Six Rescued from Burning Boat off Point Wilson

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By on July 28, 2015 in Three Sheets NW

The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue six people, including four children, from a 32-foot recreational boat off Point Wilson yesterday afternoon. No one was hurt in the incident.

The vessel Kloshi Bay reported a fire aboard around 4:20 p.m.  Coast Guard and local fire departments responded, helping put out the blaze while transferring the four children to safety.  The vessel was eventually towed back to Port Townsend.

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By |2015-07-29T08:51:31-07:00July 29th, 2015|On the Water|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!

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

Here, hold my beer and watch me do this …

At the time, this probably seemed like a fun idea. From the Marine Installer’s Rant.

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Even I would have to say it was an audacious plan. I mean Guinness book of world record stuff. Walking from Miami to Bermuda in a plastic hamster ball. How hard could it be? Grab some granola bars, get some fishing tackle so you can have some sushi along the way. Piece of cake. You can’t make this stuff up. Real life is alway weirder than anything you can dream up.

Mr. Hamster did have some precedent this could be done. He reportedly walked his hamster ball from Newport Beach to Catalina Island in 12 hours losing 15 pounds of water weight in the process. It was a thirty three mile trip.

His next attempt to roll somewhere was his recent Miami to Bermuda escapade. It didn’t go well, and I’m not too surprised. It was only a 1000 mile jaunt. Tough enough in a boat, but in a hamster ball?

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By |2014-10-08T08:55:22-07:00October 9th, 2014|On the Water|0 Comments

CRUISING BOAT EVOLUTION: The Golden Age of the Cruiser-Racer

From Charles Doane’s blog WAVETRAIN.

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Last we reveled in this topic we examined how early cruising boats sailed by more middle-class yachtsmen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were often working boats that had been repurposed. This marked the beginning of a trend in which the nexus of mainstream yachting shifted inexorably away from the upper crust of society, which mostly viewed yachting as a social activity, toward less affluent, more Corinthian sailors, who practiced it as a sport. Interestingly, one thing that helped precipitate and accelerate this was a growing interest on the part of small-boat cruising sailors in the sport of ocean racing.

This interest was largely created and then fueled by Tom Day and his evangelist magazine The Rudder. Ocean racing between large “gold-plated” yachts dated back as far as 1866, when a group of flamboyant American tycoons–James Gordon Bennett, Pierre Lorillard, and the brothers George and Franklin Osgood–pitted three vessels against each other in a spontaneous midwinter transatlantic gambit for an enormous wager of $90,000. Subsequent ocean races were occasionally held under similar circumstances, but what Day managed to do was transform ocean racing into an organized sport featuring much smaller boats.

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By |2014-09-23T11:13:16-07:00September 23rd, 2014|On the Water|0 Comments