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Fire in the Bay

We had a fire in the Bay today. These pictures show how important the first few minutes are. In the first couple of photos the fire is just getting going, been smoking for about 10 minutes, then caught and flared up. Don Mayrand and crew from the shipyard arrived about 15-20 minutes in. Their scow[.....]

R2AK Update Tuesday June 9th

R2AK update for Tuesday…. The wind she blows….at least here it does! A flock of little boats are sheltering in Silva Bay. Dick Smiley and Boatyard Boys, as well as Excellent Adventure are here. Super Friends are just outside the bay tacking across towards the mainland. The tide is about to turn to ebb which will flatten[.....]

R2AK Weather – Start Prediction

R2ak race start weather. So Environment Canada is predicting W15 increasing to W15-25 for Thursday. That’s a ways off yet but NOAA’s Grib file above seems to agree. The light yellow area in the eastern Juan De Fuca indicates 15-18 knots of NW. Looks like a wet uphill slog to Victoria, but maybe not much rowing…..

R2AK Weather update – pre race

More weather….as of Sunday May 31st, with about 4 days till the start in Port Townsend. The strong westerlies have broken down over the outside coast and in Hecate Strait. Winds are light over most of the coast right now, from the Grib file below you can see the strongest wind (Bright yellow spot) (according to[.....]

R2ak Weather, pre-race

R2ak race weather for the morning of May 29th 2015. This is a pre-start overview. With six days or so till the start, it’s time to look seriously at R2ak weather. These are all taken Friday morning May 29th. The first picture above is the surface winds, (yellow arrows on blue). There’s a high pressure ridge[.....]

R2ak Dick Smiley leaving Silva Bay

It was chaos for most of the day, but by late afternoon the boat was loaded and the dock was empty. Of course the wind was slowly dying all day. Around 15:30 they got away, headed to Vancouver for some minor sail work (fourth reef). I think they got some practice with[.....]

Fraser, A Gillnetter

I believe the Fraser was originally the Fraser Belle, built in 1959 by Masao Kamachi at Kamachi Boat Works at Queensborough. Masao owned the boat until 1961 so may have fished her those first few years. Her Official Number is 311271, registered at New Westminster. Gross tons 12.0, dimensions – 32’ x[.....]

Troller Early Spring For Sale

The double-ender Early Spring was built in Sointula, by Edwin Peterson, in 1941. Gross tonnage is 10.63, she’s 37′10″ long overall, beam is 9′8″, draft is 5′6″, and displacement 17tons. Power is a 3-71 GM with a Borg-Warner gear and she is Cedar planked on Yew frames. Son James changed some planks[.....]

Electric Launch

I designed the Electric Launch for Barefoot Wooden Boats in the fall of 2005. She was built at the Shipyard School by students Amie and Jason under the direction of instructor Al Brunt over the 05-06 winter and launched in April of 2006. Dimensions are 15′ length overall, 4′6″ beam, and a draft[.....]

R2ak – The Race to Ketchikan

The first sail and oar race to Ketchikan will start on June 4th, 2015, from Port Townsend Washington. That makes the race course about 750 miles of wilderness and open North Pacific Ocean, mostly through BC waters. There are a few Canadian boats entered, and we think the Barefoot entry from Silva Bay[.....]

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