those who may have only experienced cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. For adventurous cruisers, try the holy grail of Pacific Northwest cruising: the Inside Passage to Alaska. This 750 mile, 3-week passage concludes in Ketchikan, the jumping off point to explore the glaciers, whales, and bears of Southeast Alaska.
Not sure what flotilla cruise suits you best? Call or email us and we’ll be happy to offer advice.
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Waggoner Cruising Guide 2018 Flotillas
Desolation Sound Roundtrip (Anacortes, WA to Anacortes, WA with a turn around at Gorge Harbour, BC)
Dates June 16-July 1
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 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide, the 2018 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 21, 2018, at the Marine Technology Center, 1606 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221.
The Inside Passage to Alaska (Anacortes, WA to Ketchikan, AK)
Flotilla: May 12 to May 31
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.
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.
Includes half-off our 3-day Alaska Cruising Seminar, in March in Anacortes. Also includes key cruising guides for the trip, the 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide, the 2018 Ports and Passes Tide and Current Guide, along with other great planning books.
About Waggoner Cruising Guide Flotillas
For the last 3 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.
Check out a flotilla video from Three at Sea!
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.