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From prison to the sea

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company. ~Samuel Johnson A hat tip to Port Townsend Sailing [...]

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Industry pioneer Hobie Alter passes away

Surfer, sailor, and commercial visionary Hobie Alter passed away last night at his home in California at the age of eighty after an extended battle with cancer. Best known in sailing circles for the ubiquitous “Hobie-cat” sailing catamarans, Alter actually had a greater impact on the surfing industry, having developed and popularized the fiberglass-skin, foam [...]

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Coast Guard lifeboat in heavy surf

A legacy in lifesaving

It’s a little unusual these days for sons to follow in their father’s footsteps; even more so to follow both their father and grandfather in their chosen profession. But to find three generations of one family who are all US Coast Guard surfmen is a rare — probably unprecedented — thing indeed. That’s exactly what [...]

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Illustration of a purse seiner fishing in the ocean

Fisherpoets launch Kickstarter to boost anthology publication

The FisherPoets Gathering, an annual conglomeration taking place in Astoria each year of fisher-folk who have a way with words, has always presented an unusual aspect of the commercial fishing industry: the latent artistic talent present in many of its participants. Now, the folks that brought you the Gathering are breaking through another cherished misconception [...]

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