Calling All Cutwater Cruisers!

Our Annual Bellingham Yachts / Cutwater Cruise is less than 3 months away and we couldn’t be more excited! By now you should have received our emailed itinerary, which confirms your spot on our cruise registration list. If you have not receive a confirmation email, or would like to verify your spot on our list, please email us at office@bellinghamyachts.com or give us a call (360-671-0990).

We also need all parties who will be joining us thru the Gulf Islands to call each marina and make your individual reservations. You do not need to make a reservation at Roche for 7/18-7/21 as they will take care of registration and payment upon arrival. Each Gulf Island marina is currently holding space but needs your information and a credit card to hold your slip. Please call each marina listed below before May 31st and let them know you are with the Cutwater cruise group. We nearly have a full roster of 30 boats already so if for any reason you are unable to make the cruise please let me know by 7/1 at the latest.

  • July 21 Port Browning Marina 250-629-3493

  • July 22 Montague Harbor 250-539-5733

  • July 23 Telegraph Harbour Marina 800-246-6011

Recommendations….

What you can bring into Canada…  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990

 Essential equipment

·         Garmin chip for Canadian waters. (Garmin does not preload Canadian charts)

·         Spare anchor  if continuing on North (Anchors can get hung up on old logging cables)

·         Passport

·         Vaccination certificate if traveling with a dog or cat.  (Canadian customs will not let you into Canada without this) http://www.canadawelcomesyou.net/travelreminders.html

·         Identification (You are required to have proper identification for everyone on the boat.  This includes children.  If traveling with grandkids be sure to get a note from the parents.)

·         Canadian fishing license if you choose to crab or fish

·         Deck chair

Cutwater Cruise 2019 Itinerary July 18th – July 24th

 

ROCHE HARBOR

Our first stop on the cruise is gorgeous Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Arriving Thursday July 18th and Departing Sunday July 21st. Reservations have been made for these dates, you DO NOT need to contact Roche for reservation. If you are arriving prior to the 18th the Roche Harbor marina can be contacted at 800-451-8910. When you pull into Roche Harbor please hail the harbor master on channel 78A and tell them that you are with the Cutwater Cruise. They will also need your boat name, length and dates that you plan to be there. Below you can find specifics on the schedule of events for the entire cruise…

Thursday July 18th

5:00PM Happy Hour: Please join us at the tented float for a meet and greet happy hour. We ask that you bring your favorite appetizer to share, plate and utensils along with whatever you would like to drink. We’ll play a few rounds of BINGO and have some fun prizes to give away during happy hour. Everyone will be on their own for dinner this evening.

Friday July 19th

5:00PM Happy Hour / Wine Knot part 2: Put your nautical knowledge to the test while sipping some delicious Wine. Our Wine Knot event is one not to miss! Hors d'oeuvres and Wine for this event will be provided but we ask that you bring whatever else you would prefer to drink.

Saturday July 20th  

This is a full day for you to enjoy all that the island has to offer whether it be attending the Farmers Market in Friday Harbor or wine tasting at San Juan Vineyards. If you want to stay on the water this is a perfect place for kayaking, fishing, crabbing or whale watching.

6:00pm Bellingham Yachts Sponsored Dinner: Please join us at the tented float for a nice BBQ dinner hosted by Bellingham Yachts.

Sunday July 21st Port Browning Marina

11:00am Checkout: All Boats heading on north will leave Roche Harbor by 10:30am to cruise to our first stop in the Gulf Islands. After Clearing customs in Bedwell, we will make our way over to the newly renovated Port Browning Marina. With a private pool, new Pub and Restaurant, this is a great marina to relax and start enjoying the Canadian Gulf Islands. Also, this will be a good stop to re-provision after clearing customs as there is a Tru Value grocery store only an 8 minute walk (per google maps!) away. Also, make sure to get your Canadian crabbing/fishing license as this is a perfect spot to throw out your crab pots. The Marina office can be reach upon arrival on VHF 66A http://www.portbrowning.ca/

5:00pm Optional Mingle Hour: This is a great opportunity to gather on the docks with our  group and catch up with your fellow Cutwater owners about their cruising adventures. Please bring appetizers to share and a deck chair. Everyone will be on their own for dinner this evening.

 
 

Monday July 22nd Montague Harbor

11:00am Checkout: We will depart Port Browning Marina and arrive at Montague Harbor on Galiano Island.

This is great family owned marina in a quiet, sheltered bay. Great for kayaking, paddle boarding, or just straight relaxing! Please call into the marina office for your slip assignment on VHF 66A. Montague Harbor is located on Galliano and more info can be found at www.montagueharbour.com  

Everyone will be on their own for dinner this evening. For those interested in dining at the Hummingbird Pub, we've arranged a ride with the infamous Tommy the T. The Crazy Bus. Please join us if you would like!

Tuesday July 23rd, Telegraph Harbour Marina

11:00am Checkout: We will depart Montague and make our way over to Telegraph Harbour Marina. 

When arriving at Telegraph please hail the marina office at 66A for your slip assignments. Telegraph Island amenities and activities to be enjoyed by marina guests include the Pot of Gold Coffee Roasting Company, kayaking, A visit to the local island winery Domain Jasmine, strolling the island's roads, or taking the local ferry to the town of Chemainus, which is famous for its murals.

6:00pm Cutwater sponsored BBQ  Please join us at the Picnic tables shore side at the pavilion for a nice BBQ dinner hosted by Cutwater Boats!

Wednesday July 24th

11:00am Checkout:  Whether you are homeward bound or just getting started on a longer adventure north remember that checkout time is 11:00am. 

 
Alison Hood