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    Published on 06-23-2018 06:02 AM
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    2018 Day 5: It’s a vortex, man.
    There are places in the world that are their own centers of gravity. The great garbage patch of the Pacific gyre that collects the downstream accumulation of our plastic world, the beaches that unexplainably ...
    Published on 06-20-2018 03:18 PM
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    2018 Day 3: Fresh race, stale breeze, ketchup soup

    image:Katrina Zoë Norbom

    Did you know there is such a thing as competitive Tai Chi? That thing you did in college and/or during yard time at the Senior Center, that slow-mo martial art that is scientifically proven to be three times more likely to be in a heart medication commercial than your day to day—they’ve got competitions for that. We’ve ...
    Published on 06-19-2018 02:47 PM
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    image: Katrina Zoë Norbom

    Day Two of the R2AK offered the same kind of dull excitement as the first. Teams were still dealing with the fat man of a high-pressure system that was squashing the Strait of Georgia under its sweaty mass. Teams sailed, stalled, rowed, pedaled, advanced, and retreated on the tides. Most faired well enough, but at least one team spent four hours ...
    Published on 06-18-2018 04:17 PM
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    32 5o5 teams showed up to the Bellingham Yacht Club located on Bellingham Bay in Northern Washington for 3 days of racing
    just south of the Canadian Border. They got in 7 races and loads of fun in that short period of time. Here is a piece written by Paul Phil,
    representing the host yacht club and the PNW!

    Article originally posted at Sailish.com

    Published on 06-18-2018 09:35 AM
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    Mknotcrazy has dropped out due to a restless night and rougher conditions than they expected.


    Peninsula Daily News Rovides the 1st update:

    VICTORIA — The customized Gougeon 32 catamaran from Port Townsend that won the “proving ground” stage of the Race to Alaska held the lead during the start of the second leg of this year’s race Sunday.

    “Russell Brown [of PT Watercraft] as a solo sailor is doing amazingly well,” ...
    Published on 06-14-2018 12:00 PM
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    The start of leg one of the 2018 R2AK, Port Townsend to Victoria BC!

    Racing underway!

    Finish times.

    1 PT Watercraft 9:10am

    2 First Federal's Sail Like a Girl 9:51am
    3 Strait to the Pool Room 10:04am
    4 Ptarmigan 10:05am
    5 Swan Song 10:10am
    6 BlueFlash 10:13am ...
    Published on 06-10-2018 12:19 PM
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    June 9, 2018 - Victoria, BC, Canada - On the final day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship the international Melges 24 fleet of forty one teams from five nations finally received what they were expecting from Victoria - 15-20 knots wind, blazing sunshine, blue skies and great speed to put on the show while surfing the waves in Victoria Waterfront. A final day of racing yielded three more races to conclude the 10-race series at the Melges 24 World Championship 2018, hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in co-operation with the Canadian Forces Sailing ...
    Published on 06-08-2018 09:26 AM
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    June 7, 2018 - Victoria, BC, Canada - The breeze eventually fills in on the race course of Victoria and the Melges 24 fleet takes home a full day of sailing, with three races completed in the third day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship.

    The first victory of the series today went to the home-players Canadians on board of MiKEY ...
    Published on 06-06-2018 07:46 AM
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    June 5, 2018 - Victoria, BC, Canada - Light breeze was the protagonist of the opening day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship in Victoria BC, Canada, where forty-one crews from five countries gathered to determine who will be the next one to achieve the Melges 24 Worlds title after Italian Gian Luca Perego's Maidollis success at the 2017 Championship in Helsinki.

    The Race ...
    Published on 05-11-2018 09:07 AM
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    24 Boats signed up for the 2018 edition of the Oregon Offshore, which departed Portland yesterday for
    the 193 nm jaunt up to Victoria BC. A feeder race for the Vcic Maui for some, a start to summer cruising in the
    PNW for others

    Report from Thursday afternoon:

    Looks like ...
    Published on 05-09-2018 09:50 AM
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    Race to the Straits, For Racers to Enjoy and Clubs to Notice. Plus, a Serious Injury on the Trip Home
    by Kurt Hoehne

    "At what point will the other clubs take notice?"

