Club announcements

April 7 -- Meeting Cancelled

posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:16 PM by Mark Olsoe

Statement from our Commodore, Scott Wallingford -- It appears we will need to follow orders and avoid unnecessary contact with others. As of now our April 7th gathering is cancelled.

March 3rd - Solar Powered "Electric Paddle" Outboard - Minutes Attached

posted Feb 12, 2020, 1:08 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 12:01 PM ]

Joe Grez from Electric Paddle ( will present his experiences cruising in a small boat using solar power to drive an electric outboard motor. Given all the deck space multihulls have, solar power is a natural source of power; plus multihulls sensitivity to weight means the very light weight Electric Paddle is a natural driver for multihull dinghies. This means us multihullers will find much to appreciate in Joe's talk which is outlined below:    

“Low Anxiety Electric Propulsion for Long Distance Cruising”  -- Because we use manufactured liquid fuels for propulsion, we've become fixated on capacity and range.  However, by combining solar with electric, it's now practical to use the energy nature provides in real time, making range anxiety irrelevant.  We will show how Solar propulsion works for practical cruising, present solar electric design rules, and show examples of successfully demonstrated designs.  We will also preview a tool for predicting your own system performance that can later be used for plotting and planning your own solar cruises.

NWMA March 3, 2020 Meeting Minutes & Notes

 Our traditional pot luck was well supplied and we had a nice time chatting with new and old friends and a few new faces.  At ~7pm Commodore Scott rang the bell for us the circle up and introduce ourselves.  We had a full plate for our presentation so there was really no business meeting except that treasurer Mark reported a balance of $7000.  This is about where its been the last several years.  He encouraged everyone to support the club by paying dues.  New members are half price at $30.  Besides paying for the meeting room rental we use the money to support our Everett rendezvous and fun rally.  Club benefits include discount at Fisheries Supply, tool and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, free boat show tickets, and I think Amelia Yacht Charters will give us a 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.


During our introductions members mentioned:

.  Cruising plans to Desolation Sound and Alaska

.  That several boats may be for sale:  Chris White Hammerhead 34, Corsair F31R, Farrier 33, Mainecat 38, Horstman 44 and a Weta.  Wow I hope the boats and members stay active in the club.  Contact the club secretary for contacts

.  A captain to run day or week charters for a local Seawind 1160 is being sought

PHRF NW is offering a rebate to a member’s club for first time PHRF registration for the next month so act fast if you are thinking this

.  Jeff O. is doing the R2AK on his F9 trimaran with some old friends

.  Another fellow I didn’t get full details of named Duncan is also doing the R2AK in an F24 and they need help getting up to multihull speed.  


It was significantly larger turn out this evening.  Probably because of our 2 programs mentioned below.  Usually we have 15 or 20 but tonight I counted 30.  Good to see you all.  C’mon back next month.  We don’t charge and we don’t bite.  We love to spread the word and share the multihull world.


Special tonight was a tribute to popular club charter member Larry Christiansen who died a year ago.  His good friend and crew, Rick S said some words about his life and told a few crazy sailing stories about him.  Others did too.  Larry’s ground breaking 41’ trimaran Invictus was designed by him in the 1960’s as a masters thesis and he built it himself working all nighters.  I understand it was the fastest boat on Puget Sound for a decade or more.  As it happens he also helped start and build (in 1962) a ski club lodge that I’m a member of.  I’ve seen old pictures of Larry in the ski club photo album.  He was also a high school teacher, champion dancer and roller skater.  Quite a guy and an inspiration to us all.  After Ricks tribute he said to take a look at the hundreds of photographs of Larry, his boat, friends and other boats and take what ever you want.  Larry loved to take pictures.  I took several as I used to spend lunch hours walking Shilshole and always oogled his boat Invictus.  Rick will toss them out in the next month sometime so contact him if you want to take a look at them, he may have a picture you or your boat!  There will be another celebration of his life but Rick requested you contact him directly for the details, or contact the club secretary.


The main event was a presentation by Joe Grez of EPcarry, the small ~1 hp electric outboard.  I hope I don’t sound like an ad but its a beautifully thought out product made right here in our back yard, North Bend.  That is no mystery as Joe has a science background and formerly worked with solar panels and electronic consumer products.  Joe participates with his Epcarry in the Salish 100, a cruise from Olympia to Pt Townsend for small boats. He has a 26’ monohull in the San Juans and has raced small boats including Thistles & International 14s.  In fact his test boat is an old I-14 that had a rotten transom so he cut it off and made a nice little I-13 motor cruiser.  He refines and measures performance of the EPcarry on this little craft.  He hopes to get some feed back on multihulls in the future.  Your can tell Joe is a true believer.  He thinks gas outboards under 10 hp will be a thing of the past in the not to distant future.  He and his wife started EPcarry after viewing the wafting blue (not purple) haze of exhaust just off the water in a crowded anchorage and thought this has to be changed.  He gave a fair overview of the industry; Torqueedo, trolling motors and a few other manufacturers I hadn’t heard of, giving kudu’s to those efforts.  He then differentiated where his product fit in.  Specifically as a dingy motor or low impact camp cruiser like his own I-13.   Everything is designed to give good speed and max range to small displacement vessels; from the battery size to the motor size to the prop design.  He had several interesting and easily understood graphs and descriptions of the range and performance at various levels of power and types of boats.  He mentioned that he could scale it up to predict performance on our bigger multihulls, (he said to call him at the factory).  Admittedly the motor is too small as a main auxiliary.  It shines as a dingy motor.  The weight and horse power is minimized to be just enough to get most 13’ and under boats to hull speed, ~4 knots.  Full throttle lasts an hour, half throttle, 2 hours at ~3 knots.  Perfect.  He didn’t say but I think, in a pinch, it could probably chug most < 30 footers out of a harbor at 2 or 3 knots in calm water.  


