I doubt it’s possible in this age of technology to achieve life completely off of the grid… You know, somewhere just short of an uncharted island with a volleyball named Wilson. Living in the marina of a medium-sized town, we don’t even come close to that degree of disconnection. However, we do try our best […]
Swiftsure was nostalgic and fun. And we may have even broken some records. Growing up, Swiftsure was an annual ritual. For years, Dad would race, Mom would go up to Victoria and I’d stay home. I was told, “Swiftsure is no place for a 3 ...
We walked down the dock to the rhythmic thumping of Steve’s drum, Steve in his Haida hat and wearing his copper pendant, I with my west-wind charm and my wild woman T-shirt carrying a carved bowl of blueberries. It was Saturday noon and boaters out ...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today’s podcast is an interview with Bruce Blatchley of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Bruce is the lead instructor for the contemporary boatbuilding building program which includes stitch and glue, cold molded, glued plywood lapstrake among other methods. Bruce and I discuss several the current school projects (boats in progress) and what contemporary […]
In a situation that seems like it could happen to nearly any boater, a boat that had lost power and then dragged anchor went hard aground three miles from Port Angeles on Thursday. The two cremembers were in contact with the Coast Guard who facilitated their rescue around 7:30 p.m. Here’s the report from the USCG: […]
From fickle breezes to helpful currents, the 42nd annual Round Saltspring Race was an event to remember. And the story of the day may have been the Race Committee’s correct call in sending racers 42 miles counter-clockwise around the island to take full advantage of the current (the direction is decided each year and announced […]
As I write this, I am leaving the U.S. and crossing the Canadian border for the second time in a month. My first attempt wasn’t a false start. I spent two weeks circumnavigating Vancouver Island’s Saanich Inlet. A very populated place, akin to Seattle. The early spring weather was stormy and made a good shake-down […]
Looking back, it’s difficult to believe we were in Shearwater only a week ago . . . so much has changed. Only two hundred miles have passed under Cambria’s keel, but the landscape, at least here in Prince Rupert, is entirely different — more “West Coast Industrial” than “Inside Passage.” But I’m getting ahead of myself […]
In my quest to learn to handle my boat solo, three big things were on my list: docking, anchoring and grabbing a mooring ball. I will forever be learning to dock, and I haven’t had the chance to work on anchoring, but I have recently had a lot of practice with mooring balls. I have found […]