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Here's the 48° North Weekend Preview for Memorial Day Weekend 2015 for those of you that haven't already planned your own long-weekend cruise:

The Big One:
Swiftsure International Yacht Race in Victoria, a WHOPPING 197 registered boats departing Saturday, with many returning Sunday (depending on course, including the new Hein Bank Course): http://www.swiftsure.org/ for info and the race tracker!

For Sailors to the East:
Goat Float Regatta at the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille YC. Saturday and Sunday. http://lpoyc.org/

Take the LEAP?!
Puget Sound Cruising Club Big Left Turner meeting on Friday, email papkina@gmail.com for details.

Learning is good:
Saturday at NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend is an event called "Get on the Water - Anchoring, Docking, and On-the-water Safety" www.nwmaritime.org

Need a weekend off the water?
http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/


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Here's your 48° North Weekend Preview
for May 9-10, 2015:


Big-Hitters:
Northwest Paddling Festival, Friday (2pm-7pm) and Saturday (9am-5pm) at Lake Sammamish State Park: http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com/ This is a cool, growing event put on by NMTA. It's not sailing, but also not a bad way to be on or near the water during this stellar weather. Admission is FREE, $7 if you want to demo equipment.

SYC Tri-Island 2 Vashon Island Race, Saturday (possibly into Sunday), first warning 9am. Keep your fingers crossed for enough Northerly to make it around! http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/

Hobie 101 Sailing Seminar at Sail Sand Point, Saturday 8:30am-5pm. Open to kids or adults, only $20. 206.498.0610, http://www.sailsandpoint.org/

Not into the sunshine?

"How to use a chart" seminar put on by Everett Sail and Power Squadron, Saturday 2pm-4pm at Cabela's Tulalip. Free!

Need some time away from the boat?
http://www.seattlebeerweek.com/ 'Nuf said!


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PORT OF FRIDAY HARBOR BOATING SAFETY FAIR & MARINE SWAP MEET!


DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
WHERE: Port of Friday Harbor
CATEGORY: Fairs & Festivals
AUDIENCE: Kids, Teens, Singles, Students, Parents, Seniors,
COST: FREE!
CONTACT NAME: Tami Hayes
CONTACT EMAIL: tamih@portfridayharbo.org
CONTACT PHONE: 360-378-2688
NOT TO BE MISSED: Free vessel safety checks, expired flare drop-off, USCG Man Overboard drills, in-water self-correcting kayak demonstrations, swap meet, food, music, and much more! Additional info at www.portfridayharbor.org
Join the fun!


**520 BRIDGE OPENING DAY UPDATE**

With activities for the Opening Day of Boating Season beginning tomorrow, I wanted to take this opportunity to share important safety information to keep in mind if you’re attending the festivities. Attached you will find a map that shows the construction areas to avoid near Opening Day activities on Lake Washington. Please note the restricted parking access that you may have used previously when attending Opening Day. These parking areas are now construction staging areas and are not publicly accessible.

East navigation channel
Since mid-February the east navigation channel has been periodically blocked for critical construction activities. The last planned blockage of the east navigation channel is happening today from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time, marine vessels shorter than 45 feet tall can continue to navigate through the west navigation channel.

Beginning Thursday, April 30, the east navigation channel will be open to boaters with no additional temporary channel blockages scheduled. As noted previously, the east navigation channel is currently open with a restricted navigational height clearance of up to 58 feet tall.

Visit the SR 520 Boater Information Web page (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge/) for the most up-to-date information regarding navigational changes around SR 520 on Lake Washington. If you have any questions on Opening Day about navigating around construction, please call our 24-hour hotline – (206) 708-4657.

We thank you for your patience and flexibility during construction. Please let me know if you have questions.

Sincerely,
Stacey Howery
Communications
SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program
Washington State Department of Transportation
425-576-7069 office | 206-351-9375 cell | 425-576-7098 hotline
3015 112th Ave NE, Suite 100 | Bellevue, WA 98004

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ANOTHER Swap Meet!

SOUTH SOUND SAILORS:
Gig Harbor Junior Sailing SWAP MEET
Sunday, April 26, 2015 10:00am – 2:00pm
Gig Harbor Yacht Club, 8209 Stinson Avenue.

All proceeds will benefit the junior sailing program – a 501(c)3 non-profit that gets kids out sailing.

