Little Boats on the Big Stage

The Gorge delivers for Optimist Nationals! When I told people in 2019 that the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) was thinking about putting in a bid for the USODA Opti Nationals, I got a lot of responses, usually…

PNW Teams Win Big in 2022 Pacific Cup

The 2022 version of the Pac Cup saw a large contingent of boats from the Pacific Northwest on the start line, and they didn't disappoint. In what proved to be an exceptionally tricky year weather-wise to race from San…

‘Too Wicked’ Wins 2022 Martin 242 North American Championships

The 2022 Martin 242 North American Championships were held in light air in Nanaimo, BC on July 2-3 with a fleet of 15 boats. Many top regional teams attended the event, including 3-time winner Michael Clements, 2-time…

Video: Stories of the R2AK Soloists

For those who tackle the 750-mile Race to Alaska alone the experience is deeply personal, yet not always lonely... R2AK Field reporter Lynnette Oostmeyer interviews the solo teams that competed in this year's R2AK.……

Pac Cup Begins with Strong Pacific Northwest Presence

The 2022 Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii has begun and there are 17 boats representing the PNW. We're not sure about past years, but that is a lot of racers from the Salish Sea joining the "Fun Race to Hawaii". The…

R2AK UPDATES: A Fitting Finish to a Wild R2AK

Check back here for running updates and analysis of R2AK 2022... After a two year hiatus, R2AK 2022 was a wild and epic voyage... When Team Fix oder Nix and Team Sockeye Voyages rang the finishing bell in Ketchikan on…

SEVENTY48 by SUP: Team SEASTR’s Race Odyssey

SEVENTY48 is a 70-mile race with a 48-hour time limit from Tacoma to Port Townsend with intentionally few rules: no motors, no support, and no wind. Human power only, pedal, paddle, or row. This was my second time…

Seattle Sailors Win 2022 California Offshore Race Week

Congratulations to Alex Simanis and his Seattle-based crew including Elishia Van Luven, Ben Towery and Joe Wilderman, for winning the 2022 California Offshore Race Week sailing regatta.  This is a remarkable accomplishment,…

Swiftsure 2022 Aboard the Corsair F28R Aliikai

After a two-year postponement due to COVID, the Swiftsure International Yacht Race was back on in 2022.  When I asked Mats Elf about doing Swiftsure, he said he was headed to the Gorge to pursue his latest wind powered water…

Rainy But Fun, Windermere 2022 Didn’t Disappoint

Windermere 2022 provided great sailing, lots of laughs with friends, and truly apocalyptic rain. North end sailors converged upon Anacortes for a fun weekend that included several buoy races, a lap around Vendovi Island,…