For 2021, the Sucia Island rendezvous is scheduled for June 18 – 21. This is a departure from previous year, when it was held in July. The change is to accommodate folks who want to take part in other event, notably the Salish 100 or WA 360, both of which also take place on the US side of the border. Note that these events may change their dates so there might still be conflicts.
And speaking of the border, I am on the Canadian side and the border is currently closed. If the Covid 19 situation has not greatly improved by June I will not be attending. However, US small boaters may still want to rendezvous, assuming US public health restrictions allow it.
I will try to stay current with the Covid 19 situation on both sides of the border and post new information here.
Meanwhile, get on with the patching and painting for the coming season!
Sucia is almost the most northerly island in the San Juan group. It offers several bays for anchoring, and several camping areas. Echo Bay on the east side offers docks and is popular with big boat sailors, but the rendezvous is planned for the narrow strip of land separating Fox Cove from Fossil Bay on the southwest. We will be using Fossil Bay unless a strong south-easterly wind makes it uncomfortable – it has the better beach for landing on. There are mooring buoys and a dock as well, but these cannot be reserved and may be full so be prepared to anchor if you don’t want to beach your boat.
There are campsites close to the beach, and we will reserve the group site. The prettiest sites face Fox Cove, but the group site faces Fossil. It doesn’t make much difference as the two are pretty well back to back. We’ll have a fire in the evenings so bring along your sticks and marshmallows. You’re not camping if you don’t have burned sugar on your face!
We don’t have a lot of organization, so be ready to mingle and make your own entertainment. We have a “cheese and wine” dinner on the Saturday, and if the wind cooperates, we will try for a Round-the-island race as usual. Strong tides and weak winds have so far prevented anyone from finishing the race, but last year I proved that it is possible to sail around the island. I sailed into the bay expecting congratulations, but all I got was a chorus of “It doesn’t count!” Oh well….
Composting toilets are located handy to the campsites – these are clean and virtually odor free. There’s good water on island but no garbage disposal, be prepared to take it home with you.
More information about Sucia can be seen at the Washington State Parks website.