Pacific Cup 2022:
An Offshore Dream Achieved

Sailing across the ocean has always been on “the list,” but for some reason, I wasn’t sure it would actually happen. It just seemed like such a far-fetched and crazy idea — and how many people really do something like that?…

Down the Sound: Finding the Breeze to Tacoma and Back

The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s two-day Down the Sound race was back as a destination event for 2022, this time with a course to Tacoma’s Foss Harbor Marina instead of Gig Harbor. This single and doublehanded pursuit-style…

Clockwise Racers Take 50th Shaw Island Classic

In a race that goes two directions, clockwise was the way to go in the 50th edition of the Shaw Island Classic. Blue skies, sunshine and predictions of uniform, northerly winds of 8 to 10 knots in San Juan Channel had racers…

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…