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PINK BOAT REGATTA!
The 4th Annual Pink Boat Regatta, one of the most successful sailing fundraisers and one of the coolest grassroots-effort regattas around, is taking place in Seattle this weekend. Festivities kick off with a celebration dinner aboard the historic steamer, Virginia V, on Saturday, September 12 at 6:30, featuring special guest Peg Mastriani, the Deputy Director of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets for the dinner are $125 (remember, it's for a great cause!), and are available here.
The race is a come-one-come-all, decked-out-in-pink fun-fest on Sunday, beginning at 10am. You can still register your boat. If you're not up for the racing, book a ticket on the Virginia V, which will be out as a spectator boat.
However you're participating, buy a couple of buoys for your favorite boat, or just donate here: http://www.pinkboatregatta.org/take-action, or email email@example.com.
WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK!
The best week of the year in the PNW is only days away, and there's still time to register! http://whidbeyislandraceweek.com/
The small boat weekend racing is July 18-19, and big boats race all week from July 20-July 24. Under new ownership this year (Charley and Schelleen are nailing it!), and with loads of new sponsors, a kid's camp, spectator cruises aboard the Schooner SUVA and lots more, the always-fun WIRW should be better than ever.
NOTE: Unfortunately, we printed an out-dated press release (error) in the last magazine, so double-check that your dates are right! And sign up. And go sailing. And have a great time!
Here's the 48° North Weekend Preview for Memorial Day Weekend 2015 for those of you that haven't already planned your own long-weekend cruise:
The Big One:
Swiftsure International Yacht Race in Victoria, a WHOPPING 197 registered boats departing Saturday, with many returning Sunday (depending on course, including the new Hein Bank Course): http://www.swiftsure.org/ for info and the race tracker!
For Sailors to the East:
Goat Float Regatta at the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille YC. Saturday and Sunday. http://lpoyc.org/
Take the LEAP?!
Puget Sound Cruising Club Big Left Turner meeting on Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Learning is good:
Saturday at NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend is an event called "Get on the Water - Anchoring, Docking, and On-the-water Safety" www.nwmaritime.org
Need a weekend off the water?
Here's your 48° North Weekend Preview
for May 9-10, 2015:
Northwest Paddling Festival, Friday (2pm-7pm) and Saturday (9am-5pm) at Lake Sammamish State Park: http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com/ This is a cool, growing event put on by NMTA. It's not sailing, but also not a bad way to be on or near the water during this stellar weather. Admission is FREE, $7 if you want to demo equipment.
SYC Tri-Island 2 Vashon Island Race, Saturday (possibly into Sunday), first warning 9am. Keep your fingers crossed for enough Northerly to make it around! http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/
Hobie 101 Sailing Seminar at Sail Sand Point, Saturday 8:30am-5pm. Open to kids or adults, only $20. 206.498.0610, http://www.sailsandpoint.org/
Not into the sunshine?
"How to use a chart" seminar put on by Everett Sail and Power Squadron, Saturday 2pm-4pm at Cabela's Tulalip. Free!
Need some time away from the boat?
http://www.seattlebeerweek.com/ 'Nuf said!
PORT OF FRIDAY HARBOR BOATING SAFETY FAIR & MARINE SWAP MEET!
DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
WHERE: Port of Friday Harbor
CATEGORY: Fairs & Festivals
AUDIENCE: Kids, Teens, Singles, Students, Parents, Seniors,
CONTACT NAME: Tami Hayes
CONTACT EMAIL: email@example.com
CONTACT PHONE: 360-378-2688
NOT TO BE MISSED: Free vessel safety checks, expired flare drop-off, USCG Man Overboard drills, in-water self-correcting kayak demonstrations, swap meet, food, music, and much more! Additional info at www.portfridayharbor.org
Join the fun!
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