Public Invited to Discuss Port ED Job Qualification Packet

Steve Tucker asked we pass this along.

There will be special meeting this Wednesday, Feb 17th, at 9:30 AM at the Commission building regarding the Job Qualification Packet to be distributed for the search for the new Executive Director. This meeting is also listed in the Calendar on the Port website. Many folks have expressed interest in the criteria used for soliciting the candidates. This would be the time to provide public testimony on that.

By |2016-02-14T19:03:04-08:00February 14th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union

Bertram asked that we pass this on.

Having a bit of sticker shock from the moorage rate increase this year (eg $240.00 /year increase for a 40 footer)? This is only the beginning. You can count on an equal 3.5% increase next year and maybe 5.5% if the “friends of the Port “ get their way. Its all part of a Port plan to drive us out for out of towners on the waiting list.

Come to the meeting to learn how we can to stop this process!

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union
Tuesday !6 February
7:00 PM
Marina Room at Port Hudson (next to Shanghai)


  1. New leadership for the MTU
  2. New Port Rate Policy
  3. New Port executive director
  4. Taxpayers subsidize moorage tenants myth. What are the facts.
By |2016-02-13T10:43:37-08:00February 13th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Free Boat Show Tickets & Buy 1, Get 2 Winches Boat Show Special

PTSA sponsor Port Townsend Rigging will be at the 2016 Seattle Boat Show, January 29th through February 6th, in Booth 12. All local sailors are invited to stop by and say hi.

If you would like complimentary Seattle Boat Show tickets, or special event tickets for the two Friday nights of the show, get in touch with them. The Friday night tickets include tokens for either wine or beer tastings and are a fun way to view the show.

During the show they are offering their ‘Great Two-for-One Lewmar Winch Sale’! Buy one Lewmar winch, get a second one free. You know those old Barrients with the smooth drums and the flaking plating? Or the halyard winches you were thinking of adding to your T-Bird? Maybe now is the time to replace them with new, shiny, self tailing Lewmars. Special pricing is only available for the duration of the show!

Call PT Rigging  for more information, free tickets to the boat show or two-for-one winch pricing, call Shannon Africa at 360-385-6330 or stop by.

Thanks to PT Rigging for being a loyal PTSA sponsor.

PTR Rigging & Sailing Optimized
290 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368

By |2016-01-21T09:29:55-08:00January 21st, 2016|Sponsors|0 Comments

Sailing Off to Wild Places

A video record of Ashlyn and Russell Brown’s sailing trip on JZERRO to Haida Gwaii and the west coast of Vancouver Island along with Alex Spear on VITA DUMAS. Well worth heading over to the PT Watercraft site to read the entire post.

This last June and July, Russell and I sailed our multi-hull from Port Townsend to Haida Gwaii/Gwaii Haanas park (also known as Queen Charlotte Islands) and back down the west coast of Vancouver Island.

There is really no way to accurately describe what it was like for me, or the feeling that we dropped off into another world for a wonderful but all too brief period of time. “What does one do in absolute wilderness?” This was a question asked by my adult daughter. “It’s more about being there.” I finally said, but I lacked for words and still do.

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By |2016-01-01T14:24:24-08:00January 1st, 2016|On the Water|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.”

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By |2015-10-19T14:29:22-07:00October 19th, 2015|On the Water, 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.

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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

Six Rescued from Burning Boat off Point Wilson


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

The Really Big One

“An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.” A thought provoking article from the New Yorker on the Cascadia subduction zone and the consequences when it finally, and according to the article inevitably, moves again.

 The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent.

The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent.

When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time.

Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude. The 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, which killed sixty-three people and caused six billion dollars’ worth of damage, lasted about fifteen seconds and had a magnitude of 6.9. A thirty-second earthquake generally has a magnitude in the mid-sevens. A minute-long quake is in the high sevens, a two-minute quake has entered the eights, and a three-minute quake is in the high eights. By four minutes, an earthquake has hit magnitude 9.0.

When Goldfinger looked at his watch, it was quarter to three. The conference was wrapping up for the day. He was thinking about sushi. The speaker at the lectern was wondering if he should carry on with his talk. The earthquake was not particularly strong. Then it ticked past the sixty-second mark, making it longer than the others that week. The shaking intensified. The seats in the conference room were small plastic desks with wheels. Goldfinger, who is tall and solidly built, thought, No way am I crouching under one of those for cover. At a minute and a half, everyone in the room got up and went outside.

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By |2015-07-15T07:20:25-07:00July 15th, 2015|Safety|0 Comments