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    Published on 07-31-2019 04:02 PM
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    PORT ANGELES — An Everett man died Tuesday night when the boat he was operating struck a salmon pen in Port Angeles Harbor, city police said.

    Robert R. Elliot, 62, and his three passengers were just south of Ediz Hook when the small fiberglass boat struck a salmon pen at about 9:45 p.m., Port Angeles police ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 04:14 PM
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    With all the hoopla currently occurring at our Southern border and invite to duel with our neighbors at our Northern border seemed appropriate. Since we have not erected a great, great wall and made the Canadians pay for it a large contingent of sailors made the trek South from this frozen nation to compete ...
    Published on 06-12-2019 08:30 AM
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    It was a five cruise ship day in Ketchikan, and the irony was not lost on those paying attention and all the R2AK fans and families who gathered in the Alaska Fish House that, as the nearest supply of dry and warm, has become the official finish line waiting room for the expectant recipients of a newborn winner of the R2AK. One dock over, the floating buffet tables were starting to gather their ...
    Published on 06-11-2019 08:31 AM
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    NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell into the Crater Lake caldera, Monday afternoon, assisting the National Park Service and a District 3 Technical Rope Rescue Team.

    An ...
    Published on 06-10-2019 05:21 PM
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    Team Angry Beaver finished the 2019 Race 2 Alaska @ 14:56 today to claim the $10,000.00
    cash prize, a 12 pack of cold beer and the 1st to ring the bell honors.

    The team of Matt Pistay, Gavin Bracket, Brent ...
    Published on 06-10-2019 12:40 PM
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    image © sean trew/pacific frog


    The remoteness of the BC coast has always been key to this thing. A big part of why the R2AK needed to exist was to get more people into the self-supported adventure that can only happen when you’re outside of your comfort zone and in a place where no one will hear you scream.

    There’s a fleeting rarity and holiness to being beyond the reach of communication. Doubt ...
    Published on 06-09-2019 12:18 PM
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    This was going to be the day. Teams Pear Shaped Racing, Angry Beaver, and Givin’ the Horns running tight and fast, clearing the gates of Seymour, set up for Johnstone, the Queen Charlotte Sound, and then a sleigh ride forecast of 20+ southerlies in Hecate to and through Bella Bella. Southerlies in Hecate?!?! This would be a 1 in 5 rarity to have favorable wind in Hecate. This was going to be big: a downwind fight and maybe the fastest run through R2AK’s back nine that this race has ever seen. For us here in the R2AK command bunker and the R2AK nation ...
    Published on 06-08-2019 12:42 PM
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    2019 Day 2: Redlight/Greenlight with Seymour Narrows
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    photo credit: Drew Malcolm





    Unless you’re Joseph Heller or that crazy guy on the corner, stories are expected to be chronological. Establish a reality, create affinity with the protagonists, introduce conflict, create some sort of climax, and then resolve everything by the end of the third act. These things have rules. To the ‘Cant. Stop. Watching.’ chagrin of the ...
    Published on 06-07-2019 12:42 PM
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    2019 Day 1: Go
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    photo credit: Mitchell Osborn

    There are still moments in every life when you stare into the precipice of possibility, toe up to the edge, and peer over the cliff of the unknown. It’s not the day you leave for college, get married, join the army, start chemo—it’s the day, hour, and 15 minutes before; the resigned and the fleeting finite between you and the whatever irreversible-maybe ...
    Published on 06-06-2019 01:09 PM
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    2019 Day 0: The fleet licks its wounds




    photo credit: Charley Starr

    Other than a collective wide-eyed retelling of the tortured water they all just crossed, and a shared desire to rename the Strait of ‘What the Fuca?’, if there was a theme to Victoria’s lay day it was ‘repair.’ Few teams sailed across the border storm unscathed. The carnage was everywhere, and all over the docks teams were scurrying for supplies, ...
    Published on 06-05-2019 01:52 PM
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    “It was crazy, waves were coming out of everywhere… I’ve never been in conditions like that.” – Team Ghost the Coast.

    All across R2AK nation, day 2 started early, angry, and asking, “Are they going to make it?” to coffee mugs, tracker screens, and unsuspecting family members still rubbing sleep out of their eyes.

