Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "2006 Pacific Northwest Rendezvous"
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2006 Pacific Northwest Rendezvous
Save the date for the Annual Pacific North
Rendezvous 2006 in Poulsbo, WA
Labor Day Weekend *** September 1? 4, 2006
Hosted by Dave and Kay Minton
W32 #660 Gryphon
The date?s the same, the location is different. This will give the Westsail owners in the lower Puget Sound area a chance to attend and bring their boats. For those owners in the upper Puget Sound and BC areas, we hope you will be able to take the time off to bring your boats and attend. Otherwise, drive on down and enjoy the festivities.
Remember, if you volunteer to host a rendezvous, you can have it anywhere you want. In this case, it is at Gryphon?s homeport, and she is lonely without other Westsail boats around. Come and make her feel wanted.
Friday, September 1:
Arrival at South side of?E? Dock to register and check in. Maybe dinner at?JJ Fish House? right across from the pier?
Saturday, September 2
Coffee and Danish in the Poulsbo Marina Club House (on a floating barge at the head of the pier. We have reserved the space for the weekend.
Schedule your mini-survey with Bud Taplin from Worldcruiser Yacht Co.
11:30? 13:00 Potluck lunch on the pier or the Park adjacent to the pier (if available).
13:30 -17:00 (Tentative) meet at the Sons of Norway Hall or public library if available. Bring your pictures, stories, or lessons learned for the group to enjoy. Have your pictures loaded on a CD or VHS tape. We are trying to arrange for a CD overhead projector and a computer with a TV VCR\CD output.
18:00 Dinner at a local restaurant (to be chosen later).
Sunday, September 3:
Coffee and Danish on the pier or Club House.
10:30? 14:00 Trip to the Clear Water Casino by free shuttle bus. (Tentative) the Casino usually throws a great low cost brunch to promote new gamblers. We will check on it.
18:00 Potluck dinner on the pier or the Park adjacent to the pier (if available).
Monday, September 4:
Coffee and Danish on the pier.
Bon Voyage all day.
Please contact Dave Minton at email@example.com if you plan to attend. We need an accurate count of how many boats will be coming and for what days, as soon as possible to ensure sufficient slips are available.
Send a check for the first night?s moorage of $20 for W 28/32?s and $25 for W 42/43?s to Dave Minton at 15980 N.E. Lindsey Lane, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Make the check out to Dave Minton. The Marina requires one group check so Dave will try to be the banker.
For those who will be driving here, there are several good hotels/motels in the area as follows:
Holiday Inn Express
19801 7th Ave NE
1 360 697-2119
18680 State Hwy 305 NE
1 360 779-3921
The Murphy House Bed & Breakfast
425 NE Hostmark St
Poulsbo, WA 98370
1 360 779-1600
Arriving on Puget Sound from Seattle or North:
Turn west in Port Madison Bay, continuing west in Agate Pass under the Agate Bridge (75 ft. clearance), then north passed Keyport Torpedo Station into Liberty Bay. Note: You should time your entrance into Agate Pass to be on a flood or near slack water as you can. The max. ebb is pretty hefty about 6 knots. The Port of Poulsbo is at the northeastern end of the bay.
Arriving on Puget Sound from South of Seattle:
Sail northwest through Rich Passage, then north on Agate Passage to Keyport Torpedo Station then into Liberty Bay. The Port of Poulsbo is at the northeastern end of the bay.
From south of Seattle:
Take Hwy 16 north from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. In Bremerton take Hwy 3 north to the Poulsbo, Finn Hill Exit. Turn right at the stoplight and continue straight through the next stop light at Viking Ave, then the street turns into Lindvig Way. Follow it as it bears right and turns into Front Street, which leads you along the waterfront into town. Take a right at the first stop sign and you will be in the parking lot adjacent to the Marina.
From north of Seattle:
Take the Washington State Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, and then drive north on highway 305, across the Agate Pass Bridge. Continue on to the first stop light after the casino ( aprox 2 miles +/-) This should be Hostmark St. (Chevron gas station on your right) Turn left on Hostmark. Follow it down the hill and the street curves right onto Front St. Take a left into the parking adjacent to the Marina.
Join us for a weekend of rewarding experiences and connections, almost true sea stories, pictures and movies, as well as unplanned stories from our Westsail owners and advice from our experts, --- and not so experts.
Mark your calendar and save the date, Labor Day weekend
The more boats, owners/crews and wanabees the better.
See you there !
We will be there, coming up from Swantown, checks in the mail.
Doug and Jody
El Gitano W32