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A tale of two sails

This last week I took Grace out on the water twice after a ton of winter projects. The first time was a beautiful, warm day with wind and real sailing. The second time was the rainiest April day on record in 22 years in Seattle, and turned out quite a bit different. I have been working on a bunch […]

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When all else fails, go kayak camping

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 […]

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Trip Summary: West Coast Vancouver Island

This year’s 1-month cruise took us from Seattle all the way to Nootka Sound, more than half way up Vancouver Island’s west coast. Starting from Seattle, we had an upwind slog getting out the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, followed by a relaxing five days exploring Barkley Sound’s quiet anchorages. We next went up to Clayoquot Sound […]

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Elizabeth (right) and a crew member check the staysail.

Energized and exhilarated by Sound Experience’s ‘Women at the Helm’

Elizabeth Hejtmancik has a clear connection to Sound Experience: her uncle, Gordon Sims, returned a few years ago as one of Adventuress’ primary Captains. While Gordon was home visiting his mother, Elizabeth heard him mention the inaugural four-day Women at the Helm (WATH) trip, which set out for the first time in the summer of 2015. She […]

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Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands from the south? This will help…

Our friends at Slowboat.com continue their informative series about cruising the Inside Passage with this webinar on getting to the San Juan Islands from points farther south. Cruising in the Pacific Northwest is characterized by “gates,” or challenging bodies of water that must be traversed to get to the next cruising area. In their video series […]

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