This was the race that nearly didn’t happen. The PRO loaded all the gear on the committee boat, inflated the marks, set up the flags and reader board well ahead of time. The Captain was called when he hadn’t shown up by 6 pm and said PRO (probably senile and certainly embarrassed) was reminded that […]
Imagine a whole new approach to cruising in the Northwest. Instead of beginning your overnight voyage at a typical marina, you launch your boat at one of dozens of quiet beaches or small boat ramps. After a pleasant day on the water, dusk approaches, but ...
Man this is a big project! Replacing the cabin top of our main salon has now consumed 7 months of our time. It is easy to get lost in the largness of it all and perhaps get sucked into the “wormhole” of boat projects from ...
Anyone who has called on the resources of the Puget Sound Maritime archives in the past decade has probably made contact with Karl House, the Society’s Research Coordinator. If he can’t find it, it probably can’t be found.Karl’s long career navigating on sea and land on the seas may have helped prepare him for this […]
Less than a week till I cut the dock lines! I’m not sure how that makes me feel. There is a strong sense of confidence based on my years of preparation for this trip. That confidence has only increased due to the recent upgrades to the boat. That feeling is tinged with a bit of […]
Natalie and I went for our first cruise on Violet Hour this weekend. It turned out to be a really challenging one! Saturday there were high winds (24 knots) on the Sound with a small craft advisory till 3 p.m. But before that the real difficulties were in the Ballard Locks. The small boat locks […]
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first part can be read here. The 32-foot Islander Hale’s Revenge and her delivery crew of three were 21 days and 1,600 miles out of Honolulu when the monster wave that would end their journey hit them. It was 0200 and the winds had […]
The Yanmar 1GM10 is the simplest of diesel engines, and mostly it just works. Its natural reliability can lead one down the path of negligence, however, and so it has been for me with regard to the zinc that is embedded in the cooling channels of the engine block. The engine block has a zinc […]
A pig. America and Great Britain nearly went to war over a pig. They didn’t of course, otherwise we’d surely have read about it in some history class or we’d be drinking a lot more tea right now. On Friday, as we dropped the hook in Garrison Bay off English Camp on San Juan Island, we could […]
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series. The second installment will run tomorrow, March 27. Experienced sailors sucked in their breath and shook their heads when Three Sheets Northwest first reported the loss of the 32-foot Islander Hale’s Revenge 800 miles out in the Pacific last October. Her three-man crew was rescued […]
Originally published Oct. 27, 2014 A 32-foot sailboat en route from Hawaii to Everett became disabled approximately 800 miles off the California/Oregon coast last night and activated an EPIRB, summoning assistance from the Coast Guard and the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system. This morning, the 965-foot container ship Hyundai Grace reached the sailing vessel […]
Starting the New Year on an 11-boat raft up in Eagle Harbor off Bainbridge Island, I was curious to know if anyone else ever wondered who Bainbridge was. Why was an island named after him? And what did he do? William Bainbridge started out as one unlucky fellow. Born early in the American Revolution in 1774, […]