All Aboard Sailing

Souther Resident Killer whales, the L4’s, show on San Juan Island west side

September 10th 2017 – Sailed South as fog cleared to reveal a summer day complete with Southern Resident Orcas. As predicted the first sprinkle of rain brought the salmon who needed a scent of their natal streams and the Orcas came too. Lets hope theres enough salmon to go around. We watched as they foraged from Salmon Bank and North to False Bay. We continued to circle the island with some idyllic quiet time enjoying BBQ supper while drifting on fast current through reflected tranquility of New Channel. Another hard day in the office – All Aboard Sailing.

Day Sailing Charters in the San Juan Islands with All Aboard Sailing

Day Sailing Charters in the San Juan Islands with All Aboard Sailing

Fog in San Juan Channel

Fog in San Juan Channel

Steller Sea Lion acrobatics

Steller Sea Lion acrobatics

Fried Egg Jelly

Fried Egg Jelly

Moon Jelly

Moon Jelly

L86 and L106 mum and son swimming together

L86 and L106 mum and son swimming together

Drone photogrammetry with L4s

Drone photogrammetry with L4s

L86 approaching salmon bank

L86 approaching salmon bank

L116 'Finn'

L116 ‘Finn’

L82 'Kasatka' South Beach

L82 ‘Kasatka’ South Beach San Juan Island

L116 'Finn' with his mum L82 'Kasatka' in distance

L116 ‘Finn’ with his mum L82 ‘Kasatka’ in distance

L123 'Lazuli' , our youngest Southern Resident Orca, playful behavior spouting water

L123 ‘Lazuli’ , our youngest Southern Resident Orca, playful behavior spouting water

L103 'Lapis'  with Mount Baker

L103 ‘Lapis’ with Mount Baker

Playful L123 'Lazuli' breaching

Playful L123 ‘Lazuli’ breaching

L106 'Pooka' with Turtle Back Mountain beyond False Bay

L106 ‘Pooka’ with Turtle Back Mountain beyond False Bay

Lime Kilns of Lime Kiln Point

Lime Kilns of Lime Kiln Point

Spieden Island

Spieden Island

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

North side of Spieden Island with reflections

North side of Spieden Island with reflections

Supper in New Channel

Supper in New Channel


Smith Island Humpback, horned and tufted puffins

Sept 8, 2017 – Sailed South through islands cloaked in fog where visibility was minimal and our sense of sound heightened to the chatter of Black Oyster Catchers and the roar of Sea Lions. The sun started to break through as we explored the remote islands south of Lopez. South of Smith Island we met a Humpback whale we’ve met 2 weeks before. Our return via the kelp beds of Smith Island was special for the first time we’ve seen a horned puffin. Spectacular September sunset to round out the day.

wa state ferry in fog

WA state ferry in fog

Island cloaked in fog

Island cloaked in fog

San Juan Islands draped in fog

San Juan Islands draped in fog

Harbor Porpoise

Harbor Porpoise

Black Oyster Catcher

Black Oyster Catcher

Harbor seals shrouded with fog

Harbor seals shrouded with fog

Steller Sea Lions joust in fog

Steller Sea Lions joust in fog

Steller Sea Lions joist in fog

Whale Rocks Steller Sea Lions joist in fog

Bald Eagle as fog blows in

Bald Eagle as fog blows through tree tops

Harbor seal - Keep Out

Harbor seal – Keep Out

Bald Eagle South Lopez Island

Bald Eagle South Lopez Island

Bald Eagle South Lopez Island

Bald Eagle South Lopez Island

Castle Island

Castle Island

Harbor Seal Coalville Island

Harbor Seal Coalville Island

Common Murres

Common Murres

Humpback whale fluke

Humpback whale fluke

Humpback surfaces amongst Common Murres

Humpback surfaces amongst Common Murres

Humpback whale near Whidbey Island

Humpback whale near Whidbey Island

Horned Puffin, Smith Island

Horned Puffin, Smith Island

Tufted PuffinTufted Puffin, Smith Island

Immature Tufted Puffin, Smith IslandImmature Tufted Puffin, Smith Island

Smith Island

Smith Island

Calle Point Lighthouse sunset

Calle Point Lighthouse sunset

Calle Point Lighthouse and cormorants sunset

Calle Point Lighthouse and cormorants sunset

Calle Point Lighthouse, Steller Sea Lions and cormorants at sunset

Calle Point Lighthouse, Steller Sea Lions and cormorants at sunset

Cattle Point Lighthouse Sunset

Cattle Point Lighthouse Sunset

Cormorant colony of Goose Island

Cormorant colony of Goose Island

Return to Friday Harbor at Sunset

Return to Friday Harbor at Sunset

Return to Friday Harbor at Sunset

Return to Friday Harbor at Sunset

Spike Africa at Sunset in San Juan Channel

Spike Africa at Sunset in San Juan Channel

WA state ferry Friday Harbor at Sunset

WA state ferry Friday Harbor at Sunset


Strange light from forest fires

September 7th – Strange hazy light from forest fires surrounds our area and the sun barely penetrates. Pinnipeds are hauled out to warm their body temperature. Wildlife search south to Hein Bank found large groups of Murres and active bait balls.

