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    Published on 07-20-2018 05:14 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 05:06 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.
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    Published on 07-10-2018 03:42 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 10:16 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 05:11 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 04:34 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
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    Published on 06-24-2018 09:59 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 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

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    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.




    http://tracker.r2ak.com/




    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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    image © Maria Swearingen

    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
    Sailish.Com


    "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 ...