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Another successful Digital Fishing Derby has drawn to a close. Thank you so much to all those that participated! We enjoyed looking over your photos and the big smiles you had while out on the water. Here are the photos that won prizes under the following categories:
-Overall Winner
-Best Boating Photo
-Best Halibut
-Best Ling Cod
-Best Salmon
-Best Under 16
-Best Photo Overall

We'd also like to give a big thank you to all our sponsors from this year Navis Marine Insurance Brokers I Pacific Yachting I Mill Bay Marine Group I Angler I Seasons in the Park IThe Teahouse in Stanley Park I Boats


The other day I heard Kenny Rogers singing “The Gambler” on my car radio. For once I took the time to listen to the lyrics. The Gambler’s advice was to be smart regarding how and when you use your resources.

Looking back at the “winnings” some UK Sailmakers’ customers achieved in major ocean races over the past two months, we can see some common threads between them similar to The Gambler’s teaching: 1) pre-planning/think ahead for the next card or hand, 2) focus on changing conditions vis-à-vis sail changes, and 3) not using your “chips” unwisely.

The four boats we’re talking about here are: Andrew and Linda Weiss’s Italia 11.98 CHRISTOPHER DRAGON, first in class and fourth overall in the St. David’s Lighthouse division (108 boats) of June’s Newport to Bermuda Race; Rodney Pimentel’s Cal 40 AZURE, PHRF winner in the Pac Cup; Adam Serediuk’s Beneteau Oceanis 43 PLANET EXPRESS, won his division and third overall in the Vic-Maui Race; and Brian Kaczor’s Tartan 10 ERICA, winner of her one-design class and corrected to first in the Mackinac Cup Trophy fleet.

Let’s start with the pre-planning...and sticking with your plan. Weiss spent many hours with his navigator, weather forecasters, and a router before it was agreed that CHRISTOPHER DRAGON would sail east of the rhumbline. Weiss stuck to his guns. The same for Pimentel; before the race his navigator determined the tried and true staying south of the rhumbline was not the fastest route. Bravely they sailed north of the rhumbline, close to the Pacific High, and it paid off. Confirmation came when the faster boats that started four days later followed them to the north. In the Mac Race, Kaczor’s T-10 planned to sail the rhumbline all the way up the lake for multiple, compelling reasons, too. Kaczor stayed his course in the night of three strong thunderstorms where others reached off when the wind went forward. Yes, the sailing was a little tougher in the big winds, but the plans worked.

The other common thread was the willingness to make sail changes as soon as they were called for. Pimentel, with a crew of only four on board for the 2070-mile Pac Cup Race, had to stay focused on what was coming next. He emphasized that the crew worked hard to make every spinnaker change required. “We had five spinnakers and used them all,” said Pimentel. At times I had to motivate the team to keep going.”

On the T-10, it was an entirely different story. The T-10 has one main, one jib, and one spinnaker. “When the storms blew through the wind went forward requiring us to change from the spinnaker to the jib. Once the storm passed, the wind went aft again, and it was back to the chute.” Kaczor’s crew promptly had the kite up and drawing after each storm.

Putting the right sail up for the conditions not only keeps the boat going well, but it helps save your “chips.” Weiss’ sail calls are a perfect example. Once into the high winds and mixed-up waves the Gulf Stream, he quickly shifted from his A-2 to his A-3 to his J-3 to protect that workhorse spinnakers until conditions settled down again. He had a brand new A2 that was 10 square meters bigger than his older A2 and his plan was to save it for winds below 12 knots. That is exactly what they had coming into the finish and their “Ace in the hole” was ready. Keeping his sails in one piece was like knowing there would be yet another hand dealt.

One last aside: often on distance races you hear crews respond to a sail-change request with, “...but the wind is likely to change soon. Let’s give it the 30-minute rule.” Hummm, you in a windward/leeward buoy race there is no question you would have made the change for a gain, why is this any different?

