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    Published on 11-15-2018 11:01 AM
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    Round the County, All in a Northerly
    by Kurt Hoehne www.sailish.com

    For many of us, Round the County (RTC) race in the San Juans is the best of times and the worst of times, with one day having breeze and the next, none. Or, doing well one day and not the next. This year, the wind gods (Bruce Hedrick among them) decided on a relatively light two-day northerly for the race this past weekend.
    Published on 11-08-2018 03:14 PM
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    Coast Guard searching, requesting info for possible person in the water near Bainbridge Island

    SEATTLE — Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders are seeking information regarding a possible missing boater, ...
    Published on 10-16-2018 10:48 AM
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    A Glorious Saturday for PSSC, and Tragedy Averted

    Story by Kurt Hoehne www.sailish.com

    October 16, 2018 Puget Sound Sailing Championship

    all pics ©Jan's Marine Pics

    The Saturday of CYC-Seattle’s PSSC regatta this past weekend was one for the ages – 18-22 knot winds, big waves, bright sun, grins galore, and at least one tragedy averted.

    When Tantivy‘s skipper Stuart Burnell ...
    Published on 10-08-2018 04:50 PM
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    Light Air But Beautiful Conditions Reigned Down On The Foul Weather Bluff Regatta
    By Kurt Hoehne Sailish.com

    Jan's Marine Photography

    Sometimes in a drifter of a race it's best to just look around and say "What a great day to be on the water!"

    Then sail into ...
    Published on 08-29-2018 10:17 AM
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    All is clear after a circa WWII mine surfaced in waters off Puget Sound on Tuesday.

    A shelter in place alert had been in place since the ordinance surfaced in wither off the Port of Brownsville.

    Published on 08-14-2018 04:37 PM
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    [Note: One of the Moore 24's Class rules loosely instructs that the winner of said regatta is honored by receiving the task of writing the report
    of said event. This year we are fortunate that the champion also is unofficial PNW class scribe Ben Braden, owner of Moore 24 "Moore Uff Da"
    who works the keyboard as easy or easier than a wet tiller or a cold Rainier. Enjoy]

    The Set –

    Straight outa Wikipedia – Hood River is considered a “sports mecca” and offers some of the best spots for windsurfing, kitesurfing, Moore 24 Racing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, skiing and mountain biking—all for which it draws considerable national attention from many media outlets, such as Sail Magazine, Pressure Drop and Sailing Anarchy.

    Moore 24 Nationals in Hood River, Oregon, one of the most consistently ...
    Published on 08-13-2018 10:25 PM
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    6 Teams from the SF Bay Area and 6 from the PNW converged in Hood River for the 2018
    Moore 24 Nationals. Gorge like conditions prevailed with winds in the mid to high 20 knot range
    and gusts in the 40 providing the classic conditions people travel so far to enjoy!

    8 Races in 3 days provided the fun and entertainment, and when ...
    Published on 08-06-2018 12:06 PM
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    "We Spanked Richards A$$" declared a gleeful Paul Sutchek in a text on Sunday.

    Paul and crew of Eric Thompson and Cathy McCallum in the Cal 20 Slainte had just completed the 2018 Double Damned,
    The 36nm up river but down hill race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles on the Columbia River.

    Paul, had sailed with Richard von Ehrenkrook for ...
    Published on 08-02-2018 10:39 AM
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    A killer whale that’s been observed swimming around a Vancouver Island marina for several days exhibited some unusual behavior on July 29.

    Video of the incident, recorded at Comox Marina, ...
    Published on 07-20-2018 06:14 PM
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    Ekono Juan from Orcas Island Takes Third Straight San Juan 24 North American Championship
    Grauer Geist of Seattle and Renaissance of Oak Harbor Are Second and Third
    Words by Kenneth Johnson

    Fifteen San Juan 24s from around the Salish Sea lined up in Penn Cove on July 14th and 15th for the Fleet’s North American Championship but one, Ekono Juan from Orcas Island, dominated the event with 8 bullets in 11 races to claim its third consecutive championship. Despite Ekono Juan’s wins, the races were closely matched – six other boats ...
    Published on 07-17-2018 06:06 PM
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    While results are not yet official, it looks like Joy Ride will win Vic-Maui 2018 as the 1st Overall based on corrected time. Firefly wins Line Honours and 2nd Overall and Salient takes 3rd Overall.
    Published on 07-10-2018 04:42 PM
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    Kraken Log - Day 9

    0405 HST; the sun is just coming up on the Eastern horizon and the darkness is slowly being taken over by the light. At first it's black, then dark gray, then lighter gray then lighter gray again, until it's finally light.

    One of the things that is interesting about off-shore sailing is that you are out all night every night. In our terrestrial lives most of us normally sleep through the night. We only see the start and the finish. Ask yourselves; how many entire nights have you actually seen in your entire lifetime? How many sun rises? How many times have you seen the moon rise AND set?

    Sailing into the night always brings on a certain feeling of anxiety while sailing out of it brings relief. I guess it has to do with the fact ...
    Published on 07-03-2018 11:16 AM
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    Ocean weather, never a dry topic, is getting more interesting - we have a High, we have a Low, which way to go, don’t you know?

    The North Pacific High is established and centered at about 43N 155W. It’s strong – about 1036mb – which is good, and about 600-800nm in diameter. There is a Low developing ...
    Published on 07-02-2018 06:11 PM
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    After a great run down Strait of Juan de Fuca, most of the fleet rounded Cape Flattery before the sun set and got to see a sight that most people never get to. Cape Flattery is the very northwest corner of the lower 48 states and a major landmark. But it ...
    Published on 06-27-2018 05:34 PM
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    The Loss of KELAERIN (JUNE 17, 2018)

    Earlier this month, the USCG reported an incident involving the rescue of a man and his wife 180nm off the Washington Coast

    The vessel in question, Kelaerin was owned by Jim and Joy Carey, who set out on a global circumnavigation on their Omega 45' Cutter Kalaerin years ago from their home in Bellingham, WA. In their words:

    We bought Kelaerin in 1991 and almost immediately set out cruising with our two daughters down the coast of the Pacific US to Mexico, Central
    Published on 06-24-2018 10:59 AM
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    Team Sail Like A Girl for the win! Arrived at 12:17 am AK times, 6 days 13 hours, 17 minutes. Congrats!

    Team members: Aimee Fulwell, Jeanne Assael Goussev, Allison Dvaladze, Anna Stevens, Haley King Lhamon, Kate Hearsey McKay, ...
    Published on 06-23-2018 07:02 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 04:18 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 03:47 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 05:17 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