Items of Interest

Zen: slang for peaceful and relaxing

posted Jun 8, 2018, 7:36 PM by A Rice   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

A balance to the race reports - peaceful evening, relaxing pace with asymmetrical alone.

Watch Zen F22 on Vimeo.

Puget Sound is now a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage

posted Apr 14, 2018, 10:23 AM by A Rice   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:36 AM ]

The EPA has established a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for Puget Sound and certain adjoining waters. An NDZ is a body of water where boats may not release sewage, whether treated or not. The NDZ will help protect public health, water quality, and sensitive resources. 

Chapter 173-228 WAC was adopted on April 9, 2018 after a five year public process and EPA approval. The rule is effective as of May 10, 2018. However, certain commercial vessels have a five year delay before the rule begins. There is no change for graywater discharges.

Launch of proa Palindrome

posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:33 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:43 AM by A Rice ]

Thanks to Greg Jacobs and friends for assistance I have launched my pros apalindrome. She motored at 9.4 knots average with my 4HP Yamaha, exceeding my 8 knot guess. She is 30 feet long. Main hull 2 feet wide excluding the lee-pod bulge-out. Weight 450 pounds.

Lots to do now!   Steve Ladd   (Steve Ladd is our May Speaker)

Next show Palindrome under paddle....

And finally Palindrome under sail.... 

Joe and Sue Dazey's boat Presto

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 8:58 PM by A Rice ]

Presto at the start of the 2017 Salty Dawg Rally from Hampton, VA to Falmouth, Antigua and Barbuda for the cruising section. (The Navy has a big presence in Hampton Roads)

Hobie Fleet Summer Youth Camps

posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:05 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Seattle – Hobie Division 4, in conjunction with MY SAIL Foundation, will be hosting two, three-day, YOUTH sailing camps this summer.  The camps are a great way to introduce youth and young adults between the ages of 13 – 21 to the excitement and responsibilities of operating a Hobie Cat 16.

The two camps are scheduled for: 1) June 29 – July 1 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle at the north end of Shilshole Marina, and;

2) July 11-13 at majestic Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.  Both camps have limited availability and pre-registration is required.

At the camps the kids will learn points of sail, how to make a boat go fast and stop, how to change direction, and how to capsize the boat and right it.  All participants must be able to swim.  Kids will be paired up into teams, but it is the bonding off the water where friendships are born. 

The Hobie Cat 16 is a 2-person catamaran (2 hulls) that is perfect for youth and young adults.  It is capable of achieving relatively high speeds for a sailboat, which excite the kids.

Seasoned Hobie sailors from the local Seattle fleet will teach the class (incl. a US Sailing certified instructor).  The class is offered once a year and has been sold out in previous years.  For this reason pre-registration is recommended. 

Cost of the camp is $229 (Seattle) or $270 (Quinault)/person.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own sailing gear, if they have any.  Other sailing gear will be provided.

For more information contact:

Hobie 101: Tim Webb – (360) 310-0038 or

Hobie 102: Peter Nelson -- (206) 992-6637 or

Cruising tip of the month: Cruising with Eggs

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

This months tip is about eggs. If you get farm fresh eggs that have not been refrigerated, you don't need to keep them in the cooler. just a cool place out of the sun. Eggs go bad from the inner membrane drying out. if you rotate your eggs once per day it keeps the inside moist and they will last for around a month, same in the refer/cooler if from the store. I keep my eggs in a little plastic box from Amazon < $10:

It is marked on one side EVEN and the other ODD. I flip it based on the calendar day. I spent around 6 years living on a old Piver Loadstar without refrigeration and never had a bad egg. If you like hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs for your next raft-up-potluck you can rapid cool them after boiling by wrapping them in a wet paper towel, packing them into a plastic box and blasting them with canned air. The paper towels with turn to ice, I recommend around 15 min before unwrapping.
Hope you enjoyed this cruising tip.

-Your Cruise Captain.....see you on the hook!


S/V Nibiru v-V-v 

Guy Rittger with plans for R2AK

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:19 PM by A Rice

Received this note from member Guy Rittger. He is a partner in Team Pear Shapped Racing. They attempted R2AK 2017, but withdrew after damage from hitting a log. He reports on this years efforts in preparation for 2019:

I'm pleased to report the arrival, in the PNW, of "Dragon", a 10.8M custom trimaran acquired from Auckland, NZ by Team Pear Shaped Racing for the 2019 Race to Alaska.  The boat was shipped as deck cargo to Vancouver, off-loaded on January 12, and delivered on her own hull to Van Isle Marina, in Sidney, BC.  Our intentions are to race the boat in several 2018 and 2019 events, leading up to R2AK, after which we'll see what happens.

Anyone is welcome to drop by VIM and check out the boat.  TPSR's Canadian partner is frequently at the boat, prepping it for R2AK.  We're partnering, again, with UK Sails PNW for our sail inventory, and getting input and support from many Victoria BC "Friends of TPSR", who deserve a major shout-out (which we'll get around to, soon, on our TPSR blog).

We're very much looking forward to being on the water this Spring and seeing how "Dragon" performs.

