Club announcements

Tue, April 6 -- MY SAIL & Joel and Patti's Completion of CC35 Trimaran Manxi

posted Mar 30, 2021, 8:17 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Mar 30, 2021, 9:01 PM ]

Our Zoom meeting will be:

6:30 pm (Pacific Time) Virtual Potluck 

7:00 NWMA Meeting and Announcements

7:20 Peter Nelson of Seattle's Multihull Youth Sailing Foundation, MY SAIL talks about upcoming events include several months of Thursday evening free sailing on Hobie   Cats at Shilshole Marina, multihull sailing summer camps with CYC, racing and more! Peter is also connected to the Hobie Cat fleet.

7:30 presenters: Joel and Patty Smith's three year journey finishing former NW Multihull member David Vinson's Marples CC35 trimaran project. They’re now sailing “Manxi”, completing sea trials and preparing for voyages!  

Zoom info is below the following pictures, looking forward to seeing you all!

Beginning: Main hull part of David Vinson's trimaran project.


Ending: Joel and Patti have continued David Vinson's project into a well-built trimaran!

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Monday March 8 - WA360, TinyWattsSolar -- Minutes Attached

posted Feb 26, 2021, 11:48 AM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Mar 22, 2021, 1:24 PM ]

Note unusual date because of presenter's schedules. Daniel Evans will talk about WA360 the R2AK replacement, then Tiny Watts Solar will present.

Meeting will be on line beginning at 6:30pm PST using the "Zoom" app, info is at end below. Plan on joining us from near and far.

6:30 pm PST   - Virtual Potluck

7:00 pm – 7:15pm; Daniel Evans: NW Maritime Center; Race Boss for the Race to Alaska, Seventy48 and the new WA360. His brief introduction will be to discuss the WA360. 

 7:15 to 7:30: NWMA Official’s announcements

7:30 to  8:15 ; YouTube sensations and modernized mobile power gurus, Savana and Wes Watts, founders of Tiny Watts Solar based in Oregon State will jump online to share new developments and equipment for collecting and storing power mobility. They will be joining us aboard a Catamaran in the Hawaii that they have personally equipped.  

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We had our March meeting on Monday the 8th due to scheduling with our presenters.  Diverting from our normal first Tuesday gatherings doesn’t seem to be much of a problem with Zoom meetings.


As always the first half hour was catching up with everyone.  Joel and Patty launched their Marples 35 trimaran last month after a year plus assembling the three hulls and countless boat parts at the Napa Valley boat yard.  They are now in Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, CA.  So far they’ve made several outings to learn the boat, some overnight.  The family of the original builder (David Vinson) got in touch with them and are happy that the boat is on its way to new adventures.  They’ll be leaving the bay area in a few months for SoCal, Mexico and beyond, covid restriction dependent.  I think they said that they will have an AIS so we can keep up with them via a commercial app.  “They are on Instagram at sv.manxi and Facebook at manxisv but here is a link to an article and a few photos about them.


Some other bits I recall from the conversations:  Andrew E. is doing work on floor boards & nets on his Seawings 24 cat for the WA360 race.  Ginnie Jo is being furtive about an F27 trimaran she hopes to buy and will spill the beans when that happens. In addition she’s also been working on her “muffin top” camper van in hopes of further adventures with her young family. Jessica and Shaun have been sprucing up their F31 for the season.  Martyn and Linda are exploring the wonders of AC wiring in a European catamaran.  They bought a truck camper and have been switching between land and water adventures.  Commodore Scott just got back from racing on Tula’s borrowed Corsair 880 trimaran in the nationals in Florida.  He raved about the sailing and had a great time.  Joe and Sue are nearing the end of some quality yard time for their catamaran.  He’d hoped to have left the land of fiberglass and dust sometime ago but, alas…..  I’m sure I missed other conversation bits but you get the idea.  Join us next time. 


 At 7:00 Commodore Scott brought us to order with a brief introduction to Daniel Evans of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.  He is the Race Boss of the R2AK and Seventy48 engineless races.  Because the R2AK can not be run due to Covid, and other big races were cancelled he decided to “take control of the future”.  He and cohorts came up with the WA360.  It’s a race circumnavigating Puget Sound without using engines, though you can keep them aboard.  He riffed on a means of assuring compliance such as a special rainbow zip tie around some important engine part or and old fashion wax seal but he also conjuring up the idea of revered 4 time sailing gold medalist Paul Elvstrom’s famous quote:  “You haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors.”   If you have a simple compliance idea email him.  Another rule is that you may not have any previously planned outside support, though you can use any shoreside facilities available to anyone else, such as chandleries, stores, hotels, etc…..   

The race starts in Pt Townsend and goes counter clockwise to Olympia then thru the Saratoga Passage around Pt Roberts and back to Pt Townsend.  There are options and several marks to round in the loop.  You can portage if you want.  All competitors will have race trackers so we can follow the action and maybe get a look at some of the choke points.  There’s 3 divisions; Go Fast, Go Hard (cruisers) and Human Powered.  A World Boxing Champion size belt buckle is rumored to be first prize.  There will be no parties, ruckus or other non allowed gatherings, though people can just happen to be in Pt Townsend for the start early on Monday, June 7.  The Seventy48 human powered race from Tacoma to Pt Townsend will be finishing during Saturday and Sunday before the start of the 360 so lots of cool boats will be in town.  I’m looking forward to being there.  After a few minutes of enthusiastic Q&A Daniel had to get his kids to bed so we bid him adieu at 715.  Here is the website:


 Commodore Scott then had a few minutes of club business asking folks to join and reviewing the advantages of being a member, Fisheries Supply discount, racing, cruising events, tool library and expert advice of many longtime multihullers.  He is trying to have the Corsair National Championships in our area next year.  Its very preliminary and no details have been worked out.  He is also looking to have a small Corsair donated to the club to garner interest in multihulls.  It can be kept at his business’s dry moorage spot at Shilshole Marina.  He mentioned that the dry storage is going to be expanded.  Brief mention was made of keeping our Pt Townsend YC reservation for the June meeting the night before the start of the WA360.  With covid vaccinations going strong there is hope that the state will allow gatherings by that time.  This was not resolved yet.  Scott mentioned that Peter Nelson of Multihull Youth Sailing won’t be presenting this evening but will join us next month.   Treasurer Mark reported that the club bank balance is $7097 and that 54 burgees were purchased for $1110 to replenished the club inventory.  A couple new members mentioned they hadn’t received one.  Another couple mentioned that they’d flown the flag so much that they were disintegrating.  The club acknowledged that we needed to get burgees out to these folks.  


