Sailing racers from across the Northwest will descend on Oak Harbor Monday for the annual Whidbey Island Race Week, considered the largest buoy racing event on the West Coast. It’s an event that sailors and sailing wanna-bes look forward to all year, not just for the high level of competition but for the legendary nightly […]
The crowds turned out on an unusually hot Fourth of July weekend to tour classic wooden schooners, make toy boats, listen to live music and get out on the water for some welcome breezes during the 33rd annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Saturday and Sunday. Up to 20,000 people were expected to attend the […]
One thing hasn’t changed in the more than 100 years since the Transpacific Race to Hawaii started-the grueling course. It’s approximately 2,225 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean, where the closest piece of land is straight down and big waves, big winds and big trouble are a constant threat. On July 2, a crew of […]
There is a growing level of insanity in the Three Sheets household. I’m reasonably certain that sane people of modest means don’t get in airplanes and fly around in search of the perfect sailboat. Yet that is the affliction we’re beset with. There will be no peace until the boat is found, purchased and happily […]
In 1956, 11-year-old Randy Mueller took one look at the Martinique Express and fell in love. He knew immediately he’d found the boat of his dreams. For years, Mueller fantasized about cruising one of the sleek, 42-foot yachts through the San Juan Islands. “When I saw the look of it, it just took my breath […]
In waters around Washington, there are currently close to 200 derelict and abandoned boats that authorities know about, but the real numbers could be considerably higher. And officials expect to see more boats headed for a watery grave as the effects of the recession drag on. First in a four-part series.
Washington is among only a handful of states with programs in place to address the rundown and abandoned vessels littering the nation’s waterways. Since 2003, the state has cleared about 220 decrepit boats from Washington’s oceans and rivers. Second in a four-part series.