I found the most interesting part of his presentation was the integration of solar power into his system.  You can buy solar panels, controllers, extra batteries and the motor as a complete system, or any part of that separately.  His own boat has two 100 watt solar panels.  His graphs and explanations show how surprisingly well the panels can extend the cruising range of his motor.  Up to 40 miles if you go slow, and its real sunny.  They also foretell to me how the future for larger electric propulsion motors might make sense for bigger vessels.  Of course some of that is already happening.


Other interesting EPcarry bullet points:  


It charges from the main house battery in your boat via any old cheapo 200 watt cigarette lighter plug inverter


It has reverse on the tiller and the reverse lock is automatically released when you pull the tiller arm to raise the drive leg.  Its a unique and easy system, check out the video on the website;


Only 14 lbs and the separate battery is 6.5 lbs so easy for my wife


The battery in its soft case floats


Everything is water proof.  If you flip the boat in the surf just bail it out and carry on


Obviously its much quieter than an outboard.  I’ve never heard it but I did find the Torqueedo has an annoying whine.  I don’t know if this has some of that too.


Another interesting subject he covered a bit was the debate about how an electric motor will out perform the same hp gas motor.  He explained it quite well but I couldn’t take notes fast enough to get it down and repeat it; something about shaft horse power and actual thrust from the prop, using only the minimum size motor to do the job for displacement speeds vs the smallest outboard has double the power needed for this and it needs to turn at high RPMs to make that hp, the design of the prop, etc.…  I didn’t find this explanation in the website but I’m sure he would repeat it for you if asked.


Ok enough gushing,  It would be a great dingy motor if you are in the market.  


So the meeting ended with the usual Q&A with Joe and separate conversations among others.  Then all hands chipped in to put the room back in order.  


Next month April 7 we will hear Joe and Sue Dazy tell of adventures in their 48’ Chris White Catamaran from the east coast US to the Caribbean, thru Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico, out into Pacific, Alaska, Seattle. (Postponed to October)  Also be thinking about our Everett rally coming up in May.
Eric Lindahl

Feb 4 - Annual Auction

posted Jan 8, 2020, 6:07 PM by Mark Olsoe

Here's your chance to clean out your sailing loft and/or garage.  Bring your used gear here to sell and also be ready to bid on some great gear!  10% of sales price goes to club as a donation. Non-Members are always welcome. For more information: (206)795-2111

Jan 7th - Presentation by New Commodore Scott Wallingford - Minutes Attached

posted Jan 4, 2020, 4:57 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 8:43 AM ]

This meeting will be an introduction to the 2020 season and present the calendar of events for NWMA. Also a presentation from Scott Wallingford (Commodore) and the other offices who wish to share a little about themselves. 

Then it will be open to hear about others plans for cruising, racing, modifying, building in 2020. A great time for new members and attendees to introduce themselves and find people with common interests and plans.

Happy New Year everyone!  As usual folks showed up at the clubhouse around 630 for the pot luck.  We even had the disco ball on for a while.  Everyone had a good time catching up and meeting a couple new faces.  Good to see some long time members as well.  I met Rick who bought a Corsair Dash 24’ trimaran in October currently at Elliot Bay Marina but looking for new moorage.  Dang, I neglected to get his contact info, hopefully we’ll see him again.  Von who sailed with Dana and Lyndsey on their Horstman 44 a couple years ago.  He’s looking for a Horstman ~40 footer.  Hadn’t seen Kirby for a while.  He said his F31 One Design is for sale.  Saw Edd again with a 28’ tri on R dock.  Always nice to see seldom seen folks drop in from time to time.  Other attendees were more or less regulars.  I’m glad the club is still supported on several fronts.  


Around 7 our new commodore, Scott Wallingford, rang the bell to start the meeting and everyone circled up to introduce themselves and say what they’ve been up to.  This always generates a nice vibe and a bit of discussion.  I think 3 teams of the R2AK were represented tonight as well as one for the 70/48 paddle from Tacoma to Pt Townsend the day before.  It was fun to hear of their efforts.  A couple teams are looking for volunteers to bring their boats back home after the race.  Here’s your chance for an Alaska cruise.


Mark our treasurer was absent but Vice Commodore Diane filled in saying the balance is at $7963.  $8123 someone interjected as he’d just paypal-ed his dues tonight.  She mentioned that the room rental went up to $125 from $115.  Still pretty dang reasonable.  Scott mentioned the possibility of having meetings no charge at his office on Commodore Way.  If so Rob Wright said he’d buy the beer.  That raised some approving eyebrows. 


We had no speaker this month as Commodore Scott wanted to go over this years schedule.  It was obvious he put a lot of effort and time into it.  I won’t repeat it all as I imagine it will be posted on our website.  The highlight was the Corsair National Championships to be held at Pt Roberts July 15-17,  (the race week starts the 13th though).   There is a little more emphasis on racing this year to tune up for and to make a good showing at the Nationals.  I’m even thinking about doing this.  There was mentioned some races that a few of our members often attend: Race to Straits May 1-2, Swiftsure May 22-25, Cowichan Bay Aug 1-2, and Round the County Nov 7-8.  Other races are listed on the schedule but there was no discussion as to our participation.