 Our second speakers, the Tiny Watts couple Savana and Wesley Watts were introduced and given the floor.  Their Oregon business is primarily supplying drop in solar power solutions for camper vans.  They lived in one for 4 years and developed their own system of solar panels, inverters, lithium batteries & controllers.  Now they are outfitting a family 1992 Lagoon 42 catamaran in Hawaii with the same systems.  They hope to sail off to the south seas with their extended family in the near future.  Wesley and Savana spoke about their nifty drop in systems and how it can be used on vessels and that they also do custom systems.  Many questions and tangents followed and it was a very interesting hour or so of info packed discussion.  Savana grew up sailing around the world for 13 years with her family.  Her dad wants to go again and will be with them for the next adventure.  More info on their website;  Their boat name is Swell.  They are advocates of large rigid residential/commercial solar panels though they admit that flexible ones have attractive features.  They said Solbian are the best flexible/walkable panels.  The cheaper ones have only 2 or 3 conductors and when one breaks they will overheat.  Bill Q said his caught fire once.  The better flexible ones have a matrix of many conductors that you can actually see and if one of those breaks its no big deal.  The rigid ones are cheaper, more efficient and longer lasting.  Except for engines and a propane oven their catamaran is all electric; induction stove top, toaster oven, refer, instapot, adequate 1400 watt water heater, etc…  They have 1080 watts of panels, a 3000 watt inverter and 600 amp hours of lithium iron phosphate batteries.  This provides plenty of power for unlimited time.  Joel and Patty (mentioned earlier) said they put together the same set up for their boat.  Here are some snippets of info I caught.  LiFePo batteries are safest with little chance of overheating.  They do have circuit breakers for each of their 6 batteries.  The system is 1/4 the weight of a lead acid battery system and longer lasting at 8 - 13 years depending on how far and often you draw them down.  Though they can go to nearly to zero they advise topping up at 80% discharge vs LA batteries only can supply 50% of their capacity without damage.  They advise having a low DC voltage cut off on house batteries as they’re hard to charge if they go too low.  Inverters are 80- 95% efficient but even at rest they draw ~30-50 watts daily so should be turned off when not in use.  They rely on a night light to remind them to turn off their system.  I recommended using a bathroom timer switch as I do on my attic heater.  If I need heat I turn the timer to the time I need and it goes off afterwards,  They liked that idea.  They also mentioned that you don’t need an inverter if all you have is a 12 volt system so money, weight and complexity can be saved there.  They do have a small separate lead acid battery for engine starts as that eliminates the complicated issues with the engine alternator vs Lithium battery charging needs.  The engine alternator does charge the lithium house bank though.  They are thinking down the road about a next boat after their south seas trip and they like the Seawind 1160 for potential electric motors.  Jury is still out on that.  After the Q&A was exhausted we bid adieu to Savana and Wesley thankful for their generous time and information.  They said contact them any time with questions.


About half of us lingered for another 45 minutes visiting.   I hope you can join us next month

Eric Lindahl

Feb 2 -- WA360 and Billy & Sierra's Endless Summer - Minutes Attached

posted Jan 27, 2021, 10:21 AM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Feb 16, 2021, 9:29 AM ]

Minutes of Meeting --

As always our meeting started with a virtual potluck at 6:30.  We had a few folks from other parts of the country, Canada, and several I did not recognize.  Having put notices on various internet forums, maybe some were from overseas!  Our presenters Billy and Sierra, the Corsair 880 sailing YouTubers, were also online early to visit with us.  We had  a lot of back and forth discussion and I think they appreciated getting advice from our experienced cruisers.  Ira Heller the Corsair dealer from back East was with us and provided some expertise when the conversation veered toward that popular brand.  Mark D. joined us from Mexico and we heard that Joel and Patty are expecting to launch their 35’ trimaran in California next week.  That must be very exciting.


We had hoped  to have the WA360 race around Puget Sound Race Boss give us a briefing on the race but he couldn't make it at the last minute.  We’ll see if he can do that for us next month. The WA360 is replacing the covid canceled Race to Alaska. It will not be restricted by the covid closed Canadian border that caused the R2AK to be cancelled.  The WA360 is an engineless run around Puget Sound starting and ending in Port Townsend with many way points between Point Roberts and Olympia. Race Start is June 7, 2021 and has more info. We discussed the race, boats and human propulsion a bit and then had a brief club meeting.


Commodore Scott made a plug to support the club and reviewed our benefits; Fisheries Supply and Ballard Sails discounts, tool library, PHRF race potential, and normally a cruise and rendezvous schedule.  Treasurer Mark reported a bank balance of $8259 which is high because we are not renting the Yacht Club for our normal monthly meetings.   We had some discussion about having the June meeting in Port Townsend during the WA360 start.  We'll discuss it more at the next meeting after some input from the race organizers.


We had a brief introduction of our speakers, Billy and Sierra of “Tula's Endless Summer” sailing YouTube channel. They are a young couple who bought a monohull to live on in Florida, then bought a trawler, then bought a Crowther Shockwave 42’ catamaran where they have lived the last 3 years.  The cat is for sale as they have ordered a new 39’ Seawind 1160 Light catamaran.  They were loaned a Corsair 880 trimaran for the next few months until the Seawind arrives.  They still are undecided whether they want the outboard or inboard option.  We had discussion about that and the differences of the 1160 vs the 1190.  They felt the 1160 was big enough for them and it didn’t seem that much different than the 1190.    They’ll have 800 watts of solar panels and lithium batteries.  They are now in Florida where they seem to be living in a pickup truck camper when not sailing on the Corsair.  They plan to take the Corsair 880 on the Florida loop through Lake Okeechobee to the West Coast, then back to the Keys, then Dry Tortugas, and back up the East Coast.  They hope to trailer the Corsair to Texas to sail then to California in May.  They may even come up this way to cruise the San Juan Islands.  


They’re quite popular and have 141,000 subscribers at and more videos at    We viewed several short videos of them sailing, surfing, drone shots, and cool Florida and Bahamas anchorages.  It was fun to see them sailing a Corsair 880 trimaran while pulling friends on foiling boards, check out   They like the Phantom3 drone vs the Mavic as it has landing legs which are easier to catch. They don’t launch and land from the deck because a heaving surface can come up and whack the drone causing a crash.   Some asked how long they could live on the Corsair 880 (it's only 28’).  They thought about 2 weeks for them.  Their truck camper is easier to live in because of the oven but they prefer the boat as it's easier to get away from people and civilization.  They appreciate the  Corsair's shallow draft for anchorages for the same reason.  Another question was about the head under the vee berth.  They said it's no big deal to slide it out for use.  They only use that berth for storage.   They did mention they're not big sized so the aft cabin works fine for them.  Occasionally, on still hot nights, they go head to toe for a bit more shoulder room.  Billy and Sierra hung in with us way past their midnight in Florida but eventually bid adieu after much thanks from us.  Most others stayed on and we had conversations about boats, dinghies, bottom paint and I forget what else.  Around 10 we adjourned for the night.  


We recorded Billy and Sierra’s presentation and it’s available to see at NWMA’s YouTube channel at


Next month, March 2nd, 6:30pm Seattle time, we will again gather round our screens to zoom talk multihulls and boating. Whether you are a member or not we hope to see you then.


Our Zoom meeting is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Plan on joining us from near and far!  Information about joining meeting is at end below. 

Speakers will be Race Boss Daniel Evans, and Caribbean sailors Billy and Sierra.

6:30 pm PST  Virtual Potluck

7:00 pm  Daniel Evans, NW Maritime Center. Race Boss for the Race to Alaska, Seventy48 and the new WA360. He will discuss the WA360.

7:15 pm  NWMA Meeting and announcements

7:30 to 8:30  YouTube sensations, Billy and Sierra of ‘Tulas Endless Summer’ will join the Northwest Multihull Association to talk about their current sailing on the brand new Corsair 880 trimaran (last month NWMA hosted François Perus, designer of the 880). They will also talk about their upcoming move to a new catamaran. 

Look forward to see you all,  Scott Wallingford

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Saturday January 9 at 9am - Designer of the Corsair 880 w/ Minutes Appended

posted Dec 22, 2020, 5:44 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Mar 9, 2021, 6:07 PM ]

We had a special guest this month in François Perus the designer of the Corsair 880 Trimaran.  It is the update and replacement for the ~13 year old Corsair 28 which was the update for the Hall of Fame Corsair/Farrier F27 designed by the late Ian Farrier.  Last meeting during our gab session F31 owner Vince wondered how cool it would be to talk to the new designer of the 880 and learn about the evolution of this popular multihull.  We said “make it happen” and he did.  Thanks so much Vince.


Since François is in France the meeting was Saturday Jan 9, at 9 am which is 6 pm in Paris.


Commodore Scott began the business part of the meeting where we elected officers for next year.  Though we had advertised to members the positions last month Scott called for any last minute volunteers.  With no reply we basically approved the slate by lack of dissension, (is that acclamation?).  Voting via zoom would have been cumbersome and time consuming.  All the officers agreed to continue in their positions though a few would appreciate someone stepping up to take their position.  The one notable exception was Paul Serafin will be filling Andrew Rice’s shoes as Membership guru.  We thanked Paul for taking on that important position.  We also thanked Andrew who has done a great job for several years.  The 2021 officers are noted at the end of this report.