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Hey wondering if anyone knows the wearabouts of MV Taseko? Pictured here on the grid at Stanley Park (later the cabin was white) She was in our family from 1967-1979 and moored at Burrard Yacht Club. She was a 39ft wooden Monk style tri-cabin. Lots of good family memories.
Adam Serediuk and the crew of his Beneteau Oceanis 43 PLANET EXPRESS took first in racing Division 3 and corrected to third overall in the just completed Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race. The 2300-mile Vic Maui race is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing.

After the race, Serediuk wrote the following email to UK Sailmakers Northwest’s Stuart Dahlgren, “I’m stoked at our Vic Maui finish. Winning our division on elapsed and corrected time and ending up third overall was terrific. We beat the faster and bigger boats in Division 2.

“The (new) A2 was a magic maker - don’t lose the cut sheet because I want another one exactly like it. We used the A3 at night and the A2 during the day – both were flown off the pole. They were a winning combo. Thanks for pushing me to use the pole - it’s a secret weapon. We ate pucks and shackles, but holy smokes does it make sailing the kite easier in seas. We carried more sail and sailed deeper than our competitors. No tears, no rips, everything worked great. The (X-Drive carbon) furling main, while getting a little baggy, worked perfectly. Only one furling mishap which was easily corrected.

“We could not have done it without your awesome sail design and sailmaking skills.”

PLANET EXPRESS sails with a full inventory of UK Sailmakers sail including X-Drive main and genoa and 2 Matrix asymmetrical spinnakers.

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More than halfway through the 2070-mile Pacific Cup race, UK Sailmakers Northwest's owners Stuart and Joy Dahlgren are correcting out to first in Class, First in ORR and First in the Pacific Cup. Their Santa Cruz 70 WESTERLY, is less than 1000 miles from the finish as of this morning. Other UK Sailmakers customers doing well are the Cal 40 AZURE, which is leading her class and is second overall in PHRF while Justin and Christina Wolfe are leading the doublehanded class sailing their J/111 RAKU. According to the race organizers, the fleet is struggling with inconsistent and lighter than normal breeze during this race, which has turned the race into a historically slow race from San Francisco to Kaneohe, Hawaii. While the speeds may be lower than average, the racing is red hot however, as this navigator’s duel has created hugely interesting tactical dilemmas and very close racing.

To track the race, go to:

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Are you tired of having to manually grind winches when you, friends and family go daysailing? Are you frustrated from not going sailing because of the lack of crew to grind those winches? Has grinding winches made you wish you were a powerboater?

If any of these describe you, UK Sailmakers has the answer to your problems: the innovative Ewincher2 electric winch handle. The Ewincher was designed for sailors by sailors. Because it fits any traditional winch, the lightweight, powerful and ergonomic Ewincher electric winch handle converts all your manual winches into powered winches without the expense of converting to and the power draw of electric winches. Here’s a video highlighting the features of this game-changing innovation.

The Ewincher can be used to turn a winch without working up a sweat. Along with trimming a headsail, spinnaker or code zero, the Ewincher can be used to grind in a reef line, drive a top down furler, raise a dinghy out of the water and even hoist a crewmember up the mast in a boson’s chair – even the weaker of a cruising couple can hoist a heavy person with ease.

It can also be a lifesaver for when using a halyard to retrieve a man overboard.

If you’ve considered converting one of your boat’s existing winches to electric for all the conveniences it offers, the Ewincher is the much less expensive alternative. And, one Ewincher handle turns all your winches into powered winches...not just one on your cabin top!

UK Sailmakers has the Ewincher2 in stock and ready to ship – no supply chain issues. For more information, go to

To buy an Ewincher, go to

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Thanks CB for the photo.

Timeline photos 12/13/2022

Timeline photos

Save the date! Returning next year is our iconic Vancouver Boat Show happening from February 1 – 5, 2023🛥

If you’re a boater – or hope to become one – this is the best event to attend, learn why BC really is better on a boat! More information to come.

222.4KM/H: Wind Powered World Land Speed World Record Broken 12/12/2022

222.4KM/H: Wind Powered World Land Speed World Record Broken


222.4KM/H: Wind Powered World Land Speed World Record Broken Emirates Team New Zealand and Land speed pilot Glenn Ashby have sailed ‘Horonuku’, their wind powered land speed world record craft, faster than any previous...


