This skipper’s got balls

Or to be more accurate, his boat’s got balls. The video below shows a sailboat rigged with large water balloons that are slowly lowered to tilt the 80-foot-high rig enough to pass under a 65-foot-high bridge on the Intercoastal Waterway. It’s quite amazing. I’m not sure I’d have the, um, cojones to try this with […]

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A locker full of shame

I spent much of last weekend getting our sailboat, Camelot, ready for sale by packing up and removing personal gear. Deborah and I are anything but packrats, especially on the boat. So I was a little amazed at just how much stuff we actually had on board. As I pushed cartload after cartload of dishes, […]

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Presses stop rolling for local Pacific Yachting PNW

Presses stop rolling for local Pacific Yachting PNW

Seattle’s Pacific Yachting PNW—the American arm of a popular Canadian boating magazine—is publishing its final local issue this month, another sign of the economic troubles gripping the region’s maritime community. Canada’s Pacific Yachting has been a staple of the B.C. boating community for four decades. Two years ago, the magazine’s publisher launched Pacific Yachting PNW […]

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Sailing, sunburns and a keel-eating rock: Blakely benefit race brings out the boats

Sailing, sunburns and a keel-eating rock: Blakely benefit race brings out the boats

The winds were light for the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s annual benefit regatta on Saturday, but racers weren’t complaining. Mild temperatures and sun during the 29th Annual Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta were a welcome change after months of wet, chilly racing. Sailors gathered after the 13.5-mile race at the Sloop Tavern, some in shorts, some […]

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