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Fair winds to our captain, Ted Pike

On Monday, August 24, there were more tears on the docks of Port Townsend than the bay could possibly hold due to the passing of our beloved Ted Pike. Following a sudden illness, Edwin “Ted” Bertram Pike III passed on to other seas at the age of 65 (born January 25, 1950) surrounded by family […]

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The Felicity Ann at the NWSWB

Tomorrow’s boatbuilders give new life to historic vessel — and you can help

When I walked up to the Felicity Ann’s deck house laying outside one of the buildings at the Northwest School of Boatbuilding’s (NWSWB) Port Hadlock campus, it looked like so many other discarded vessels that haven’t weathered the storms of time. But, similar to other wooden boats of this vintage, the Felicity Ann has a story, […]

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Bob Perry plays with his band, a Saturday night tradition at the annual Perry Design Rendezvous. Deborah Bach photo

Q&A: Legendary yacht designer Bob Perry on adoration, not overthinking it and why he’s not like his Uncle Mick

There are likely very few annual boating get-togethers whose guest of honor, year after year, is the person from whose imagination those very vessels sprung. But that’s the case at the Perry Design Rendezvous, held each summer at Port Ludlow. The event brings together owners of boats created by Robert (Bob) Perry, one of the […]

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HOWB 176 – Interviews | R2AK Pre-Race Updates: Marty Loken, Team Barefoot Wooden Boats, Team Un-Cruise

Today’s podcast is 3 interviews I recorded on June 3rd in Port Townsend, WA – the Prep Day for the inaugral R2AK (engineless race) which began June 4th. First up: Marty Loken – builder, restorer, cruiser extraordinaire – commentary on the first ever R2AK. Second: Quill Goldman of – Entered in the race as “Team […]

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porter at the helm

Our first Swiftsure

Crouching on the foredeck under our full spinnaker as we crossed the finish line in Victoria Harbor, I tussled Porter’s blond hair and said, “We did it, buddy. You’ve finished your first Swiftsure.” He looked into my eyes, paused, and then thrust his arms wide for a hug while belting out a loud, unprompted, “OH […]

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