Cruise Report DECEMBER 2023

Welcome to DecemBrrrrrr! As we race toward Winter Solstice (21-Dec-23, 17:27 PST), I’m always glad that the rapidly shortening days are about to turn the corner, and in a month we’ll notice the evening light lasting just a bit longer, and then – Spring!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  There’s plenty to do in preparation for 2024 – and the SBYC Cruising Season begins barely three months from now, with Winterfest on March 15-17. We’ll do something new this time and
rendezvous at Port of Edmonds Marina. We have 10 slips reserved for winter voyagers; the marina has a tented activity area on the dock, near the office; and there are some great places ashore for meeting up and enjoying the Edmonds vibe. Discord is our friend for planning as we get close to the date.   Contact the marina office at 425-775-4588 and on VHF 69 or 16.

Stand by for more details here. Each vessel will make their own reservation with the Marina and specify SBYC for the slip assignment.

Ruby Johnson will wield her local knowledge as our hostess, so please come by land or by sea!
And thank you Ruby!


Lat 47˚ 48′ 41″ Long 122˚ 22′ 57″
VHF 69 or 16

For more of ’24, here’s the schedule and details as of today. Contact us at with any questions or comments.

WINTER FEST: March 15-17, Port of Edmonds Marina

YELLOW FEST: April 5-7 at Blake Island Marina. The beachfront picnic shelter next to the marina is reserved for Saturday the 6th.

BURGER BURN: Port Ludlow May 17-19.

JUNE DINNER DANCE: Kingston Yacht Club June 7-9. We heard appreciative comments about this year’s band, Sour Mash, and are inquiring about booking them again for 2024.

JULY 3 RAFT-UP: Under consideration and may move from Liberty Bay. Many locales including Poulsbo/Liberty Bay are opting out of pyrotechnics lately, so please send us any thoughts on possible alternatives.

SUMMER RENDEZVOUS: Is up for grabs. Let us know what’s in your plans for the July/August time frame – North? South? West? We really made good use of the Discord platform this year and it’s easy for chat and uploading photos.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: 2024 spans August 30 – Sept 2. Our 2023 meet-up at Port Orchard was a good location for those of us boating in from Seattle, Tacoma, and Poulsbo, and easy for those driving over or around too. We’re looking into our 2024 location and are eager to hear any ideas, or if Port Orchard merits another visit.

The SALMON BAKE: Will be September 27-29 and will likely return to Des Moines, as Poulsbo’s facility building proved almost too small for the large group that joined this year.

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
– Paul Theroux (December 2023)