Posts by sailpuppy21

A senior sailor with offshore experience currently living in the Pacific North West

Blakely Rock Chili Race


Last Sunday was the annual Blakely Rock Chili Race hosted by the Seattle Sailing Club.  Start time was around 09:45 hrs with boats finishing from 12:10 hrs to about 15:00 hrs.  There were five boats each about 35 feet in length that completed the 12 nm trip to Blakely Rock and back to Shilshole marina.  There were two parts to the event.  Who would finish first in the return to Shilshole with cooked chili from the boat galley.   The chili needed to be still in the pot.  All crews manage to yell down to the cook prior to jibing or tacking.

At 09:45 the fleet left and headed for Blakely Rock with 10 to 15 kts coming down from the NE.  S/V Avalanche, a J105, took off flying a spinnaker followed by S/V Totoro, La Dolce  Vita, Astrea, and Otava.

DSCN0316_edited-1After we got ourselves organized on Dolce Vita we  started coming up on the stbd side of  Totoro as we both headed downwind at 7-8kts towards West Point. Avalanche was further downwind flying her kite & ripping along.

DSCN0340_edited-1Avalanche could be seen up in the distance approaching Blakely Rock.  We were about a mile behind them as we approached the southern tip of Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island ferry to SeattleWe kept an eye on the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry as it came out but were safely ahead and on our way to rounding Blakely Rock.

DSCN0345_edited-1The boat rounding the rock may have been one of ours.   I’m not certain since we were starting a stbd jib to round the rock.

DSCN0347 We rounded into the wind pointing at Magnolia bluff and heading home for West Point and then Shilshole marina.  We crossed the finish line at about 12:20 hrs.

DSCN0323 Our happy crew of Michael Good, Judy, and I were led by David Jade.

David Jade on S/V Dolce Vita That would be David at the helm.   Great job David!

After the race everyone gathered at the office for beer, soft drinks, water, chili, chips & COOKIES!  Margaret P was voted best chili.   A cold day but great sun, wind and fellow sailors.   A lovely time.

Salish Sea


This extensive inland waterway from Desolation Sound at the north end of  the Georgia Straits to the southern port of Tacoma is our new home.  We are about 3 miles due east of Possession Sound in south Everett.

The decision to move has been easy for me, since I am a nomad in my heart.  My need for attachment has been diminished for many years.  It started with mountaineering and has continued to this day.  However, I truly miss the relationships with both family and kindred spirits in North Carolina, and Colorado.

My goals for this journal are several.  I plan on sharing sailing stories, photos, reflections, and other posts that will build a community of family and friends.