Vice Commodore Diane introduced new member Dennis F who lives in Alaska.  Paul Serafin will mail a burgee to him. 


Scott spoke about the cancelled R2AK due to Covid and that we will probably not have the June meeting at the Port Townsend Yacht Club on the eve of that event.  I think we will reserve it again for 2022 though.  He spoke of the new Washington 360 race put on by the same R2AK folks at NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend.  The WA360 will not cross the covid closed Canadian border and will comply with our governor’s covid regulations.  Its course is 360 miles encircling Puget Sound from Pt Roberts to Olympia.  A cool course with a few options for competitors; Swinomish Slough vs Deception Pass, E or W of Bainbridge and Vashon Islands, etc…   There are 3 classes, Fast, Cruisers and Non sailing boats.  Unlike R2AK you can keep your motor in the boat but are DSQ if you use it.  I like Sailing Olympian Paul Elvstrom’s famous quote; “You haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors”.  I think it will be as popular as the R2AK for competitors and tracker junkies alike.  Spectators too as there ought to be some beaches where you can go for a walk at the right time (check the tracker) with the hope of seeing a bit of the action.  See


A few further points of business were: 


Treasurer Mark reported the bank balance at $8249.  This is pretty high as we haven’t needed to rent the yacht club in the last year.  No discussion was had regarding this balance.  We’ll look into it after covid has subsided and we get back to normal club meetings and sailing events. 


No Safety at Sea course this year.  Some of the large races are cancelled for this coming summer due to covid.  But a lot of the races are still happening.  See racing calendar.


Diane noted the January Seattle virtual boat show has many seminars that you can join for $5 each or for $30 you can join them all or view their recordings for up to 30 days after.


  We recorded videos of some of this year’s presentations.  Some recordings are on our club’s YouTube channel at     Feel free to take a look and then we hope you will help our club by clicking to subscribe.   Andrew E noted that if we get enough subscribers to our YouTube channel we can enter the rarified universe of a “branded channel”.  I had to google that.  A branded channel can:

-  Convey to viewers when you post new videos to your channel.

-  Communicate to viewers what they can expect on your channel.

-  Allow you to seamlessly post your channel on various social media outlets.  (I wonder if we can link to our website this way)

-  Improve upload time.

-  Permit a dedicated banner and icon to make your profile stand out

-  Have a description to add useful information about your business and contact details.


Some other club presentations are recorded at


I’ll editorialize here in that It seems to me that managing multiple social platforms is not trivial and will take a dedicated effort.  But even if untended, social platforms help to send folks to our website who are interested in the club.  I’m for having them.


We heard from Stuart J. who bought Sigi’s beautiful pro built F33 a couple years ago.  He lives in Calgary but the boat is in Vancouver and he sails there when he can.  We discussed ways to make sailing easier after he noted the boat came with a Milwaukee Hole Hawg cordless drill and winch bit to raise the main halyard.  We discussed precautions to take as those can break an arm faster than you can let go of it!


Finally it was time to hear our speaker François Perus, One of the founders of YDC, the naval architecture office responsible for the new Corsair 880.  Vince gave him a nice introduction.  There is a video link on our website of the presentation.  I have also put it here; .   To find it on out website you scroll down thru the meeting announcement.  That is where this written report is archived too.  Here’s a link about François:  and his website  And here is a link to 2 boat designs of his;  


 First things first:  He likes the Polynesian heritage of these boats and the use of their terms aka, ama and vakas.  He even has designed and is having built a cool, simple light plywood 4 meter trimaran using lashings for his personal use.  It is called Kanka.   In France they use beams, floats and hulls so that’s what he uses with an occasional slip back to the old words.  He grew up sailing monohulls but after Engineering and Naval Architecture school he worked with multihull designer Tony Grainger in Australia to learn the middle ground between condo cats and 60’+ ocean racers.  He came back to France and founded his company with a partner.  He’s designed some cool looking multihulls, big and small including 42’ Blue Saga for a couple in Seattle. has technical info about this interesting sailing cat with hybrid electric propulsion.  Then François designed the Corsair Pulse 600, redesigned the 760 and now the 880.  He’s working on a new project at this time which I suppose will be up on his website when the time comes.


I can’t take notes fast enough to get all the cool tangents that evolve from these type of presentations but here’s some highlights.  You can probably parse a lot more from the video recording but that will take some effort and time.  


François started out by designing and building, with a “carpenter”, his own cat in Turkey called Pandora 850 which he still has.  Then came a couple cool looking fast cruising cats.   Corsair tapped him to do the Pulse 660 in 2015.  Then to redesign the 760 in 2017.  I guess things were going well so in 2018 they had him design the 880 to update the venerable Farrier/Corsair 27/28s.  He had cool overlays of plan and section views comparing the hull shape of the old 28 to the new 880.  The hull sides (freeboard) are raised (I think he said 6 or 7”) so the boat now has standing room.  He didn’t like the old cabin so it has a more delineated house without the sloping foredeck. He wanted the boat to look sexy.  (whodda thought a Frenchman would want that?).  I think it looks good.  Vince, who’s seen it in the flesh, says it looks as big as an F31 but isn’t, but it seems as big inside and in the cockpit.  François must be a clever designer, he certainly is a pleasant young man who enjoyed spending some time with us discussing his boats and design philosophy.


There was a comment from a member that the 880 is 1000 lbs heavier than the 28 but that was not confirmed.  It is heavier though, because of higher freeboard, more accommodation, bigger floats, etc, but is faster.  The aft seating is higher.  The floats have more than 100% buoyancy of the entire vessel.  This reduces pitchpole tendency and with the now popular reverse float bows it slices through waves better but not wetter, (see below).  There is a video of the boat sailing just after completion where it was pushed fairly hard in the moderate wind.  (At this point there was some discussion about the Corsair  Pulse 600 that his company also designed in that the 600 has 300% ama buoyancy and has been pushed very hard in the tough conditions around Hawaii where it hit 26 knots in big swells).  François has not sailed the 880 due to covid travel restrictions but others have hit 17 knots in 15 knots of wind with genaker.  It felt comfortable and in control at 20 knots boat speed.   He said when a gust hits it tends to just “glide” rather that heel over.  I assume that is the French way to say it just accelerates (planes faster) with a gust.  The mast is further back than the 28.   I don’t remember why but I think it was to make more room for accommodations but also one parameter was the ability to remove the dagger board without removing the mast and step.  The dagger does have a lot more angle than the 28.  The mast now rests on the same bulkhead as the beams.  The aft beam is now further back, (discussion on racking and float stays was here).  Corsair’s experience is those stays are needed on the older boats but on the 880 the stiffness was enough to get rid of them.  Both beams are higher and with the greater free board and the new aft beam placement spray is reduced in the cockpit despite the float axe bows.  It’s a dryer boat.   The hull is very similar to the 970 and is flatter and wider at the stern than the 28.  At rest the stern is immersed but underway this gives it a longer “virtual” water line so is faster.  He talked quite a bit about the conflicting design parameters; it has to fold for trailering, lightness for Euro/Australian roads, bigger inside, dagger easily removable.  


Members asked lots of questions which he encouraged and clearly enjoyed as they led us down various rabbit holes.  (He spoke for over 2 hours with us for goodness sake).  Some questions were:  Why it’s not designed to fold without adjusting the shrouds (can’t do that with larger volume hull and 2.5 beam limit), Is the axe bow sacrificial? (no but the first bulk head is 1.5 meter aft and that should help matters).  How about float rudders?  (can’t do it without a lot of complication that’s hard with a folding boat, plus the boat is designed for the hull to go no higher than just kissing the water and the rudder is very deep, so no need).  We also had some discussion about rudder T foils.  Due to old-guy-operator-error that Zoomed over my head, except for a comment that the new one design racing catamaran TF-35 has rudders that turn opposite directions.  That must be like those 6 wheeled military HumVees that can crab sideways.  The meeting video may reveal more than my notes here.   