Other highlights of the schedule included our June 7th meeting will be in Pt Townsend again as it was so popular last year.  Its the night before the R2AK start.  Our Everett Rally will be May 16-17.  Encouragement to join the BC Multihull Society’s rallies, especially the Labour Day one.  Left off was a July 3 raft up and fireworks viewing at Poulsbo with migration to Blake Island on the 4th to see Seattle’s that evening.  Friday July 3 will be a national holiday so it should be a fun 3 day weekend.  I plan to be there.  Hopefully you will see the schedule on the website, all in all it can be a very full slate of events this year.


Scott mentioned he wants to use Facebook a lot and encourages folks to post stuff there.  Some of us don’t do FB but as long as our website is kept up to date, (which I’m happy to do with our webmaster), I’m all for any publicity we can generate.  


Scott also gave an overview of his sailing background.  Since he’s a relatively new member it was nice to learn what he’s been up to.  Currently he is a broker with Wright Yachts, the Corsair/Seawind Dealer in Seattle.  But he’s owned a boat repair shop in Renton, had a TV show on the Discovery Channel and done a brief internship with Signature Yachts at Beneteau in France.  He’s done several interesting multihull races and deliveries around the world including the R2AK in 2018 on a Corsair 970 trimaran.  To top it off he has brought some nice enthusiasm to our club.  We look forward to the new year with him at the helm.  


Since Scott is tied into the sailing professional scene in Seattle he will try and have industry pros make short 10-15 minute presentations on their area of expertise at some of the meetings.  March 3 is scheduled to be BRI Solutions about solar power.


The next meeting, Feb 4, will be our annual auction.  Its always fun and I’ve found some great deals there.  We hope to see you there.  Bring money.

-- Eric Lindahl, Secretary

Dec 3 -- Christmas Party Potluck w/ Minutes Attached

posted Nov 26, 2019, 10:05 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 5:58 PM ]

Come one come all to kick off the Holiday's at our festive Annual Christmas Party Potluck.  Bring a dish and/or drinks to share.  The club will be providing a couple of growlers of beer and a red and a white bottle of wine.  Please also be ready to discuss and select the Racer, Cruiser and Builder of the year. 

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Northwest Multihull Association!

Northwest Multihull Association Dec 3, 2019 Holiday Party


No meeting minutes but I’ll write a short note about our Holiday party Dec 3.  Diane, Mark, Eric and Marilyn met at the club at 5 pm to set up tables, chairs, table cloths, Christmas lights and decorations and table settings.  It was kind of fun working together sprucing up the place and visiting.  Many hands make light work and all.  People started to arrive just after 6.   We had a little over 25 of us, (I remembered to count around 8:30 after a few had left).   It was nice to see the Kitsap ferry travelers contingent, Joe, Sue, David, Julia, maybe someone else I missed.   They traveled the longest but Martyn and Linda probably drove the furthest, from La Conner.  For a good half hour or so we all stood around catching up as the potluck table grew more and more food.  It’s amazing how a non choreographed

potluck turns out so well.  Plenty of main dishes, side dishes, salads, munchies and desserts, wine, beer and soft drinks were available.  However, I was wondering if anyone was ever going to sit down at the nicely decked out tables we’d worked so hard on.  Finally a few did and soon all ~25 of us were sitting at the one long table like an old time feast, having a good time talking boats, family and adventures.  It was a nice way to usher in the Christmas season, a nice holiday vibe, especially with the dimmed lights and 1980’s disco ball rotating.  There was plenty of time to catch up on everyone’s activities of the past year.  Outgoing Commodore Jeff said a few words followed by new Commodore Scott.  We gave them a round of applause for their contribution to keeping our club going strong!  Their effort is greatly appreciated!  We wrapped up around 9:30 with everyone helping to take down the decorations and clean up.  Happy Holidays to you all!  We hope to see you at next year’s first meeting, January 7.


PS attached below is a list of sails available cheap, like what ever you want to pay, with proceeds to the club.  Most are from the late Larry Christiansen’s 39’ trimaran Invictus with ~65’ mast.  Rick Sutherland (ricksutherland at earthlink dot com)has them at his house except the .75 oz spinnaker which is at my house ejlindahl at comcast dot net.  Let us know if you want them.  If the image didn't load I'll list the luff lengths and sail type below:

1.5 oz runner luff 24'  good, .5 oz triradial 61'  fair, .75 oz reaching 68' excellent, 140% reacher/genoa? 57’ new, main sail 38' fair, hobie 16? tramps.  Eric took the following home but its available; 3/4? oz spin 33'  excellent,


Secretary, Eric Lindahl

Nov. 5 - SeaWind Restoration Project Forum -- Minutes Attached

posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:32 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 10:24 PM ]

This month's meeting will be a forum on Chance and Ty Cambel's restoration of a SeaWing 24’ 10” trimaran, fixer-upper. Need to build interior, fix soft spots on hull, reset deck hardware, chip/sand and repaint vaka. Purchased summer 2019. They’ll show photos of current condition of boat, will discuss repair plans, and would like YOUR ADVICE!   Plan on a lively Q and A discussion!

Chance graduted UW ME '19, sailed from Ketchikan to Seattle in 2019 to help return Team Narwhal’s R2AK trimaran home. Ty is a commercial diver out of Bellingham. Both brothers grew up doing extensive motor boating and sailing in the PNW.  Pictured below is the boat as purchased, followed by a picture of the goal which is a SeaWing in good condition.

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Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.   Attendance was a bit different this week as there were some folks we hadn’t seen in a while who were interested in getting and giving some advice via Chance Campbell who was our speaker.


