Friday Harbor, Washington (March 23, 2017) – Schooners North now offers an incredibly scenic experience to people who want to go on a sailing charter starting in the beautiful San Juan Islands. The crew will be taking a “new” route allowing passengers to visit The Broughtons. Schooners North now offers private charters for groups that want to have a serene sailing experience on Spike Africa, the newly restored 80-foot schooner. The vessel will travel the famous Inland Passage, an area that lies between the mainland of Canada and Vancouver Island, BC in order to get to The Broughtons.
The protected waterway of The Inland Passage is a sight to behold in and of itself. Sailing through here offers a smooth and tranquil adventure fit for those who have an appreciation for the abundant marine wildlife found throughout the archipelago. Traveling further along brings the ship to The Broughtons, a famous cruising area characterized by deep channels, fiords and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.
Lounging aboard a classic wooden schooner is certainly the best way to make this rustic journey a life-long memory. Spike Africa is Schooners North’s prized vessel that has a rich history in freighting, yacht racing and even appearing in films. It has now recently been restored to meet modern sailing standards set by the Coast Guard, but its physical charms still embody the beautiful design of schooners from centuries past. While sailing on the Spike Africa, the expert crew of sailors love to share with passengers stories of life at sea on such an historic vessel. Guests can also learn age old traditions of handling a tall ship during the voyage.
Since Schooners North’s voyages are oriented towards the wildlife, the crew is also knowledgeable about the local fauna. The cold currents on The Broughtons create a perfect environment for humback whales, orcas, dolphins, Pacific salmon, halibut, ling cod, prawns, crabs and thousands of species of calling birds. Seeing a variety of water-dwelling creatures only enhances the trip.
Gary Gero, owner of Schooners North says, “Magical…That’s the only way to describe evenings in quiet remote anchorages and bays in the fiords of Queen Charlotte sound and the Broughton. Peaceful like nowhere else. Often as the sun sets, the dinner being cooked was fresh fish just caught or oysters just brought aboard. It is winding down time from the excitement of the days sailing and discoveries. The comradery of fellow sailors and the lapping of the evening ripples against the hull of the schooner pretty soon will chase you into a sound sleep and dreams of tomorrow’s discoveries.”
Summer is also the perfect time to go to The Broughtons. Aside from the fair weather and the clear visibility to maximize the sightseeing experience, sailing is guaranteed to be quite smooth and relaxing. This means that the journey will not be hurried, and passengers can take the time to soak up the view. Winds are expected to be favorable and the current of the water will just steer the vessel gently towards the destination. Guests can also afford to wear lighter clothes so they can feel more comfortable on the journey.
For more information, go to www.SanJuanSailCharter.com.
About Schooners North
Schooners North is a sailing charter company based in the small town of Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, Washington. Both the crew and the schooner have been inspected and certified by the Coast Guard to ensure seaworthiness. The company offers both private and event charters to groups and families. They also offer their services for burials at sea, orca quests, wedding parties, bachelor parties, romantic getaways, birthdays, corporate retreats and any other special occasion.