    For teams on the southern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the day 2 soundtrack was a mixtape mashup of amps to 11 howling wind against the deafening tick of an imaginary ...
    Published on 06-04-2019 02:15 PM
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    2019 Stage 1 Day 1: The best kind of 5 am
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    photo credit: Team Sail Like A Girl


    In the beginning there was darkness. Across the internet and Port Townsend, the slumbering heads of R2AK teams and fans alike ‘celebrated’ the annual hitting of the 3:45, 3:53, 4:01 am snooze bar before excitement got the better of their better instincts, and peeled their human forms from grumpy horizontal to whatever excited orientation would get them to the starting line by 5 am. The merciful gods who owned the closest coffee shop opened at 4:00, ...
    Published on 06-03-2019 08:53 PM
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    We had a pre-race meeting so we can discuss our watch schedule (we didn't really need to do any watches but we wanted to test it out and practice our transitions), our navigator (Neil) took us through our strategy for the day.

    The forecast was for medium air, 18-22 knots which is middle of the range for the Figaro 2 - typically full main, water ballasts and weight on the rail. Power on and you let the boat take you on a wild ride.

    The boat is heavy for offshore (yeah, that's why we have four bikes), ...
    Published on 06-03-2019 08:41 PM
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    The 2019 Race to Alaska officially got underway today with the testing grounds leg from Port Townsend to Victoria BC.
    Conditions were brisk for the crack of dawn start and the 1st 10 boats across the Strait of Juan de Fuca before 10:40:

    10 Dazed and Confused 10:39 am
    9 Sail Like a Girl 10:19 am
    8 Educated Guess 10:05 am
    7 Narwhal 9:53 am
    6 Trickster 9:47 am
    ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 02:45 PM
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    Coast Guard responds to fishing vessel grounded on Clatsop Spit near the Columbia River Bar entrance, Wash.

    ILWACO, Wash. — Coast Guard crews respond to a commercial fishing vessel that grounded on the north side of the Clatsop Spit near the Columbia River Bar entrance, Monday.

    Coast Guard ...
    Published on 04-24-2019 12:30 PM
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    Kurt Hoehne Reports

    Last weekend's Southern Straits Race put on by the West Vancouver YC was neither a gear-buster nor a maddening drifter.
    It was just a good old fashioned fast race. Sailish's Bruce Hedrick supplied a pre-race weather briefing that was delivered
    the night before to racers in attendance.

    There were three courses, a 133-mile long course allowing the faster boats to stretch their legs, a 98-mile medium course
    that seems to ...
    Published on 04-08-2019 04:16 PM
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    Kurt Hoehne Reports


    The Carol Pearl Blakely Rock Benefit Race is usually a great excuse for the casual racer to have a low-key race to Blakely Rock and back to Shilshole. It draws a lot of boats out of the woodwork for racing that isn't considered too serious. This year it was more than that.

    Ed.Note: At the end of this post is a great tack-by-tack description by winner Ben Braden, plus some thoughts on dropping out. Well worth reading!

    With morning winds ...
    Published on 03-28-2019 01:31 PM
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Whidbey Island Race Week Announces New Venue:
    Point Roberts, Washington






    SEATTLE, Washington, March 28, 2019 - Whidbey Island Race Week LLC is pleased to announce Point Roberts,
    Washington as the new venue for Race Week beginning in the year 2020. The event will be called Point Roberts Race
    Week and the 2020 dates will be July 13-17, 2020. Point Roberts Race Week will be a 5-day race event, Monday through
    Friday which allows for the weekends before and after for boat deliveries.

    “Point Roberts has everything we need to host a world class destination regatta,” says Schelleen Rathkopf, Event
    Producer and longtime Whidbey Island Race Week Race participant. “It has an exceptional race area for both big boats
    and dinghies, a deep-water full-service marina and a comfortable Pacific ...
    Published on 03-13-2019 12:55 PM
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    Kurt Hoehne Reports

    After last week's windy Blakely Rock Race, CYC's Scatchet Head (the second of three Center Sound races), the fleet was looking forward to another sunny day but maybe a hair less excitement. Puget Sound delivered last Saturday.

    The fleet spread across the Sound on the 10-knot beat to the Scatchet Head buoy. West was clearly best for some, east worked for others. Puget Sound can confound. For ...
    Published on 03-06-2019 12:00 PM
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    The 1st of 3 Races incorporated in the Seattle CYC Center Sound Series got underway last weekend
    with Blakely Rock Race. The 14.94 nm north wind course saw brisk north east winds, wall to wall sun and
    a quick dash south to Blakely Rock and back. The quickest run would be accomplished by John Buchan's TP 52'
    Glory, whipping around the course in a mere 1:44:15, fast enough to keep a 3 second edge over Jonathan McKee's
    Bieker 44 Dark Star on corrected time.

    Bill Buchan's Peterson 44' Sachem Would take all monohulls on corrected, with a time of 2:05:17 with an elapsed time of
    2:20:13.

    The Single multihull competing, Vincent Depillis's Corsair 31R Freda Mae ...