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…

‘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…

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,…

Worth the Wait — PNW Offshore 2022

The event's first-ever day-long postponement for weather didn't derail the hardy crews headed up the Washington coast for the Pacific Northwest Offshore Race. The postponement flag standing tall in big breeze. Photo by Dan…

The Rewarding Return of Southern Straits

The accomplished double-handed crew aboard J/111 Raku shares their story of Southern Straits,. They were the overall winners on the medium course. After a two-year hiatus, one of the Salish Sea’s classic overnight distance…

Unexpected Course, Unexpectedly Pleasant: CSS #2

Adding a new twist in 2022, CYC Seattle's second event of their season-starting Center Sound Series didn't have a set course. Things started slowly and picked up from there for what turned into a great day of sailboat…

Goes to 11’s Awesome Toliva Shoal 2022

This enthusiastic crew on an Antrim 27 had a blast getting around the race course for this year's breezy Toliva Shoal Race. Put on by the by the Toliva Shoal Race Committee and co-sponsored by the Olympia Yacht Club and…