Christmas is coming! What are you getting for the boater in your life? 🎁


Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together


Who's going down to the Christmas Lights Cruise in Nanaimo tomorrow night?

Here is the route for the NYC Christmas Light Cruise on December 3rd, 2022 starting at 6PM in Nanaimo Harbour. Where will you be watching from?


Fishing gear, paddle-boards, tender, prawn traps… bring it all (and then some) with the 33’ ProFish!

Photos from Yacht Sales West's post 11/29/2022

Photos from Yacht Sales West's post

Monday Anchorage, Tracey Island - Pacific Yachting 11/23/2022

Monday Anchorage, Tracey Island - Pacific Yachting

Are the Broughtons on your cruising itinerary for 2023?

Monday Anchorage, Tracey Island - Pacific Yachting After spending a couple days in Waddington Bay, we weighed anchor and made the short 5.5-mile cruise across Arrow, and up Blunden and Misty passages to Monday Anchorage—located between Tracey and Mars islands. The clouds laid low on the surrounding island’s hillsides and it rained off and on dur...

Photos from Grand Yachts Inc.'s post 11/22/2022

Photos from Grand Yachts Inc.'s post


Volunteer Boats Needed for Special People's Cruise, Sunday, December 4, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Seafair 76 Holiday Cruise (formerly known as the Special People's Cruise) needs additional volunteer boats and crews to host intellectually disabled guests and their chaperones for a fun holiday cruise. Chaperones provide these special guests with gifts and entertainment aboard your vessel.

This annual two-hour cruise takes place in Lake Union and Lake Washington, departing from various docks and yacht clubs:

Lake Union Park
Tyee Yacht Club
Queen City Yacht Club
Ivar's Salmon House
Puget Sound Yacht Club
Morrison's North Star Marine
Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club
Rainier Yacht Club

Participating boats, decorated for the holiday, make their way through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington and return to their departure point. For ease of boarding, power boats are requested - 26 feet and over with capacity for 4 guests and 1 or 2 chaperones; boats must have enclosed, covered space for warmth.

Landside spectators enjoy the festive lighted parade. To give a gift of cheer and volunteer your time and vessel, click on the link below: to register for the boat parade. For more information, contact Susan Ewbank at [email protected] or call 253-527-1376.


November 30, 2022 - Deadline to register for the 2023 Van Isle 360. Information and registration link here:

Van Isle 360 is an Official Qualifying Race for the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race.

Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race


Do you have a sea worthy vessel and want to be part of a NYC tradition. Please join us for our annual Christmas Light Cruise on December 3rd. Skippers meeting at NYC at 1700 hours. This is a great community event to be a part of either on the water or watching from land. Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Photos from Western Marine Company's post 11/04/2022

Photos from Western Marine Company's post


It’s Thursday & we are remembering what an awesome time it was when the US Navy Yacht Club came to stay with us!
“If I could turn back time…” oh wait, we do - This weekend, don’t forget to set your clocks back!

Photos from Canadian Coast Guard's post 11/02/2022

Photos from Canadian Coast Guard's post


First Aid at Sea Workshop in Seattle
November 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Learn to effectively treat hypothermia, near drowning and other incidents while on the water.
Washington Sea Grant and Port of Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal are cosponsoring a Coast Guard-Approved First Aid at Sea Course.
Topics covered include:
• Patient assessment
• Hypothermia and cold-water response • Near drowning
• Shock and trauma
• Burns and fractures
• Choking and patient immobilization
• First Aid kits.

Contact: Sarah Fisken, 206-543-1225, [email protected]

Home - Page's Resort Group 10/31/2022

Home - Page's Resort Group

We couldn't agree more

Home - Page's Resort Group Located on beautiful Gabriola Island. Page’s Resort Group welcomes you to secluded seaside cottages and suites, pristine grounds surrounded by forests and ocean views, a full service marina, campground and meeting space for retreats to remember. Both the Resort and the Inn are located on Gabriola ...

