San Juan Sailing on Schooner Zodiac’s Nauti-Gals Adventure

San Juan Sailing on Schooner Zodiac's Nauti-Gals Women's Sailing Adventure

San Juan Sailing on Schooner Zodiac’s Nauti-Gals Women’s Sailing Adventure

San Juan Sailing on Schooner Zodiac’s Nauti-Gals Adventure

 

Ding, Ding, Ding ~ sounding the chime for an announcement: Ladies, Listen Up!

 

Step back in time and step up to hoisting the mainsail with Schooner Zodiac’s Nauti-gals Women’s Sailing Adventure on the elegant Schooner Zodiac.

Schooner Zodiac at her Bellingham, Washington homeport.

Schooner Zodiac at her Bellingham, Washington homeport.

The Zodiac, with a home dock at Bellingham Cruise Terminal in the historic Fairhaven District near Bellingham, Washington, is a vintage 1920’s classic windjammer.

Schooner Zodiac has 7,000 sq. ft. of sails.

Schooner Zodiac has 7,000 sq. ft. of sails.

With four sails, this 160′ ship is Coast Guard certified and is captained by a licensed and seasoned professional.

The salon and sleeping bunks on Schooner Zodiac.

The main salon and sleeping bunks on Schooner Zodiac.

It offers the ideal retreat for getaways of many designs, including their multi-day Nauti-gals Women’s cruise in and around the San Juan Islands.

Jill works a sailing station on Schooner Zodiac.

Jill works a sailing station on Schooner Zodiac.

WAVEJourney first sailed on the Schooner Zodiac on the inaugural Nauti-gals sailing back in 2010, and we were thrilled to be included in the 2016 cruise to once again experience this exceptional gal-pal bonding adventure.

Viv takes the helm of Schooner Zodiac.

Viv takes the helm of Schooner Zodiac.

If one is looking for a venue in the Pacific Northwest for an exhilarating few days with other women, challenging oneself, learning new skills, marveling at simply stunning scenery, sharing laughs over scrumptious meals and adult beverages, look no further!

The Nauti-Gals cruise is fun for women of all ages and sailing abilities.

The Nauti-Gals cruise is fun for women of all ages and sailing abilities.

This particular sailing is designed to allow women to participate to the level of immersion they desire, with no prior experience necessary.

Feeling adventurous?

Feeling adventurous? Go out on the safety netting of the bowsprit.

Keep it light and just kick back or don your gloves and pitch in. From our experiences, we reveled at joining in at all sailing stations, learned how to read charts, (wo)manned the helm, prepared to make sail and stood at ready to come about.

Lending a helping hand.

Lending a helping hand.

On this last cruise we had about 25 souls on board which included guests, volunteer crew and captain, and a cook, who definitely knew her way around a tight galley and presented us with wholesome meals.

You won't go hungry on Schooner Zodiac.

You won’t go hungry on Schooner Zodiac.

Our fellow sailors hailed from the West Coast to the Midwest. It’s always great to meet new people and swap adventure tales. As usual in our travels when we share a special journey, we have stayed in touch with some of these new friends.

Kicking back while under sail and making new friends.

Kicking back while under sail and making new friends.

And that’s the beauty of Schooner Zodiac’s Nauti-gals Women’s Sailing Adventure: like-minded strangers come together with a shared goal and leave as friends. Over glasses and wine or cider, friendships are formed and new adventures are planned.

When the sailing is done.

When the sailing is done.

Regardless of camaraderie shared, this journey can also prove to be a few days to slow down, disconnect to reconnect with what’s important.

Enjoying a swim in the bay at Stuart Island.

Enjoying a swim in the tranquil bay at Stuart Island.

Sailing on the Schooner Zodiac presents moments to quiet one’s soul, breathe in the fresh air, feel the wind rush by and clear one’s mind, and receive the gift.

Sunset in the San Juan Islands.

Sunset in the San Juan Islands.

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”  — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

 

P.S. There are many interesting multi-day themed cruises offered on Schooner Zodiac. These make for fun and exciting trip for solos, a gaggle of gal-pals, couples and multi-generational sailing getaways. No experience required and only participate to your comfort and endurance levels. WJ can’t wait to go back for another Schooner Zodiac – maybe one of their beer-themed cruises will be next on our list.

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Note: WAVEJourney were guests of Schooner Zodiac for their July 2016 Nauti-Gals Cruise. Read our full disclosure statement to see that this has no effect on our reviews.

 

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