Someone asked what he thought of canting masts.  I only caught that he hadn’t studied them as the really racy high tech boats have foils so they sail pretty upright and he didn’t see much need for canting.  Also a righting moment discussion was had here, which I missed while scribbling  notes.  


We asked about hitting logs & debris.  He said in some boats he’s molded a stainless steel rod at the back of the dagger board trunk which is designed to cut the dagger (so as not to breach the trunk or hull integrity) if it is slammed by an object.  I’m not sure this is in the 880.  I’ve heard that the Farrier daggers would possibly self retract if struck due to their aft slope.  I have a hard time conceptualizing this but it may be more likely with the increased slope of the 880’s daggerboard.  François didn’t mention, nor was there any discussion of this possibility.


We had some interesting discussion on design technique.  He uses some FEA (finite element analysis).  It’s expensive to use for everything on the boat though.  He also uses CFD (computational fluid dynamics) studies.  The description of the extensive destructive testing on the 880 that the factory did was pretty interesting.  François sometimes does use outside engineers to determine hull stresses, lamination schedules and such.  He was obviously impressed by the 30 year knowledge base old timers at Corsair had.  When his analysis came up with a 600 gram hull lamination schedule Corsair said we’ve been doing 500 for 30 years with no problem.  He got the ship building regulators to accept 500 due to demonstrated sufficiency of Corsair’s 30 years of manufacturing.  He admiringly acknowledged that sometimes when the old dog says ‘I think you’re gonna need a few more patches of carbon right there’, they are probably right.  It was nice to see a smart young designer that also listens to the voice of experience. 


 It was asked what he does when he gets a new commission.  Other than budget considerations he obviously asks the client what he wants the boat to do, what are the objectives.  What is the history of the clients concept or previous boats.  Then he considers looks, esthetics, as that is important to him as well as the client.  Then he dives into the engineering and renderings.


All in all this was a really fun and informative evening to get inside the head of young talented designer.  François was engaging til the end.  We thanked him profusely and wished him well as we all bid au revoir. 


In these zoom meetings you (I) just can’t catch everything.  I think I heard that next month we will have a presentation by a Caribbean-sailing couple.  Their 41’ Crowther Spindrift catamaran is for sale.  They’re sailing a Corsair 880 that was loaned to them.  Nice work if you can get it.  I hope you can join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 2 at 630 Seattle time.  Look for announcements a week prior from the NWMA google group, Multihull Anarchy, Cruisers Forum and the FCT (Farrier Corsair Trimaran) group on IO.  


Below are the club officers for 2021


Commodore - Scott Wallingford (continuing)

Vice Commodore - Diane Johnson (continuing)

Rear Commodore - Jeff Oaklief (continuing)

Secretary - Eric Lindahl (continuing)

Treasurer - Mark Olsoe (continuing)

Web Curator Newsletter (aka electronic media team leader) - Mark Olsoe (continuing)

Membership - Paul Serafin (new guy)

PHRF Director - Jim Miller (continuing)

PHRF Handicapper - Vince DePillis (continuing)

Race Captain - Jonathan Kalley (continuing)

Historian  (open for volunteer)

Publicity Chair (open for volunteer)

Tool Librarian - Jonathan Kalley (continuing)

Digital Team - Bill Quigley, Shaun Heublein, Jessica Aarhaus (all continuing)

Why are we meeting at 9 in the morning? Because our speaker is from France and it will be evening there.     

The Northwest Multihull Association meeting and elections will be online using the "Zoom" app, info is at end below. Plan on joining us from near and far! 

 9:00 am PST  brief club Meeting including elections, then Francois Perus, designer of the Corsair 880 trimaran will talk and be available for questions.  More at  and  François Perus: multihull designer profile - Yachting World


Virtual Brunch after presentation  

Photo from

Club Elections

Here are the officers we had this past year.  All are willing to step up again but Vince and Diane would like a break if anyone is interested in helping out.  I think any of us would step aside if someone else would like to throw their hat in the ring for any position.  None of the jobs involve much time and we are all willing to get you up to speed and help out if needed.  We would love to have more members get involved.  Please let us know if you'd like to help our club as one of these officers.

Commodore - Scott Wallingford continuing or _______you?___

Vice Commodore - Diane Johnson continuing or _______you?___

Rear Commodore - Jeff Oaklief continuing or _______you?___

Secretary - Eric Lindahl continuing or _______you?___

Treasurer - Mark Olsoe continuing or _______you?___

Web Curator (aka electronic media team leader) - Mark Olsoe continuing or _______you?___

Digital Team - Bill Quigley, Shaun Heublein, Jessica Aarhaus continuing or _______you?___

Membership - Paul Serafin (new) or _______you?___

PHRF Director - Jim Miller continuing or _______you?___

PHRF Handicapper - Vince DePillis continuing or _______you?___

Race Captain - Jonathan Kalley continuing or _______you?___

Tool Librarian - Jonathan Kalley continuing or _______you?___

Historian  _______you?___

Publicity Chair  _______you?___

Hope to see you there!

Northwest Multihull Association  



Holiday Party -- December 1

posted Nov 22, 2020, 5:26 PM by Mark Olsoe

You are cordially invited to attend Northwest Multihull Association’s virtual holiday potluck dinner and brief meeting.    

Tuesday December 1 at 6:30.


Do join us to kick off the holiday season.  I hope to see you all there. 

Plan on joining us from near and far!  We will be online using the "Zoom" app. 

Happy Holidays from your friends at Northwest Multihull Association! 


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More about Zoom…..


Zoom works on just about any device but it will work best on a laptop or desktop because the screen size allows you to see more participants. You don't need a camera but it's nice to have so other members can see you. You will need a microphone, but almost every laptop has a microphone built-in. Headsets also work well.


From the download site install the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ for your computer. There are also ‘Zoom Mobile Apps’.


One Minute Video instructions:

Zoom also has a "test meeting" running continuously so you can see if it's working:


I’ve participated in Zoom meetings and have discovered that it's the ‘mute’ feature that makes it work - 40 people can’t talk at the same time and some are affected by feedback that’s not apparent to the person creating it.  It is best to mute yourself (and the host can also mute participants). If you’ve been recognized to speak don’t forget to unmute yourself!


After ensuring your system and Zoom are working correctly, click to join at 6:30.

Nov.10 - “A Trip to Cuba” presented by Rob and Teresa Sicade - including link to presentation

posted Oct 22, 2020, 2:00 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 17, 2020, 1:34 PM ]

This trip consisted of chartering a catamaran for a 6 day trip out 70 miles off the coast to the Canarreos Archipelago, plus numerous land based adventures. This Zoom meeting has been delayed a week to accomodate the election.

In April 2019 six friends with a shared sailing problem traveled together on a two week vacation to Cuba. They chartered a catamaran for a 6 day trip out 70 miles off the coast to the Canarreos Archipelago, and also visited Old Havana, the old colonial city of Trinidad, New Havana and the beautiful Vinales Valley for a horseback trip to a tobacco co-operativo. This turned out to be one of the most interesting vacations ever, because in Cuba everything is "Complicated".  

Rob and Teresa Sicade took their first sailing class with the University of Washington Yacht Club in 1992. Following graduation and a brief life in suburban Redmond, they bought a 1984 Baba40 sailboat and moved aboard at Shilshole Marina. Eight years later, after lots of international chartering, local racing, and many sailing classes, they set sail for a 4.5 year 32,000 mile loop around the Pacific. Now back home 10 years later, they're closing in on retirement and ready to head out offshore again soon on an encore voyage, once again aboard their beloved Baba40. Where the winds will take them next time is yet to be discovered!

Hope to see you there!

Here's the link to the presentation which you can copy and paste to your browser:  

Oct. 6th - “The Story of Presto” presented by Joe and Sue Dazey - With Link to Presentation

posted Sep 30, 2020, 1:01 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Nov 16, 2020, 5:50 PM ]

Starting from our first multihull 40 years ago, how we ended up with Presto (a Chris White Voyager 48 catamaran) and where we've sailed in the last five years - Florida, Chesapeake Bay, Caribbean, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska and Seattle. Now that it’s Halloween month, all the horror stories will be included.

