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The NW Maritime Center Navigator Brunch

2015NavBrunchFinal-400x560-WRThe Northwest Maritime Center is one of the key partners of the Port Townsend Sailing Association. The Maritime Center promotes racing on the Bay, and now with R2AK out of the Bay racing as well. Without their facilities the parties, seminars, and skippers meetings of the PTSA wouldn’t be the same.

The Navigator Brunch
The Navigator Brunch is a yearly fundraiser that spotlights a particular aspect of the programming at the Northwest Maritime Center.  Each year it focuses on a different theme and invites supporters and folks curious about the NWMC mission to join together for brunch and a brief presentation.

July 18, 2015

4th Annual Navigator Brunch – Caring for the Boats that Engage, Educate and Inspire. This year the NWMC is raising funds for their fleet and mission. The event will take place upstairs at the Northwest Maritime Center. There’s a mimosa reception at 9:30 AM, followed by a program at 10 AM. The event concludes promptly at 11 AM.

Event is free, but seating is assigned, so RSVPs are required.

To reserve a spot, email brunch@nwmaritime.org or call 360.385.3628 x111.

By |2015-07-09T19:43:56-07:00July 9th, 2015|Meeting Announcement, Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments

Wave Writer – The Iditarod with a Chance of Drowning

Kurt Hoehne looks at the Race to Alaska and the Team Pure and Wild proa entry.

Team Wet and Wild seatrials their new Brown Bieker proa off Shilshole. Photo by Peter Howland photography.

Team Pure and Wild seatrials their new Brown Bieker proa off Shilshole. Photo by Peter Howland photography.

By Kurt Hoehne

In today’s world, there are few adventures with Big Questions. It seems every adventure has been done at least once before. Somebody’s going to find a new route to the summit, win the game on a superlative performance or lucky bounce, or find that extra bit of speed around the race. Those are relatively Little Questions.

Maybe that’s the appeal of the inaugural Race to Alaska (R2AK). It asks Big Questions. There aren’t a whole lot of rules other than make your way to Ketchikan via boat. The boat can’t have an engine and has to pass through only three checkpoints along the way. Use whatever boat you want and go the route you want.

There’s no big safety equipment checklist (there is a little one, however). There are no scantlings to adhere to, no nanny boats to accompany the fleet. The race organizers are leaving it to the competitors to manage the dangers themselves.

“It’s like the Iditarod. With a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter or eaten by a grizzly bear.”

– from the Northwest Maritime Center R2AK web site and promotional material.

To understand the race, you have to know a little bit about the race founder, Jake Beattie. He’s a Northwesterner through and through. He spent 3 years on tall ships, three years with Outward Bound, worked in commercial shipping sector and at the Center for Wooden Boats. He is now the Executive Director at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. To say he’s passionate about getting people on the water is a profound understatement.

It doesn’t take much to get him to say what he really feels about boating. “Boating is in trouble,” he says. “Every year a new gadget comes out and every year it gets more expensive. At the same time disposable income and the middle class are decreasing.”

Praise Neptune! We’re with you Jake, go on!

story continues here Wave Writer – The Iditarod with a Chance of Drowning on Northwest Yachting

By |2015-05-15T05:56:42-07:00May 14th, 2015|On the Water, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments