Floating boats isn’t enough: You need to sail them.
You might have heard the amazing story from earlier this year of the discovery and recovery of the original ship’s bell of the local schooner Adventuress (read Deborah Bach’s fantastic article on the mystery 77 years in the making) earlier this year. But you may not know that the bell hasn’t been officially returned just [...]
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 nonprofit organization’s mission of promoting youth sailing. Led by top-level [...]
It was a gusty day, early in my sailing career, and I was making good speed along the Willamette, when the wind suddenly dropped to nothing, leaving me dead still in the water. Then, around a bend in the river, I saw it: looming three stories above the water, churning mercilessly closer, closer. This apparition [...]
A hat tip to reader Charles Pekow for sending this our way via Facebook. Recreational vessel owners who have been enjoying the previously free service of having their boats federally documented are about to get a bill with their renewal notice: beginning November 10, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard will begin charging a $26 user [...]
Gordon Myers is active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary — very active. An “auxiliarist” for the last 11 years, the 79-year-old cruises his Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat at least three times each week on Seattle’s Lake Union. But this one is not like most auxiliary patrol boats. It’s a single-seat Surfbike, pedaled and steered [...]
We recently received this press release announcing the third annual Pocket Yacht Palooza to be held in Port Townsend this coming weekend. The Puget Sound area, and Port Townsend in particular, is at the epicenter of a global downsizing trend in boats, leading the way with smaller-boat designs, boatbuilding workshops, small-boat publications and events such [...]