Club announcements

April 3 - “America’s Cup: Past and Future” by Tom Speer

posted Mar 20, 2018, 3:36 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Our always interesting and informative member, Tom Speer, will present an inside look at the America’s Cup: Past and Future.  Tom was a member of the Oracle design team for several campaigns and so has a very interesting inside view of the America's Cup.  Of particular interest will be a look at what the Kiwi's will be doing to define the future America's Cup campaign.

March 6 Meeting Minutes/Notes by Secretary Eric Lindahl

posted Mar 10, 2018, 11:11 AM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

Big turn out this month for our 6:30 potluck and the ensuing program.  Lots of visiting while chowing down, as always, and never enough time to spend a proper amount with everyone.  There were a couple new members, several guests and special guests from Ballard Sails, Wright Yachts and Northwest Yachting Magazine.  Commodore Jeff called the meeting to order and spent a few minutes describing the financial benefits (discounts at vendors) of club membership.  Then he encouraged members to submit stories/content for the website, asked for volunteers to help with the technical aspects of our electronic media.  He introduced our special guests and program presenters with a few words.  They were:


Ballard Sails; has offered very generous winter discounts to club members on new sail purchases!  The discounts are up to 15% off in early winter and decrease to 10% towards the Spring.  I missed getting the dates but call them and they will set you straight.  Also if you are needing sails measured to start racing in PHRF they have offered to do this for club members for free!  Ballard Sails folks have visited us before but tonight we met their rigger Rhys Balmer who also is a sailing instructor.  Lets support them with our business.


Wright Yachts is the new Corsair trimaran dealer for our area and is sponsoring a brand new Corsair 970 in the Race to Alaska.  3 of the 4 crew were our guests and it was fun talking to them.  They are looking for rides on F31s to sharpen their multihull skills and crew work as their boat has not arrived from the factory yet.  Contact Commodore Jeff if you can offer them a ride.


Finally Northwest Yachting Magazine was represented by Editor Norris Comer.  He is also racing with the Wright Yachts team and will be documenting the experience.   He’s hoping to bring our club a little publicity as well.


We went around the room introducing ourselves as usual.  We met new members, also a guy building a 36’ aluminum proa, a 2016 R2AK participant on an F24, Marcus with an F24, John with a Corsair Pulse 600 and Jonathan with a new to him F24 as well as several other new and interesting folks.   


Mark our Treasurer gave us his short report of $7340 in the account which has held steady so we are in a good position for this coming seasons activities.  


The main highlight for the evening was Matt and Tricia’s great presentation of their journeys of the past 3-1/2 years.  They have been members for quite a while and Matt had his F31 trimaran Tumbleweed for 15 years, even living aboard it at Shilshole for a while.  In 2014 he and Tricia decided to sell nearly everything and trailer the F31 to Florida for an extended trip in the Bahamas.  Then they sold it back east and bought a 42’ Outremer catamaran in Tahiti, eventually sailing it back to Seattle.  They will be cruising the Salish Sea this summer, if you see them go by and say hi.  Here is their blog;   It does not have the leg from Hawaii to Seattle just yet; you shoulda “been there” (at the meeting) for that part of the tale.  It was so good that when they finished a spontaneous applause erupted for sharing their wonderful story.  That was a very nice.


Next month, April 2nd, will also prove to be a popular presentation.  Come at 630 for the pot luck dinner or ~ 700 pm for the presentation:  Tom Speer is a club member but also has been neck deep in making significant contributions to the wing design on Larry Ellison’s various Americas Cup boats.  He will be here to give us the inside scoop of the recent Americas Cups and what the future looks like for the next AC to be sailed in mono hulls, (gasp).  Tom has given us presentations in the past and though he can be as geeky and technical as you can possibly imagine his inside knowledge is very interesting and he is an entertaining speaker.  We’re really looking forward to this.  I hope you can come; for the potluck or just the program.  Guests are always welcome.








