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Cruising | Memorial Day Weekend Mystery Bay

  • 28 May 2022
  • 30 May 2022
  • Mystery Bay

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Please join us for this jam-packed joint-venture 3-day weekend cruise to Mystery Bay. Raft up with other CYC & STYC members or anchor on your own and visit from your dinghy. Get to know fellow sailors in some collaborative on-shore activities, all of which are optional.

On the docket: a socially distanced outdoor BBQ potluck; goat farm tour, winery tasting/picnic; a human-powered dinghy race, exploring on your own. Unfortunately, the Nordland General Store experienced a devastating fire in Nov 2020. It is unlikely they will be up and running again by May, but the traditional holiday Tractor Parade at noon on Sunday is looking like a very good possibility. Please provision accordingly for the entire weekend.

COVID safety: Masking-up and socially distancing at this stage of the pandemic is state encouraged but now a personal choice. If COVID numbers should increase significantly prior to this cruise please watch for further email communications from us. Always remember to please be considerate of others. Up-to-date vaccinations highly recommended. 

Navigation:  The entry to Mystery Bay can be tricky. Please source out & refer to all your own tide & chart information you will need to navigate the winding narrow entrance safely and when tides are favorable. The tides are not looking too bad this year, because there are some very high lows!

This will be an anchoring/raft-up event. That said, there will also be activities that we will need individual sign-ups for actual head-counts.  Please indicate when you register, which activities you are interested in.  There is a lone dock, however space cannot be counted on this weekend. 

SCHEDULE:

Arrival:
There are some pretty high low tides especially in the evenings, so afternoon/evening arrivals are recommended.

Tides @ Ft Flagler (closest station)
Friday, May 27 - low tide: -0.1ft@9:24am, high tide: 7.5ft@4:53 pm, low tide: 5.1ft@8:55pm
Saturday, May 28 - low tide: -0.7ft@9:50am, high tide: 8.2ft@5:46pm, low tide 5.9ft@9:46pm

Saturday 6 – 8 pm  Raft-Up Happy Hour: One or two boats will host a casual happy hour get-together, a chance to socialize with other CYC and STYC members.

Sunday 10 – 11 am Mystery Bay Goat Farm Tour: Learn about the operations of a small-scale, artisan goat dairy and sample goat cheese, goat yogurt and cajeta. Meet at Mystery Bay State Park at 9:30 for the 20 minute walk to town or dinghy in to the dock at Nordland. If you dinghy in, low tide is -1.4ft@11:08am so you may need to head in early and may not be able to leave for a few hours.

Sunday 12 pm(-ish) Nordland Tractor Parade: Traditionally, every Memorial Day weekend the island residents bring their tractors to parade them in front of the old Nordland General Store. However the store is being re-fit after a nasty fire a couple of years ago and not open. Word on the grapevine is that the parade will commence this year...

Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm Marrowstone Winery Tasting and Picnic: We’ll visit Marrowstone Vineyards where the wine is as beautiful and unique as the view. Family owned and locally loved, Marrowstone Vineyards is a treasured boutique winery overlooking the cascades and Puget Sound. Explore their selection with a tasting, sip on a glass, or pop open a bottle on their deck or lounge in their lovely meadow with views of their grapevines and Salish Sea behind. We’ll have some sort of games, bocce ball, badminton, croquet, etc. Bring your own picnic lunch. We are looking for someone on the island who can shuttle folks to the farm.

Sunday 4 pm – 6 pm High-tide human-powered dinghy race and happy hour on the dock. Bring your kayak, paddle board, inflatable or other vessel. Compete for prizes in two categories – paddle or oar power.

Sunday 6 pm to whenever  BBQ Potluck: Join us by the campfire for at Mystery Bay State Park, just 80-100 yards from our raft-up. The park is designated as a marine recreation area with its facilities primarily for boaters. A pier leads out to a long float that is available for overnight mooring facilities. Mooring buoys are also available. A single lane launch ramp drops down gently to the sloping beach north of the floats.

Departure:
Same as arrival, there are some pretty high low tides especially in the evenings, so a Monday afternoon departure is recommended. Or move to Pt. Townsend Sunday evening.