This event is open to all buyers and sellers. Those interested in selling their used boating items can set up their display in a parking stall at the yacht club for $10.00. Please arrive by 9:00 a.m. to claim your selling spot.

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Straight from the Coast Guard, regarding the Temporary Restricted Navigation Area in Elliott Bay

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard 13th District commander, working in conjunction with the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound captain of the port, has established temporary safety zones and a Voluntary First Amendment Area associated with Arctic drilling and support vessels in Puget Sound from April 15 through June 30.
The zones are necessary to allow maximum use of the waterway by all users consistent with safe navigation and to ensure special interest groups and other mariners are not injured by deep-draft and support vessels with maneuvering characteristics with which they may be unfamiliar.
“The Coast Guard is responsible for safety, security and environmental stewardship in our navigable inland and coastal waters,” said Capt. Joe Raymond, commander, Coast Guard Puget Sound and captain of the port. “Safety is our top priority.”
A 500-yard safety zone will be in place around the Noble Discoverer, Blue Marlin, Polar Pioneer, Aiviq and other Arctic drilling related vessels while underway. A 100-yard safety zone will be in place around the same vessels while moored or anchored.
Whether intentional or unintentional, interference with deep-draft and other vessels, particularly those with limited ability to maneuver, has the potential to result in collision, grounding, serious injury, death or pollution in the highly sensitive ecosystem of Puget Sound. The safety zones provide ample space for any vessel to operate near during their transit without disrupting their safe navigation.
The Voluntary First Amendment Area is a regulated navigation area in Elliott Bay, developed following discussions with several special interest groups, where the Coast Guard recommends, but does not require, those desiring to express their views on Arctic drilling assemble. It is a no wake area where individuals can congregate without compromising their personal safety or jeopardizing the safe navigation of maritime traffic around them.
The Coast Guard supports freedom of speech and peaceful assembly upon domestic waters as well as ashore. None of the Coast Guard's actions are aimed at restricting the lawful exercise of these rights. The Coast Guard's involvement helps ensure safety of those using the waterway both as a forum for self-expression and as a mode of transportation. The Coast Guard's focus is on waterway safety.
The signed temporary final rule establishing the safety zones and Voluntary First Amendment Area will be published in the Federal Register at www.federalregister.gov and will be searchable using key words safety zone + Puget Sound. It can take up to three days from the date submitted for items to become searchable.

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard 13th District External Affairs
Office: (206) 220-7237


YOUTH SAILING OPEN HOUSE!

The Youth Sailing Open House is this coming weekend! If you are looking to learn about youth sailing in the Puget Sound area then come enjoy a day of FREE sail rides, land activities, and a bbq. The event will be held at Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing (3800 Lake Washington Blvd S) and goes from 11-3 this Saturday, March 28th. See you there!



USCG Meeting at 48°N March 12th, 6:30


T-minus one week until our annual Coast Guard meeting for people and programs who conduct events on the water. Next Thursday, March 12, come by the 48°N office any time after 5:30, the program will begin at 6:30. The purpose of the meeting is to allow event organizers the opportunity to meet face to face with members of the USCG that administer permitting in the sector Puget Sound. The Coast Guard will do a presentation covering who must have a permit, why the permits are required, and how to obtain and file the proper forms. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. We spoke to Ryan Griffin, of the USCG, yesterday about some of the changes for 2015, including some new protections related to the local Orca pods. That's just to say that it should be worth attending even for programs that are pretty savvy.

RSVP APPRECIATED! joe@48north.com
6:30pm, Thursday March 12, 2015
48° North Sailing Magazine
6327 Seaview Ave NW (Behind Shilshole West Marine)
Questions? (206)789-7350


PNW Native Chris Bailet Interview w/ Sailing Anarchy about the loss of Gunboat 55 RAINMAKER

My friend and former coworker at Seattle Sailing Club, Chris Bailet, was captain of the Gunboat 55 RAINMKAKER that lost its rig and was abandoned off of Cape Hatteras about a month ago. The first two parts of a 3-part interview with Chris are up on Sailing Anarchy right now. It's a straight-forward retelling of a harrowing situation from a great guy and very accomplished professional sailor that started out on the mountain lakes of Idaho. You never want to see it happen, but I'm obviously glad Chris and crew are OK, and there's a lot to learn about preparation and crisis management from his story.