Here's the YouTube link to the presentation:

September 8 - What We Did This Summer - Minutes Attached

posted Aug 21, 2020, 1:42 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 7:07 PM ]

The Zoom speakers will be….  You, Me, and Us! Let’s hear about your sailing experiences. Please prepare photos of your recent sailing adventures (preferably on multihulls), favorite destinations, cruising, building, boat modifications, preparing for future racing, anything boat-related.  Photos should be on our PC (or other device) that you will use to attend the Zoom meeting.  To be ready to show your pictures or video during the meeting, all you have to do is have them up on the screen of your device. Then we will take turns clicking on the “Share Screen” Zoom button to share our photos and videos.

6:30 pm PST   - Virtual Potluck

7:00                 - Club Meeting, then Presentation

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound YC.  The meeting will be online using the "Zoom" app. There has been a very positive response to prior Zoom meetings –– plan on joining us from near and far!  Just for this month, we’re meeting on 2nd Tuesday, on the day after Labor Day holiday.

Hope you all had a good summer.  Welcome back to NWMA!  Hope to see you on-line!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------    Minutes   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The club is still doing Zoom Meetings due to Covid.  We saw a few new faces.  Nice to see continuing interest in our club.


I was a bit late to the potluck part of the meeting so I might have missed some things.  Here’s what I saw:  


Not much business was conducted.  Treasurer Mark reported our bank balance of $7036.  And that Sept is dues month and asked that folks renew via the website.  It is easy.    Vice Commodore Diane reported the club has bought a $105 pro Zoom account so we can have Zoom meetings longer than 40 minutes.  


 As is the custom, Sept is show and tell month of what sailing adventures we had this summer.  Due to Covid we all were limited to US waters so it was all San Juans and to South Sound Cruising.  Though Mike S told of his adventures buying a 40’ cat (see Instagram SYQuini) in the Canary Islands and cruising to Portugal and Spain where his boat is Covid marooned in Valencia.  Ginniejo, who is new to us and lives in Spain part time, reported that Euro/Schengen visas can now be gotten for longer than 3 months.  She also is very interested in getting an F27 if you know of a well cared for one.  She and her family live in Leavenworth and are mostly mountaineers so will be trailer sailors.


 Here are the reports I heard, many had nice pictures & videos too:  Shaun and Jess sailed their new F31 a lot, mostly in South Sound where they keep it in DesMoines.  Todd keeps his boat on a private buoy a quarter mile from his West Seattle home.  Both of these folks had a bunch of up close encounters and pics of orcas in S. Sound and San Juans.  Very cool.  Jeff showed videos of reaching at 16 knots single handing around the sound.  Jim & Paula M showed slides of commuter cruising their Crowther 42 in the San Juans via their son’s small plane.  Jim also showed pics of nice woodwork he did to update the boat.   Joel and Patty who trucked their 35 Marples Trimaran down to Napa CA showed pics of their recently self rigged and raised (via $200 yard crane) mast.  They used all synthetic rigging and are really good at splicing now.  They are getting close to launching but wonder how Covid will affect their plans to cruise Mexico this fall.  Dan H. made us all envious broadcasting while sailing his trimaran in Lake Union on this warm, but very forest fire smokey evening.   Eric showed a couple pictures of his slightly marine related summer, rebuilding a rotten wall and roof on the 100 year old house boat his dad bought 50 years ago.  No sailing for him as he’s working 7 days a week to get it done.  Mark D reported on conditions in Mexico where he spends the winter Tornado and kite sailing.  He stayed a little longer there to keep out of covid’s harms way, until it got too hot in June.  He’s back in Seattle now.


 We had several other folks in attendance enjoying the stories and discussions as well.  


 At the end Vice Commodore Diane reminded us that on Saturday, Sept 12 at 7pm the virtual Pt Townsend Wooden Boat festival will show (debut?) the R2AK race movie and live Q&A with the filmmakers.  It can be viewed for a day or so afterwards to paid participants of the show.  Its $15 - 30 depending on whether you choose just the movie and/or the pictorial boat tours and all the info packed seminars of the show.  See  for more info. 


 Next month Oct 6, Joe and Sue D will speak about their cruise from the Chesapeake Bay thru the Caribbean, Panama Canal to Alaska and back home to Gig Harbor.   They have a fast 48’ Chris White Voyager catamaran.


 November 3 we will have Teresa and Rob from the Puget Sound Cruising Club give us a show on their trip to Cuba.  Its a monohull but we will give them a pass.  It should be very interesting.


 Til then smooth sailing


June 2 - Sailing from Ketchikan to Seattle via Outside of Vancouver Island -- Minutes Attached

posted May 30, 2020, 5:01 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 4:19 PM ]

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound YC.  The June meeting will be online using the "Zoom" app.

6:30 PM PST   - Virtual Potluck   7:00- Club Meeting, then Presentation “Sailing from Ketchikan to Seattle via Outside of Vancouver Island”

Presented by Mark Dix, Chance Campbell, and Zack Tully. 

First Team Narwhal and friends tour Ketchikan.  Then Mark, Chance, and Zack cruise on Team Narwhal's F32 trimaran back to Seattle on a 15 day trip. This presentation is Part 2. Last month was Part 1 about Team Narwhal doing the 2019 R2AK (Race to Alaska) on Bill Quigley's F32 trimaran, racers were Mark, Bill, Li, and Joel.)Chance rowing near Tatiana (Bill Quigley’s 32’ Farrier trimaran)
   Left to right: Zack, Mark, Chance in Prince Rupert, Canada

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Due to Covid 19 we again had an online zoom meeting which is really nice for those who are out of town. We saw at least 35 participants plus many spouses listening in.  It was enjoyable to catch up with everyone and the meeting part was short with only a few announcements.  Pt Roberts Race Week is cancelled and the Corsair Nationals along with it due to Covid.  Diane is encouraging all members to share some photos/videos of your summer sailing fun when we have our next meeting in September. Likely it will be Sept 8 not Sept 1, but check back to confirm.


The presentations and Q and A sessions were recorded and the video file is now in the club's Google Drive. Here is a link to the videos folder:  Also within that folder are related videos, which include the original HD quality return trip videos with audio and some background music.  There are videos pertaining to preparations, 2019 Everett Rally practice, Team Narwhal's R2AK Stage 1, Stage 2, Ketchikan, etc.


The night's presentation was by the return crew for R2AK Team Narwal’s Farrier 32 trimaran Tatiana.  They sailed the boat back from Ketchikan to Seattle via the outside of Vancouver Island.  Mark D. who was on the Narwal race team changed roles from crew to captain.  Having just raced the boat with owner Bill and crew Joel and Li, he was intimately familiar with Tatiana.  For crew he had Chance C. and Zack T.  Zack is a friend of Chance's and had little sailing experience prior to this adventure.  Chance and his brother are refitting a 1976 25’ Seawing Trimaran (See Nov 5, 2019 minutes).  He gave a short report & pics on that project.  The bad spots are fixed and the topsides are painted blue.  It looks real good.  Hopefully they will be able to sail it later in the year.  


Steve Ladd gave us an update on his proa modification project.  He also showed off about 2 dozen country flags of places he visited on his South American sailing trips as described in articles, books, and club presentation.  Really cool.


We also got a short update from Narwal race crewman Joel on his and his wife Patty’s 35’ Marples CC35 trimaran project in Napa California.  Take a look at it on the website.  They have done an amazing job on a well regarded boat in the club begun by David Vinson.  The structure is all done and now the fun of fitting all the sailing hardware is taking place.  They also hope to be sailing late this year, to Mexico!


After the presentation we had a couple discussions that were more general club interests in flavor.  I’ll add them here so you don’t have to read through the notes to get to them:


Throughout the presentation questions from the audience were encouraged and many interesting tangents were followed.  Such as ideal crew size, boat, stops and time line for the R2AK and cruising the West side of Vancouver Island.  Rescue ideas for such a wild place, EPIRBs, kites or sailboards  Dinghys for small boats.  Etc….


