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Category: Sailing


Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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VIDEO: America’s Cup Defender Oracle Team USA capsizes, promises to bounce back

You might have heard that the Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup Defender, suffered a setback earlier this month when the boat capsized near San Francisco.  Just saw some excellent footage of the incident and the 24 hours following and thought I would share it here.


Foss Waterway to be site for new festival in June

The Foss Harbor Marina, in partnership with Foss Waterway Seaport, this afternoon announced the creation of Salty Dock Days, a new public event to be held June 11 at Foss Harbor Marina in downtown Tacoma.

Held on National Marina Day, Salty Dock Days will celebrate all the recreational opportunities marinas provide on the nation’s waterways by offering live music; food; boater education classes, speakers, and safety demonstrations; a Saturday Night outdoor movie (weather permitting); and visiting historic vessels.

A special feature, according to a press release, will be Foss Waterway Seaport’s opening of a new exhibit, an extensive collection of

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State Parks needs volunteers for Seattle Boat Show

The State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Programs group needs volunteers to help staff a booth at the 2010 Seattle Boat Show.

The show runs from Jan. 29 through Feb. 6 at the Qwest Field Event Center. Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The show will feature more than 1,000 recreational watercraft on display, as well as seminars and boating accessories. The show also includes the Outdoor Afloat Show on South Lake Union.


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Loran-C system shut down set for Feb. 8

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Prevention Policy announced today publication in the Federal Register of plans to cease broadcasting the North American Loran-C signal on Feb. 8.

In the Northwest, the decision means the shut down of the Loran station in Havre, Mont., but not George, Wash., station that will continue to support an international network.

Because of other technological advancements, in particular, the Global Positioning System, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation’s security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population.

The Loran-C system was

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Tall ship Adventuress offering free tours, $40 cruises on Sunday

Sure, it’s pretty cool being the captain of a tall ship.

But for Josh Berger it’s not enough. He also wants to teach people about the environment.

"That’s what I like about the Adventuress," Berger said. "I get to do both. It’s perfect."

The Adventuress, a 133-foot, two-masted schooner, bills itself as "Puget Sound’s Environmental Tall Ship."

The 96-year-old ship arrived in Tacoma on Wednesday afternoon and will stay in Commencement Bay until May 27 so its 15-member crew can teach youth about sailing, the history of the ship and Puget Sound.

On Sunday the ship will be open to the public for free tours from 9 a.m. to noon. At 1 p.m. the Adventuress will set sail for a 3-hour cruise. Tickets for the public sail are $40 for adults and $20 for those 18 and younger.

As Berger piloted the Adventuress out of Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor for a public sail on May 17 he described the ship as a microcosm of Puget Sound.

"When we are all on board it’s easy to see how our actions impact each other and the ship," Berger said. "… Living here our actions impact the sound."

Berger, a graduate of The Evergreen State College, and his crew use the comparison to teach environmental responsibility to kids.

In a small compartment on the port side of the ship the crew keeps several living sea creatures including a sea star and a sea anemone. As the Adventuress sails the sound the crew give kids a hands-on lesson about what’s living in the waters below them.

The Adventuress isn’t just a classroom it’s one of 24 National Historic Monuments in Washington.

"It is sailing history," said Wendy Sonnemann, a volunteer spokeswoman for Sound Experience.

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Mukilteo yacht dominating Victoria-to-Maui Yacht race

From the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club:

Seeker, the pretorian 35 out of Mukilteo, is running first so far in the 2008 Vic Maui. This is now Day Six of the international ocean race and all the boats are far offshore.

Seeker is by far the smallest boat in the fleet. Yet, even with that huge disadvantage, skipper Kenneth Gref and his crew are maintaining amazing speeds and staying among the front-runners. That shows excellent boatmanship and strategic thinking.

Also, it looks like the long-standing record of 10 days, 2 hours set by Lahaina’s Grand Illusion is

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Anacortes boat wins Seattle regatta

From the Seattle Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta:

It took three days, 230-plus boats and well over 200 races to see who would capture the first-ever Seattle Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta title. But for Stephen D. Orsini (Anacortes, WA), accomplishment came sooner than expected.

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