Harbor seal, haze from forest fires

Harbor seal, haze from forest fires

Brandts, Double Crested and Pelagic  Cormorants

Brandts, Double Crested and Pelagic Cormorants

Resting Harbor Seals

Resting Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals

Harbor Porpoise at Cattle Point Lighthouse

Harbor Porpoise at Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller Sea Lions, Male and female

Steller Sea Lions, Male and female – Whale Rocks San Juan island

Harbor Seal Pup peers out from Kelp

Harbor Seal Pup peers out from Kelp

Steller Sea Lion, Harbor Seals, Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller Sea Lion, Harbor Seals, Cattle Point Lighthouse

Harbor Seals grouped at offshore bait ball

Harbor Seals grouped at offshore bait ball

Great Blue Heron standing on kelp

Great Blue Heron standing on kelp


Whale Watching Sailing T65As at Boiling Reef

September 3, 2017 – A sail with friends up north into Canada on a beautiful day. We shared a picnic fit for a queen en route to Monarch Head to see the transient orca family known as T65A’s. They had been coming down all morning from Georgia Strait until we got there when they turned back from whence they came. They passed very close to Boiling Reef scaring two sea lions (the first to return after their departure end of May). Delicious BBQ, champagne and peaches on the grill to finish off the day.

WA state ferry with Mount Baker

WA state ferry with Mount Baker

Harbor Seals Hauled out San Juan Islands

Harbor Seals Hauled out San Juan Islands

Harbor Seals Hauled out San Juan Islands

Harbor Seals Hauled out San Juan Islands

White Rock and Point Disney , Cormorants and Harbor seals

White Rock and Point Disney , Cormorants and Harbor seals

Mount Baker sailing down Boundary Pass

Mount Baker sailing down Boundary Pass

Skipjack Island National Wildlife Refuge in the San Juans and Mount Baker

Skipjack Island National Wildlife Refuge in the San Juans and Mount Baker

Sailing Passed Monarch Head, Saturna Island

Sailing Passed Monarch Head, Saturna Island

T65A Transient Orcas hunting at Boiling reef

T65A Transient Orcas hunting at Boiling Reef

Transient Orcas T65As

Transient Orcas T65As

Steller Sea Lions lucky escape after close pass form T65A Transient (Biggs) Orcas

Steller Sea Lions lucky escape after close pass form T65A Transient (Biggs) Orcas

Harbor Seals lucky escape after close pass form T65A Transient (Biggs) Orcas

Harbor Seals lucky escape after close pass form T65A Transient (Biggs) Orcas

Transient Orca T65A2 backward swimming while eating

Transient Orca T65A2 backward swimming while eating

Transient Orcas T65A with T65A2

Transient Orcas T65A with T65A2

Transient Orca T65A2 - 13 year old male

Transient Orca T65A2 – 13 year old male

Harbor Seal Haul Out San Juan Islands Skipjack National Wildlife Refuge

Harbor Seal Haul Out San Juan Islands Skipjack National Wildlife Refuge

Harbor Seal Haul Out San Juan Islands Skipjack National Wildlife Refuge

Harbor Seal Haul Out San Juan Islands Skipjack National Wildlife Refuge

Harbor Seal resting in Kelp forest

Harbor Seal resting in Kelp forest

Bare Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Bare Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Bare Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Cormorant colony of Bare Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Forest reflections of Presidents Channel, Orcas Island

Forest reflections of Presidents Channel, Orcas Island

Forest reflections of Presidents Channel, Orcas Island

Forest reflections of Presidents Channel, Orcas Island

WA state ferry under full moon in San Juan Channel

WA state ferry under full moon in San Juan Channel


8/22/17 Northern Islands of the San Juans

August 22, 2017 – Fun evening sail where conditions were constantly changing. We sailed to the north on a close-haul to White Rock where the seals sunbathe and gulls and cormorants settle in for the night. Gorgeous evening light illuminated Flattop Island and the array of colors in the brush. Sailed across to the Cactus Islands where we shut down for supper in the most beautiful setting. Glassy seas surrounded us temporarily until we left the stillness of New Channel to cross back towards Jones Island. White caps splashed over the bow as we healed to port in the increasing winds. A brief bit of excitement gliding through the seas tasting the salty spray.  We were spoiled with a beautiful sunset as we ventured the narrow channel surrounding Nob Island.
Sailing North from Friday Harbor