Commodore Jeff rang the bell at 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned that we will be electing new officers tonight and gave a brief recap of the last 2 years.  He mentioned establishment of our tool library, coordination of a Safety at Sea class for our members early next year, reinvigoration of our Poulsbo raft up and 2 successful Rendezvous’s at Everett.  The group thanked him for his turn at the helm and for the things he accomplished. 


We then elected Officers by raising of hands.  Scott Wallingford will be our new commodore.  Scott has been a member for a few years, sailed the Corsair 970 in the 2018 R2AK and is a broker with Wright Yachts the Corsair and Seawind Dealer.  We look forward to his leadership.   Jim Miller will take over PHRF from Martyn Adams.  The rest of the slate will remain the same, Mark Olsoe Treasurer, Diane Johnson Vice Commodore, Eric Lindahl Secretary Andrew Rice Membership, Vince DePillis.PHRF handicapper, Jonathan Kallay Race Captain & Tool Library.  IT whizzes will be Mark Olsoe and Jonathan Kallay. 


Treasurer Mark was not in attendance but the bank balance has been very stable the last several years at around $7500.


After the meeting we went around the room to introduce ourselves and tell what we were up to.  We are always happy to welcome our visitors and hear of their interests are.    I will mention just a few that we hadn’t seen in a while;  It was nice to see Joe and Sue D.  They have sailed their 48’ cat from Mexico to Sitka then to Poulsbo where it will be for a while.  Rick and Loretta S came by with a list of sails available very cheap or free from Larry Christianson’s famous trimaran Invictus.  I will post the list below, contact him at Ricksutherland at earthlink dot net.  They have lost track of the boat’s  location as it has been stripped and resold several times.  If you know where it is please send Rick an email.  They also brought a box of 1960’s and 70’s Multihull magazines to give away.  What an interesting trove to look over.   Eric L and Dan H took what ever was left over.  Drop Eric a line if you want to take a look or get a couple, ejlindahl at comcast dot net.   Rob Wright was here and announced that Wright Yachts will be a/(the?) sponsor for the Corsair trimaran Nationals this summer.  It is in conjunction with Pt Roberts Race Week.  This is the former Whidbey Island Race Week which has changed hands.  Also notable were two former(?) members who I’d never met.  I think they came by to hear about our featured Seawings trimaran.  Welcome back David W with 21’ kayak Trimaran , and Ed H., who’s 28’ 1973 folding Saxiguard trimaran is next to the Shilshole breakwater.  There were 10 or 12 others in attendance as well.  It was nice to see them all.   Not there, but I want to include, are Joel & Patty S. They’ll be moving the 3 hulls of their Marples 35’ tri to Napa California beginning this month for final assembly and finishing.   They would like to sell their trailerable Windrider trimaran, anyone interested?   Joel said he would be happy to show anyone his beautiful boat who did not make it to his open house. Definitely worth the drive to Woodinville; joelnsmith at me dot com or  Seattle’s area code then 372 0559.  In fact I’ll include a write up of the open house at the end of these minutes.  


We rearranged chairs to view the images of Chance and Ty Campbell’s new to them Seawings 24 trimaran.  They bought it this summer and are planning to get it in shape this winter for next spring.  Only Chance could make it down from Bellingham.  He had lots of before pictures but no afters just yet.  There were only 4 boats made and this is the prototype.  They bought it from a navy naval architect on Bainbridge Island.  Its designed by Skip Johnson an aeronautical engineer in southern California in 1988.  There is not much info on the web and Skip is deceased, (Someone said google “the small tri guy” for a website for old small trimarans).  It has a 33’ rotating mast and made of 3/8 yellow foam that the group thought might be Divinycell.   It is demountable and an ama weighs about 200 lbs so was just barely manueverable for the two young brothers.  Being new to the game Chance was asking for advice on what should be done and how.  Some of the issues and pictures he showed  were a few soft deck spots, peeling paint on the Vaka, gouged and split rudder and a bit of hull fairing compound coming off.  There were many helpful ideas and advice given.  So much I fear that it was hard to keep them straight as he took notes.   Most said get the boat out sailing first to see if it is a good boat.  You don’t want to put a lot of time into it if its not the right boat for you or worth the time and effort for a proper rehab.  Many said check the rigging, make sure the rudder is good, grind off whats peeling, slap on and fair some bondo, paint it with latex and go sail it.  Other terms flying about were vacuuming for moisture removal & relaminating, Festool, 24 grit grinder, heat gun (be careful on epoxy), chemical stripper.  As I said much discussion and information.  We wish him luck.  Meeting concluded we put the room back in order chatted a bit and left for home.


Next month’ meeting, Dec 3, we will revert back to our tradition of a potluck and Christmas Party at our regular meeting place; the Puget Sound Yacht Club.  Hope to see you there.


Post Script;  I just learned that Dana Hoffman passed away last weekend.  This is so sad.  He and Lyndsey attended our meeting just last month.  Dana and Lyndsey were very long time members and they’d built a 44’ Horstman trimaran in Lake City and had it trucked on Aurora Avenue in the middle of the night to launch at Lk Union right next to our meeting place.  They told us their story at a meeting a few years back.  Their Horstman is for sale and its said to be in quite good shape.  RIP good man.


