Race To Alaska

race to alaskaThis is a great story about three people  who met at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island.  They are rowing/sailing from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska starting June 4, 2015.  Team Barefoot Wooden Boats believes that “the closer ones experience with nature, the stronger their connection to it, and less likely that it be taken for granted.”

They are looking for support and I encourage you to check out their website and follow their journey.   http://barefootwoodenboats.ca/ or http://r2ak.com/

Look for Drift Cards Floating up on Vancouver Beaches

Drift Card Drift Card waterOn August 26th researchers at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the Georgia Strait Alliance and Friends of the San Juans (USA) teamed up with the City of Vancouver to simulate an oil spill on the Fraser River and in Burrard Inlet.They released over 1,000 biodegradable, yellow, plywood drift cards, each marked with a unique serial number.  Beach walkers, boaters and concerned citizens were asked  to report where they found the card, at www.salishseaspillmap.org  The information collected by scientists will help map the paths that oil spills might take and how far the oil may travel.  Continue reading

The Best Ice for your Boating Beverages

I set out to discover which ice cube would last the longest in my glass.  I chose 4 different types, restaurant cubes, home-made cubes from a tray, giant ice balls and, of course, diamond shaped cubes.  I tried this experiment last year but, in true Missy fashion, I got to talking and when I turned around all the cubes were melted.  Continue reading

Getting Rid of Wasps, Spiders, Fruit Flies and Birds on your Boat

I was moored next to a boat that had a bunch of dollar store, plastic snakes placed strategically on the top bimini, bow and antenna bases.  I tried to figure it out on my own but gave in to curiosity and walked over to ask.  Evidently snakes eat seagull eggs so seagulls avoid snakes as all costs.  The boat owner explained that he was parked in a marina next to two other boats with the exact same slips and all three boats were constantly covered in bird poop.  After putting the snakes on his boat only the other two boats got hit. Continue reading