Ideas were discussed for cruising this summer.   We missed having our season kick off with the Everett rally.  The July 3rd Poulsbo fireworks rendezvous is cancelled as well as the Corsair Nationals at Point Roberts.  Dan is conceiving of an unusual fun race with CYC.  He will be cruising South Sound in August and going north in Sept.  Shaun & Jess will sail July 4-18.  If Canada opens this year I put in a plug for the great BC Multihull rendezvous just across the border at Port Browning the first weekend in Sept. (For all their events, see .) I’m undetermined as I have a big remodel project with my son planned this July.  You know how those can drag on.   Andrew and Connie are looking for someone to sail their SeaWind 24 catamaran back from Ketchikan after they race it to Alaska in 2021.


The end of the evening closed out with a discussion of another run of club T-shirts.  Maybe a quick-dry material instead of cotton.  Dan did them the last time and will look into it.


Mark Dix started off the evening’s presentation with a brief overview of the Race to Alaska then showed a few pictures of their de facto Ketchikan base, the house that club members Diane J and Mark Olsoe had rented for the R2AK finish celebrations.  After a good rest up and tour of Ketchikan, the crew left for Seattle.  They estimated it was well over 1200 miles of sailing over 15 days.  Mark had great pictures and videos of the trip though he noted that when the sailing was rough there’s not much opportunity to take pictures.  There was a good mix of narration, pictures and videos with Chance and Zack interjecting their perspectives.


They stopped at Misty Fjords Park, a must see they say.  Mark told of taking a bath in a stream and as he got back to the dinghy he saw a mother grizzly with two cubs come out of the woods and walk right by his bathing spot! 


 My internet connection is always iffy and my computer zoned out a few times but here are some snippets of the talk. 


 They had an easy time passing the notorious Cape Scott on the N end of Vancouver Island. 


 They attempted to pass the Brooks Peninsula but after reducing sails it was still too nasty, so they turned around and sought shelter, sailing at 8 knots on just a reefed jib .  The next day it was much better.  


 Weather forecasts can be way off but they are mostly helpful.  They usually used the VHF weather channel but other sources when they got internet.  The weather was mostly cloudy with some rain on the northern portion but after mid Vancouver Island it was sunny with good spinnaker sailing til Port Renfrew where the wind shut off and they motored 95% of the way to Seattle.


 They stopped for fuel, food and or showers at Prince Rupert, Bella Bella, Winter Harbor, Port Townsend (5 min walk to all night gas station).


 The Two Paw 9 nesting dinghy that owner Bill had built was a great addition.


 They saw humpback whales or orcas every day, sometimes breaching, and had videos to prove it.  It almost got passe.  Sea otters were common in the north part.


 They used a knife on a stick to cut lots of kelp from their rudder and anchor.


 Winter Harbor, Rugged Point Park, Hot Springs Cove, and Barkley Sound were highlights they liked.


 The electronic device charging station was near the companionway and water and corrosion became a problem with the connectors.


 Without a bilge on this trimaran the towels that were unhelpful deadweight on the R2AK became useful to dry out the floor of the boat.  A couple sponges might be a better choice though.


No one got seasick though one admitted to being susceptible to it and another had a few queasy moments.  They all thought the ginger chew candy they had helped.  


That's it.  It was an interesting presentation and all enjoyed it I’m sure.  


We will now enter our 2 month recess and will reconvene meetings in Sept.  Hopefully in person.  Likely it will be Sept 8 not the 1st, but check back then to confirm.  In the meantime, hope to see you out sailing!

May 5 - Team Narwhal R2AK 2019 - Minutes Attached

posted Apr 20, 2020, 4:50 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated May 13, 2020, 4:22 PM ]

ZOOM presentation by Bill Quigley, Mark Dix, Joel Smith, and Li Sung.  They raced from Port Townsend to Ketchikan on Tatiana (Bill’s 32’ Farrier trimaran) by sailing, pedaling and rowing.  Joel designed and built pedal drives, and Mark Dix designed and built rowing stations. Bill finished building his boat in 2006

Once again we will not be meeting at the Puget Sound Y.C. and instead will be online using the "Zoom" app. There was a positive response to the last Zoom meeting –– plan on joining us!

6:30 PM PST   - Virtual Potluck

7:00                - Presentation “Team Narwhal R2AK 2019” 

====================================================================Minutes provided by Secretary Eric Lindahl =====================================================

Adhering to current Covid combating criteria we had another Zoom meeting.  What a great thing.  45 persons tuned in from as far away as Nova Scotia, Yukon Territories, the east coast & Mexico to discuss multihulls, R2AK and hear about 2019 Team Narwal.


Regular meetings usually start with a pot luck and mingling session where we meet and/or catch up with everyone.  Like last month’s Zoom meeting we went right into the catching up part.  It was like sitting around your living room with a bunch of friends and like-minded folks.  Wait, that's what it was.   I really enjoy this format.  What surprised me is that the conversation was pretty normal.  For whatever reason there was very little “talking over” each other.  Perhaps seeing everyone gave non verbal clues to help this. (you can choose to turn off your camera though).


Nice to see some new or seldom seen folks pop in.  Connie and Andrew, Matt in La Paz, Sandy in Tacoma, Ben D and I suspect a few others I’m not aware of in BC.  Ben P from Nova Scotia, Greg C from SFO/Baja, Al H, Andrew I, Doug from Pt Townsend, and many others I can’t ID.  Thanks for your interest.  I hope it was as entertaining for you as I found it.


 After a half hour or so of visiting, Commodore Scott brought things to order for a few minutes of business.  He broached the idea of a more centralized tool loaning library.  The club has several handy items members can borrow; boat jack stands, weighing scale, industrial racks for a temporary boat shed frame, etc.  Scott has offered a small “tool room” in his office which is Wright Yachts, the Corsair, Seawind and Neel dealer.  We can put our tool library items there and he encouraged anyone who has unused tools to donate them to the library.  Routers, sanders, saws, hand tools, anything boaty.    Members can check them out from there.  Probably a good idea is to permanently engrave them so they don’t get forgotten in the back of someones workshop.  We’ll revisit this at another meeting.  Scott mentioned that Corsair 880 #1 will be coming to the Seattle area.  Hopefully we can get a peek at this more voluminous and thus heavier 28’ trimaran in the near future.  Vice Commodore Diane said R2AK is canceled this year due to Covid so she’s canceled reservations of the Port Townsend Yacht Club for our June meeting.  This would have been the eve of the R2AK start. Diane rescheduled it for next year, so mark your calendars for multihull dinner-meeting-party in Port Townsend on June 6, 2021, and consider enjoying a long weekend there to see race boats, talk with racers, watch the R2AK race start the next morning!  


 The meeting was turned over to Bill Q the owner/skipper of Tatiana the Farrier 32 he built and is the vessel of R2AK Team Narwal.  A round of silent applause went up from the multi screen for their team effort and 7th place finish of 44 teams, 700 miles in ~5 days!   


I will make a qualifier here.  This is written from shaky memory and hurriedly scribbled notes while trying to absorb all the cool info being given extemporaneously by Bill, his crew and the participants asking questions and adding anecdotes.  It was reviewed by the presenters to get it as accurate as possible.


Bill thanked everyone for the support he got from club members; a screecher, a spinnaker, a furler, a tiller pilot, logistics, including use of some members’ rented house in Ketchikan!  He gave a shout out to Greg J. for the beautiful laser engraved Narwal logo carved into a cedar board.  Suitable for prominent display aboard.


Here’s the Race Boss description of the team  


Bill was thankful for all the work put into the effort by the team.  Joel took on the pedal drives.  Mark made the rowing stations and Li as an engineering PhD helped determine the right propellers, and provided navigation, safety, and first aid gear.  Together they attacked many details to make the boat ready and more comfortable for the journey.  I think I heard that Mark sanded the rough surfaces of the sail around the telltails so they would not stick to the fabric in light wind.  That's a racer for you!  I remember Bill Buchan doing similar things in prep for simple Thursday evening club races.