    This question came out with all of Nate Creitz' overflowing, bubbling, enthusiasm for last weekend's Race to the Straits (RTTS). The double and single-handed Sloop Tavern Yacht Club event from Seattle to Port Townsend and back (with an overnight in the unique sailing town Port Townsend) hit its limit of 125 boats several days before the race, ...
    Published on 04-09-2018 10:14 AM
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    Kurt Hohne Reports

    Nearly 100 boats were signed up for the Blakely Rock Benefit Race on Saturday, but a large number of skippers were scared away by the dire wind forecasts. A really healthy fleet still made the trip from Seattle to the Rock and back and while it blew hard, it wasn't on the "really scary" side of windy. As Doug Frazer from OxoMoxo said, "We had one knock down, but the salt is good for the teak. I was a little disappointed we didn't need to put in a reef." The sailish.com ...
    Published on 04-05-2018 09:04 AM
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    by Peter Salusbury, owner and skipper of Longboard. ( via Kurt Hoehne Sailish.com)

    This was the 50th anniversary of the Southern Straits Race classic and weather cooperated for what most will admit was a very pleasant and enjoyable race. Bruce’s pre-race forecast was mostly spot on though the NW ...
    Published on 03-21-2018 02:15 PM
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    On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was ...
    Published on 03-13-2018 05:40 PM
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    Story by Kurt Hoehne

    On Friday everyone was contemplating what a Scatchet Head Race in no wind would look like, swirling around with the currents at the south end of Whidbey Island. While Bruce Hedrick got the sunny part right, and he joined the chorus of computer models predicting a drifty sort of day for the middle race of the Center Sound Series. For those of you curious about just why the wind decided to make an appearance, Bruce explained "there was an over 2MB gradient from Bellingham to Seattle which was enough ...
    Published on 03-07-2018 06:02 PM
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    Kurt Hoehne write a nice piece
    on this past weekend' Blakely Rocks Regatta

    The Blakely Rock Race is almost always something. It’s seems to be either a wake-up gear-buster or a very chilly reminder that we get to race when a lot of the continent doesn’t, as long as we can bear the cold. And it usually points out pretty clearly who has a jump on the fleet – the perpetual winners or someone new on the scene. While the results on Saturday indicated that Firefly had won overall, it turns it was sailing with the wrong rating, and it has retired from the race. See below. This makes Ballistic the overall winner and Sachem the class 7 winner. And Crossfire, which led on ...
    Published on 02-18-2018 11:24 AM
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    The generally benign conditions one expects for the the Toliva Shoals race, the 3rd and longest event
    in the 4 race of the Southern Sound Series, was anything BUT benign this year. As suggested by
    by Bruce Hedrick in his analysis:

    Oh boy, you better sit down and get out the AED because you almost never see these three words in the same sentence: Toliva Shoal and Breezy!
    Published on 01-09-2018 03:26 PM
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    65 Boats in 10 divisions answered the call of the 2nd race of the Southern Sound Series,
    The Duwamish Head race, a 30.8 jaunt from Des Moines Marina up north to Duwamish Head and Blakely Rock
    before returning back to Des Moines Marina. A great mid winter distance race, even more so when
    conditions ...
    Published on 11-14-2017 05:21 PM
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    112 Boats in 8 division took part in the 30th annual "ROUND the COUNTY" sailboat race. This event, held November 11th and 12th, 2017 in the gorgeous and challenging waters of San Juan County Washington. The race is approximately 76 miles with an overnight stop in Roche Harbor, San Juan Island. Due to the great venue, the better winds of November, and the overnight stop in Roche Harbor, the race has become one of ...
    Published on 09-22-2017 09:02 AM
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    The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club held host to the 2017 6 Meter World Championships over the last week.

    With 16 Classic boats and 18 Open boats competing in 8 races over 7 days, in the water of English Harbor, it was a spectacle
    to behold as these vintage vessels gathered in unison for the 1st time in the West Coast since 1979.

    The 6 Meter World Cup is held biannually, ...