Tides @ Ft. Flagler:
Monday – high tide: 8.3ft@3:26am, low tide: -1.7ft@10:46am, high tide: 9.1ft@7:16pm, low tide:
6.8ft@11:29pm

About Mystery Bay 

All but hidden on the west side of Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay State Park offers a great escape for visitors arriving by water. Boaters can raft up or lay anchor and stroll along the grassy and gravelly shoreline or enjoy the inlet’s pristine waters. Bring along a kayak or paddle board for daytime recreation on the water. There is an organic goat farm that offers tours on making goat cheese, a renowned island vineyard for picnicking & wine tasting. Several activities will be jointly planned. Take in the Olympic mountain views from the shoreline picnic area about 80-100 yards from the raft-up. Cook up your own oysters and clams in one of three fire rings and enjoy an island sunset before heading back to your boat. Fort Flagler is approximately 2 miles from Mystery Bay (about a 15 minute dinghy ride). There is a dinghy dock to park your boat while you go exploring. Tour and explore a significant coastal defense fort established more than a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. 

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Fort Flagler State Park

Located on the Northern tip of Marrowstone Island, this spectacular park has more than 5 miles of hiking trails on its 1,450+ acres. Facilities include picnic tables, 117 campsites, boat launch, mooring facilities, and a group camp.

Hiking, boating, fishing, clamming, and hang-gliding are popular activities. Accommodations are also available in three former WWII barracks buildings with kitchen and dining facilities and five furnished vacation houses for rent are available (Reservations (888) 226-7688).  A museum interprets the history of this one-time coastal defense fort.  The Beachcomber Café concession offers food and espresso drinks near the lower campground.

Park Contact:    (360) 385-1259 fort.flagler@parks.wa.gov

Beachcomber Cafe

Summer’s not complete without an ice cream treat, an espresso drink, or iced mocha! Come to the Beachcomber Cafe at Fort Flagler State Park and enjoy the view from the deck. Grill, kites, snacks and more.

Contact:    Jim and Maj-Britt Peacock (360) 385-7637    majbrittpeacock@gmail.com

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Mystery Bay State Park

During Prohibition, smuggling alcohol from Canada was a profitable and somewhat honored occupation in the remote waters of northwest Washington. Sequestered between Marrowstone and Indian Islands, Kilisut Harbor was one refuge used by smugglers to evade Coast Guard vessels. The smugglers’ shallow draft boats were readily hidden in the overhanging trees at a small bay near the end of the harbor, and their regular disappearance here was categorized by the Coast Guard as “mysterious” hence the name for the bay.

The park is designated as a marine recreation area with its facilities primarily for boaters. A pier leads out to a long float that is available for overnight mooring facilities. Mooring buoys are also available. A single lane launch ramp drops down gently to the sloping beach north of the floats. Clams and oysters can be found on the beach at low tide and offshore crabbing is usually fruitful during the designated season.

Contact:    (360) 385-1259 https://www.parks.wa.gov/550/Mystery-Bay

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Mystery Bay Farm

Small-scale, artisan goat dairy. Tours available by reservation. 

Contact:    Scott Brinton or Rachael Van Laanen  (360) 774-0675

info@mysterybayfarm.com   or       http://www.mysterybayfarm.com

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Mystery Bay Seafood Catering

Catering fresh seafood dinners and home delivery of seafood products (seafood chowder, clams, oysters and mussels)

Contact:    Leonard Johnson - (360) 390-8134    

mysterybayseafood@gmail.com   or    http://www.mysterybayseafood.com

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Marrowstone Vineyard

Visit Marrowstone Vineyards where wine is as beautiful and unique as the view. Family owned and locally loved, Marrowstone Vineyards is a treasured boutique winery overlooking the cascades and Puget Sound. Explore their selection with a tasting, sip on a glass, or pop open a bottle on their deck or lounge in their lovely meadow with views of their grapevines and Salish Sea behind.

Contact:  360-385-9608 https://www.marrowstonevineyards.com/

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Nordland General Store & Tractor Days Parade


Traditionally, every Memorial Day weekend the island residents bring their tractors to parade them in front of the old Nordland General Store. However the store is being re-fit after a nasty fire a couple of years ago and not open. Word on the grapevine is that the parade will commence this year...



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