Eric Lindahl

March 6 Meeting PDFs of Tropical Cruising Talk by Matt & Tricia Daniel

posted Feb 10, 2018, 7:45 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 3:26 PM ]

Two Puget Sound sailors embarked on a journey to explore far away and warm places.  Departing from Seattle with their 31’ trailerable trimaran they explored the Bahamas until they heard tell of their dream cruising boat lying in Tahiti. They switched to a new boat and a new ocean. This presentation explains the chances and rewards of the journey from Tahiti home to Seattle in numerous pictures and tales.  Northwest Multihull Association meeting. Potluck starts at 6:30 pm, then club meeting, then presentation will start at 7:30 or 8:00.  Non-members are always welcome.  At Puget Sound Yacht Club on Lake Union,  2321 N Northlake Way, Seattle

Feb. 6 - Annual Auction of Sailing Gear and Garage Sale

posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:35 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 3:02 PM ]

Here's your chance for some early spring cleaning. Bring your used gear here to sell, and be ready to bid on some great gear! (payable by cash or check) If you're a seller please pick a sales price and designate whether you want anywhere from 10% to 100% of the sale to go to the club as a donation.  Again our own Martin Adams will be the auctioneer.  It is always an interesting and entertaining event.

Photo from NWMA Holiday Party at Vince's

posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:17 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:23 PM ]

A good time was had by all.  Good food, good drink and great conversations.  Here we are pointing up towards the future of our club. Thank you Vince and Kristin for hosting this wonderful event!

Jan. 7th -- New Year NW Multihull Association Party

posted Dec 19, 2017, 3:30 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Let's celebrate the New Year with a BBQ and Beer Party at Vince's house.

When: Sunday January 7th, 5:00pm

Where: 6414 37th Ave NW
            Seattle, WA 98107

Food and beverages will be provided by the club. You only need to come and be ready to celebrate and discuss your boating plans for 2018.

Dec 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes

posted Dec 17, 2017, 2:43 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 3:00 PM ]

After a nice potluck and visiting session Race Chair Vince called the meeting to order as Commodore Jeff could not make it just then.

((In case you haven’t heard Ian Farrier died 12-10-17.  As an enthusiastic F-boat owner I am gut shot and saddened.  A big hole is left in the multi universe.  RIP good man. OK, back to the minutes))


Promoting the Club


Discussion about increasing our clubs visibility locally.  The Hobie fleet is interested in doing some things together.  The first event they have will be at the Hobie Cats NW boat show booth Friday, Jan. 26.  They usually have a wine tasting that night and we duck in and out of the booth on our way to various wine pouring stations.  They say it is always a lot of fun and hope to catch up with some of our members there. They’ve invited us to their race around Mercer Island from Stan Sayers Pits on April 14 with party afterwards.  I-90 Floating Bridge clearance may be a problem.  Wiki says its 29’ but I sailed by the East span and It looked  more like 40’ if you go inshore a bit.  I don’t recall any signs indicating clearance. I will put some thought into trying to measure it accurately as my mast is ~46’ above the water and I’d like to circumnavigate the island sometime.  In any case they say they will set a shortened mark at the north end of the island "since the Hobies will likely be much faster than the NWMA boats".  Our Commodore replies:  “Really?  I say the gauntlet has been tossed down!”


We could get involved with Sail Sand Point too.  Bring our boats out for a Spring meet and greet or something.  Timing might be right for the weekend before the Hobie round the island race on the 14th so we could offer crew spots for the next weekend.  I could probably moor several boats over the intervening week on mine and my neighbors mooring bouys if you want, (certainly one or 2 at my own dock & bouy).  We are 1 mile north of SSP.  Our club could be a nice stepping stone to bigger boats for the SSP kids and members.  We did donate a Hobie Wave to SSP sometime back. 




Chair Martyn noted that his renewal notice arrived the end of Nov and that there is a $5 discount if you pay by the first, January I assume.  Done online via paypal or there is a way to do it with out paypal, credit card I assume.


After Meeting Program:  Summer activities


After the business was taken care of we had our main entertainment which was members’ stories of cruises, builds and other activities. We saw pictures and heard stories from:


Bills trip to the San Juans with his 2 small children on his 31’ trimaran.  Both kids love to take out the dingy on their own to explore.  At one time they had 12 kids on board during a raft up.


Linda and Martyn's 3 weeks in Canada including Butte Inlet, Desolation Sound, rapids &“sailing thru the Alps” .  All on their 36’ cat.


Todd from Anacortes who sailed 45 days on his trimaran this season!  Great story of meeting a ferry in the fog, both coming to a full stop as they blindly closed on each other.  A bit about travels in Croatia, Monte Negro, Monaco and Tahiti as well


Joel told us about taking on a Marples 35 project that began on Vashon Is, was sold to Reno where he picked it up and trailered it back to Woodinville.  He is in hi tech carbon/structural component manufacturing and his story of those projects where interesting too.


Steve had a nice thorough “slide” presentation of the 2 day ~76 mile Round the County Race with overnight stop in Roche Harbor.  Almost makes you want to sail in November……..


