Club announcements

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!

Meeting, Tuesday May 2nd

posted Apr 12, 2017, 3:24 PM by Steve Keever   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 4:46 PM by A Rice ]

Elana Ripniz from Port Townsend will be discussing Galley Provisioning and Cooking for Multihull Sailing with Food Demonstration and Recipes. 

Meeting Tuesday April, 4th

posted Mar 31, 2017, 8:19 PM by Steve Keever

Potluck starts at 1830
The program will start around 1900.

Non-Members are always welcome

Meeting, March 7 - R2AK Discussion

posted Feb 15, 2017, 8:53 AM by Steve Keever   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

Daniel Evans, from Northwest Maritime Center and the Race Boss for the R2AK, will discuss the Race to Alaska.

Daniel grew up in Alaska, was a teacher and trainer for Outward Bound and others, mountain climber, professional mariner, schooner captain, and runs a tugboat crew for Port Townsend's annual Wooden Boat Festival.



NW Multihull Auction Next Tuesday - Feb. 7

posted Feb 1, 2017, 8:37 AM by Steve Keever

You know you have shed full of unwanted tools, books, materials, sails, equipment, clothing etc.  Now is the time to make a clean sweep!   Bring it to the auction and we will find a home for it all.  Proceeds go to the Club, unless you specify otherwise when you bring it in.  And don’t worry about bring it home.  If no body wants it, we will load it up and make it go away.

Prior auction attendees have walked away with some killer deals—  Even if you don’t have anything to sell, come on down, have a beer. 

Cash , Check or Charge available 

Look forward to seeing you there!

2017 Northwest Multihull Party Announcement

posted Jan 3, 2017, 8:49 AM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Happy New Year All,

When: Tuesday January 3rd. 6:30pm

Where: Pono Ranch in Ballard = 4502 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Why: Celebration of the start of the new year & longer days ahead

What: What are your big plans for 2017? Food and drink tickets will be available, See me when you arrive.  


Please RSVP to: 

I need to give Pono Ranch a headcount 



Our February meeting will be our annual club fundraising auction.  Start making your piles of nautical stuff now!!!!

During our March meeting we will have a galley cooking class by Elana Ripnitz of Port Townsend 


T-SHIRTS will be available at the meeting in most sizes. Cash or check are accepted. (see Mark)

Membership joining and renewal IS NOW and is done through the website via PayPal:

Besides using PayPal, please also fill out the online registration form - that's the easiest way to ensure the Promo Code for the Fisheries Supply discount is sent in a timely fashion. (Club business is usually done once per month around the week after the meeting, so best to plan ahead).


Looking forward to seeing you all this Tuesday


Meeting - Tuesday, December 6

posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:24 AM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Hello NWMA members and fellow multihull enthusiasts —

Our next meeting is on Tuesday December 6th.

I unfortunately will be traveling for work so Jeff Oaklief will be running the show in my absence. This is a hot topic on my mind and hate to miss it!!!

Potluck Starts at 6:30PM
The program will start at around 7:15

Puget Sound Y.C.
2321 N. Northlake Way, Seattle
Non-Members are always welcome

This month is a presentation and open forum by David Burch on the topic of using GRIB weather data files, and where to get free HRRR GRIB data including brand new news, not announced yet….

Recommended reading for those who want some background:

David Burch is the author of the courses and director of Starpath school. He has more than 70,000 miles of ocean experience ranging from the Arctic ice edge to Tahiti and Australia in the Pacific and from New York to Panama in the Atlantic. He has sailed across the Pacific to Hawaii ten times, three times winning the Victoria to Maui yacht race, and in 1984 setting the elapsed time record for that passage for vessels under 38 feet long (the record lasted sixteen years, but was beat in the 2000 race). In powerboats, he delivered a 65-foot fishing vessel from New York to Seattle, via Panama and has made numerous coastal deliveries between WA and CA, AK, and Mexico. He navigated the only American entry (72-foot Cassiopeia) in the storm-ridden '93 Sydney to Hobart yacht race and has since navigated that vessel on the '96 Vic Maui and Swiftsure Lightship Classic when she won first overall in the latter. He holds a USCG masters license, 100 GT.

He is the author of ten books on marine navigation and his magazine articles have appeared in Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Sailing, and Sea Kayaker. His column "Burch at the Helm" appeared in BlueWater Sailing magazine from 2009 to 2015. His books include Radar for Mariners; Emergency Navigation; Modern Marine Weather; Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation; The Barometer Handbook; How to Use Plastic Sextants. His textbooks and workbooks on Inland and Coastal Navigation and on Celestial Navigation are used by numerous schools, nationwide. A full list of books is at Amazon Author Central.

His work has been recognized with the Institute of Navigation's Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance as a practicing navigator, and by a USCG citation for his successful weather and vessel performance analysis used in a search and rescue operation. In February, 2011 he was awarded Fellow grade in the Institute of Navigation. In May of 2011 he named a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation in London.

On the academic side, he is a past Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. in physics. Looking ahead, his goal is to sail the Northern Sea Route over the top of Russia. The trip has been planned in much detail for many years, but still hangs in limbo, waiting the proper conjunction of events...which are sneaking up on us.

From 2005 to 2013 he served as the editor of the quarterly newsletter of the Foundation for the Promotion of the Art of Navigation.

In 2006 he had the pleasure to devote his summer to his friends and students of the OAR NW rowing team as they won the Great North Atlantic Rowing Race and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first row ever across the North Atlantic (New York City to Falmouth) that actually arrived at their intended destination. They demonstrated remarkable seamanship in the face of a hurricane passing directly over them, among other challenges that would have stopped any lesser prepared team. From our perspective, safely here in Seattle, it was an exercise in the latest weather routing technology applied to the most fundamental of craft.

He has developed several free services for mariners including and, and coordinated navigation and weather training of deck officers on Navy warships and USCG Icebreakers.


T-SHIRTS will be available at the meeting in most sizes. Cash or check are accepted. (see Mark)

Membership joining and renewal IS NOW and is done through the website via PayPal:

Besides using PayPal, please also fill out the online registration form - that's the easiest way to ensure the Promo Code for the Fisheries Supply discount is sent in a timely fashion. (Club business is usually done once per month around the week after the meeting, so best to plan ahead).

October Meeting

posted Sep 27, 2016, 3:27 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 3:28 PM ]

Hello NWMA members and fellow multihull enthusiasts —

Our first meeting will be Tuesday October 4th.

Potluck Starts at 6:30PM

We will start the meeting at 7:30 with the election of officers::

I'm willing to do one more year as commodore, Mark Olsoe has offered to continue in his role as treasurer-for-life, Steve Keever has offered to continue as Web Master, and Andrew Rice volunteered to continue as Membership director.  And Vincent will run another NWMA regatta, with the assistance of Jeff Oakleif. We need to make it official and always looking for new people to help out.

The second part of the meeting will be discussing the adventures that have been had on the water. A computer and projector will be available so bring pictures! We did not have time for everyone last year, so I will be limiting the time per person based on who shows up. 

T-SHIRTS will available at the meeting in most sizes. Cash check or cards are accepted. 

Membership joining and renewal STARTS NOW and is done through the website:  via PayPal. 

Besides using PayPal, please also fill out the online registration form - that's the easiest way to ensure the Promo Code is sent in a timely fashion. We are waiting for Fisheries to supply the code but we expect to be able to distribute the new Promo Code and instructions for our Fisheries Supply discount to those that have completed the necessary steps before your current discount ends. 

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