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: http://www.seattle.gov/police/units/harbor/default.htm

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 nwwbviv@gmail.com or Marilyn at lkunion@aol.com so we can give them a sense of how many will be coming.

Vivian Strolis – nwwbviv@gmail.com


Marilyn Michael lkunion@aol.com


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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 www.uscgboating.org.

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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 (www.seabags.com) 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 www.sailsandpoint.org

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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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Vibrational Meditation

I bought a new sander and I used my new sander for the first time today. I’m working hard to ‘stay present’ with my sander. That may sound strange, but too often when using a sander on wood that needs refinishing, one focuses on the big job ahead and the inability to bring ultimate perfection to the job. I like my new sander it’s small, fits nicely in my hand and gets in small spaces. And, it works. Old wood covering is disappearing and the wood looks fresh and beautiful again…a small chunk at a time. I want to try to stay focused on the fresh and beautiful that is emerging, not on the unsanded wood in front of me. I want to try to sand a little at a time and I think my new little sander will make me comfortable doing that. I have in the past said WHY? Why! did we pick a boat that has wood that encircles the edge? But the wood belongs to the boat it is part of the boat’s character. I shouldn’t wish the wood away. In finding a way to do my own wood; by offering it my labors, I feel more invested in my boat. And, doing my wood offers me time away from left brain word processing and computer screens. That helps a better neurological balance. I’m trying to consider it “vibrational meditation”.

 Just some thoughts I had today. Maybe they will offer encouragement to some of you out there “doing your wood”.



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NWWB Meeting August 18th Marine Biologist, Casey Mclean, On Rescuing Marine Life

One of the pleasures of boating in the Northwest is observing and learning about the marine life. Next Monday we are excited to have Marine Biologist, Casey Mclean, founder of the Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center. Casey’s love of the Pacific Northwest and passion for marine mammals, has made her determined to provide a facility that can help rehabilitate marine animals and inspire the community to protect the marine environment.

Casey is actively working to create a hospital for marine wildlife something needed in the Northwest. She educates the general population about Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center helping people learn about rescuing sea life including issues such as how different species are rehabilitated and who to call. She will help us recognize and be more aware of the needs in our area.

After graduating from University of Tampa as a Marine Biologist, Casey honed her skills working with Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Florida Research Institute in marine mammal rehabilitation, research, and public education. From Boston to Alaska, Casey has worked on projects involving Humpback whales, Steller Sea lions and rehabilitation of sea turtles. She is currently involved with the regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Come relax and enjoy the evening.

Date: Monday, August 18th, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm Aor so

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)

The Northwest Marine Trade Association has graciously welcomed our group of women in boating to use their office for our meetings. There’s great parking and it’s a comfortable and professional place to meet. Thank you Northwest Marine Trade Association for your support.

Please RSVP to Vivian at nwwbviv@gmail.com or Marilyn at lkunion@aol.com

Bring an hors d oeuvre or something to drink if you desire.

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NWWB – Prompt 7pm start to Monday’s Presentation


Deborah Bach, publisher of Three Sheets Northwest and new communications director of the Northwest Marine Trade Association, will be our speaker. She is a very active observer and commentator on the Northwest Boating Community. She will, also, offer you excellent information about enhancing your boating experience by blogging. Below are two links. The first introduces you to Three Sheets NW guest bloggers and the second to the member’s blog page of the Northwest Women in Boating blog (please consider joining if you have a blog).

Three Sheets Northwest Guest Bloggers

Northwest Women in Boating Blog Page

We look forward to seeing you.

Marilyn and Vivian


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