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mccoyms



Joined: 22 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:05 am    Post subject: San Juan Islands Reply with quote

Has anyone done any windsurfing in the San Juans? I have an extended family camping trip up there at the end of August/beginning of September, and I was wondering if I should take my gear. My largest sail is a 7.0. I don't want the hassle of taking my gear if it's going to be a waste of time. Thanks for the help.

Matt
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alohannie



Joined: 12 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mean to be negative, but take a kayak instead. The San Juan Islands absolutely beautiful.....glorious......and magical.....all of the islands are delightful. But take a kayak or a canoe. I learned from experience.
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madspaniard



Joined: 23 May 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just came back from a road trip to Vancouver Island. Sailed Nitinat (not really close to SJ Islands) and also drove by the terminal where the ferries leave to Vancouver (HWY 19A East?) and it was going off like crazy.
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aeolsson



Joined: 11 May 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a waste of time to bring the gear. I just spoke to the first person I've heard of sailing in the islands, he said he had a decent day somewhere on Lopez. I've seen kites very rarely up there. I've seen plenty of windy days at South beach on san juan island but have never brought my gear. Need to be careful of crazy currents and off shore winds. I'll start bringing kites when my skills improve.
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mccoyms



Joined: 22 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advice. I'm planning to do a sailing lesson and some bike rides instead.
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pepig



Joined: 17 Apr 2002
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eastsound on Orcas Island is really one of the only spots in the San Juan Islands that is conducive for windsurfing.
The Eastsound builds up a nice thermal breeze in the summertime, mostly for bigger sails of 6.5 and up at the windiest, and fairly kick ass frontal winds in the Fall/Winter storms.

There are terrific sailing sites all around the San Juans, but not in the San Juans.

Pepi
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islanddoug



Joined: 30 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about Vashon Island? I just moved there and there's plenty of windy days off the South end of Maury Island, but I never see any sailers.
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