You’ve heard of Words with Friends? Well, this is even better! No, there is no App for that! But all you gotta do is take some of your friends out to enjoy the great sport of boating! My first trip out this year was with my good friend Michael Boyte of S/V Galapagos. It had been […]
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 ...
“Wow! Look at that waterfall below a glacier!” exclaimed Steve as he scanned the mountains above the Chilkat Peninsula with binoculars. A quick look at the chart told us the glacier was the Rainbow Glacier in Chilkat Inlet, one inlet to the west of Chilkoot ...
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 […]
The Westsail 32 is a stout boat. With a gross weight of more than ten tons, and a ballast of three and a half tons, the remaining weight of wood, metal, and fiberglass is six and a quarter tons. An excellent choice for anyone looking for a hull that can fend off damage from running […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last Friday we left Shilshole and crossed the sound. A northbound freighter, a car carrier, was the only traffic to be concerned about, but he was well south and a quick calculation proved we would be well ahead of him with a wide margin of safety. We crossed the lanes safely and were out of […]
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 […]
Recently when anchored in a familiar bay, we saw a boat anchored in a location that was filled with submerged pilings. Or at least in the past it was… Years before, we had actually surveyed this part of the bay by dinghy at low tide and marked the locations of the pilings we could see […]
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 […]
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 […]