Author Archive | Jim Burgoyne

An idyllic view down East Sound on Orcas Island in the San Juans. (Photo by John Fitzwater)

Destinations: Southern trepidation

To implore our readers from British Columbia to venture south of the border, here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… When chatting with Canadian boaters, we are often surprised how many have never cruised across the border to visit the San Juan Islands, even when those lovely islands might be quivering haze on their […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the Gulf Islands. Not to be used for navigation.

Destinations: The Russell Island howl

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… The scream brought life on Russell Island to a brief standstill, frozen in time like those poor people caught in the fiery eruption of Pompeii’s Mount Vesuvius. It was bloodcurding enough to bring me and other boaters up on deck of our boats anchored offshore. But […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to the San Juan Islands. Not to be used for navigation.

Destinations: Eastsound feels bigger than it is

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Approaching the stillness of Fishing Bay and the cover of Madrona Point at the northern end of East Sound, a quiet tumble of stately homes along the shore suggests idyllic serenity. Surely there is nothing so vulgar as commerce in the nearby village of Eastsound. The […]

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Looking out over the Longbranch Improvement Club’s marina toward Mount Rainier. (Photo by Ronald Riggs)

Destinations: All’s quiet in Filucy Bay

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Our conversation falls away, running low on gas, the old fellow sighs, the dock cleat at his feet getting a little kick as we think of something more to say. I’m a lousy conversationalist at the best of times, even now when its my cruising adventures […]

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Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot’s Cruising Guide to Desolation Sound. Not to be used for navigation.

Tucked away in Octopus Islands

Octopus Islands and surrounding bays along the northeastern shore of Quadra Island off Okisollo Channel provide some of the safest and most serene anchorages in the Discovery Islands. Most cruisers who come here are drawn first to Octopus Islands, a marine provincial park where cruisers tuck into small coves, stern tied side by side like […]

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Destinations: Tribune Bay is timeless

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… The counter-culture vibe of the ‘60s and ‘70s still pervades on laidback Hornby Island, and it always seems most evident near the beautiful, wide south-facing beach on Tribune Bay. The hippies are older today, and a lot wealthier, having traded their jasmine-scented incense, granny […]

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