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End of the line | A journey up Lynn Canal and beyond

Brakes hissed, horn sounded. The train lurched slowly forward away from Skagway towards the mountains. With a clickety-clack, clackety-click, we climbed from sea level up through forests and dark tunnels, around cliffs, over bridges and past craggy, snow-capped peaks before reaching 3,000-foot White Pass. All the while, we gently rocked back and forth with the rhythm of the tracks […]

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A shakedown sail to the San Juans

The importance of a shakedown sail is, I think, often forgotten or underestimated. A shakedown sail before a longer one helps discover problems with boat work done over the long winter. And perhaps more importantly, it rebuilds sailing skills, especially physical and mental stamina that might have grown weak over the winter. Not just any […]

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My first big mistake

It was in fact, not much of a mistake. Or maybe not a mistake at all. Really just a moment of inattention while trying something new that, compounded with a lot of other small things, snowballed; and then it all just seemed to gather more and more way as time progressed. I guess that’s how […]

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2017 R2AK set to go in Port Townsend

The third edition of ‘Race to Alaska’ is set to begin Thursday morning at 0500. Early.  The mood here in Port Townsend is a little more subdued than the past couple of years, but more confident. Some of the teams are having last minute “aha” moments, but my recollection from the first year was one of […]

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Skol!