• RCMP and Coast Guard officers from Station Bellingham training for Shiprider duties

    RCMP and USCG team up for cross-border patrols

    If you happen to be cruising in the San Juans this summer and get overhauled by a Coast Guard response boat manned by a guy wearing a felt Stetson with a leather band and a red serge tunic, you’re not in a time warp and ...

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescues a man after his sailboat overturned near Port Townsend, Wash., April 19, 2014.

Coast Guard rescues one near Port Townsend

Yesterday’s high winds and rough seas resulted in at least one rescue, as Coast Guard Station Port Angeles dispatched a 45-foot response boat to a small sailboat that capsized roughly six miles north of Port Townsend. Coast Guard watchstanders received the report of the overturned vessel just before 1 p.m. from another boat nearby which […]

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May you be cursed with interesting times

Distance traveled:  44.8 miles Travel time:  5 hours, 27 minutes Even Wikipedia won’t tell us who authored that quote, but he or she was surely thinking of a day like today! Having already decided the unsettled weather meant we didn’t want to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we took the inside of Whidbey […]

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Spring Whitecap Series – Race 3

This week we almost had a committee boat.  It was launched around 3:45 Friday and the RC had its gear ready to load but the engine was not happy with its mixture and timing so rather than risk being late setting up the course, and possibly ignominiously being towed back in, it was decided to revert to […]

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After a three-month circumnavigation of New Zealand's South Island, we're back in Wellington. We first visited here in January, after spending a few weeks in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. On our first visit, we arrived in unusually calm conditions for "Windy Welly" and anchored for the night off Oriental Bay, with beautiful Carter Fountain […]

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On the way to the San Juans, tonight Hat Island

Bremerton Yacht Club to Hat (Gedney) Island Distance traveled: 41.8 miles Travel time:  5 hours Yesterday in Olalla it rained cats and dogs, and the NOAA forecast for the next two days was “unsettled”, leaving us uncertain whether we could make it to Anacortes in one day to meet up with friends who are joining […]

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Spare parts and geek talks…

You know you are a budget cruiser, when you lug around in the public transport a 5 gallons pail of antifouling paint. For anybody who never lifted one they are around +40kilos, making for a good exercise and some strange look. Still the saving was worth it as we can procure one of those for […]

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Three gringos walk into a bar…

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The day started out innocently enough. Tawn decided she wanted to take the bus to town and get some fresh veggies. We called our buddy Josh on the radio and made plans to head out around 10am…ish. Blah, blah, blah bus ride to town. The joke around here […]

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HOWB 129 – Interview | Pete Leenhouts, Exec. Director of NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Hadlock, WA

Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Pete Leenhouts of Port Ludlow, WA who is the Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Pete is a retired career U.S. Navy Officer, and was the Captain of a Wooden Mine Sweeper for several years. After retiring, Pete moved to the […]

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