Club announcements

June 5 “Hardship” by Spike Kane

posted May 24, 2018, 12:51 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 6:46 PM by A Rice ]

Spike Kane spoke about his sailing history in Puget Sound and offshore, of boat building and living aboard, his kayak instructing and guiding.

Then he spoke about the accident in 2005 where he suffered a high spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the arms down. After a long rehab his accomplishments have continued. Besides winning at International adaptive surfing events he wanted to participate in the 2016 Race to Alaska on his F27 Trimaran 'Alula'. It's an inspiring story of how he assembled a crew of two friends who are also disabled and then persevered in their quest to reach Ketchikan, AK.

For those that missed it, you should watch the 20 minute CNN documentary video:  Hard Ship

And read the Sail magazine article:  3 Disabled Sailors Race to Alaska

May 1 -- From the Rivers of South America to Proa Palindrome w/ Meeting Minutes attached

posted Apr 22, 2018, 2:11 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated May 24, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

 The 2012-2014 cruise of Ginny and Steve Ladd in the rivers of South America and how that has led them to their next boat, which is a proa in progress.  Here's Steve and Ginny's route :

Northwest Multihull Association May 1, 2018 Meeting Minutes/Notes     


Most of us show up for the pot luck at 630 and enjoy catching up with each other.  There is never enough time to talk with everyone as much as we’d like.  There are so many folks with interesting stories, especially our presenter (see below).  For show and tell Mark brought components of his pedal drive for his entry in the full race R2AK in a 20’ Tornado (I guess thats easier than his previous leg-one crossings on a sailboard).  We oogled the high tech alloy parts he designed then cut with high pressure water jets at work.  It will be fun to send him off from Pt Townsend at the June 14 dawn start.  Its a great all day event the day before too, seeing all the boats and crews.


Commodore Jeff started the meeting mentioning that there is a lot of info on the internet about our presenter Steve Ladd’s explorations through S. America on his small boats.   He extended an invitation to our many talented members to volunteer on whatever committee that interests them, especially tech types to help with the website.  But also Cruising, Racing, Rendezvous, Social, Speaker wrangling, etc….  Let Jeff know via the website or email.  He also called for members to send him pictures and write ups of your sailing adventures.  Even if they are from long ago.  He’s been conversing with Sail Sand Point as to how the clubs can help each other.  The aim is to feed each other folks who are interested in our respective activities.  For us getting kids and adults in their learning programs interested in our bigger boats; the next step.  We’ve bought SSP a Hobie Wave catamaran in the past and maybe another is worthy of discussion.  We could also have a club volunteer work day where we can help them repair and set up boats in their fleet.  Or send our kids, grandkids to their excellent sailing programs, (I’ve known 2 of their high school age instructors from our neighborhood)  Jeff will keep us posted on the discussions.


Jeff mentioned another benefit of the club is our lending cache.  We have 4 boat stands, a load cell for accurately weighing boats and some industrial racking that Martyn and Linda donated to the club which has been used as a temp tent framework for boat work and can carry very heavy loads for lifting, moving and weighing pretty big vessels.  They are 14’ high.  Contact him for more info via the website of the google group we have.  He didn’t say but I suppose Ballard Sails would still honor their offer to measure sails for club members who are interested in racing PHRF.


Then our new members Jon and Lesley were introduced.  They just bought a cool Corsair Pulse 600 trimaran.  Welcome.  They offered to display our club banner as they will be participating in the Opening Day boat parade this Saturday May 5.  


Dan our Cruising Captain is still working on a schedule.  He also spoke for Vince our Race Captain who requests that you send him RSVP for the Everett Rally on May 11, 12, 13.  They need to know how much food they need to buy.  Email RSVP or call:,(206) 909-5655.  See NWMA website for details of our big event.


Mark O. our Treasurer reported $7143 in the account and that we are in good shape.  He is looking for someone to donate an old laptop to the club.  The one they are using for our club presenters has a near dead battery and is very old.  He said anything you may have lying around will be a better unit.  Please give him a call if you can donate one: 206 937-7454 


We the went around the room to introduce ourselves and say what we are up to, as is our custom.  I recall a couple of interesting comments:  Todd said he sailed in Columbia last month.  Keith is jonesing for a big cat to go cruising in.  Mark D has entered the R2AK and in a dead run to get everything ready.  Joel is making progress on his Marples 35 and there is a link on the website to his blog.  Scott from the new Corsair dealer told us a bit about Wright Yachts entry in the R2AK with a not yet delivered Corsair 970 and Northwest Yachting Magazine’s participation and hope to garner some publicity for our club.  I think it was Scott who mentioned Weta’s and prompted a discussion as to how many of them are around.  It seems there are several from the response.  As an aside I heard there is a Mainecat 41 that was rescued from the hurricane in Texas for sale ~100K.  It still needs a rig and sails and probably more.   Steve, the multihull guy from Reno can put you on to this; multihuler at aol dot com.  He’s advertised it on a few forums and It’d be cool if someone up here wanted it.  Anyone want to go partners?????