Bill started the slide show with pics of the efforts leading up to the race and then of the race itself.  They were great visual aids to the descriptions he and his crew gave us, and that I’ve tried to recall in the paragraphs below.  The give and take of the crew (and us audience) during the show jogged memories and produced details which might have been forgotten in a monologue.  


Joel was perfect for the pedal drive.  He once owned a company designing and manufacturing recumbent bikes.  He made 2 drives, one on each aft aka/beam.  They faced inwards, toward each other and made it easy to steer with a hiking stick and pedal at the same time.  This freed up one member to do other things; boat work or rest.  It was extremely useful and appreciated.  Joel’s effort was unique in that the drives had a 5 speed derailleur.  Few other teams had this advantage.  This enabled them to dial in their preferred cadence and level of effort.  Bill mentioned that he appreciated the ability to back off from time to time to relieve his sore knees by just spinning along.  Discussion turned to the propeller choice and Li popped in with words like reynolds numbers and pitch angle etc.  Apparently he and Joel determined that model airplane props worked well with the human engine propelling a 3 ton boat through water at ~3 knots.  The numbers 17 and 19 were mentioned, not sure if that was diameter or pitch.  Joel decided to forgo a freewheel function to make the unit more streamlined.   He wanted to use as small a chain sprocket at the prop hub in the water as possible.  He found one with 9 teeth.  With no freewheeling, it necessitated great care in that, if a puff came along, it was critical that the drive be lifted out of the water immediately.  There were a couple tales of getting wacked by spinning pedals when the boat was suddenly propelled forward by a puff.  The team had glowing praise for Joel’s ingenuity and the efficiency of the drives.    


Mark made the rowing stations.  One on top of each ama somewhat forward of the aft beam.  He’d rowed a bit years ago with the Renton rowing club and he got advice and parts from them.  He made 2 sliding seat versions.  The sweep oars were modified to account for the seat being much higher off the water than a rowing shell:  The shape of the blade was changed to be parallel to the surface of the water.  He also made a Randall Foil modification to the top of the blade that helped control the depth of blade as it was powered through the water.  Finally he made the riggers holding the oars hinge at the deck edge so that they could be brought inboard with the oars attached.  They were very quick to deploy or stow.  This came in handy in docking and in currents which can be crazy and with fickle wind.  A couple times a quick deployment of the oars was needed.  The hinging riggers could also be set at different heights so that they could compensate for being on the windward (high) side or leeward (low) side to row at the most efficient angle to the water.  This is for “motor sailing” in light winds.  The crew praised Mark’s ingenuity in tweaking the stations to perfection.


Mark also came up with an original idea to use a SUP paddle.  Bill build a “floorboard” in the ama below the hatch.  This enabled the paddler to comfortably stand in the hatchway with feet at water level to paddle.  Other competitors that used these paddles were standing on boat deck levels, 1’-4’ above the water and had to bend over to get a bite on the blade.  Simple but genius!  This paddling method wasn't used much, but it did give a break from the other methods for variety and to use different muscles.  


There was discussion as to how well the pedal/row system worked.  First, every one can deploy to power the boat while being able to steer effectively.  Another advantage was the option to trade off sides and methods, third was that the oars were effective in maneuvering the boat in tight quarters or close to shore with swirling currents with no wind giving good steerage.  Fourth was the fact that the pedal drives were effective in sloppy conditions where the oars were a little harder with the boat pitching in left over waves.  Bill and the crew think their propulsion system was the best they’d seen over the years of observing the R2AK and would use it again.  In fact one of our members Jeff O. was signed up to do it this year with the same drives.  Alas, that's not going to happen, but I believe they are in for it next year.  


Of course the question was asked how fast?  Bill said they could easily maintain 3 knots in flat water with multiple rower/pedalers.  Each person added gives only a diminishing speed advantage.


On to the race:  The first leg to Victoria went well.  Though it was windy and rough, they finished the stage in 7th position.  By being near the front they had the disadvantageous dock position of being buried for the start of leg 2 by all the subsequent finishers.  Some boats complained about it and were moved to non encumbered spots but Narwal didn’t bother.  After finishing the first stage, they realized the cool guys had matching team shirts!  That couldn’t stand, so Joel’s amazingly artistic wife Patty designed a logo, made a stencil, bought some t-shirts, fabric paint, and with Linda’s help aboard Martyn and Linda’s Mahe catamaran mother ship made a set of fine looking team shirts for the crew to sport.  Some wag from another boat noted E & W were transposed on the logo’s compass rose.  Without skipping a beat Mark chipped in; “no, this is from the viewpoint of us Narwals, under water looking up”  Nice come back team Narwal!   Patty or Bill still has the stencil.  To top off the harbor silliness  Mark jumped in the 50º water to scrub the bottom wearing only a swim suit.  Actually his wallet fell overboard and after diving for it he said what the heck and did the deed.


The crew’s account of the second leg was very interesting and insightful.  I wish I could recount their telling and analysis of the progression of the second leg but I can’t possibly remember it all.   Maybe Bill has a transcript or some smart guy recorded the meeting.  Here’s some highlights I do recall:


On day one they were in a group of about 6 or 8 leaders.  They noted a critical move by team Pear Shaped Racing backtracking from a position inside the gulf islands to going outside with most of the others.  This lost them an hour or so and probably kept them from a break away move at Seymour Narrows.  Turns out Pear arrived at Seymour first and spent considerable effort trying to get thru the just-turned-foul current.  As the current built it was obvious that it wasn’t happening and they joined the rest of the fleet behind them to wait for the next fair tide.  Less than a half hour earlier and they would have gotten through and 6 or 8 hours ahead of everyone.  Oh how strategy and fate are so fickle.  See


Speaking of the Narrows.  When the current went fair the oars proved invaluable in providing steerage while rowing thru the pass with no wind, swirling current and close, nasty looking vertical side walls.


At one point in the middle of the night in strong gusty winds in Johnstone Strait, while tacking, there was a loud bang and something on the reefing line let go.  The whole crew was awakened to get tacked, sort out the problem, navigate without hitting anything.  Mark, as was his admirable habit, was first to volunteer to go to the mast to go to the next reef.  Bill was thankful for the crews willingness to go forward to the mast or foredeck, and competence to fix stuff on the fly.


Oars and bike drives were again helpful to play the eddies close to shore in exiting Johnstone Strait with no wind and foul tide.  Here they made out well against competitors.  I can imagine, without good steerage and way on, one would not want to get too close to the favored shore for fear of being pushed into it by an eddy.  This is also where they saw a bunch of whales but no Narwhals.


They also had an episode on the way to Bella Bella of wind from 4 to 20 in a couple seconds with instant 10 knots boat speed.  This overloaded and shredded an aging but borrowed screacher.  (Thank you Martyn)  Yikes.  


When they got into Hecate Strait (exposed to the open North Pacific) they had some big winds and swells and rain.  I think they said 35 knots.  Bill showed some video and I swear I was getting a little green watching it.   They went furthest west of any boat.  Bill related that as time went on, while off watch down below, he gained great confidence in Li’s learning curve of how to steer the waves to keep the boat under the mast at great surfing speed.  Then they blew out their spinnaker.  One video showed sailing with just a reefed jib at 16 knots down the swells and 5 back up the other side.  When things settled down they were pleased to see they were on the layline for Ketchikan.  


None of the crew are blue water sailors with years of experience.  They have a lot more now.   They were often double reefed with reefed jib.  They learned afterwards that at the same time Sail Like a Girl and Educated Guess were letting it all hang out with full sails and spinnaker.  Guess, on a Melges 24, had 4 crew on trapezes or racks!  The Girls lost count of broaches.... 10 – 15.  4 times the top of the mast went in the water, once so hard that a spreader was damaged.  Crews went overboard on these boats, thankfully on tethers and recovered.


