For the last several years one of the high points of our summer has been to attend the Annual Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous on Orcas Island. It's a laid back affair in a cozy location and attracts a nice mix of old wooden vessels large and small, sail, power, converted fishing boats and ex-work boats. The sponsors, the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands, put on a great event with dinghy races, sailboat races, and a barbecue at Deer Harbor Boatworks that includes fresh grilled salmon, locally grown vegetables, locally brewed beers and wine and live music. Though it rained a little this year, mostly it was at night. We had nice afternoons and a couple of spectacular sunsets. Our most direct route to Deer Harbor from our slip in Everett takes us through Deception Pass separating Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. Catching a slack tide under the bridge usually means hanging out for a quiet afternoon and overnight in Cornet Bay. Our return trip had us nervous about the fog, but the curtain lifted just in time and we slipped through right at slack water.
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