Part 1

Part 2


Volunteer for WA State Parks
at Seattle Boat Show!


It's getting to be BOAT SHOW time! I am posting here on behalf of our friend Toni, who works for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. They are looking for volunteer helpers to work their booth (the "Boater Education and Information Center") at the Seattle Boat Show. Volunteers will greet the public, provide information on safe boating, hand out materials, and answer questions (State Parks will provide talking points and Q&A info for volunteers).

Ideally, volunteers are being sought to staff the booth throughout the show, however the greatest need is for people who can volunteer for an entire day. Especially needed is help with the following shifts:
· Mondays through Thursdays: 11am to 2pm, 2 to 5pm and 5 to 8pm.
· Fridays: 11am to 3pm, 3 to 6:30pm and 6 to 9pm.
· Saturdays: 10am to 2:30pm, 2 to 5:30pm and 5 to 8pm.
· Sundays: 10am to 2pm and 2 to 6pm.
· Sunday, Feb.1: 10am to 2pm and 12pm to 3pm.

To volunteer, send an e-mail to boating@parks.wa.gov with “SEATTLE BOAT SHOW VOLUNTEER” in the subject line or call (360) 902-8555.

Help out a well loved service!
www.parks.wa.gov


BIG BIG Breeze Headed to the PNW

Just a friendly reminder for all PNW area boaters... BIG BIG breeze is forecast from this Wednesday morning through Thursday night. NOAA has Gale Warnings for the Sound and Storm Warnings for other areas in including the San Juan Islands. Forecast is for even more wind Thursday evening. It might be worth a trip down to the dock to double check your lines and fenders!


ATTENTION SAILING NON-PROFITS!



The Northwest Marine Trade Association is taking applications for grants of up to $9,000, with an application deadline of February 6, 2015 and the grants awarded by April 3, 2015. The application is available at www.nmta.net/grant. The applications must fall into the following categories:

Youth Boating Grant
Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at getting or increasing youth participation in boating activities.

Discover Boating Grant

Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at introducing new people to boating.

Boater Education / Safety Grant
Awarded to a group or organization seeking funding support for an event or program aimed specifically at educating new or current boaters on how to be safe on the water.

A huge thanks to NMTA and the Grow Boating program for their continued support of the industry and the programs that help new people get out on the water!


WESTLAKE BIKE PATH COMMUNITY MEETING TONIGHT!

Important Project Open House: Westlake Cycle Track. 5:30 - 8pm tonight, Wednesday 10/22, with a presentation at 6:15pm. It will take place at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th Street. This issue is of crucial importance to the sailing businesses and liveaboards that call Westlake home. For a little more information, read Peter Schrappen's (NMTA) letter to the editor from the October issue of 48°N http://digital.turn-page.com/i/390085/8. Community...engage! We hope to see you there.

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VOLVO OCEAN RACE STARTS SATURDAY

We're seeing a LOT of excitement about the start of the Volvo Ocean Race tomorrow. We're psyched too! Extra cool stuff about this running of this adventurous race: The field includes first all-women's team (SCA) in over a decade, skippered by the captivating Sam Davies and crewed by several American women; the lone American skipper in the race is only 30 years old (Charlie Enright of Alvimedica); and for first time, a true one-design format on these Farr-designed Volvo 65s spotlights the differences in sailing approach while keeping costs down (as it is there's only 7 teams, but at least there's 7!).

If you'd like to get up to speed before watching the kickoff tomorrow, our best advice is to watch last weekend's in-port race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMmum1VyLzc, and to get to know the sailors on the "Teams" page: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/teams.html. You can watch live streaming of tomorrow's start at Volvo Ocean Race site, or on their new mobile app. 48°N sends our congratulations and best wishes for safe passage to all the sailors!

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OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

PROPOSED CHANGE: Disestablishment of Minor Island Light and movement of Smith Island Light.

The US Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the Minor Island Light (LLNR16380) and move Smith Island Light (LLNR16375) from land to a location between Smith and Minor Islands, at approximately 48-199-13.631N 122-49-51.121W. This proposal is due to the collapse of the tower at Minor Island, the loss of land mass at that location due to erosion and the deterioration of the tower structure and foundation on Smith Island Light. The characteristic, intensity and range will be the same currently displayed at Smith Island Light.


