Snow Birds

Piper Dunlap sent in this photo of Tbird row in the snow on 2/9/2019.  It’s just two weeks until the Shipwrights Regatta – let’s hope it melts by then!

Birds in the snow

By |2019-02-09T22:24:56-08:00February 9th, 2019|Port Townsend|0 Comments

Celebrating Ed Barcott at the race this Wednesday (6/29/2016)



Ed makes a statement

This Wednesday’s beer can race will begin with a scattering of Ed’s ashes.  Pass the word!  Let’s get a good showing to say so long, and to remember this man who was such a presence in the Port Townsend sailing community.  Meet at the picnic table across from the yard office at the Boat Haven at 5pm, as usual, to get the course, and the details on the scattering.

And don’t forget, there will also be a land-based celebration of Ed’s life on July 24th at 1pm at the Northwest Maritime Center.

By |2016-07-06T11:31:05-07:00June 27th, 2016|Port Townsend, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

POINT WILSON, The Greeter Light

A post from Saltwater People Historical Society by way of Three Sheets NW.

Point Wilson Lighthouse, Port Townsend, Washington. From the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

“There was much fanfare when Point Wilson Lighthouse was established at the west side entrance to Admiralty Inlet and Puget Sound in 1879. Its strategic location was near the bustling seaport town of Port Townsend, which was in those years targeted for the major shipping center for that corner of the world. Sailing vessels and steamers ran in and out of the port with regularity, and next to San Francisco, no port had a more boisterous and sinful waterfront that did old Port Townsend. Houses of ill repute were numerous and the shanghaiing of sailors and drifters was a day to day occupation for both runners and grog shop owners.

Every navigator entering or departing Puget Sound had to take Pt. Wilson into his reckoning if he didn’t want to strike an obstruction lurking under the salty brine. When the weather was clear one could properly give the point a wide berth, but the culprit was fog, and when it settled over the local waters, sailor beware. Unfortunately, for three decades after settlement of the area, mariners rounded Pt. Wilson without the assistance of either a guiding light or fog signal, rather incredulous when one considers the importance of the major turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet.

Pressure of the most determined variety finally got action from the Lighthouse Board to press Congress for funds, and on 15 December 1879, the beacon became a reality. It was a light of the fourth order, and to alert ships in foggy periods, a 12-inch steam whistle was installed.”

Story continues here

By |2015-10-19T14:29:22-07:00October 19th, 2015|On the Water, Port Townsend|0 Comments

Sunday, October 11th, Events for Ted

On the Water

ANNIE TOO is planning on leaving the dock around 11AM (weather permitting) and heading out onto the Bay. The family has asked that if boats have room to take family and friends out, they meet at the Boat Haven Yard Office at 10:15 AM. SPARKLE plans to leave the dock around 10:30 and will be monitoring channel 68.

On Land

There is a memorial service scheduled from 2 PM to 5 PM at the NW Maritime Center.

By |2015-10-11T20:10:37-07:00October 10th, 2015|Port Townsend|0 Comments

October 11th PTSA Fall Nightcap Races Canceled

There will be no races held on October 11th so that PTSA members can attend the memorial service for Ted Pike, scheduled from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 11th, at the NW Maritime Center. Ted was an extraordinary mariner, and an extraordinary friend. No one had a better smile or gave it so often, or freely. Below is lovely remembrance of Ted by Anna Nasset in Three Sheets Northwest.

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

On Monday, August 24, there were more tears on the docks of Port Townsend than the bay could possibly hold due to the passing of our beloved Ted Pike. Following a sudden illness, Edwin “Ted” Bertram Pike III passed on to other seas at the age of 65 (born January 25, 1950) surrounded by family and loved ones.

There are some lives that are impossible to sum up in words, and Ted’s is one of them. His reach was as vast as his love and zest for life. There is a giant “Ted” shaped hole in the hearts of thousands. I will try to honor our dear friend — the great ancient mariner, mentor, father, husband, friend and best hugger in the world — in all his glory.

Born in Berkeley, California to Edwin Bertram Pike, Jr. and Jane Parrish Pike, Ted was raised in Marin County and Lake Tahoe, California. Even as a young boy, his sisters remember how other children were drawn to Ted, gathering around him as he told stories, thus beginning a lifetime and legacy of being a great and grand storyteller to all he met. He had the unique ability of conveying experiences and tales with an almost childlike delight, yet layered into them great life lessons. Ted was the master of ceremonies for countless regattas over the years, the person to speak at funerals and memorials, a spokesmen for multiple companies, the person who could stand up in front of any amount of people in a situation that may be full of grief, or at great celebrations. He was THE person that could hold that space. This gift he had left an impact that spread through the many people Ted met in his lifetime.

Often Ted’s tales revealed his adventures throughout life. In the early years, Ted traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Eastern Asia.

story continues here

By |2015-10-11T20:09:03-07:00October 4th, 2015|Port Townsend, Race Cancellation, Wood boats|0 Comments

Ted Pike

Ted Pike

Ted Pike

The first many reminiscence on the life of longtime PTSA member, wooden boat lover, and friend to all who had the good fortune of knowing him, Ted Pike. The following was posted by Kiwi Ferris on the Edensaw Facebook page.

Longtime great friend of mine, Edensaw employee of 20 years, story teller extraordinaire and friend to so many, Ted Pike passed away yesterday afternoon after a 2 week struggle with Pancreatitis.

I have known Ted ever since he moved to Port Townsend and we have shared many laughs, many stories, wine, rum, dinners and some sad times. Last night my son Rangi emailed me and pretty much summed it up in 2 sentences.

“I know you guys were good friends and had a lot of history. I looked to Ted as family member he has been in our lives for a long time.”

Ted loved all of his Families of which Rangi considered himself as part of. Ted would have celebrated 20 years with his Edensaw family next Tuesday, September 1st. Ted’s passion for Edensaw, boats and the marine trades was second to none and he loved them all.

He loved to get on the tiller of his beloved yacht Annie Too with friends and sail on the bay. Ted loved to share his enthusiasm of Annie Too taking anyone that showed a desire to sail out for their first sail and teaching the tricks of sailing and forming lifelong friendships.

We will keep you all updated as far as arrangements.

-Kiwi Ferris

By |2015-08-25T13:01:19-07:00August 25th, 2015|Port Townsend|0 Comments

Port Commissioner Candidate’s Websites

The upcoming race for Port Commissioner features two excellent candidates: Steve Tucker and Diana Talley. We encourage you to learn more about the candidates and intend to give the issues facing the Port and the voters more space as we get closer to the election. As a start, here are the links to the candidates websites. Give them both a look.

The Port Townsend Sailing Association will not be endorsing either candidate.

Diana Talley

Steve Tucker


By |2015-08-13T17:30:17-07:00August 14th, 2015|Port Townsend|0 Comments