Long weekends are great, butlo-o-o-ngweekends are better!! Planning for the May Long Weekend Flotilla is underway! Typically, we sailors make it a five day weekend ...why not? The fun is in the journey-- and we here are all happiest if that journey is on a sailboat! Especially with a group of boats and friendly sailors. A couple of seasons ago we had a flotilla of 12 boats go into the San Juan Islands and we'd like to do a return trip for this year's May Loooong Weekend, May 20-24 2011. The boats will be leaving downtown Vancouver on Friday May 20th. First port of call will be Point Roberts Marina. Here we can get our cruising boat permits to enter U.S. waters. Make sure you bring your passports and all the proper boat paperwork. There are local bar/cafes here for an evening social gathering. The next morning we head off for Roche Harbour! This is a BIG favourite of Canadian sailors due to the charm of the buildings and services, walks of historical interest, food and drink spots, a spa and some fun shopping. On Sunday the 22nd of May we have a short haul down to Friday Harbour: there are bike rentals, art galleries, afternoon movies at the theatre, shopping, and maybe some good old relaxing on your boat with your favourite book or a friendly game of cards. Monday is the 23rd of May and our journey takes us into Bedwell Harbour to become Canadian again, and then it’s up to Montague Harbour for an overnight on a mooring buoy or at anchor. Montague Harbour is at Galiano Island and is a lovely marine park for hiking and photo taking. If we're lucky the famous BAKERY BARGE will be there! They make incredible cinnamon buns and pies! We'll have to order ahead. On Tuesday the 24th, slack water at Porlier Pass is at 1039… plenty of time to have breakfast and get up Trincomali Channel, through the pass and then home to Vancouver by the end of the daylight. The enjoyment of life exponentially increases with the vacations you look forward to ... one every six months should do it! Contact Marla@cooperboating.com for information on which boats are available for this spring vacation.