Narwal had a funny episode in the middle of the night where the compass gimbal would stick on north at certain angles of heel.  Bill was below and would see a south heading on his device and swear they were going in circles.  He finally came up to see whats happening and Li swore they were going north.  After going round and round and lots of head scratching they figured it out.  The compass was mounted on a hinged bracket.  If the bracket vibrated, and tilted down too much, the gimbal could stick, reading north.  They tried to use a screwdriver to prop up the hinge, but it was ferrous so not much of a solution.  The routine became to lift the compass every so often to keep it level.


 Here’s a couple random notes:


They had no wind instruments.  They feel it would help immensely to have them in light winds to follow the wind while beating at night.  My own experience is that they also help in gusty conditions to keep the boat pointed in the right direction with the rapid and not quickly discernable changes in apparent wind angle. 


When they approached the Bella Bella check point they had tasks assigned for when they first got wifi.  This made efficient use of time.  One would retrieve weather info, one other team locations and standings.


They felt they had the most comfortable boat of the top 25 finishers.  Plenty of water, food, 2 burner stove and room to sleep.  As well as 6 stations and 3 propulsion styles to change muscles and body positions for maximum comfort.


There was some discussion that 2 front runners turned off their trackers and went stealth.


It was brought up that one team had a motor on board.  To clarify,  The “motor” was not for propelling the boat but was used to charge batteries to power hydraulics to swing the bulb keel on the Schock 40 .  Apparently the motor did not work properly in the race.  See this article for good descriptions of Angry Beavers experiences in the race and the issues with the fuel cell and swinging keel systems.   A topic of much discussion, before during and after that race was that; in a human and wind powered race, why would a team enter and be allowed to race in a boat that needs a methane fueled motor to be safe and work properly?  …..especially with a big crew of young, strong, athlete sailors?


Narwal’s watch schedule was adopted from Tom B. who did the race in 2018 on an F28, (and who was in attendance tonight).  It was 2 on deck, (one steering, one trimming/navigating), one on standby resting or cooking meals or inside jobs and one completely off watch sleeping.  This resulted in 4 hours of sleep every 12 hours.  Joel mentioned that he got behind his sleep cycle on the first day as he wanted to pedal his inventions so much.  It was hard to get it back in line.  OTOH Mark was admired for hitting the pillow immediately to stay on track.  What is the saying “age and guile beats youth and agility”.


The lads said it was really dark but that their lighting was adequate.  They put red film on some inside lights for night vision.  


Bill said don’t bring towels.  They will get wet and never dry out.  He felt like they were carrying 25 lbs of wet towels.  Some use those wicking back packing towels; small, wringable and might dry eventually.


Keep sails inside.  They get filled with water on the tramps and heavy.  Just deal with it in the cabin.


Quite a bit of discussion on keeping warm and dry:  I think I mentioned that it rained a lot.  Ketchikan averages 1/2” a day!!!!  It was said that you can not stay dry in the rain if you open your dry suit to pedal.   That is not fun, you have to live with it zipped up.  If it gets wet inside it will not dry out.  Shawn in the audience, a white water kayaker, said you can cook yourself dry in a gortex drysuit.  Kokotate is the best and most expensive.  OS is good, lighter and cheaper.  Li got cold at one point and was not much help for a bit.  Finally he got warm after getting on all his layers.   Joel revealed that he had one of those battery heated vests, much to Bill’s surprise.   In skiing or hiking we always say its easier to stay warm than get warm, so over dress until its too much.


Another funny story:  When they were an hour or so out of Ketchikan and finish without dying was looking possible Bill passed out with his head on the winch.  We can all understand that being the captain is stressful even in fairly benign conditions.  They could not wake him and they needed the winch to tack.  Shouting didn't work.  The last good kick made it happen.


When they finished they all went to the house Diane and Mark had rented and passed out for hours.  They were very grateful for that hospitality.


Bill found it interesting that on the flight home in clear skies they were flying over 25 competitors who were still racing.  


It was nice to see some former and future competitors join us on Zoom.  I’d guess some 8 or 10.  Some chimed in with their thoughts.  Thank you.


Bob D of the big BC performance cat Bad Kitty and a few other locals chimed in with thoughts on next years race option of going outside Vancouver island.  It seemed like a good thing to consider.


Joel said he has good service and unlimited data with his cell plan.  $99/mo.  RV IT Guy or something, with cell chip.  This was related to his living aboard in a Cali marina.


Next month we will have another Zoom meeting on June 2nd where Narwal crew Mark turns captain and tells of the delivery of team Narwal’s boat (Tatiana) back to Seattle via the outside of Vancouver Island.  This time with a motor.   Which was used a lot!  As crew, Mark had mechanical engineering grads Zack and Chance.  Chance is one of the brothers who are working on revamping an older trimaran and may want to do the race in the future.  The brothers had previously given the club a presentation of their refit. I hope they join us as well.  


And you too.  Stay in touch or look for Zoom meeting notices on Sailing Anarchy/Multihulls, Cruisers Forum/Multihulls and FCT, the Farrier/Corsair io group.


Here’s the log of comments on the Zoom Chat feature during the meeting.  This is cool thing:  The audience could ask the presenter questions without disturbing the speaker or train of thought. 


 18:42:30         From Andrew & Connie : We are here.  Having slow network issues but can hear folks.  (I had commented that we only saw black on their screen box)

18:48:10          From Shaun : Scott, be sure to take a mask to Florida. I was in Miami last week and my first officer was in line for to get into wallmart and after standing in line for an hour he was still 20 people from getting in and a cop came up and told him since he didn't have a mask he needed to go home.

18:58:31          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : spanaway lake boat ramp opened today in tacoma

19:17:49          From Diane : I rescheduled the multihull club’s next Port Townsend event to be a year later on Sunday, June 6, 2021. That’s the evening before R2AK begins. 

19:24:06          From Ben P. : When or why did you prefer pedaling to rowing to paddling? Did you notice speed or efficiency differences, preference by sea state etc?

19:25:22          From Ben P. : (Also, how about the Gates belt drive?)

19:26:51          From pauls : Can you tell us how you selected the propeller?

19:49:59          From Jonathan : Would you want more lighting on the boat next time?

20:26:28          From Andrew & Connie : what was the watch schedule for your boat? 

20:27:34          From Jeff : How long did it take you to get into the watch schedule groove…  two days?

20:28:11          From Ben P. : You had a lot of rain and wind and cold and more strenuous exercise than normal for sailing. What did you try for staying warm and dry? What worked well, what didn't, what would you change?

20:34:20          From Jeff : Logs… what about the logs….

20:35:06          From Greg C. : Bill, a big California Thank You for sticking with Tatiana’s home port!  So great to see San Francisco on those float hulls in Ketchican :)

20:36:31          From Ben P. : Sounds like lots of people in r2ak hit logs. What did you do about collision risk?

20:40:48          From Andrew & Connie : Not a question, but we are looking to see if anyone wants a free bareboat charter from Alaska back down to Seattle late June 2021... let us know (boat is a SeaWind 24)

21:05:01          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : I agree. I can't drive to seattle for the mtgs

21:05:27          From Shaun : plus no cops on the commute

21:05:45          From Ben P. : Thank you all! I joined toinght from Nova Scotia. Way past my bedtime, but I really enjoyed this. I hope I see you all around r2ak o'clock in 2021 or so... :)

21:08:31          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : thank you. I couldn't be here the whole meeting 

21:12:02          From Andrew I. : Signing off: this was fun and I hope to meet the group in person some day! Cheers.

21:13:37          From Shaun. Kent WA, F31 in Tacoma : yes it was, good night!

21:17:03          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : i am building a cross between a tremolino and a farrier 20 using an aluminum  pontoon for the center hull and 17 ft cat hulls as amas. total weight 800# low cost. seats 4 deck 8 wide by  10-16 long

21:17:21          From Sandy farrier 20 eagle tramp : bye


Eric Lindahl


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