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Pink Boat Success!

You may have noticed that we love the Pink Boat Regatta (it's our Table of Contents photo and gets a colorful Race Report spread in the October issue). It obviously supports a great cause and has a really fun vibe, drawing costume-clad sailors and bringing a lot of new folks onto race course. For a regatta that's only been around 3 years to get this kind of response is pretty incredible!

The Pink Boat Regatta announced today the organization's $68,837 grant to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation as a result of this year’s September 7th regattas occurring in Seattle, WA and Bellingham, WA.

The Pink Boat Regatta, operated by the Sound Contribution, a Seattle based 501 (c) (3) non-profit, held its third annual event in Seattle concurrent with the first Pink Boat Regatta in Bellingham, WA. Participants spend months organizing and fundraising through the organization's “buy-a-buoy” concept, earning points towards the competition on race day with each $100 raised for breast cancer research and prevention.

100% of net proceeds raised as part of The Pink Boat Regatta is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, (BCRF). In 2014-2015, BCRF will award more than $47 million in annual grants to more than 220 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

For more information contact info@pinkboatregatta.org or visit www.pinkboatregatta.org.

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Watch Live Streaming of Santander Worlds

It's not all that often that we get top level sailing live.... Well, our friend Gary Jobson emailed today alerting us that he will be hosting ESPN3's (online) live streaming coverage of the Olympic Classes World Championships from Santander, Spain this Thurs-Sund. These live broadcasts (hopefully they'll do replays, too) will be early in the morning: 5am-7am (PDT) Thurs, Fri, and Saturday, and 3am-7am on Sunday.

This is the biggest regatta for these classes before they truly take the world stage at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Link for the streaming (and hopefully replay):
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/sport/boating/type/upcoming/startDate/20140918/

For highlights and results leading up to these medal races: http://www.santander2014.com/

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West Marine Interbay Grand Opening

Beginning Friday 9/12 and running through the weekend, the brand new West Marine location at Interbay (replacing the Westlake store) will be having Grand Opening festivities. Open 8am-8pm Fri/Sat and 9am-7pm on Sunday, check out the incredible new store, giveaways, demonstrations by West Marine Rigging pros, and presentations from the Clean Boating Foundation and NMTA. The 48°N crew just checked it out - it's a fun atmosphere and a beautiful new store!

The new West Marine Location is in the big Interbay Complex across from Whole Foods: 1827 15th Ave. West, Suite A22

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Fisheries & 48°N Swap Meet is Saturday!

What to Expect: A maritime flea market, full of boating goods, old parts, and new parts, outboards, buoys, dock line, coolers, heaters, chain, clothing, and so much more. Die-hard bargain boaters have been known to arrive the night before to stake out a good parking spot. In addition to the hundreds of boaters buying, selling and trading boating equipment, Fisheries will be offering great pricing on clearance, discontinued, overstock, scratch and dent products, and last season's clothing. 48° North is always a proud sponsor of this classic PNW boating experience!

Where: Fisheries Supply, 1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

When: Saturday September 13, 7am-1pm

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Lake Union Boats Afloat Show Drops Anchor This Wednesday September 10


The Lake Union Boats Afloat Show begins tomorrow. The 48° North crew will be there handing out magazines and signing up boat rides, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

This year's show promises to be a great one, with an amazing line up of new and used sailboats (make an offer or re-stock the daydream bank). The show also boasts a variety of ways to get out on the water: Discover Sailing boat rides, kids lessons put on by Sail Sand Point, and lessons for adults from Seattle Sailing Club. A whole new seminar series, a variety of fun activities for kids, and upwards of 200 boats to tour pretty much guarantee FUN for whole family. What better way to spend a sunny September day?

http://www.boatsafloatshow.com/


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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival a Perennial Favorite!

The always-amazing Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival took place last weekend. This year's version of the immensely popular Fest boasted 300+ boats, fun activities for all ages, a non-stop string of educational opportunities and top-level speakers like Lin and Larry Pardey, Steve Callahan, and Halsey Herreshoff. The 48° North crew was up in Port Townsend on Friday taking in the fun and funky festival, and we had a ball!

