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Jamie and Behan Gifford give a presentation at the Seattle Yacht Club. Photo courtesy of Sailing Totem and Kevin Baerg.

Speaking near you! Inspiration from the globe-girdling crew of SV Totem

Local Pacific Northwest sailors turned world cruisers, Behan and Jamie Gifford are back in Puget Sound and are sharing a spectrum of experiences from their 10-year circumnavigation aboard their Stevens 47, Totem. They have a series of presentations lined up for September before heading back to Totem in Mexico and each one will be unique. Storytelling is […]

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Destinations: Signs of life at Dead Point

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… That’s the thing about the Broughton Archipelago. To us, in the early 21st Century, it seems like a remote place. You cruise into a bay, and it appears untouched, a gleaming white midden the only hint that once upon a time there was human habitation. Then […]

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Sailing the windy Gulf Islands

“Windy” isn’t a term usually used to describe the Gulf Islands, but windy is exactly what we’ve had for the last week (July 29 to August 4). Every day we had consistent southeast winds in the 10 to 20 knot range. Although we’re southbound, which means upwind, we’ve been having great sails doing short hops […]

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Busting misconceptions and charting a path forward

After all the hugs were given and the usual, “It’s not goodbye, but until next time’s” were said, we parted ways with the family and crew of five from SV Arctic Monkey. Our families — with five kids ranging from 3 to 11 — have been nearly inseparable for weeks, cementing one of those fast and lasting friendships […]

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