Originally Posted by SV Sweet Dreams
Planning on heading North in a week or two. Anyone made this trip and can provide suggestions? I'm new to the sailing community so any advice
You don't say your boat
...I hope it is stout.
As a new sailor you are taking a challenging voyage this time of year as the predominant winds are northerly. Read Charlie's Charts of the Pacific Coast
for detailed port information between Astoria and Neah Bay, Graveyard of the Pacific. You could spend weeks waiting for a suitable weather
window...DON'T BE RUSHED! Given the proper weather
I would prefer to sail direct to Neah Bay from Astoria using Grays Harbor as an alternate, La Push would be my very last choice. (Read up on crossing the bar procedures.) Don't forget to check the weather for the Strait of Juan de Fuca as well.
Read the Waggoner Cruising Guide
for port information in Puget Sound
I have not sailed that specific route
but stops I have used and would consider are: Neah Bay (cheaper fuel), Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Blake Island (anchor), then your destination
of Gig Harbor.
If you are lucky enough to make it to the Strait of Juan de Fuca then be prepared because it can be very difficult body of water
much of the year and not much respite from the Pacific Ocean
Out of Blake Island, the Colvos Passage current
always runs North (odd but true).
Gig Harbor city dock
is at Jerisich Park and very reasonable this time of year.
~ ~ _/) ~ ~ MJH