Jeff then introduced our presenter Steve Ladd.  His is currently working on reconfiguring a 30’ proa orphaned in Pt Townsend after the first R2AK for more adventures.  But, oh boy, are his South American adventures fascinating to hear and ask questions about.  His first was solo in 1993 in a 12’ open boat from Montana to the rivers of South America and back to Florida!  Yeah, you read that right.  He wrote a book:  Three Years on a 12’ Boat, you’ll find it on Amazon.  But he spent most of the evening talking about his big trip, 2009-14.  He and his wife spent 5 years sailing a 21 foot, 7 inch draft lee boarder from; Florida to Cuba, Belize, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela then down rivers huge and small from the top of S. America to Buenos Aries!  LOOK AT A MAP!, (sorry for shouting).  Then he sailed back up a different system of rivers where his wife had a baby in central Brazil, then the 3 continued up to the Amazon and out to the Atlantic where his wife and newborn son flew home to Bremerton.  Then he single handed, hand steering, (no auto pilot or wind vane) up the east and north coast of S. America to Trinidad, the windward islands, etc, where he was surprised by a sneaker wave and shipwrecked on the eastern most part of Dominican Republic.   All with portages and piloting made up on the fly often needing that skinny 7" draft.  They made their own charts from google earth as there are none for the smaller and remote rivers!  Amazing, no one had ever done that before, though his inspiration stemmed from Dan and son Dana Starkell from Winnipeg who did a smaller but still amazing 1980’s voyage in northern South America.  I can’t tell all his amazing story here but he has a well written blog where you can read all about it and plenty of other stuff about him on the interwebs.  Just google the adventures of Ginny and Steve and you will have reading and dreaming for all next winter.  I will post a map of his big trip below.  You really need to look in on his blog.  See the map attached below.


Next month June 5 Spike Kane will tell us about his amazing 2016 R2AK race on his F27 Trimaran.  I’ve known Spike for a while and it will be an inspiring talk for sure.  Unfortunately I will be gone but I hope you can make it.  I’ll also add that after our summer break our first meeting will be Oct 2 where Mark Dix mentioned above will tell how he won the 2018 R2AK on his Tornado……  See NW Multihull Association website for location and details.  Guests are always welcome.


Eric Lindahl

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

posted Mar 20, 2018, 3:36 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated May 6, 2018, 2:37 PM ]

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

Northwest Mutlihull Association April 3, 2018 Meeting Minutes/Notes     


As always the first order of business was a nice gab session as we consumed the pot luck goodies for dinner.  Its a good mix of home made and last minute store bought food that stretches the palette.  Yum.  Again, not enough time to talk to everyone.  So many good interesting people to visit with.


Commodore Jeff started the short meeting with a reminder of the club benefits, (besides seeing all the cool people here): Ballard Sails winter discounts on new sail purchases!  Winter is now gone so maybe no longer applicable, check and see.  But they will measure your sails for free if you are new to racing and need a PHRF certificate.  Also our Fisheries Supply discount.  He then extended an invitation our many talented members to volunteer on whatever committee that interests them; Cruising, Racing, Rendezvous, Website/tech work, Social, Speaker wrangling, etc….  Let Jeff know.  He also called for members to send him pictures and write ups on your sailing adventures.  Even if they are from long ago.  We have a rich history and newish members like me love to read more of it.  By the way, I noticed there is a lot of new content on the site, entertaining race write-ups, a print version of Matt and Tricias presentation to the club of sailing their 42’ Ouremer catamaran from Tahiti to Seattle, (click “view more” in the first column then scroll down the March 3 entry), etc..…  If you haven’t dropped in in that last month then go have a look.


Jeff mentioned the invitation of the Hobie Fleet to race with them this Saturday the 7th around Mercer Island.  The I-90 bridge clearance is only 29’ so just the smallest Farrier (or other) boats will be able to sail with the Hobies.  They will provide a different course for taller boats to sail 1/2 way around the island then turn around and come back to the finish while the small boats will continue on the circumnavigation.  There didn’t seem to be a lot of interest except for a few Wetas as the popular Blakely Rock race is going on at the same time.  I wish I’d thought to have a show of hands of any others who planned to sail with the Hobies.  dang  (edited the race was cancelled due to gale winds forecast)


We then went around the room introducing ourselves as usual.  Many new faces:  An F24 trimaran owner  from France who was in Seattle for a job interview and just happened to see our meeting announcement.  I didn’t get his name but he would join the club if he gets the job!  Rick S. had an old F27 mainsail for free if someone wanted it.  Brandon from Olympia is looking at buying an F31.  We had quite a few long time members show up, maybe to visit our presenter Tom Speer who is also a long time member.  It is always interesting to put names on faces and talk to those that I’ve heard about but I’ve never, or rarely meet up with. 