Sailing North from Friday Harbor

North of San Juan Island

North of San Juan Island

White Rock

White Rock

Harbor Seals Hauled out

Harbor Seals Hauled out

White Rock and Waldron Island

White Rock and Waldron Island

Waldron Island

Waldron Island

Sailing to Flattop Island In the San Juans

Sailing to Flattop Island In the San Juans

Flattop Island

Flattop Island

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Reefed Main in San Juan Channel

Reefed Main in San Juan Channel

North of the San Juan Islands

Looking North of the San Juan Islands

Nob Island

Nob Island

Sunset In San Juan Channel

Sunset In San Juan Channel

Nob Island

Nob Island

Sunset in the San Juan islands

Sunset sail in the San Juan islands

Sunset sail in the San Juan islands

Sunset sail in the San Juan islands

Sunset sail in the San Juan islands

Sunset sail in the San Juan islands


Short sail to Yellow Island

August 22, 2017 – Beautiful morning sail with a visit to Yellow Island. Drop the anchor and hop aboard the skiff to go ashore. Despite the drought, there were flowers blooming. Harbor seals with their pups resting on the resting to the west while a bald eagle was perched to the east. Light winds guided us back to port.

All Aboard Sailing in the San Juan islands

All Aboard Sailing in the San Juan islands

Ashore on Yellow island

Ashore on Yellow island

Madrone on Yellow Island

Madrone on Yellow Island

Yellow Island in August

Yellow Island in August

Eagle and seals, Yellow Island

Eagle and seals, Yellow Island

Eagle and seals, Yellow Island

Eagle and seals, Yellow Island

Anchored and ashore with tender at Yellow Island

Anchored and ashore with tender at Yellow Island

Looking for wildlife

Looking for wildlife

Harbor seals

Harbor seals

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Nob Island

Nob Island


Circumnavigating Spieden and Stuart Islands

August 21, 2017 – Half day evening cruise with overflowing beauty surrounding us. The tiniest little breeze nudged us along as we drifting along the shorelines of our favorite places. We’re finally noticing steller sea lions showing up to the north – once south of Jones Island eating what looked like a dogfish and another splashing in New Channel along the Cactus Islands.  The big guys are coming back from their time up north with the ladies. Today began with an incredible solar eclipse and ended with beautiful evening light as we returned to port sipping hot apple cider.

Harbor seals

Harbor seals near Nob Island

Harbor seals

Harbor seals near Yellow Island

Northern Steller Sea Lion

Northern Steller Sea Lion with a dogfish (?)

Northern Steller Sea Lion

Northern Steller Sea Lion chomping on his catch

Bald eagle

Bald eagle perched on Spieden Island

Bald eagle nest

Bald eagle nest

Bald eagle taking flight

Bald eagle taking flight

Spieden Island

Spieden Island

Stuart Island shoreline

Stuart Island sanctuary

Lovers Leap

Lovers Leap, Stuart Island

Turn Point Lighthouse

Turn Point Lighthouse

Hidden beach on Stuart Island

Hidden beach on Stuart Island

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Sailing towards Lovers Leap

Sailing towards Lovers Leap

Mt Baker

Mt Baker

Bald eagle nest

Bald eagle nest on Stuart Island

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Cormorants

Cormorants on Gull Rock

Bull Kelp

Bull Kelp

Female harlequin duck

Female harlequin duck

Cactus Island

Cactus Island

Harbor seal

Harbor seal swimming near the kelp

Harbor seal in sunset reflections

Harbor seal in sunset reflections

Looking back towards New Channel

Looking back towards New Channel

Nob Island

Nob Island

Sunset sail via our favorite places

Sunset sail via our favorite places

Bald eagle

Bald eagle in the sunset

Sunset over Yellow Island

Sunset over our favorite tree

Mt Baker mountain range

Mt Baker mountain range

Smooth waters as we rounded Friday Harbor

Smooth waters as we rounded Friday Harbor

Mt Baker

Mt Baker


Solar Eclipse Sail

August 21, 2017 – Cut the lines and ventured into the beginning of a giant flood tide as the moon began to align with the sun. The light of the sun began to dim with a tint similar to wearing polarized sun glasses. Temperature dropped chilling the air, bird song from the forest and a Canada Goose flew South! We drifted through San Juan Channel and weaved through rocky shorelines of extreme low tide in the wasp islands as their inhabitants of sea birds and seals welcomed back the sun.