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SYC Sailors at U.S. Qualifying Series

Today, some of Seattle's best sailors begin their challenge in the New York Yacht Club "U.S. Qualifying Series." This is the qualifying event for one of the world's elite amateur racing championships, the Invitational Cup on Swan Club 42s. Skipper W. Andrew Loe III leads the highly accomplished Seattle Yacht Club crew of Lindsay Bergan, Anthony Boscolo, and Jay Renehan. The core of this crew took home 2nd in the regatta in 2012, qualifying Sail Team Seattle to participate in NYYC's 2013 Invitational Cup. The group will spend the next four days competing in both the Sonar (with symmetrical spinnaker) and the modern J/70 (A-Sail sport boat). 20+ of the most storied American Yacht Clubs - Larchmont, Newport Harbor, San Francisco, etc - have sent their finest, as well. Sail fast, Seattle sailors!

You can track the racing here: http://nyyc.org/latest-news-public-blog/1678-2014-u-s-qualifying-series-tracking-and-live-audio

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Sasquatch Sighting!

The reclusive and mysterious beast was recently seen plying the waters of Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia on a Hobie 20. 48°N contributor and Hobie guru, Peter Nelson, is pleased to provide the first pictures ever of Sasquatch!


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Clear out the Sail Locker!

The enthusiastic crew over at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington is looking for your help! Unload your old sails, and help a great organization while you're at it. Donated sails will be sent to the company Sail Bags, who in turn will donate funds to Sail Sand Point to benefit their youth sailing programs. Drop you old, torn, or unwanted sails off at Ballard Sails near Shilshole or at Sail Sand Point. The Sail Drive will end August 31, 2014.

Learn more about SSP Youth Racing programs: http://www.sailsandpoint.org/teams/youth-racing/


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Jonathan McKee Adds Another Title


Seattle legend Jonathan McKee added another championship to his illustrious resume this weekend, calling tactics for Dalton DeVos on Delta, and leading the team to a National Championship in the fiercely competitive Melges 32 Class. There was quite a duel between Dalton DeVos (the youngest helm in the fleet), and his brother Ryan, who had a tactician you also may have heard of, Jimmy Spithill. Ultimately, Dalton DeVos/McKee and the Delta team bested Ryan DeVos/Spithill by a one point margin!


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Update to Sept. Classifieds Deadline

We were informed today of a typo in the Classifieds section stating that the deadline for September was the 20th when it was in fact the 13th of August. Due to a high volume of Classified submissions, we are no longer taking Classified entries for the September issue. We apologize for the inconvenience, we are very human and it will probably never happen again.


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Coho Ho Ho is a Go Go

Yesterday, seven Seattle-area sailboats departed from Anacortes for the 2nd Annual Coho Ho Ho Rally from Seattle to San Diego, with a stop in San Francisco. Several other boats have already left, and another will join out of Portland in a few days. All told, eleven vessels are participating in this year's rally. Follow their progress at www.cohohoho.com or on the big world map at Dockside Solutions at Shilshole.

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Stolen Boat Recovered!

A friend of Lynn and Teresa Sjolander, Jim Harvey, put up a flyer about their stolen boat, "Arpege," at Shilshole Marina. Jacques Endreo, owner of Blue Horizon Marine, saw the flyer and thought he’d seen the boat. They went down to Elliott Bay Marina and there it was. The door looked like it had been kicked in, then repaired. The boat thief (thieves) were not apprehended but police are going over the boat for clues.

Boat Stolen from Everett Marina
"Arpege," Spencer 35


The 1978 Spencer 35 sailboat, "Arpege," white hull with blue toe rail, stolen from Everett marina. The boat was taken the end of July or the first week in August.If you see this boat please contact Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound 206-217-6001

Thank you for keeping an eye out for our boat.
Lynn Sjolander

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Sailors Rescued
HONOLULU — The three sailors aboard the 42-foot sailboat, Walkabout, have been rescued by a container ship, in a rescue coordinated by the US Coast guard. All are said to be in good condition.

"The sailors were pulled aboard the container ship at about 8 a.m.," said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas. "They're safe and in good condition," he said.

August 11, 2014
UPDATE: Rescue underway for sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio


HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of a 42-foot sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu Sunday.

Sailing vessel Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. On-scene conditions are reported as 92 to 115 mph winds with 30-foot seas. One of the hatches has blown away and onboard bilge pumps are unable to keep up with the rate of flooding. The vessel's life raft has also been blown overboard.

