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    Our first Swiftsure

    Crouching on the foredeck under our full spinnaker as we crossed the finish line in Victoria Harbor, I tussled Porter’s blond hair and said, “We did it, buddy. You’ve finished your first Swiftsure.” He looked into my eyes, paused, and then thrust his arms wide ...

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Tales and tips from our haulout

I’m still recovering from last year’s haulout, but I think I can finally write about it without suffering a full attack of Post Traumatic Haulout Syndrome. For the benefit of my brothers and sisters about to put their beloved boats on the hard, I have two stories about what went well and one tip I […]

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Follow the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race on Three Sheets Northwest

For many Pacific Northwest sailors, the dream of sailing around Vancouver Island is an alluring one. Whether you are taking a few months to cruise the route or a few weeks to race it, the experience is billed as nothing short of amazing. Three Sheets Northwest contributor Scott Wilson shared his adventure while cruising the route last […]

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Village vibe in the Maldives

Our days have a common flow here. Most mornings are consumed with activities on board: reading, routine maintenance, writing, dishes, algebra, whatever seems to need doing. The heat’s not oppressive at dawn, but it doesn’t take long. I really didn’t think it was possible to be hotter than we were during our summer in the […]

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Sucia gets a new day beacon

The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting: Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Everett, Wash., and Air Station Astoria, Ore., work in conjunction to fill in the concrete foundation for a new Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon near Sucia […]

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June sailor’s special at the CWB

This summer, the Center for Wooden Boats’ SLU Livery will be running promotions that highlight a different sailboat every month. These specials are a great way to explore some of the rigs that you may be unfamiliar with – come to a FREE boat introduction and rigging demo at the beginning of each month, then enjoy […]

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Doing the San Juan sweep

After a nights stay in Port Townsend we set sail for the San Juans. Our first couple nights were spent at one of our forever-favorite spots, Watmough Bay, where we hiked another lovely Mother’s Day away. Our next stop was Rosario Resort. We spent our first afternoon swimming in the super cool 1920’s indoor pool […]

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