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse viewed from Friday Harbor

Barbara watching solar eclipse

Barbara watching solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse viewed from Friday Harbor

Bald eagle

Bald eagle watching solar eclipse – skies getting darker

Great blue heron

Great blue heron walking the shoreline during the solar eclipse

 Canada Goose

Canada Goose flying south during the solar eclipse

Forested shoreline of San Juan Island

Forested shoreline of San Juan Island

WA State Ferry

WA State Ferry with Mt Baker

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Ancient Murrelets

Ancient Murrelets

Harbor seals

Harbor seals hauled out high above the water during this extremely low tide

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Harbor seals

Harbor seal mom and pup

Nob Island

Nob Island

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Harbor porpoise

Harbor porpoise

View towards New Channel

View towards New Channel

Flattop Island

Flattop Island

Harbor seals

Harbor seals

Harbor seals

Harbor seals

Flattop Island

Flattop Island

S/V Taurua

S/V Taurua


Whale watching sailing with T65As in Rosario Strait

August 20, 2017 – Leaving the harbor we heard reports of transient orcas, T65A’s, coming down from the north. Plotting a course to intercept the orcas, we took a short cut through the inter-islands, exited Obstruction Pass, and headed north checking out Peapod Rocks. Harbor porpoises played in the tide chop while harbor seals snoozed on the rocks. We hugged the Orcas Island shoreline from Lawrence Pt spotting several bald eagles before crossing over to Barnes and Clark Islands where we met the orcas. They didn’t appear interested in eating as they passed by a steller sea lion, harbor seal haul out sites, and porpoises right within their path without stopping. We travelled down Rosario Strait admiring the islands before the incoming fog socked us in. Using our senses we followed the orcas’ blows in the fog for a bit before crossing back through Peavine Pass where the fog disappeared and the sunset began. Madrone trees at Upright Head, Lopez Island, reflected beautifully in the water.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Shaw Island Harbor seals

Shaw Island Harbor seals

Sailing through Obstruction Pass into Rosario Strait

Sailing through Obstruction Pass into Rosario Strait

Peapod Rocks Harbor Seals

Peapod Rocks Harbor Seals

Bald Eagle on Peapod Rocks lateral beacon day mark

Bald Eagle on Peapod Rocks lateral beacon day mark

Lawrence Point Orcas Island

Lawrence Point Orcas Island

Pigeon Guillemots on Little Sister rock

Pigeon Guillemots on Little Sister rock

T65As South in Rosario Strait

T65As South in Rosario Strait

Transient or Biggs Orca T65A2

Transient or Biggs Orca T65A2

T65As with backlit blows and turquoise sea

Whale watching sailing Transient Orcas T65As with backlit blows and turquoise sea

Transient Orcas T65As

Whale watching Transient Orcas T65As

T65A with T65A5 Transient Orcas

T65A with T65A5 Transient Orcas

Whale watching sailing with Transient Orca watching us

Whale watching sailing with Transient Orca T65A5 watching us

T65A2 with T65A5 - Whale watching sailing with Transient Orcas

T65A2 with T65A5 – Whale watching sailing with Transient Orcas

T65A Matriarch Transient Orca

T65A Matriarch Transient Orca

All Aboard Sailing

All Aboard Sailing

T65as and bald eagle overhead

T65as and bald eagle overhead

T65As head towards fog in Rosario in Strait

T65As head towards fog in Rosario in Strait

Transient Orcas the T65As in Fog in Rosario

Transient Orcas the T65As in Fog in Rosario

Mount Baker over the fog

Mount Baker over the fog

Bald Eagle silhouette at sunset

Bald Eagle silhouette at sunset

Sunset sailing to Friday Harbor

Sunset sailing to Friday Harbor


Short summer sail to Whale Rocks

August 19th 2017. Short Sail down San Juan Channel in summer sunshine

Turn Island, near Friday Harbor

Turn Island, near Friday Harbor

Harbor Seals in the pass of Turn Island, near Friday Harbor

Harbor Seals in the pass of Turn Island, near Friday Harbor

Harbor Seals Pear Point, San Juan Island

Harbor Seals Pear Point, San Juan Island

Bald Eagle San Juan Channel

Bald Eagle San Juan Channel

Bald Eagle San Juan Channel

Bald Eagle San Juan Channel

Brandts Cormorants Whale Rocks

Brandts Cormorants Whale Rocks

Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, Whale Rocks with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, Whale Rocks with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, Whale Rocks with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, Whale Rocks with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller Sea Lions of Whale Rocks

Steller Sea Lions of Whale Rocks

Goose Island, San Juan Channel

Goose Island, San Juan Channel

Turn Rock Kelp forest at its prime

Turn Rock Kelp forest at its prime