When Pete Jr. and Pete Sr. began providing week-long adventures in the Pacific Northwest, we offered those experiences aboard the 80ft schooner, Alcyone. Over the years, we moved from sailboats to powerboats, but we’ve always had a deep love for sailing and for classic boats.
It just so happens that we share a berth in Point Hudson Marina with one of the most storied schooners in America – the Schooner Martha, the oldest working sailboat in the state of Washington, the oldest living flagship of the San Francisco Yacht Club. Built in 1907 , Martha has an amazing history that includes being owned by the actor James Cagney, and she was almost destroyed after being dropped during haulout in 1976. The schooner was fortunately salvaged and restored by Del and Paulette Edgbert, and is now under the loving care of the Schooner Martha Foundation and Robert and Holly dArcy.
Since we share a dock and love of sailing with the fine folks at the Schooner Martha Foundation, we have offered to handle reservations for some of their day sails, and popular sail training vacations for families, as well as adults and youth (ages 12-18). No experience is necessary. Trips are sold on an individual basis but groups are always welcome.
If you want a truly special experience – then consider heading out on the Martha for their September Canada trip:
12-DAY CANADIAN GULF ISLANDS & DESOLATION SOUND
September 10 – 22
Breathtaking views. Amazing wildlife. Embark on a journey north into the Straits of Georgia through the Canadian Gulf Islands, along the wild west coast of Canada for a memorable trip in one of the top cruising destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
At latitude 50°, Desolation Sound is a narrowing inlet meandering into the coastal mountains of the ‘Sunshine Coast’ of Canada, a remote land of rocky islands, steep cliffs and stunning fjords.
“Anything but desolate, this small body of water and its islands have a seminal beauty, that for cruisers, makes it close to heaven. It’s achingly lovely, one of nature’s showpieces, and a taste of heaven for sailors.” John Vigor, Cruising World 2004.
Desolation Sound Marine Park possesses a magnetism that draws boaters and travelers from distant shores. One of the prime attractions of these waters is their warmth in summer months – about 70 F, which makes them ideal for swimming and snorkeling. With it’s spectacular scenery, warm summer climate, and abundant wildlife, it is said to be the best salt water cruising in British Columbia.
You will have a chance to experience sailing on an historic sailing yacht and learn a variety of seamanship skills for safe and fun adventures. Martha’s accommodations are roomy and comfortable. The schooner has a full galley and everyone takes a turn at helping with both cooking and clean up. Meals are homemade and include local farm-raised foods and wild seafood, served family style around the large main saloon mahogany table. No experience is required, only a willing attitude and energy. Come ready to participate and jump in to learn and become part of the crew. $2,000 per person; minimum of 3 – maximum of 6 passengers.