Below is the list of Invictus sails from Rick Sutherland.  Cheap, like what ever you want to pay:  His email is in the text above.  If the image didn't load I'll list the luff lengths and sail type below:

1.5 oz runner luff 24'  good, .5 oz triradial 61'  fair, .75 oz reaching 68' excellent, 140% reacher/genoa? 57’ new, main sail 38' fair, hobie 16? tramps.  Eric took the following home but its available; 3/4? oz spin 33'  excellent, call Eric


I thought I’d do a write up of Joel and Patty’s Marples 35 trimaran open house of Oct 27, 2019.  They have been working on it for 2 years at a friends property in Woodinville.   The build began on Vashon Island several decades ago by David Vinson.  David was a long time NWMA club member and good friend and coworker of Wayne E.  He’d built a couple boats, including getting Wayne interested in multihulls by building 3 Meters with him.  Sadly David got sick and passed away way too soon, before he could put the hulls together.  A few years back the project was offered for sale and Steve M, a rescuer of multihulls, bought them and trailered it all down to Reno.  

Joel and Patty had started coming to our NWMA meetings about that time in search of a cruising multihull.  Wayne was a good friend of David and knew the boat would be a perfect fit for them.  He urged a serious look at the project.  Joel went to Reno and found that nearly all the rigging and material, including 5 new sails, winches, rigged mast and boom, the works, was already accumulated by David and it was of the highest quality.  The deal was made and Joel trailered it back to Washington.   Read the rest of the story with pictures on our website.

- Eric Lindahl

October 1 - “We, the Voyagers: Our Moana" w/ Minutes

posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:07 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 7:43 PM ]

This is part 2 of a presentation on Polynesian sailing by Mimi George, Captain Luke Vaikawi, and Meph Wyeth from  It emphasizes setting the sails,finding our way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves, stars, and other signs that our ancestors show us when we meet with adversity. We arrive at islands and learn what happened to family members since the last voyage some generations earlier. We reconcile, reaffirm our love for each other, and look to our future together. There will be a Q and A session after the film.

Captain Luke Vaikawi, born and raised on Taumako, Duffs Group, SE Solomon Islands, is Executive Director of the Vaka Valo Group (VVA). VVA runs the Lata Voyaging School programs, training youth to build their proa voyaging canoes and navigate using only ancient designs, materials, and methods. Luke just retired from 25 years leading patrol boats and international safety programs for the Solomon Islands Maritime Police.

Mimi George has worked in support of communities who perpetuate the ancient voyaging practices, and who have requested help with documentation of the ancient knowledge and practices. Her sailing projects include a winter-over in the Antarctic, co-originating the Vaka Taumako Project of Pacific Traditions Society ( and vakataumako on Facebook), and 26 years working to carry out the voyaging education plan of Te Aiki Kaveia of Taumako and his descendants..

H. Meph Wyeth, raised in a sailing family, is a Director of a Hawaiian cultural institute and of Pacific Traditions Society. Meph correlates themes and performances of European and Polynesian stories.

Northwest Multihull Association, potluck starts at 6:30 pm, club meeting and presentation 7:30 at Puget Sound Yacht Club on Lake Union, 2321 N. Northlake Way, Seattle. Non-Members are always welcome. For more information: (206)795-2111

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Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.  There are always a few new faces and its fun to get to know them and their sailing aspirations.  It seems like there were about 25 of us attending.


Commodore Jeff rang the bell at 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned that we will be electing new officers next month and called for candidates for the Commodore and Vice Commodore.  Other officers have agreed to re-up.  Also this is renewal time for the membership and he asked everyone to sign up on the website.  It took me just a few minutes to do that, it used Paypal.   If this luddite can do it, you can too!  Financial benefits of the club were mentioned; discount at Fisheries Supply, our tool and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, Amelia Yacht Charters 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.   Plus the extensive knowledge that our members are willing to share about building, repair, sailing and racing multihulls.  We may even lend a hand now and then.


Treasurer Mark reported the bank balance at $7840 which is in the same range as years past.


After the meeting we went around the room to introduce ourselves and what we were up to.  We are happy to welcome our visitors and hear of their interests.  A few tidbits I recall:  Joel & Patty S will be moving the 3 hulls of their Marples 35’ tri to Napa California next month for final assembly and finishing.   They would like to sell their trailerable Windrider trimaran, anyone interested?    Sean H is looking for the right F31 trimaran.  New members Andrew and Connie just got a Seawind 24 cat and will moor it at Des Moines.  Long time members Dana and Lindsey would like to sell their 45’ Horstman Trimaran.  Brothers Ty and Chance bought a Sea Wings 24 trimaran and will be refurbishing it this winter.  They are our speakers next month.   Lots more but that's all I could get down in my notes.


