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 ...
Recently, I briefly participated in the Race to Alaska (R2AK). I say “briefly” because my team, Terry Thomas Tailored Tomfoolery Twins (it’s a stupid name, let’s just call it T5 for short) was racing under sail for all of two minutes before our mast came ...
It’s 4th of July week, which means planning for fireworks and getting off work, but around Lake Union, it also means it’s time for the Wooden Boat Festival. Running Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, this year’s festival will again be full of free, fun events for the whole family. And activities at the July […]
We must be the luckiest sailors in the world. We were told you can’t sail the Inside Passage but we have sailed more than 95% of the 350 miles we have covered. There hasn’t been a single day that we aren’t running from, hiding from or caught out in the weather. Running the Malaspina Straights […]
With our departure for Vancouver Island coming up in two weeks, we likely won’t be returning to Fishermen’s Terminal marina, our home for the last four months. When we get back in August it’ll be to Elliott Bay Marina, and eventually Shilshole. Shilshole has a 10 month wait list, so we’ll be waiting till the […]
We made a 90 degree turn around a barren wall of gray rock pocked with gouges. In a few feet the vegetation changed; forests of dark green spruce and hemlock gave way to low bushes of bright green. A short distance farther, the bushes thinned to mere green lines outlining breaks in the rocks. Then […]
Boaters traversing the Ballard Locks lately might have noticed longer wait times than normal, and it may not get better as the summer goes on. This year’s record low snowpack and drought conditions have caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how the Locks are being operated throughout the summer, as lake levels are dropping faster than […]
Recently, I re-re-rewatched A&E’s Horatio Hornblower series–a ritual before most sailing seasons it seems. The episode entitled “The Fire Ship” is one of my favorites for many reasons–not the least for Horatio’s exciting rescue of the Indefatigable from a flaming Spanish vessel turned loose among the fleet. I imagined (for like the hundredth time), what […]
Today’s podcast is an interview I recorded on June 3rd in Port Townsend, WA – the Prep Day for the inaugural R2AK (engineless race) which began June 4th and was won by Team Elsie Piddock. This interview is with Thomas Nielsen of Team Sea Runner. Team Sea Runner’s boat of choice – a James Wharram Hitia 17′. […]
There was big news for Seattle sailing enthusiasts yesterday as the Clipper Round the World Race announced the city as a stopover in the next edition of the popular event. The Clipper Round the World Race is the brainchild of world famous English ocean racer Sir Robin Knox Johnson in which 12 identical 70 footers, crewed […]
Have you ever done fiberglass layup? If you have, then you know how difficult it is to get the wetted cloth to follow a sharp outside corner tightly, with “sharp” being a variable depending on how heavy the cloth is. It tends to spring back, leaving a gap underneath. Well, boat manufacturers have the same […]