Free Youth Sailing Event at Sandpoint Saturday, April 30th

(Margaret Pommert sent this and, hey NWWB Gals, this might be a fun thing to share on your Facebook pages if you enjoy such to help get the word out.)

Do you know any kids who haven’t yet discovered the joy of sailing?

Bring them to this open house this Saturday for a FREE sailing experience, hosted by The Sailing Foundation.

Free boat rides, fun and giveaways.

Date and time: Saturday, April 30th starting at 11:00am

Location: Sail Sand Point 7861 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115 (North End of Warren G Magnuson Park)


More than 16 sailing programs will be represented; including Frog Prints e! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) sailing for middle school aged girls.  There’s a program for every kid!

Here are the Sailing programs that will be represented

Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec – Beach Camp at Sunset Bay

Bruce Haulman Jr. Sailing Program (Vashon Island) – Camp Gallagher

Center for Wooden Boats – Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Frog Prints e! – Kitsap Sailing & Rowing

Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing Center – Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club

Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association – Northwest Outward Bound School

Sail Sand Point – Sea Scouts of Puget Sound

South Whidbey Yacht Club – Tacoma Yacht Club

The Sailing Foundation


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Mon. Apr. 18th Could You Get Someone Back On The Boat? Lifesling® For Sail And Power Boats With Margaret Pommert

Hi Gals,

We all know things happen fast and unexpectedly on the water. Knowledge and preparation are keys to possibly saving a life.

If someone falls overboard, are you confident that you can get the boat back to them? How about being able to pull them back on board? What if they are injured/hypothermic and so not able to grab a line thrown to them, or help pull themselves back onto the boat or up a ladder?

Member, Margaret Pommert, will offer this classroom introduction to the Lifesling® and crew overboard recovery techniques for both sail and powerboats. Later this summer, we plan to follow-up with practice on sail and powerboats volunteered by members, scheduled at a mutually agreeable day/time.

About Margaret:

Margaret’s deep interest in crew overboard recovery techniques was sparked many years ago in a casual sailboat race.  The skipper of one of her competitors fell overboard, and the crew of strong young men struggled get him back on board.  Tragically, the skipper did not survive.

She is a qualified Lifesling® instructor and a member of the board of directors of The Sailing Foundation, which originally developed the Lifesling®.  As a member of the Safety at Sea committee of The Sailing Foundation, she works to further develop and promote training in the use of the Lifesling® and related crew overboard recovery techniques across the boating community, both locally and globally.

Margaret is a very active sailing instructor, cruiser, and racer.   She’s an instructor certified by both the American Sailing Association and US Sailing, and holds a US Coast Guard master captain’s license. For those interested in training she may be reached at:

Meeting Date and Time: Monday April 18th 7 pm to 9 pm. (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are always welcomed and enjoyed, 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)

It’s a great help to us if you would consider subscribing to the blog for all the information about this groups activities. Also, we appreciate it when you share the link with women boating friends:

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Fisheries Swap Meet Saturday, April 9th

It’s time for the spring swap meet at Fisheries Supply, the time when people clean out their boat’s lockers and spread out their no longer desired or needed marine treasures on those ubiquitous blue tarps and let the fun begin.

When we moved onboard we bought a new oven. The old one was in the back of the van for hauling away. The Swap Meet was happening and I thought, why not give it a shot. My husband shook his head, “No one is going to want that”, but off I went.  It sold minutes after I opened the van doors. You just never know.

It’s fun to browse, but so popular you have to get there early.

Here’s a link to information about it from Three Sheets NW



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Woman Overboard During a Race: Planning and Preparation Were the Key

Member Margaret Pommert brought our attention to this:

During (a) Scatchet Head Race, Gina Layton fell overboard during a tack. It could happen to anyone. Luckily, it happened on Stuart Burnell’s Tantivy. Burnell not only has practiced man overboard drills, he’s had real life experience with them. Stuart has taken the time to write this tale up in the hopes that the rest of us can take something from it as well.

Click here for the story


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MV Lotus on Evening Magazine Tue. March 22 And We Hope To See You Monday

Learn valuable information about your essential onboard instrument, the compass, at our meeting on Monday, March, 21st, 7pm

Evening Magazine will do a feature on MV Lotus (notice Lotus in the new picture on the blog header) That spot will air next Tuesday – 22 March at 7:30, and will be 
available on the Evening magazine website for a month and at the day after.

If you have folks visiting Seattle, remember that Lotus is a unique B and B experience. Check out their website for all that is available including opportunities for volunteering.

We, again, thank Christian Gruye and the volunteers and staff of MV Lotus for the enjoyable evening our group spent aboard enjoying a potluck.  And, not that I’m out of the loop or anything, but I enjoyed being introduced to the experience of ‘steampunk’.

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Navy Finds Missing Dog That Fell Off Fishing Boat And Other Animal Tales

Ok, for those of us who love our animals, I couldn’t help posting this. (Link below) Below the link is a short tale I included in a Nor’Westing Magazine column many years ago.

A dog who fell off a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean and had been “presumed dead” more than a month ago has now been found alive by Navy officials on an island 80 miles off the coast of San Diego, California.

Click here for story

The Owl and the Pussycat might have decided on their own to set sail but other animals onboard boats are there at the decision of their two-legged companions. On our dock.  cats Sitka, and Ketchikan and terrier Rambo went overboard today. The trio’s “mom and dad”, new on the dock, put each pet through their own overboard drill. Rambo adorned with his own little red life vest, went first. Readied with a large long-handled fishing net, they carried him off the boat onto the dock and tossed him about four feet out. He was surprised, but immediately began paddling. They scooped him out and into a towel. His response was to prance around seeming pleased with himself. Sitka and Ketchikan didn’t have life vests. Each were carefully tossed out far enough so they couldn’t swim under the dock before retrieval. Hitting the water both were like a coiled spring, clearing the surface of the water before paddling. Successfully scooped up into towels, their shock was followed by sunning, or more likely pouting, on the afterdeck all afternoon non-the-worse for the adventure.

A lively discussion occurred among others on the dock about the advisability of pet overboard drills. …A resident “old salt” sagely offered that helping to prepare for safety on-board is good, in this case, if not for the animals, for the human’s confidence in retrieving them. 

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Whale Watch Fundraiser For Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center Sat. Apr. 9th

Tickets must be purchased by April 1st    Click here for more information


It’s that perfect time of year, Summer is just around the corner and the Gray Whales are migrating right by our shoreline! Every year over 20,000 Gray Whales migrate by Washington’s coast on their journey to summer feeding grounds. There is only a short window of time to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures so don’t miss your opportunity! You will also get to experience other marine wildlife along the way such as our local harbor seals, sea lions, harbor porpoise, bald eagles and many other sea and shore birds. Last but not least Soundside’s President, Casey Mclean and some of the Board of Directors will be joining the cruise to serve as your private wildlife guides and discuss how Soundside will help our local marine life.

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