Our speakers were introduced;  Dr. Mimi George and Captain Luke Vaikawi.  They are deeply involved with the project.  This is an effort to capture knowledge of traditional Polynesian navigation and sailing craft and culture.  In this case, proas from the Solomon Islands.   Mimi is based in Hawaii and Luke is from Taumako, a small island in the Solomons with about 500 inhabitants.  It has no harbor so cruisers are rare and it gets only a few supply ships a year.  Last April ( Mimi had presented to us about her organization and about building a traditional proa, with a peek at a video that was still being edited.  This evening the video was done and she and Luke told us about the proa’s first voyage to an outer island using traditional navigation.  Mimi had sailed there in 1993, befriended the inhabitants and became interested in the culture.  She met Te Aliki Kruso Kaveiawho who was the last elder alive who had actually helped build, sail and navigate in the traditional way.  He asked for help in getting the next generation interested in preserving this culture and knowledge.  He passed away in 2009 at the age of 98.  You could see how enthused and knowledgeable Luke was to carry on and participate in the traditions and help the project along.  Their program started with the completed ~55 minute video, showing enactments of legends of the island’s voyaging traditions (Lata), then the search for clues from living elders as to how to actually obtain, prepare and fashion raw materials and for constructing the craft, then videos of the actual build.  It continued with crew selection and their specific chores for sailing, navigating, shunting, etc.  It ended with footage of the the first overnight voyage to an outer island in a traditional proa in many decades.   Most interesting to me was a very good explanation of the traditional navigation techniques using stars, waves, clouds, weather and current patterns and bird and sea life observations.  There were excellent graphic representations of this, including how wave trains from various seasonal wind directions interacted, could be read and, importantly, how they bounced off islands to show the way to the various islands in the widespread Solomon archipelago.  There was video of an elder drawing a complicated compass rose in the sand of all of this as well as a modern diagram with notes and explanations depicting this rose.  It was not possible for me to take it all in so quickly but it was fascinating.  This alone was worth the viewing. The film also had bits of some of the technical aspects of the sails and hulls and how, by centuries of experience, there came to be many advanced technical aspects of the vessel.  It was just really cool seeing it all, as well as how they actually sailed the proa.  After the video Mimi gave more details and insights about the project.  Then there was a Q&A session that lasted as long as you wanted, with several of us hanging around for over an hour.  Luke stole the show with his first hand account of the whole process and about life on the island.  Mimi, Luke and their associate Meph Wyeth, who was also present, are touring N. America giving this presentation and hopefully collecting a few donations to help the effort.  I didn’t see a calendar on the webpage above but if you email Mimi there I’m sure she will respond.  We thanked them, gave an applause and wished them well.


Next month, Nov 5, brothers Ty and Chance Campbell tell about their new Seawing 24 trimaran.  Here’s the announcement:


Restoration project: SeaWing 24’ 10” trimaran, fixer-upper. Need to build interior, fix soft spots on hull, reset deck hardware, chip/sand and repaint vaka. Purchased summer 2019.


They’ll show photos of current condition of boat, will discuss repair plans, and would like YOUR ADVICE!   Plan on a lively Q and A discussion!


Chance graduated UW ME '19, and then sailed from Ketchikan to Seattle to help return Team Narwhal’s R2AK trimaran home. Ty is a commercial diver out of Bellingham. Both brothers grew up doing extensive motor boating and sailing in the PNW.


Eric Lindahl

206 525-8472

9562 Lakeshore Bvd. NE

Seattle, Washington 98115

Sept.3 - What We Did This Summer

posted Aug 28, 2019, 2:45 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 4:00 PM ]

The speakers will be….  You, Me, and Us! Let’s hear about your sailing experiences. Please bring photos of your recent times out sailing, preferably on multihulls, favorite destinations, cruising, racing, building, anything boat-related.  Photos can be on your PC, camera card, or preferably USB data stick, etc.  Club will provide a PC, projector, and universal camera card reader.  I hope you all enjoyed the summer.  Welcome back to NWMA!”

Sunday June 2 - R2AK 'Ruckus' and Dinner Meeting in Port Townsend -- Minutes Attached

posted May 7, 2019, 3:43 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jul 2, 2019, 2:47 PM ]

We will have our monthly meeting in Port Townsend on Sunday June 2.  Why? Turns out that the Race to Alaska "Ruckus" followed by race start the next day is on the eve of the 1st Tuesday of the month.  So our meeting in Port Townsend takes advantage of this, and it gives our west of the Sound members a chance to attend conveniently. 

On Sunday the R2AK “Race Ruckus” begins at noon and continues all afternoon and evening  R2AK boats will be on the seaside end of Point Hudson marina  and in Pope Marine Park next to the Northwest Maritime Center.It is great fun to stroll among, and see, the variety of boats and talk to the competitors as they assemble and do last minute tweaks to their entries.  So come early in the day and bump into NWMA members along the way. Also the SEVENTY48 racers will be finishing as they arrive from Tacoma. Coincidentally the Classic Mariner (SEVENTY48) regatta boats will be on the inland end of Point Hudson marina.

At 5pm we will transition to the other end of town, 1 mile southwest, to walk the docks at Boat Haven marina (where there might be more R2AK boats)   

6 – 8 pm we will enjoy dinner and NW Multihull meeting at the Port Townsend Yacht Club

We hope to see you in the marvelous multi maritime mecca of Port Townsend! 

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We did something different this year which some of us had been thinking about for a while.  We had the meeting across Puget Sound so that the members over there did not have to suffer the cost, schedule and time to take a ferry to get to Seattle.  Since the R2AK race was starting June 2 and our first Tuesday meeting date was so close we decided to combine the two and have the meeting in Port Townsend on Sunday evening before the start of the race.  The race is a popular draw for multihullers and this multiplied the attraction for folks to come to the meeting.  It worked as I counted exactly 50 people sitting down, having dinner, libations and a wonderful time.

Vice Commodore Diane J. did a great job of pulling this all together with husband Mark O. helping out behind the scenes.  Others helped here and there I suspect but they, unfortunately, are unknown to this writer.  Diane connected with NWMA member Doug H. in Port Townsend who is a member of the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  Doug got us a great rate to rent the club for the evening.  We had no planned presentation other than to walk the docks all day to view the amazing craft that were rigging up to start the race at 5 am the next morning.  That was a great carnival atmosphere with food carts, sponsor tents, live music and the best Victorian and maritime town that I know of.

