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Friday night's sunset in Coal Harbour, Vancouver before Saturday's windstorm. Red at night sailor's delight, eh?

Windstorm sends early warning to boaters, as Coast Guard responds to more than 30 cases

Tucked into downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour for Saturday’s windstorm, we could not only hear it howling through sailboats’ rigs, but through the trees at nearby Stanley Park. Every so often, I poked my head out from down below to survey the jibs of nearby boats; hoping no complacent sailor had left a sail such that it could […]

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Photo courtesy of Three Sheets contributor Deane Hislop

We now know why this $10 million superyacht capsized at launch — and the reason will make you smack your head

Many will undoubtedly recall the capsize of the 90-foot, $10 million dollar megayacht Baaden as it was being launched in Anacortes in May 2014, and then the announcement of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the cause of the accident. Well, here’s the final report on how this all happened in the first place — which […]

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Seymour Narrows #2

Blowing the top off Ripple Rock in Seymour Narrows

Seymour Narrows, Discovery Passage,with the remains of the infamous Ripple Rock below the freighter.50°.00′ N 125° 21.’ W. Photo date 21 May 1958. Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S. ©Named by Capt. Richards, RN, and long a menace to navigation, this passage was described by Captain Vancouver as “part of the vilest stretch of […]

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Hale's Revenge in Honolulu before the departure. Photos courtesy of Kevin Jones

Part I: Hale’s Revenge delivery skipper recounts wave ‘like nothing I’d ever seen’

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 […]

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An Islander 32 sailboat

Rescuers reach disabled 32-foot sailboat 800 miles off Oregon coast

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 […]

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