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Let the River C R U I S I N G

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For the adventurous boater, a trip up the Columbia River has much to offer. Herein is a crash course to cruising up the river, from the infamous Columbia River Bar to Lewiston, Idaho.

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60 NORTHWEST YACHTING || NOVEMBER 2018

As fate would have it, I started to write this article right when I booked a delivery from Seattle to Portland. Thanks to my career as a yacht delivery captain, this would be my 58th such trip across the entrance and transit of the Columbia River. This time around, I tried to imagine what Bruno de Heceta, the first European

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to describe the Columbia River entrance in 1775, saw that day. For me, 243 years later, the wind is calm with a visibility of 30 miles on the day I cross the entrance. The water is glassy with a long-period six-foot swell out of the west. The sky is clear with a line of cumulus clouds forming over the shoreline. I am eight miles offshore, southbound 25 miles from the entrance to the river. With

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Northwest Yachting November 2018  

The latest on power and sail boating in the Northwest, featuring a Cruising Guide for the Columbia River; a look at education in Marine Trad...

Northwest Yachting November 2018  

The latest on power and sail boating in the Northwest, featuring a Cruising Guide for the Columbia River; a look at education in Marine Trad...