July 20th,  MARTHA is in the midst of her Summer programing and in between sailing adventures the crew is busy with maintenance and upgrades to prepare for the August 23rd departure to SanFrancisco.

The past trip to the Canadian Gulf Islands ” CRISR” the crew finished the hand work on the Main Stays’yl and it is bent on and is beautiful.  The crew also is in process with hand work on the Storm Trys’yl and it should be finished soon.

new main staysyl

new main staysyl

Hand work on the North West Maritime Centers deck. Many thanks to the Maritime Center.

Hand work on the North West Maritime Centers deck. Many thanks to the Maritime Center.

Trysyl test fit

Trysyl test fit

 

 

We have updated our schedule page to reflect some of the offerings for the California coastal adventures, including our trip back from Baja and the trip home to the NW from Hawaii in August 2015.      Look at the schedule page and call us with any questions.

Stay Tuned.

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10411258_715082231884461_8047086200256149181_nMARTHA  and crew just finished the 2014 Classic Mariners Regatta and boy, what a hoot.

The weather has been strangely warm this spring  and at times we have had an odd wind direction and strange wind shifts.

Saturday started light with a East/North/East wind and by the end of the day it was a ripping West wind.

MARTHA struggled through the day with gremlins, missed shifts, slipped halyards, sheeting issues, and some poor calls by her skipper. Sailing a big boat around a short course is a lot of work:  approach the weather mark, round, set the kites, and before you can tune up and get the old girl going your approaching the leward mark and now it’s time to strike the kites and go to weather.   The crew has been commended for a good job;  they were worked hard and put away wet!

wind starting to freshen

wind starting to freshen

 

 

Sunday was a bit different,   light NorthEast,  maybe 4 knots.      MARTHA with a Genoa,  Queen Fisherman and Main was able to point as high and foot with PACIFICA and SPARKLE; and more importantly MARTHA rolled LUCKY STAR in wind that until recently LUCK STAR would have walked away in.

MARTHA played with PACIFICA, changing places a few times. We never caught SPARKLE she was well sailed and long gone, and LUCKY STAR was never able to catch us or the leaders of A class.

All in all it was a great learning experience and the NWMC hosted a fine regatta.   We send our thanks and gratitude for the race committee and all the crew who make these events happen.     MARTHA enjoyed having a lot of her local crew, supporters, and  board members sailing with us, along with a student who came all the way from Colorado to sail in this event.

There are some great photos on MARTHA’s face book page, check them out!

 

Thank You Swiftsure

Just returned from a weekend adventure sailing the Swiftsure International Regatta. The theme this year was “Swiftsure, Always a Challenge” and it certainly lived up to the quote with all of the weather challenges. The regatta committee did a fantastic job of having everything well organized and helpful and seemed to be having a good […]

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2014 SAILING SEASON DRAWS NEAR

Spring fit out has been very busy and MARTHA has a great deal of new safety equipment and rigging upgrades. Our shake down sail went well and we had the Port Townsend school system “OCEAN” class out for the seasons first sail. We look forward to sailing again on Saturday. The new Main sail and […]

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Ready to Launch

Martha is back in the water today and we are thanking our latest donors and volunteers. Max is a new apprentice who has been helping out with various projects in the shop and looking forward to more!!!!   Thank you to all the hard working folks at  The PT Shipwrights Coop , they have once again […]

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Spring maintenance

Spring is here and work on MARTHA is moving in many directions. MARTHA’s Main Mast was unstepped on March 21st and Tuesday the 25th Martha was hauled out. A Measurer connected with the TransPac, Gary Morgan, was working with Captain Robert d’Arcy hours after MARTHA was stationary in her spot in Port of Port Townsend […]

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MARTHA Acquires some Bronze Jewelry

The good folks at Port Townsend Foundry have been busy designing and casting Bronze fittings  for various things MARTHA needs. Here are a couple of shots of the anchor bracket,   Along with this bracket the Foundry is also casting 4 new 2″ cockpit scuppers and work is moving forward on the Binnacle guard and […]

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MARTHA 2014 Sailing Season Approacheth.

Needless to say Team MARTHA has been very busy. We received word from Greg Stewart of   Nelson / Marek Yacht Design, Inc.  that MARTHA has exceeded the stability index, I have very GOOD NEWS. The Martha easily meets the Cat 1 Race ORR Stability Index Limit of 115 required for the 2015 Transpac. In fact she […]

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A Student’s Perspective

Please click on the link below for an article sent to us from our friend Dieter Loibner.   He was able to bring his daughter and another family for a 3 day trip through the San Juan Islands this summer.   Fun to read Olivia’s perspective on the trip and to remember that it was warm and […]

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A short clip

We would like to pass along a really lovely short video from friends in British Columbia.   These folks are working hard on a project to restore the “Dorothy” A Tale of Two Wooden Boats watch the video and check out their website!

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