Warm regards,

TPSR / San Francisco

What we'll call it a soft launch

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:12 AM by A Rice   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 6:10 AM ]

The stars aligned. Floats and beams attached, nets loosely laced. A weekend with sun and unusual warmth for January. My brother Toby in town and anxious to help.

While family and friends following the build of my F22 expect to be there for a launch ceremony, I decided that since I'd never launched a boat off a trailer, never tried starting the engine, etc., I would take it one step at time and have the official event after I knew the basic wrinkles were worked out and the sails fit.

So many little details to be checked off, but late in the afternoon she slid into the water, unfolded her wings and put 1.5 hours of the prescribed 10 hour break in on the engine (started second pull!) for a cruise down the Lake Washington Ship Canal and a circle around north Lake Union. The crews learning, but the boat seems a natural.

The next day I raised the mast and backed her into a new home at the mast-up dry storage at Shilshole. A great weekend!

- Andrew

NWMA is joining Hobie Fleet 95 at the Seattle Boat Show

posted Jan 18, 2018, 9:58 PM by A Rice   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 9:59 PM ]

We'll be meeting on opening night, January 26, at the Hobie Cats NW booth between 6:30 and 7.  They'll be easy to find because they have returned to featuring a Hobie 16 in their booth.  Look for the sails!  Also, opening night is wine tasting night.  Your entry gets you ten vouchers to test the wares of different local vintners.

Come join the fun and meet the hosts of the April Round Mercer Island Regatta!

Tribute to Ian Farrier

posted Jan 6, 2018, 12:22 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Jan 6, 2018, 5:49 PM ]

Ian Farrier died suddenly Dec, 8, 2017 in San Francisco.  He was 70 years old and will be missed by everyone in the Farrier trimaran sailing community.  Here is a tribute given at is memorial in New Zealand by long time friend and business associate Peter Hackett. Reprinted by permission of the author, Peter Hackett

It has been a tough time for all, I will provide what I can without stepping on the toes of the NZ crew.

The funeral was one of the most difficult I have been to, I did not quite realize how close I was to the man until it was too late to tell him. I don't mind now admitting I choked a couple of times. From the wonderful international readings I was able to add at the funeral and provide to the family, I think many of you felt the same. To all of us out there hungry for the best way to rebuild a mast base, or the best method to patch up that plywood rot in a 35 year boat, he simply gave us his all.

The upbeat part of the service was provided by his mates and especially the foil maestro of Oracle etc, Neil Wilkinson. Neil and Ian went to school out the back of the funeral grounds where I took that picture of the latest boat with flag half mast. It seems that they were a little wild in a nerdy way while at school making rockets that went in crazy directions, rebuilding cars including dropping a big engine in Ian's mother's Austin A40 to try and win the midweek races (which they never did). Ian even got into an argument with his Physics teacher who told the class that the largest coefficient of dynamic friction of a car could only be 1.0. Our mate thought about this all night before picking up the argument with the teacher trying to convince him that in the right conditions it could go well above that. We all know who was right, as usual. Ian and Neil even dropped out of uni at the same time, and Ian actually picked up a lot of his assembly line skills working longer and longer shifts at a tooling factory.

The rest of the story has sometimes made it to the pages here, where we know Ian got an old trimaran which had been extended in length but with no safety in the sheer line, so he had to rebuild that before taking on those big kiwi waves in 1970. He also spent time in a ferro-cement monohull in bigger waves, and we can understand now how motivated he was to find a better way. 

The nice part of my trip over the ditch before xmas was to meet the latest team of about 10 blokes and a cool young lady working in the factory. They are understandably gutted, but I am pleased to say they are really motivated to keep following his lead. The work I saw them doing on the assembly line, the numbered parts in an ordered procession around the factory floor, and the burble of work going on after morning coffee excited me, and would have made the boss proud. I mentioned the young lady because like many she is a sailor. With a twinkle in her eye, she asked me how hard I thought we could push the 22 in big winds and waves. I reckon the boss picked her.

The GM taken on by Ian to run the factory a year ago is Rob Densem, and he is under no illusions about the challenge he faces. I can assure you he has the smarts to follow this through for a long time, and his experience simply building his own F22 should stand him in good stead as well as all his high level managerial and marketing time under the belt. Rob assures me that the business is in great shape financially, and I know Ian's son Michael, the accountant in Texas, has had a firm hand on the wheel.

You are probably sick of hearing me rave about how nearly perfect my first F22 "Boom!" was, so you will be be pleased to know that when I crawled over and inside boat #16 (heading to US) I found that the boss had indeed lifted the bar even further. With mouldings that the car industry would be proud of, I just sat inside with a lump in my throat and started planning "KaBoom!". I also have to admit to the owner that they had to pry my hands off the latest carbon mast for these boats. Absolute spar-porn.   

The lack of email answers from Farrier Marine are partly due to the factory closing for their holiday break and exacerbated by the fact that the boss did a good job of securing his server passwords! I am sure the technical stuff will get sorted in coming weeks, we just need to be patient and stick together. 

Peter Hackett
FM Aus

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