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peetmin posted 04-20-2004 07:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for peetmin   Send Email to peetmin  
We will be spending the weekend of the 4th of July On Orcas Island. I thought if any other Whalers were to be in the area maybe an afternoon at Sucia or Roach Harbor for a burger/beer and a patriotic toast. Lets hear your thoughts. Pete
JMARTIN posted 04-21-2004 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Ouch, Roach is pretty near impossible to get into on the 4th, so is Friday Harbor, your best bet would be somewhere like Sucia, and that will be crowded also. Sorry I have not sent you any pictures yet for the Revenge Review. I like what you have done so far, and I really like what you have done to your boat. John
kglinz posted 04-21-2004 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
One of this days I'll manage to join up with you guy's, but this year it's Ketchikan for the 4th. I've spent the 4th at Roche. It's a circus. Everyone should do it once. I don't think you'll get moorage, but a bunch of boats could raft up, on anchor, in the bay. Maybe, if you have a late August event I can join you.
Kemp Lindsey
peetmin posted 04-21-2004 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
Sucia has a pretty nice sand beach in Fox cove (just west of Fossil bay) I may run over to the beach and let the kids go for a swim on Saturday the 3rd of July in the afternoon if weather permits. I would be glad to celibrate our independance with any fellow Whalers who may be in the vicinity.
By the way that is a pretty handy web site for researching destinations in the Northwest/Puget Sound area.

John-Thanks for the compliments on my boat. It is a work in progress


sanjaun2 posted 06-03-2004 03:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for sanjaun2  Send Email to sanjaun2     
I'll be up in the sanjuans from the 2nd to the 12th, Although im planning on being in fishermans bay for the 4th. I hear they have a great fireworks show. I am open to a couple social drinks anytime!!! Even have a barbeque on the mother boat.
aquaman posted 06-10-2004 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     

My family and I spent last 4th of July on Sucia camping in Shallow Bay, had a great time. We might be up there again this year just depends on the work schedule. If it works out I would be available.


PS I saw your boat at Jac's several months back getting the new engine, how do you like it?

peetmin posted 06-10-2004 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
John- Thanks for the reply. The boat runs great, it is still thirsty. In regard to Sucia our family’s cabin is on the North shore of Orcas. So for me to run over to meet some guys for an afternoon and a beer/burger is not a big trip for me. I understand it is a larger commitment for those traveling long distances. I suggested Sucia as there are a number of beaches that would be suitable for boats to run up on or plenty or area to anchor. I am open to any and all suggestions. Let me know if you will be in the area over the weekend and I'll bring the beer and BBQ.

Best Regards,

peetmin posted 07-06-2004 06:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for peetmin  Send Email to peetmin     
So I hosted the first annual 4th of July Sucia Island Whaler rendezvous. Please see attached photo of all the Whalers that attended.

At any rate I was accompanied by a Grady White and a Searay. Next year our goal is to double the Whaler attendance. We actually held the get together on “Little Sucia Island” across from fox cove. There is a beautiful mostly sand beach that was ours for the day. I stern tied with the transom touching the beach. The drop was so severe that there was 40’ of water under my bow when I was tied to the shore.

The weather was Sunny and around 80 degrees. However the water remained a brisk 54 degrees. At one point I decided a swim was in order so I ran to the waters edge and dove in. In midair I knew it was going to be cold but at that point there is no going back. To say it was a short swim would be an understatement and severe shrinkage did occur.

We (22 people in all) enjoyed beverages both malted and sweetened, pizza, fruit and “Shrek snacks” all afternoon. The kids played like a chapter from Lord of the flies. The location is so remote and beautiful it will be an afternoon that will live in my memory as one of the best spent in some time.

Best regards,

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