Enter PY's “Take your Best Shot” Photo Contest - Pacific Yachting 10/31/2022

Enter PY's “Take your Best Shot” Photo Contest - Pacific Yachting

Don't forget to enter! You could win some seriously awesome prizes plus be featured in PY!

Enter PY's “Take your Best Shot” Photo Contest - Pacific Yachting The Annual PY Photo Contest—Take Your Best Shot—is back! So submit your best photos from the 2022 cruising season for a chance to be featured in Pacific Yachting and win some awesome prizes! Contest ends on Dec. 15, 2022 at 6pm PST. Good luck! Enter Now Photo Requirements: Take a photo with any ...


TODAY - Kits Inflatables Grand Opening & Sale!

Winter Cruising – Tips and Tricks - Pacific Yachting 10/20/2022

Winter Cruising – Tips and Tricks - Pacific Yachting

Don't put the tarp on the boat just yet. There's always winter cruising!

Winter Cruising – Tips and Tricks - Pacific Yachting Summer has come and gone. As the majority of boaters head home for the season, the waterways open up to those of us determined to continue our nautical experiences. The off-season months offer a respite as anchorages are deserted, marinas and marine park docks become our own private places, guest mo...


When there's not enough wind to fill the spinnaker...Groan.

3 boaters rescued from Vancouver Harbour after possible collision with cargo ship, RCMP say | CBC News 10/19/2022

3 boaters rescued from Vancouver Harbour after possible collision with cargo ship, RCMP say | CBC News

While the details are still being discovered, it sounds like this avoidable accident resulted in the tragic death of two dogs. Another reminder to always be vigilant while on the water.

3 boaters rescued from Vancouver Harbour after possible collision with cargo ship, RCMP say | CBC News Three people had to be pulled from the frigid waters of Vancouver Harbour when their rented 18-foot runabout capsized after a possible collision with the cargo ship Saga Beiga Flor as it was coming into port, according to the spokesperson of the RCMP West Coast Marine unit.

Smuggler Cove, Sechelt Peninsula - Pacific Yachting 10/13/2022

Smuggler Cove, Sechelt Peninsula - Pacific Yachting

Smuggler Cove on the Sunshine Coast is the perfect all-weather anchorage. The cove and surrounding 457 acres of forest located on the south side of Sechelt Peninsula is a portion of the BC Parks system and is popular for its maze of nooks and basins.


Smuggler Cove, Sechelt Peninsula - Pacific Yachting Completing our third week of a three-month cruise through the Gulf Islands, up the Sunshine Coast and eventually to the Broughtons, we departed False Creek in the morning and set a course for Smugglers Cove Provincial Park, 36 miles up the coast. For years we had heard stories about the cove’s his...

Restoring Old Oars - Pacific Yachting 10/06/2022

Restoring Old Oars - Pacific Yachting

Five easy steps to turn ‘clubs’ into decent rowing implements

Restoring Old Oars - Pacific Yachting You may have heard the expression, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” but I maintain that with some objects you can turn a pretty mediocre item into something a lot better, physically and aesthetically.   Advertisement Take oars, for example. Many of the oars you purchase at ...

Mark Selective Fisheries - Pacific Yachting 10/05/2022

Mark Selective Fisheries - Pacific Yachting

Can this technique save BC salmon?

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Mark Selective Fisheries - Pacific Yachting What Is a Mark Selective Fishery? Mark selective fisheries (MSF) are becoming more common. In fact, just south of us mark selective fisheries were mandated into law in Washington State about a decade ago, meant to be a tool to improve chinook and coho salmon recovery and to allow important fisheries...


Pacific Yachting's October issue has this wrap-up of the 2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race

Many thanks to GOLD sponsor Pacific Yachting for the many decades sponsoring Vic-Maui.

Photos from Boating BC Association's post 10/03/2022

Always good to be reminded to take a look behind us as we are cruising.

Photos from 6M Northwest's post 10/03/2022

Photos from 6M Northwest's post


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Howe Sound Regatta. Thanks Bernie for the video and RC work..
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Sidney Boat Show. A 'walk'through
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The BC Outdoors Show is coming to the Chilliwack Heritage Park from April 17-19, 2020!
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