Leaving Bishop Bay* and sailing down Princess Royal Channel, the stretch of water that separates the island of the same name from the mainland, we struggled to find help from the current despite the fact that it was supposed to be in our favour. Our destination, Bottleneck Inlet off Finlayson Channel, laid 55 miles away […]
Whether you’re a novice sailor or old salt, a Safety at Sea Seminar is an excellent way to brush up on your all around safety skills as a skipper or crew. The Sailing Foundation, along with CYC, OWSA, RCYC, STSCO, PYC and OCSA, will be ...
This is the third in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, marina showers, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests” or to rank things, but rather to provide […]
One of the biggest challenges with my old DC power system was apparent when away from the dock. Grace has a Yanmar engine with a factory alternator, which on a good day output 30 amps into the battery bank. Not only was this not enough for the new bank, but the regulator was not programmable and would damage […]
It’s October, and we’ve officially entered what is unofficially the “off season”. Given a few days of beautiful weather with nothing on the calendar, I decided to get away – even if only for an overnighter. I keep Jolly Mon pretty well-stocked and ready to go throughout the year, so preparation for a quick trip […]
Check out this beautifully done video by Seattle based Arc Media Studios about the Schooner Adventuress and what she means to those who step aboard to sail her…
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“Steer towards the wind and keep an eye on the tell tales.” I instructed as we sailed upwind on a breezy Lake Union. “When they both start to fly straight back, straighten your course and you’re sailing close hauled.” It had been a while since I’d taught any sort of sailing class, and even though […]
Each month the Center for Wooden Boats finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with opportunities to ask questions. October’s 3rd Friday lecture will […]
Here’s our latest installment from friend and guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Once a vigorous commercial fishing center, Mackaye Harbor is today a sleepy community at the south end of Lopez Island with holiday homes and small farms. The wide harbor has lots of room for secure anchorage, with convenient depths and good holding in mud. In […]
The wind howls outside as I sit comfortably in a warm house. It’s nice, but I’d rather be anchored somewhere cozy or moving fast with the following breeze. While many boaters hibernate this time of year, we keep moving. But right now, we can’t. Not yet anyway. And it’s painful. With jackstands pressing against her hull, Yahtzee sits […]