This blog is devoted to my John Welsford designed 15' Navigator yawl Ellie. I built her in my garage over a period of 18 months and launched her in 2011. She sports a sliding gunter main, roller furled jib and sprit-boomed mizzen. Her construction is glued-lapstrake over permanent bulkheads and stringers. This blog is a record of her construction and her voyages here in the Puget Sound area and (hopefully) a useful resource for fellow Navigator builders.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Race to Alaska

Can you row, sail or paddle 750 miles from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchican, Alaska in 3 weeks? With no motors?  No support?  No supply drops? No safety net?

Are you unafraid of Grizzly bears, freighters, 20 mph currents, open water, squalls and Killer whales?

Do you think of Raids like the Everglades Challenge and Texas 200 as pleasure cruises?

Are you tough enough, strong enough, and brave enough to claim the $10,000 first prize?

Then this may be the event for you.  Port Townsend.  June 4, 2015.   Click here for more info.


  1. That's amazing! Are you considering doing this?

    1. I'd love to, but I'm nowhere near athletic enough to finish a race like this. And I'd need the right boat - one that's an excellent rower and sailor.

  2. On a completely different note, our house went up for sale last night! If your daughter is still looking, here's the link: