NOAA Open House Tomorrow, June 8th

Hi Gals,

Thanks to Diane Johnson for calling our attention to an open house for NOAA tomorrow, June 8th, offering a fun, free way to celebrate World Oceans Day. Join NANOOS and many other groups at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Western Regional Center, from 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, for NOAA Open House 2018! There will be buoy building with NANOOS, tours of NOAA facilities, food trucks, and much, much more!

Link to full information and directions

 Friday, June 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 6:30 pm
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

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11 Puget Sound Lighthouses You Can Visit For Free

Here’s our list of recommended lighthouses in the Puget Sound region. In the following list, they are arranged north to south.

All lighthouses are free to visit, though most will gladly accept donations. Lighthouses inside Washington State Parks require a Discover Pass ($10/day, $30/annual). A couple sites have other small fees under $10 per visit. We’ve listed the best days to go, usually when tours are offered or other facilities are open, including the lighthouses, museums, or gift shops. Either way, most lighthouse grounds are open year-round, except where stated otherwise.

Most of the lighthouses are historic sites with non-functioning lights. However, several are operating to aid maritime traffic in navigation of Puget Sound waterways.

Several of the lighthouses are in Seattle or a short drive away. Others would make more of a day trip with a picnic in fair weather. Find a Google map showing the location of each lighthouse at the end of the list…

Link to full article…11 Puget Sound lighthouses you can visit for free

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MAN OVERBOARD! An article worth reading with video

A MAN OVERBOARD article worth reading (with a video) from Southern Boating Magazine

This is one area where it’s good for everyone to review as we head into heavy boating season, especially us gals. Far more men fall overboard than women and part of the reason is…it happens when they are peeing! Yep, true story.


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NWWB May 21st Meeting: Tracy McKendry Director of Recreational Boating for Port of Seattle Overseeing Shilshole Bay, Harbor Island and Bell Harbor Marinas

Note: An RSVP to isn’t necessary, but will be greatly appreciated to help us set up. And, we’re sending well wishes to Ann Cox and Margaret Pommert, on separate boats, who are headed up the Inside Passage on their way with a group of boats to Alaska.

As you plan to join us this month, think about inviting a gal friend who loves boating. Our speaker brings tales of her accomplishments on the water and will offer information of interest to all of us about marina management and the larger topic of the Port of Seattle’s involvement with recreational boating.  Tracy Mckendry is an Olympia gal who, after earning an English/Creative Writing degree from UW, immediately headed out for adventures on the water.

“The day after college graduation, I was on a plane to Anchorage to work on a boat in Prince William Sound doing tours from Whittier to Valdez.”

The following year she worked as a deckhand on a small cruise ship for Alaska Sightseeing and earned enough sea time to earn a 100 Ton Master of Inland Waters, 15o Mate of Near Coastal Waters and Able-bodied Seaman Rating. Starting as second mate on a 200′ cruise ship she eventually made Captain. She increased the tonnage of her license to receive 500 Ton Masters of Inland Water, 1600 Ton Mate of Inland Waters. She ultimately worked for Victoria Clipper as Chief Mate.

Her Marina career started at Foss Harbor Marina in Tacoma where she was Harbor Master and later General Manager. She’s been with the Port of Seattle 7 years, ultimately taking the position as Director for Recreational Boating.

She takes the time to walk marinas; isn’t surprised by anything that happens, even dealing with the FBI and Secret Service. Tracy has a goal of making more time to talk to boaters. HEAR THAT GALS…She wants to hear from us so come out and meet her, bring questions and enjoy a presentation by a woman clearly very knowledgeable about Seattle Marinas and regional issues/policies surrounding recreational boating…subjects of interest to all of us.

Date: Monday, May 21st 2018

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are 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)

Questions: Contact Vivian at

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Hey Gals,

Hope you have fun planned for Opening Day, the sun will be out!

A reminder if you love paddling of any type. Don’t forget the Northwest Paddling Festival coming up in a week.

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Great Tips…The Outboard Won’t Start 101

Vivian enjoys a blog called It recently made a helpful .pdf available of what to do if your outboard won’t start. It could be helpful to laminate and keep on hand.

Link to .pdf  Outboard Won’t Start 101

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Doris Glykys is in town with the Clipper Round The World Race

Have you been noticing the Clipper Ships are in town on a leg of their Clipper Round The World Race. Doris Glykys joined the adventure and will be meeting informally with some of our gals on Friday.  Those who were there for Doris’ talk in 2013 will remember she had us in stitiches talking about her first Blue Water experience and really laid out some of the nitty gritty reality of being a woman/newbie out there for the first time.

A Blue Water Experience & Life Aboard in Fiji

Doris lived on board a 32′ Down Eastern in Fiji this summer.  Diving in Nananu-I-Ra, snorkeling with sharks and giant clams on an old leper colony, gaffing her first fish (mahi mahi), negotiating a tight reef entrance to Fulanga, and finally taking off in a plane where the carry on baggage was weighted while she was holding it!!

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