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‘Visit Seattle’ starts Race 8 in Clipper Round the World

The Visit Seattle team has set off on Race 8 of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race after an amazing stopover in Sanya, China. Having left the tropical paradise on Sunday, the team is racing approximately 1,600 nautical miles north to Qingdao, in China, where temperatures are expected to plummet. It’s not just the drop in temperature that will […]

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Video: Tour Ben Seaborn’s fabulous Thunderbirds, classic family boats for racing & cruising

Our friends at have shared another great video with Three Sheets readers, and this one features a well known boat in the PNW: the Thunderbird. CLICK HERE or on the image below and enjoy! While Off Center Harbor is gracious to share content with us, they are also a membership website with hundreds of helpful and insightful videos […]

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'Visit Seattle' after finishing in Sanya, China.

‘Visit Seattle’ finishes 6th in Sanya, China, with mighty Pacific looming

The eleven teams competing in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, including Visit Seattle, have arrived into Sanya, China as part of their 40,000 nautical mile, eleven-month circumnavigation. Visit Seattle finished sixth after sailing for 23 days, 16 hours and 38 minutes but also picked up the maximum three Scoring Gate bonus points, giving them ten points for […]

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R.W. Confer Racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2016 (Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images)

Tug of the Month | R.W. CONFER

R.W. CONFER was built in 1930 in Portland, Oregon by Albina Shipyards, Engine and Machine Works (founded 1900). Albina was later sold to Dillingham Ship repair. CONFER’s hull is an unusual design, but is unique to the Pacific Northwest towing community. It is a “tunnel hull,” with the outer parts of the hull bottom lower […]

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After busy weekend, USCG urges use of lifesaving equipment

With big breezes and cold air and water, it has been an eventful few days for boaters and USCG crews on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Coast Guard crews were involved in multiple incidences throughout the holiday weekend in Washington, responding to cases where mariners were ill prepared or, with tragic consequences, not wearing lifejackets. Late Saturday morning, the owner […]

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