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    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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    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

    The Single multihull competing, Vincent Depillis's Corsair 31R Freda Mae ...
    Published on 02-27-2019 01:58 PM
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    Meet The Team


    Nat is the team's scrappy and resilient skipper. Sinking in the middle of the Pacific after a collision with a sperm whale did not diminish her appetite for the ocean, Cancer did not diminish her appetite for life and suffering from chronic asthma does not prevent her from competing in events such as the Death Ride or Climb to Kaiser.

    Birth: Normandy, France.
    Primary Role on the team: logistics, safety and generally making sure the boat stays up right. Oh and shutting up when driving.
    Age she became a sailor: 15 months, but more seriously around 6 years old if Optimists can be considered ...
    Published on 01-25-2019 01:32 PM
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    Coast Guard assists 17 fishermen off Pacific Northwest Coast since Sunday
    SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews along the Oregon and Washington coasts assisted 17 fisherman in five responses since Sunday.

    Response ...
    Published on 12-22-2018 09:34 AM
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    The White Rock pier is the heart of White Rock beach. On Thursday, that heart was literally broken.

    High tide and a wild windstorm conspired to set free sailboats moored at the breakwater. Those boats became battering rams hammering at the midway point of the pier until it ...
    Published on 12-21-2018 09:04 AM
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    Peninsula Daily News Cydney McFarland REPORTS

    The schooner Nina Otaki was high and dry on the beach at Fort Worden State Park after being blown ashore Sept. 17. (Erik Wennstrom)

    PORT TOWNSEND — An 80-foot schooner was back afloat Monday thanks to volunteers and students from Salish Rescue after a hard ...
    Published on 12-20-2018 01:49 PM
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    Management Division personnel are responding to the scene of an 80-foot sailing vessel aground and listing in Discovery Bay near Beckett Point.
    There is reportedly ...
    Published on 11-15-2018 10:01 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 02:14 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 09:48 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 03:50 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 09:17 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 03:37 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 09:25 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 11:06 AM
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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 09:39 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, ...