• Storm cells roll in from the west and soon obscure the sunshine

    Not your typical opening day during a Harstine Island circumnavigation

    Sitting hove to in 30 knots of wind was not how I anticipated spending my opening day. When my friend Andy and I decided to attempt a 25-mile circumnavigate the South Sound’s Harstine Island in Row Bird, an 18-foot sail and oar boat (read: no ...


Eight days in Blunden Harbor?

Well . . . we hope not! One of the blogs we follow (svcambria.com) is a few weeks ahead of us on this journey north, and when they left Port McNeill 4 weeks ago, where we are now, hoping to round Cape Caution the next day, the wind came up, and they spent 8 days […]

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July livery special at the CWB

In July, sail the Pelican for an hour, get an extra half hour free!* The pelican is a small, light pram with a lug-rigged main and a jib that flies from a bow sprit. This centerboard boat was designed for San Francisco Bay, and sails well with  one to three people. Get to know the […]

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The imperfect passage

Sailing west from the middle (literally) of the Indian Ocean, to the Seychelles islands just off Africa: circumnavigate, and this may the best passage you make. “Near perfect sailing conditions have been encountered by boats making this passage in May and June” crows Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Routes. Spectacular! We’re IN! Slow passages in light […]

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Boathook overboard! Practicing COB maneuvers will help if it happens for real

Sailing on a beautiful broad reach northward up San Juan Channel this spring, we managed to lose our only boathook overboard. Not wanting to lose a good boathook, and seeing the opportunity to practice a crew overboard maneuver, we quickly jumped into action to retrieve it. Here is how we successfully picked up our boat hook using a very basic […]

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Chittenden Locks closing for five hours today

From a U.S. Army Corps news release: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic today from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. for the small locks and an additional two hours, until 1 p.m. for the large locks, for a monthly saltwater drain screen structure inspection. The structure, immediately upstream of […]

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A beautiful South Sound sunset over the Olympic Peninsula

South Sound cruising favorites

Over the past few weeks — and years for that matter — I’ve had several conversations about cruising the South Sound and it seems that many Central and North Sound cruisers aren’t aware of the bounty that waits to the south. And many are outright skeptical. The previous two summers we did two 10-day cruises […]

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