Around 4:30, at least 10 folks showed up to help prep the mountain of food Diane bought at Costco and to set up tables and chairs.  It was so nice to have many hands make short, and fun, work of it.  What a great community we have!  After a good hour of snacking, gabbing and imbibing from 5-~6pm the dinner bell rang and we queued up to a quick double line on either side of the loaded serving tables.  Wine and keg were there as well.  We had a great time chatting and chowing down with our table mates. There were 50 or more NWMA members and friends here. 

When most of the food was eaten Vice Commodore Diane stood up and thanked Doug and another PTYC member John P. for making their club house and kitchen available to us.  We all gave a hearty round of applause.  She mentioned a few Multihull Club meeting items since Commodore Jeff could not attend; going over the advantages of our club membership; such as discounts at Fisheries Supply, tools and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, Amelia Yacht Charters 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.   

Diane then acknowledged some of the long time members and seldom seen members from this far side of Puget Sound.  Long-time members Bill Bowman, John Matthiesen, Rita Kepner, Floyd Moore and others spontaneously stood up and in turn spoke at length about how this club changed so many lives in those early, heady years of building plywood trimarans with dreams of sailing off over the horizon.  Many did.  Past Commodore Martyn mentioned seeing an old invoice for 30 aluminum masts!  Such was the activity of home builders whence this club was born from.   We heard from many others including a couple who came all the way from Portland (wow) for the meeting (and I suspect the r2ak festivities too).  Lots of fun stories were told.  Multihull broker Matthew Dunning was there.  And a wonderful young family on a unique Featherlight 435 catamaran on the hard next door came by.  It was fun to hear of their 10 year refit and plan to sail to San Diego very soon to begin a cruising life; they already have been living aboard in Lake Union and in the boat yard for a long time! 

We also heard from Bill Q and Team Narwhal about their preparation and training for a shot at R2AK glory.  Club members Joel, Mark D., and Li are going along with him.  The vessel is the F32 trimaran Tatiana that Bill built in garages in 3 different states.  Look em up in the R2AK participants page  Mark nearly won stage one of the first R2AK on a sailboard!  Li did the race last year in the beautiful Corsair 970 trimaran of Team Wright Yachts. 

Joel and wife Patty are living aboard, on the hard, finishing off the Marples 35 trimaran that Dave Vincent began many years ago but Dave passed away with it partially completed.  Our long-time members expressed much thanks to Joel and Patty for completing/realizing the dream that this boat represents.  They plan to cruise long and far. 

Vince D. raised a toast to Team Narwhal.  Then local sailors John Powers and Lynn Gleason offered some local knowledge to Team Narwhal so that they could be victorious in their quest for R2AK glory. Greg Jacobs made a great looking R2AK plaque for Team Narwhal. All very nice gestures. 

Somewhere during this time Tom S. was cajoled into giving us a rundown of the last Americas Cup in Bermuda. He enthusiastically complied in his usual entertaining and wonderfully informative manner.   It turned into a good 30+ minutes of thoughts and Q&A. The AC 50’ foiling catamarans (he referred to them as F50s, but they’re not Farriers) are being given a second life in a Grand Prix 50 circuit currently spanning the globe.  Most recently last April they had 2 days of great racing of the 6 boat fleet right on the waterfront in SFO (San Francisco). If you haven’t seen the utube of that series you should look it up.  It was nearly as spectacular as the 2013 cup race with the 72 footers in SFO.  I interjected my fantastic AC experience in 2013 there and strongly encouraged anyone who can, to attend the 2020 GP50 event in SFO.  I’m certainly going to try to get down there.  He mentioned that Larry Ellison is footing the bill for this Grand Prix circuit series (4 or 5 races this year) for 5 years!  So there will likely be one each year in SFO, Larry’s home town, to go see.  DO IT!  Ok enough cheer leading.

Tom mentioned that as the crews over the last couple years learned how to sail and foil the F-50s, the racing became more traditional.  Such that conventional tactics and strategy came more into play, as opposed to straight out boat speed, foiling and banging the corners.  I did notice this when I watched the SFO series on Utube.  It seemed that there were times when those fantastic boats were engaged in tacking duels, AT 30-49 KNOTS!!!!  The racing was often very close.  Tom then touched on the evolution of the current AC boats, which are foiling “monohulls”.  He mentioned that it will be interesting if the winds are light and the boats come off their foils.  His thought is that they may have a hard time getting back up to foiling speed as compared with the non ballasted catamarans of the last two AC contests.  It may be that they will end up just banging the corners of the race course to avoid gybes and tacks that will expose them to splashdowns.

After this it became obvious that wondering about not having a program for the meeting was unfounded.  The stories just continued as more members stood up to share their experiences of this club over the last 52 years.  It was truly a wonderful and spontaneous evening.  It was very cool to hear about the early years of the club and the enthusiasm and thankfulness that the old timers had for it.  It would have been fun to have it recorded for posterity but I can’t take notes that fast.

We have our summer recess now until the first meeting on Tuesday, September 3.  However some of us will likely sail to Poulsbo on July 3 to see their fireworks and then sail to Blake Island on the 4th to see the ones in Seattle.  Come raft up. 

Some will go to Cowichan Bay regatta first week of August, and I had a great time meeting up with our northern partners of the British Columbia Multihull Society at their raft up last September.  I recommend you go to their website and get the details and show up this year. They are a fun welcoming bunch. says: Our three major cruising/racing events are the (mid May) Victoria Day sail-in at Port Browning on Pender Island, the Summer Sail in July 19-21 at Newcastle Island near Naniamo and the Labour Day  sail-in again at Port Browning August 31– September 2.

Till next September; fair winds.

