Team Wild Card has been hard at work since buying our ride for the 2018 Race to Alaska. The boat is a Santa Cruz 27, hull number 55. She was considered ahead of her time in the 70s, but time has not been kind to hull 55 in recent years. When we found her on […]
Author Archive | Mark Aberle
It’s early Monday morning after racing Round the County and the wind has been blowing like snot since about 1 a.m. I’m back at Shilshole aboard Cambria, now, which is double tied, but still some of the big gust are pretty noticeable. It’s all good though. The boat is warm and I’m able to sit and think through a fun weekend on the […]
What a day of racing — and what a difference a day makes! Blue skies and wind for the 2017 Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s annual Fall Regatta on Sunday, October 22. Perfect! Lots more images of the Fall Regatta at Offthecoastofballard.blogspot.com. And images of Race Your House here.
Back in the spring when I wrote about summer cruising plans, I thought I’d nailed down a few good options: the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, or maybe even Princess Louisa. As time wore on, though, the Gulf Islands seemed to be the best choice and that became our “Plan A”. We didn’t […]
Three Sheets Northwest contributor Mark Aberle was invited for a short stint of fishing in Southeast Alaska. As happens, the story would have some interesting challenges that needed to be surmounted before the “Steel Team” could get out on the water. In Part One, the crew is devastated by a fire aboard the seiner Julia Kae, […]
Three Sheets Northwest contributor Mark Aberle was invited for a short stint of fishing in Southeast Alaska. As happens, the story would have some interesting challenges that needed to be surmounted before the “Steel Team” could get out on the water. Here’s part one: Two 58-foot purse seiners and a fiberglass tender shared the same city dock […]
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. 7/05/17: The third running of the Race to Alaska is over. Done. Janice Mason and Ian Graeme (Team Oaracle) finished late in the afternoon on Tuesday, becoming the final finishers in this year’s race. Human powered only, they rowed the 750 nautical miles in 23 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes. A heroic effort. […]