Opening Day 2009: cowboys, outlaws and umbrellas

Opening Day 2009: cowboys, outlaws and umbrellas

Opening Day 2009 stayed true to tradition—there were crowds yelling for the racing crews, boats ranging from steam-powered skiffs to superyachts, bands playing and cheerleaders cheering, and yes, rain. The official kick-off to boating season in Seattle, Opening Day was ushered in Saturday as it has been every year since 1920, with crew racing and […]

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Sinking boat sales cast a cloud over Opening Day

Sinking boat sales cast a cloud over Opening Day

New boat sales in Washington plummeted by more than 56 percent during the first three months of 2009 over the same period last year—indicating that the sinking boat market hasn’t turned around. Used boat sales fared only somewhat better, dropping 27.5 percent during the first quarter. But together, as the region’s boating season officially kicks […]

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Deadliest Catch convention hauls in the fans

Deadliest Catch convention hauls in the fans

Standing in line outside the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle Saturday morning, Robin Thornburg had a particular goal in mind. She held a large plastic bag containing a quilt her mother made for her last Christmas, adorned with fabric-screened images of the man whose autograph she wanted on it—Phil Harris, her favorite captain […]

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