Support Soundside Marinelife Rescue – Enjoy a day of fun Sat. Oct. 18th

We appreciated the presentation by Casey McLean on the work done and proposed by Soundside Marine Life Rescue. You can help them thrive.

Information on Soundside Marine Life Rescue

Join Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center and Gene Nastri School of the Arts for a fun day of FREE fall activities!… And see their new office/education center!

Come celebrate the season with Art projects, Pumpkin Painting, Raffle prizes, Costume Contest And more…..Fun & educational activities for the whole family.

Where: Soundside’s Office, 8616 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275

When: Saturday, October 18th

Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m


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NWWB Oct. 20th program: Blue Water Sailing in the Modern World – Myths, Misconceptions and Technology Today

We are pleased to welcome long-time NWWB member, Kat Russell, back from a four-year cruise with her husband through the Pacific aboard their Peterson 44, Island Bound. They logged more than 20,000 blue water miles traveling from Alaska to Mexico and Mexico to French Polynesia, then on through the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and finally ending with 18 months cruising through beautiful Fiji.

If you are considering Blue Water cruising, this program is a must-see. Here are some of the “reality of cruising” topics Kat will touch on as she takes us visually through her adventure.

  • Getting ready – what the books don’t tell you
  • Everybody everywhere eats – don’t sweat the provisioning
  • Visas and clearing in, not like it used to be
  • ATMs around the world. Money is every where
  • Communications – Yes you still need an SSB/Hamm Radio but cell phones are everywhere and they are MAGIC
  • Using Google Translate and Google Maps when you get there
  • How modern electronics and engineering have changed the game
  • Must have items: Watch Commander and IPad loaded with Google Maps
  • Don’t lose sleep over the things that might happen. They (for the most part) don’t.
  • Sitting out a category IV Cyclone in Fiji

Come relax and enjoy the evening.

Date: Monday, October 20th, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left.

(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

Please RSVP. Contact either:
Vivian Strolis –


Marilyn Michael


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Knot Tying Is Trending

OK, Vivian is ahead of a trend. There is a new music video by the group Ylvis about…Knot Tying. It’s out and trending. You’ve got to see this.

The Trucker’s Hitch

We can see it now…a group of NWWB gals “getting their cool on” doing an entertaining knot-tying video to promote Knot A Boat! You’ve got to admit, it would be a first for the Boat Show.

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Special NWWB Meeting September 15th Seattle Harbor Patrol Unit Will Host Us

Hey Gals,

We have a location change and a real treat for the September 15th meeting. We will gather at and be hosted by the Seattle Harbor Patrol Unit at the top of Lake Union very close to where we usually meet (See Directions below).

Officers will talk to us about what they do, and answer questions. We will get a tour of their docks, boats and facility. The SPD dive unit and fire boats are located there. This is a rare opportunity to meet up close and personal with the professionals who patrol the waters we enjoy around Seattle. This will be a very informative and interesting evening. Don’t miss this one.

(Side note from Marilyn: I used to write a column for Nor’Westing called Waterbeat. I would write up on-the-water incidents like you’d see in a regular police blotter. I got to know Harbor Patrol officers and learned about all the diverse things they do. It’s a unique and fascinating element of the Seattle Police Department, of special interest to boaters.)

Hors d oeuvres or munchies will be very welcome as we can share them with the officers on the shift. (We won’t be able to do wine.)


The address of the Seattle Harbor Patrol facility is: 1717 North Northlake Place website:

Remember this is a new location for the meeting, for just this month. Here are the directions:

The entrance to the Seattle Harbor Patrol facility is on a short dead-end street just WEST of Gasworks Park.

Coming from Fremont heading East on Northlake Way veer to the right onto Northlake Place (a short dead-end street). It is just before the Gasworks Parking lot. (If you are at the Gasworks parking lot you’ve gone too far.)

Coming from the East heading west on Northlake Way pass the Gasworks parking lot and take the very next left hand turn – a very sharp turn down a short dead-end street.

You will see a chain link fence with a call box next to it. Hit the button on the call box and they will open the gate. There is plenty of parking

If lost call: 206-684-4071

Please note: it’s especially important that you RSVP for this meeting to Vivian at or Marilyn at so we can give them a sense of how many will be coming.

Vivian Strolis –


Marilyn Michael


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Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 8 people from capsized vessel near Bainbridge Island

The following incident reminds us of attention to safety on the water. But, the quote that caught my eye was from the Coast Guard personnel…“The preparedness and response of the good Samaritan was exceptional,” said Mike Allen, search and rescue coordinator at Sector Puget Sound. “He immediately put out a mayday call to let us and everyone in the area know of the people in distress. Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out farther and the situation could have become much worse.”

We may have an opportunity to be of assistance on the water one day so we admire those of you who are participating in programs like NWWB with goals of making you a safer, better and more prepared boater.

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard boatcrew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their boat capsized in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Washington, Sunday.

The eight people and their dog were transferred to awaiting EMS with no reported injuries.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a mayday call at 7:52 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from a good Samaritan aboard a skiff reporting people in the water calling for help.

The good Samaritan was able to recover three of the people in the water. The other five people clung to the side of his vessel.The 4-year-old child was reportedly the only passenger from the capsized boat wearing his lifejacket.

The survivors reported that their 12-foot skiff had capsized and they had been floating in the water for at least 20 minutes before being discovered by the good Samaritan.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle arrived on scene around 8:15 p.m. and recovered all of the people and the dog and transferred them to Bainbridge Island. The RB-M crew towed the capsized vessel to Eagle Harbor.

“The preparedness and response of the good Samaritan was exceptional,” said Mike Allen, search and rescue coordinator at Sector Puget Sound. “He immediately put out a mayday call to let us and everyone in the area know of the people in distress. Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out farther and the situation could have have become much worse.”

The Coast Guard reminds all recreational mariners to take the time to prepare for boating. Carry multiple forms of communication devices including a portable VHF-FM marine radio. Dress for the water conditions, which are much colder than the average air temperature in summer and early fall. File a float plan with friends or family to let them know where you are going and when you’ll be back. Take care not to overload your vessel, especially small vessels such as skiffs, canoes and kayaks.

Most importantly, wear your life jacket. A lifejacket is much harder to put on once you are in the water, assuming you still have access to it. Children 13 years of age and younger are required by law to wear lifejackets while on the water.

For more information about safe boating practices please visit

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Sail Sand Point’s Youth Sailing Program Can Benefit From Donation of Your Old Sails by Aug. 31

Diane Johnson has passed along a way for you to help the Sail Sand Point’s Youth Racing Program. They will benefit from a donation from Sea Bags ( for the pile of sails collected by August 31st. Read more about how you can divest yourself of those old sails for a good cause, go to

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News from Reanne Hemingway-Douglass – A New Book: Exploring the Salish Sea: An Artist’s View

Reanne Hemingway Douglass and her husband Don have a new book out, Exploring the Salish Sea: An Artist’s View. It will be available for sale in about a month. Authored by the Douglasses, it features gorgeous pen and ink drawings by Margy Gates, a California artist and lifelong lover of the nautical world. The work celebrates the unique beauty of the Salish Sea, and reminds us that the marine environment merits our respect and protection.

And, for you gals with e-readers, if you haven’t read Reanne’s amazing tale, Cape Horn: One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Nightmare, it will be available for Kindle and other ebook readers in a couple of weeks.

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