Ship's Log: Youth Programs

Journey planning and Squall drill

We are continuing to plan for the four-day journey happening in May and part of the preparation includes safety awareness and drills.  We performed a squall drill today which involved counting off for roll-call, having a 'buddy' to help don ...

A rowing destination – The Tower

Today we had a nearly full class in attendance.  We took advantage of our full boat to gather information about tide, weather, and distance across Port Townsend Bay to the Tower ("marker" by  Kilisut Harbor entrance on chart 18464).  Our students ...

Sunny Sailing, Navigating and Rowing!

Today was another awesomely beautiful spring day on the water. We started the day by sailing out of the marina with the wind behind us. Then we headed out into Admiralty Inlet to visit with the Rhinocerous Auklets who have ...

A day of rowing practice

We welcome Mary d'Arcy to the Bravo Team!  Now we have nine team members: Mary d'Arcy, Ben Wilson, Audrey Drake, Rachel Doan, Gabe Hefley, Hunter Newton, Anika Avelino, Zinnia Hansen, and Isabelle Harvey. Today we focused on synchronicity.  After a ...

St. Patrick’s Day Sailing

[gallery ids="423,424,425,426,427,428,429" type="columns"] What a fantastic day out on the water. The sky was blue, the wind was perfect and the mountains were out in snow capped glory! Our crew was festive in green and celebrated Nancy's birthday with ...

Windy days

Thursday's wind storm wreaked havoc all along Western Washington.  Cliff Mass' Weather Blog is an incredible resource.  Check it out if you've never done so.  Power was out at Point Hudson for most of the day Thursday.  WSU Extension, Hasse's ...

To Boat or not to Boat?

Francis Beaufort, 1805, an Irish Royal Naval Officer created this scale to relate wind speed to observed conditions.  Today when Bravo students arrived, it was a Force 5 (more wind speed in knots than the Coast Guard allows for us to go ...

Blue sky sailing aboard Townshend!

Today was a beautiful sailing day aboard Townshend.  Before leaving the dock we had a group building initiative where some folks could see, others could talk and another couldn't see -- this activity is called "Monkey See, Monkey Do."  We ...

Foul weather day and a guest teacher!

Kelley Watson was a substitute today for Nancy Israel (on vacation).  Even though the wind was blowing a Force 6 on the Beaufort Scale (determined by our students at the beginning of class) and we couldn't go out on the water, ...

Townshend is launched and Bear is hauled out!

Today was a big day for longboats!  We launched Townshend and hauled out Bear.  We're excited to get back on the water to prepare for our Journey in May, a four-day longboat trip up to the San Juan Islands.  Thank ...