All Aboard Sailing

Capt Barbara’s family visits San Juan Island

It was just a few days before our wedding day. Captain Barbara’s family has come to San Juan Island for the first time. Excitement is in the air. Dad can hardly wait to go fishing. Get the permits, buy the bait, load the gear and let’s go sailing! Mom and sis want to see some orcas! Well, it was our lucky day. The Southern Residents were inbound from Hein Bank in some very large groups. We¬†couldn’t have asked for a better encounter. Today was a dream come true.

Family Sail

Capt Barb with sister and mom as we set sail on our adventure

Harbor Seals on Shark Reef

Harbor Seals on Shark Reef

Steller Sea Lion with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller Sea Lion with Cattle Point Lighthouse behind him

Steller Sea Lions on Whale Rocks

Steller Sea Lions on Whale Rocks

Southern Residents

Southern Residents milling 

Family Sailing

Capt Barb’s Dad trying to catch a fish

Southern Resident

Southern Resident Orcas heading in from Hein Bank

Southern Resident Orcas

Southern Resident Orcas in a tight group

Southern Resident Orcas

Drifting while the orcas swim by

L92 Crewser

Southern Resident L92 Crewser

A rainbow appears over Lopez Island

A rainbow appears over Lopez Island

Capt Barb at the helm

Capt Barb at the helm enjoying sailing with her family

A group of L pod members

A group of L pod members

Southern Resident Orcas

We were sailing parallel to the orcas when they turned suddenly and swam towards us

Orca Mom and calf

Orca mother and calf

J28 Polaris with calf J54 Dipper

J28 Polaris with calf J54 Dipper

Southern Residents

After the whales swam by us and under us, they turned around and came back for another look at us!

Southern Resident Killer Whales

Surprising us with another close pass

Southern Resident Orca

Incredible lighting

Southern Resident Orcas

Off they go – thank you for the special visit

Two killer whale bulls

Two killer whale bulls

Orca mom and calf

Orca mom and calf in the sunset

Sailing back to Friday Harbor in the sunset

Sailing back to Friday Harbor in the sunset

BBQ Salmon and Veggie Supper

Enjoying our BBQ Salmon and Veggie Supper in the Galley

Family Sailing

Barb’s dad takes the helm while Capt David and Capt Barb drop sails

Port of Friday Harbor

Port of Friday Harbor as the sun is going down. A perfect end to a perfect day.