Happy New Year from the Yahtzee crew

What a year it has been. After our second winter in Seward, we emphatically tossed Yahtzee’s dock lines aboard and set off on May 24 to explore more of our beloved Alaska before turning south. Now, writing this from the…

One year after switching to power

A bit over a year ago, I made the decision to switch from a sailboat to a power boat, and a few months after that, ended up selling Grace and purchasing Rendezvous. In the full year since I've owned her, here's how things…

Transition to Winter: Slowing down and finding balance

It’s been a bit over a month now since we stopped full-time cruising (after being at anchor 95% of the time for 6 months!) and holed up in a marina for a break. I know there are some sailors that spend northwest winters at…

Video: Thunderbird racing on Port Townsend Bay

This video was taken (and edited) by Chris Blasucci from the Thunderbird Kuma San on a windy Wednesday evening during the Dog Day Series 2019 on Port Townsend Bay. For more information about upcoming Thunderbird racing…

Rendezvous internet setup

One of the most important things to me and my crew is the ability to connect to the Internet for voyage planning, staying in touch with family, social media, and relaxation. Having a reliable setup has always been one of my…

Thoughts on sailing the West Coast of Vancouver Island

We just finished our first full circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. This is a big milestone for many sailors, although for several years we shied away from it – partly due to misplaced fears, and partly because we don’t do…

Interview | Bruce Tipton: Boat builder, artist and spar maker extraordinaire

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s podcast is an interview I did with Bruce Tipton during the 2018 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend Washington. Bruce moved to Port Townsend in the mid 1970’s to check out the…

The history of ferry names on Puget Sound

M.V. KLICKITAT approaching port of Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands archipelago, WA. February 4, 1962. Original photo by Fred Milkie, from the archives of the Saltwater People Log© What's the best name for a new ferry? The…

Three Modes of Sailing in Port Townsend

by Roland Nikles Cruising We will not speak of motoring from Point Wilson, past Partridge Bank, to the San Juan Channel in order to arrive at our destination in five hours. We leave this to trawlers. We will not speak of…

A Flicka Goes to the Sunshine Coast

As the summertime approaches in the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded of my first Canadian single-handing expedition in Sampaguita, a 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, to the Sunshine Coast. I had read about the cruising…