• Much-needed coach boats available for rent

    Two years ago, The Sailing Foundation began offering youth racing clinics aimed at helping promising young Northwest sailors build the skills needed to compete in regattas at the regional or national level. The two-day clinics, open to sailors aged 12 to 18, fit with the ...

Destination: Gardner Canal

This is our sixth season sailing the waters of British Columbia and while we’ve barely made a dent in the more than 13,900 nautical miles of coastline, we have spent time cruising the best of the best; from the Inside Passage to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. And Gardner Canal is, without a doubt, […]

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Xtratuff

The words cancer were the last thing I ever expected to hear, my heart sank as the emergency room vet checked over Chloe with great concern. She has really been having a tough time. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same dog that chased a squirrel 10′ straight up a tree, saved me […]

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Morning sensations…

We got to sleep in this morning.  Joan doesn’t have to go in until 9:00; I don’t have to go prep a boat until noonish.  When I looked out this morning, the fog was thick.  The only sound was the distant blast of the ferry’s fog signal.  No other boats moving around, yet.Joan made coffee […]

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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

I had never heard of Port Townsend on that fateful day that I drove into the Boat Haven Boat Yard. The very first boat I saw was John Guzzwells Endangered Species, I was so excited I literally jumped out of a moving car and ran over to touch it. [...] more Post and any images […]

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Weather Talk

So as I mentioned before, Matt had been working on patching a ton of places on the roof of the boat in hopes of getting a handle on the leaks that we have.  He has been applying a primer, layer after layer for about two weeks now.  Then sanding edges and in the next few […]

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Do you understand flag etiquette?

Flag etiquette rules aren’t required as a cruiser, but you should know the basics to avoid embarrassing yourself or offending others. Beyond that is up to you, but there’s a whole language to flags that is interesting to learn. As a fan of flag etiquette.  I like to think I know a few things about flags, but I learned […]

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Hard and soft

I was listening to the podcast of an Australian radio station that had Emily Richmond on as guest. Emily is one of the most bad-ass women I’ve ever heard of, presently solo-sailing around the world in her engine-less sailboat. One phrase she said on the podcast caught my attention: “Looking up at the stars, thinking […]

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Decades…

Looking back, we have kinda done things by decades: there was a decade (or two) of motorcycle touring, a decade of flying, several decades of RVing and boating.Over the past winter, we decided we were ready for a change.  Wild Blue has been a constant in our lives since we picked her up at the […]

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