At 7:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Texas that an alert message was received from Walkabout requesting Coast Guard assistance.

JRCC diverted an airplane from the National Hurricane Center, Teal 76, from inside Hurricane Julio to locate the vessel and establish VHF radio communications.

At 10:49 a.m., Teal 76 reported Mayday calls being broadcast from Walkabout.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point at 11:10 a.m. to deliver a life raft and relieve Teal 76.

After a two-hour transit, the Hercules crew arrived on scene and dropped dewatering equipment and life rafts to the Walkabout. The Walkabout was unable to retrieve the equipment due to rough on-scene conditions.

The Hercules crew returned to Oahu due to fuel limitations.

A second Hercules airplane crew departed from Air Station Barbers Point at 5:15 p.m. enroute to the vessel’s location and arrived on scene at 7 p.m.

The Hercules crew will remain on scene until 661-foot Matson container ship Manukai arrives to the Walkabout's location.

JRCC is receiving hourly position updates of the Walkabout from a Delorme device aboard the boat.

Click for Coast Guard Latest Update



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2014 WIRW BONUS for 2015

What a fantastic week!! High on precipitation, low on wind, and dreary looks all around! Oh, what fun! The PRO managed to get several terrific races off, though, so “It’s all good!” as one might say. Enjoy these photos, as Boat Boy, Mocha, and I enjoyed gathering them.

BONUS!! 100% of the $$$ collected from sales of the photos from this set, through August 31, 2014, will be donated directly to the 2015 WIRW Youth Sailing Camp budget. Look hard, dig deep, spend wildly, and get ready for 2015 … the beginning of a new era!!! J

Click here to view pictures from Whidbey Island Race Week 2014

Jan Anderson
Jan’s Marine Photography
(253) 905-5972

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TALL SHIPS TO MAKE ANNUAL CALL ON KIRKLAND'S CARILLON POINT MARINA

Kirkland - The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled their annual call on Kirkland for August 25 to September 1 (Labor Day). The ships will operate from Carillon Point Marina, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland. Lady Washington, Washington state's official ship, and Hawaiian Chieftain, which specializes in K-12 education programs, will offer public tours and excursions.

Evening Sails and Adventure Sails are family excursions featuring an opportunity to help raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are value-priced at $33 all ages for the Wednesday, August 27 Evening Sail. The August 22 and 23 Evening Sails, as well as the August 31 Adventure Sail, are $43 all ages. Battle Sails, the ships' most popular activity, feature both vessels in a simulation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish, featuring close-quarters maneuvers and real cannon fire (but no cannon balls). Tickets are $63 adults, $53 for students/seniors/active military, $43 children 12 and under.

Tickets for all sailings may be purchased online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.

Walk-on tours are an opportunity to visit the ships and speak to the crews, who will be in period costume. A $3 donation per person supports the ships' educational programs. No reservations are required.

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How to satisfy a Skipper
A Skipper is walking through town, looking for crew, when he sees a five-story building with a sign that reads, “Crew Association: Yacht Crew Available”.

Since he is without crew, he decides to go in.

The Security Guard, a very salty type, explains to him how it works. “We have five floors. Go up floor by floor and once you find what you are looking for, for crew, you can go there and make a selection. It’s easy to decide since each floor has a sign telling you who’s inside.”

Everything seems straightforward enough, so the skipper starts going up and on the first floor the sign reads, “All the crew on this floor are beginners.” The skipper laughs, and without hesitation moves on to the next floor.

The sign on the second floor reads, “All the crew here are experienced, smart but weak. “Still, this isn’t good enough, so the Skipper continues on up.

He reaches the third floor and the sign reads, “All the crew here are experienced, smart and strong.” He still wants to do better, and so, knowing there are still two floors left, he keeps going.

On the fourth floor, the sign is perfect, “All the crew here are experienced, smart, strong and former America’s Cup Champions.” The Skipper gets excited and is about to go in when he realizes that there is still one floor left.

Wondering what he is missing, he heads up to the fifth floor. There he finds a sign that reads, “There is no crew here. This floor was built only to prove that there is no way to satisfy a Skipper!”

Contributed by Peter Howson
Courtesy of Scuttlebutt


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