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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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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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HOWB 174 – Interview | Bruce Blatchley, contemporary boatbuilding instructor at NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding

Today’s podcast is an interview with Bruce Blatchley of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Bruce is the lead instructor for the contemporary boatbuilding building program which includes stitch and glue, cold molded, glued plywood lapstrake among other methods. Bruce and I discuss several the current school projects (boats in progress) and what contemporary […]

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HOWB 172 – Interview | Jake Beattie, update on inaugural R2AK (Race to Alaska) June 4, 2015

Today’s podcast is a Race to Alaska (R2AK) interview with Jake Beattie (Race Brainchild) of the NWMC in Port Townsend, WA. HOWB 141 is the first interview with Jake about the R2AK’s inaugural event scheduled for June 4, 2015. In today’s episode we get an update on the amazing boats and people that have officially entered (registration […]

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The history of Capt. Charles Ellsworth Maxwell and the San Juan Transport Co.

Charles and his father purchased the FOX, a 37-ft boat and established a freight and passenger run to the San Juan Islands.  In the summer of 1907 they ran an excursion from Lopez Island to Bellingham. It was on this trip that Charles met his future wife Miss Bessie Larrabee; two years later they swallowed the […]

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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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