Another Steve had pictures of his (nylon/epoxy) skin on frame proa that was built and entered in the first R2AK race by a Virginian.  Steve bought it and is extensively experimenting and altering it.  He will give a fuller report next Spring.


Unfortunately there were a couple folks that we didn’t have time for.  Come back!  I did get to talk to Dana and Lindsey about building their 44’ Horstman Trimaran in the 1970’s in their North Seattle backyard.  Then trucking it down Aurora Ave 5 miles to the boat ramp right next door to our meeting hall. Great example of the enthusiasm of the early days of modern self built multihulls locally. It would be fun to hear their adventures.


Sorry if I missed someone but I was busy taking notes and having side conversations with interesting folks who came to the meeting.


I also saw but never got a chance to talk to a new multi owner who bought a 36’ PDQ catamaran and is having it shipped from Florida.  Welcome.  Hope to see you next meeting.


Future Meetings


All meetings are no cost potluck dinner and gab fest at 6:30, come even if you forget a food item, the more the merrier.  Program begins 7:00ish.


January.  Sounds like a New Years gathering at Vince’s beautiful home for this.  Catered by a local BBQ business.  Jan 9th is what I wrote down but check the website for confirmation and more info.


February.  Will be auction night.  This is a great place to dispose of or pick up gear. I got some great stuff last time.   Bring what ever you have and we will sell it.  You can donate some or all the proceeds to the club or our designated cause.  There is still ongoing discussion about choosing our cause.   One suggestion is to promote our club thru some kind of offering to R2AK.  There is a lot of publicity with that race.


March.  Tale of two of our members who trailered their Corsair 31 trimaran to Florida to cruise the Bahamas, loved it so much that they bought a 42’ cat in Tahiti, sailed it to Hawaii for a year live aboard then back to Seattle last Spring.  Should be a great evening.

Meeting December 5 – Yearly Cruising/Racing/Building Show and Tell

posted Nov 20, 2017, 1:56 PM by Mark Olsoe

Let’s warm up around pictures and stories from our sailing and/or building experiences of this past summer.  Please bring your stories and hopefully also pictures (preferably on a memory stick or memory card).  This is our annual sharing time from the past year and would also be a good time to do some cruise planning for next year.

Meeting November 7 - Election Day Potluck and New Officers Meeting

posted Nov 17, 2017, 12:52 PM by Mark Olsoe

Thanks to members new and old who met for a great potluck followed by an election of new officers meeting. To see the slate of new officers for the coming year see the "About Us" page.

Meeting October 3, 2017 - Weather Topics Most Important to Mariners

posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:36 PM by Steve Keever   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 1:51 PM by Mark Olsoe ]

Exploring Weather Topics Most Important to Mariners: an Interactive, Computer-based Introduction to COMET MetEd by Brian Heckman

This will be an interactive seminar using your tablets and laptops. Brian will explain how MetEd offers free online training and take us through a short tour. Next, using your tablet or laptop we will explore training topic lists organized around marine meteorology, oceanography, charting, and navigation. Feel free to bring laptops and tablets to access this free training!  (Smart phones work too but their small keyboards are harder to use.)

MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of geoscience training resources. The COMET® Program was established in 1989 by UCAR and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) to promote a better understanding of mesoscale meteorology (relating to meteorological phenomena of medium size, usually classified as those which have a horizontal extent of between 5 and 100 kilometres) among weather forecasters and to maximize the benefits of new weather technologies during the NWS’s modernization program. The COMET mission has expanded, and today COMET uses innovative methods to disseminate and enhance scientific knowledge in the environmental sciences, particularly meteorology, but also including diverse areas such as oceanography, hydrology, space weather and emergency management.

Brian Heckman was a United States Air Force pilot flying WC-130’s from Guam conducting typhoon reconnaissance. He worked for NOAA’s Satellite Service and National Weather Service for 14 years. In 1988 went to the National Center for Atmospheric Research to help form the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training Program (COMET). He has taught meteorology and educational technology at the US Air Force Academy, Metropolitan State University and University of Colorado. His sailing experience includes numerous courses in the British Virgin Islands, US Navy offerings, Steve Colgate instruction; Moorings charters in the BVI for over 20 years and he is a member of the Seattle Sailing Club and The Center for Wooden Boats. Brian also held a very well received MetEd class at the Seattle Boat Show this year.

Join us for this interesting and informational interactive event that promises to provide you with some valuable resources and learning opportunities!

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