David M. wanted to know who and when are folks planning to cruise up north.  This started a discussion on how to meet up.  Maybe a graphic or calendar on the website where folks can add their cruising plans and time frame via our web administrator.  Or specifying a time, date and channel to monitor on VHF.  Or using the Puget Sound Cruisers Club protocol of Channel 69.  (A former PSCC commodore was with us tonight).   I guess we should have delegated the Cruising Committee to come up with something, hopefully they will. 


Mark, our Treasurer, gave us his short report of $7400 in the account which is a little up from last month and puts us in good position for coming seasons activities.  If you haven’t joined up this year please do so to support the cause.  Info on how to join is on the web site.


Dan our Cruising Committee Chair mentioned a survey for members to fill out but it has some bugs and they need to be ironed out first.  He will keep us posted for when it is ready.


The meeting over, our main event began with Tom Speer’s recap of the Americas Cup and what the future holds.  The following is a bit of a ramble of some things I remember (not guaranteed to be accurate)  He started with an interesting history of the cup mentioning that the boat America which first won the cup in 1851 was a blockade runner for the confederates in the civil war and ended up in a shed in 1945 when a snow storm collapsed the roof and it was declared non salvageable.  Then he ran down the ~6 or 8 boat configurations/rules over the next century.  The AC 34 in SanFrancisco won 2 Emmy awards for the lay line, etc, overlay graphics.  Much harder on a waterway than a football field’s first down marker.  They used a GPS accurate to within 1 inch!!!!  It also allowed the game changing way penalties were detected and assessed. He gave a recap of just what Oracle did to make the amazing came back from an 8:1 deficit in 2013.  The rough 72’ catamaran mold was built in SFO then shipped to Janacke Industries in Sedro Woolley where is was machined to perfection then shipped back to SFO where the boat was molded.  There was lots of technical talk of how stability was achieved in foiling and with tangents to of the origin of foiling, ultimate limits of speed (due to cavitation) etc.  Fascinating and every sentence brought up another question in my head which was exploding  trying to understand and keep up.  Tom ended with his thoughts on the new monohull boat for the AC36 in New Zealand in 2020.  He mentioned that the final rule announcement came out just a few days ago so he was able to give us some of his initial analysis of speed and limitations.  There was a comment that it is more like a catamaran as it has main foils on each side….  The foils swing ~90 degrees (my guess) from fully out to the side to tucked up under the hull, like a twin bilge keeler,  I wanted to ask if it could take the ground on a low tide, but didn’t want to interrupt.  Ha ha)  The foils will be weighted with ballast to conform to the rule to provide stability.  They’re tucked under the hull when not sailing, otherwise it would roll over due to the limit on beam.  He took questions for a long time after his video laced presentation with much interesting, wide ranging, high speed sailing discussion.  I asked what the sailors thought about the mono hull and he said they are all multihull converts and are generally not happy with the new boat but they are pros and will give full measure to their employers.  Well those are the random thoughts that came to mind as I typed, I wish I could remember it all.  I hope he stays up on the next AC, (he did say he’d be open to consulting) so we can hear what he has to say about that contest.


Next month May 1 Ginny and Steve Ladd will tell us about their 2012-2014 cruise of in the rivers of South America and how that has led them to their next boat, which is a proa in progress.  I hope you can make it then.  As I will be gone in June I’ll also add that on June 5 Spike Kane will tell us about his amazing R2AK race on his F27 Trimaran.  I hope you can make it to both presentation to hear these inspiring people.  See NW Multihull Association website for location and details.  Guests are always welcome.

Eric Lindahl

206 525-8472

9562 Lakeshore Bvd. NE

Seattle, Washington 98115

March 6 Meeting Minutes/Notes by Secretary Eric Lindahl

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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








Eric Lindahl

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo from NWMA Holiday Party at Vince's

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

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

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

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

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

When: Sunday January 7th, 5:00pm

Where: 6414 37th Ave NW
            Seattle, WA 98107

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

Dec 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes

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

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

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


Promoting the Club


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


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




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


After Meeting Program:  Summer activities


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Future Meetings


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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