If you will be involved with the University of Washington
, then you could join the Washington
Yacht Club which is open to faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Keep in mind that the Puget Sound is a light wind
area with high, mixed tides.
You will want to make sure your boat has a working motor
when you go out on the Sound and that you have good light wind sails
In the Seattle
area +tides average about 11'. Farther into the sound near Olympia, they average about 14-15'. The upshot is that there are constricted areas that have very high tidal currents: Deception Pass can run 9kt or so, the Tacoma Narrow 5-6kt. Sailing up or down the Sound it usually pays to adjust your schedule to go with the tide with can run 1/2 to 2kt out in the clear away from constricted passages. Fortunately being a mixed tide, highs and lows are only 6hr apart, so they are easier to schedule than on the east coast
which is mostly a diurnal tide with highs and lows 12hr apart.
On the plus side the water
tends to be deep, most places shallow enough to run aground are within 50yd of shore. Also there are a lot of destinations at varying distances, 1,3,5,7hr, 1,2d away. That's the biggest disappointment here in San Diego
, there is more wind on a consistent basis than the PNW, but there are limited number of places to go. Without crossing the boarder, you can sail up and down the bay, you can take 3-4hr and sail outside to Mission Bay, or you can take a very long day (10-14hr) each way and sail to Oceanside or the nearest island.
When you get there let me know and I will suggest some of my favorite destinations.