Eric Lindahl, NWMA Secretary

May 7 - Team Wright Yachts Completes 2018 R2AK -- Minutes Attached

posted May 2, 2019, 2:04 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 3:55 PM ]

Li Sung and possibly Rob Wright will talk about their completion of the 2018 Race to Alaska in a brand new Corsair 970 Sport trimaran.

Meeting Minutes & Notes for Northwest Multihull Association May 7, 2019 Meeting


Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.  There are always a few new faces and its fun to get to know them and their sailing aspirations.  


Commodore Jeff rang the bell at around 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned our Summer schedule including next month’s meeting at Port Townsend on Sunday June 2.  This is a departure from our normal meeting spot so that we can enjoy seeing the festivities of the R2AK boats that day and also to act on a desire to make it easy, for once, for our Kitsap Penninsula members to come to the meeting.  He put a plug in for our informal rendezvous at Poulsbo on July 3 just off the bandstand to view the fireworks and then a sail the next day to Blake Island to see the Seattle fireworks.  Jeff then outlined the financial benefits of the club; discount at Fisheries Supply, Tools and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, free boat show tickets, and Amelia Yacht Charters 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.   


Treasurer Mark did not have exact figures for the current balance but noted that we probably came out ahead or even from out Everett Rally and that we were a sponsor of the Blakely Rock Benefit race last month with a $500 donation to the designated charity; the local MySail youth multihull sailing organization,


Vice Commodore Diane gave some specifics on the Port Townsend meeting on June 2:  It will be at the Pt Townsend Yacht Club in Boat Haven, the large marina 1 mile south of town.  We will meet there at 5 and walk the docks to view the various R2AK entries who are moored there.  Then at 6 we will convene at the YC for dinner and a short meeting.  The club will provide all the food and drink, soda & beer I think she said.  There is no program contemplated at this time as the R2AK will be plenty of entertainment.  She also mentioned that the Classic Yacht Show will be in town with some great boats in the Port Hudson Marina.  The 70/48 race will be finishing about the same time and it will be interesting to see some of their craft.  She encouraged all of us to invite sailors we know on the Kitsap Peninsula to come to the meeting and learn about our club.


We then went around the room to introduce ourselves and tell a bit about our boating life.  We heard from a couple who have a Seawind 1160 cat on order.  There were some first timers and a couple serious buyers on the lookout for the right multihull.  Welcome to them.


Jeff also mentioned the success and great weather we had at our annual rally in Everett last weekend.  We garnered several boats at 2pm Friday at Meadow Point to start a friendly race to Everett where we joined others for a group dinner at Anthony’s Grill.  Beautiful weather and generally enough wind to ghost our lighter weight craft well enough to keep the motoring to a minimum.  I think some of the bigger cats resorted to motoring though.  Typically, the wind piped up to 10 or so off Everett for a booming tight reach into the harbor.  On Saturday we had our fun race where most saw several gray whales off of Hat Island on our way to the turn around at Holmes Harbor.  That night the club provided a keg and pizza and salad for $10 on the party barge next to our moorings.  This also included a nice fresh continental breakfast the next morning.  Three Cheers to Jonathan K who organized/did all the food, shopping, Rsvps and logistics for this event.  The gathering on the barge Sunday morning was a continuation of the confab the night before.  Over the weekend people got to tour many interesting boats.  One could see beautiful cruising cats: Seawind 1160, Mahe 36, a racy Crowther/Calvert 42 and an interesting and fast home build 40’er based off of Kurt Hughes hulls.  There were several Farrier trimarans; F9A, F32AX, F31R and AC, Sprint 750, Pulse 600, and I probably missed someone.  We found a crew slot on Saturday for anyone who wanted to sail on a multihull.  After the leisurely breakfast in the warm sun on Sunday we cast off for home bases, most to Seattle.  It started out light to no wind with a motor to about Edmonds where a light north wind filled in to around 6 or 10 knots for glorious reaching under spinnaker, back and forth across the sound to Shilshole Bay.  It was great to see our various boats spread out across Puget Sound enjoying the afternoon.


The evening program was a presentation by Li Sung about his team Wright Yachts entry in the 2018 R2AK on a beautiful red (my favorite color) brand new Corsair 970 Trimaran.  (Its for sale!)  They had a good team of 3 but the boat arrived unassembled in 2 containers just 2 weeks ahead of the start.  It was interesting to hear the difficulties of figuring how the boat was to go together and adding the rowing and pedal stations to propel the boat when the wind died in the no motors race.  He thanked the several club members for their help learning to sail multihulls particularly the Farrier/Corsair owners who took them out sailing to get used to that size trimaran. The first hand account of the tribulations (food, water, sleep, weather, route finding) of the race itself was very instructive to those thinking about a future effort.  There were great pictures and a nicely edited video to finish it off.  Afterwards Li patiently and thoroughly fielded many questions from us.   


Meeting and program adjourned around 10 then we pitched in to clean up and put the room back in order. 


PS:  Here is a list of attendees at the Everett Rally not in any particular order.  Someone said there were 10 total so I got em all.


Seawind 1160 Amelia, Li S.

Fontaine Pajot Mahe 36 One World,  Martyn and Linda A.

Crowther/Calvert 42 Green Flash Jim M.

interesting and fast home build 40’er based off of Kurt Hughes hulls forgot the name, Lloyd F.

F9A Ruff Duck, Jeff O.

F32AX Tatiana,  Bill Q. 

F31R Freda Mae Vince D.

F31AC Min Vän, Eric L.

Sprint 750 Name?, owner Steve

Pulse 600 Name?,  Owner John

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