Westport/Ocean Shores, WA

Grays Harbor is a large, shallow bay that opens to the Pacific Ocean.  Two peninsula’s form the mouth to the bay with Ocean Shores at the tip of the northern peninsula and West Port at the tip of the southern peninsula.  Both towns have a large fishing fleet, so plenty of good seafood all around!  Shopping and sightseeing will entertain you off the water, and a steady breeze on the water.  There are some RV campgrounds in both towns that also allow tent camping.Westport 1

When sailing out of Westport, the boat launch in the harbor is preferred over the surf at Half Moon Bay beach.  At Ocean Shores there is a spit at the RV park that will provide beach launching.

The wind is predominantly an onshore (westerly) breeze, but has enough fluctuation in it to provide good tactics.  The wind can be anywhere from 5-25k, but is usually quite steady and not puffy.  The bar at the harbor entrance keeps big waves out so most of the water is flat, with rollers out in the shipping channel.  If the crab fishing is on then be aware of long lines of crab nets that might tangle with your rudders or daggerboards.

This site is rated: Beginner-Intermediate.  Strong breeze, current, commercial shipping, and commercial fishing in the harbor require technical competence of the crew.

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