Northwest Yachting September 2019

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Tallships h O F

The Pacific Northwest serves as both homeport and port of call for several notable tall ships. Ace Cascadian tall ship trivia with this feature! BY NOR R I S COM E R 64 NORTHWEST YACHTING || SEPTEMBER 2019

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If you find a good vantage point over the Salish Sea on a clear afternoon, you’re going to see just about every kind of vessel out there. Both recreational and commercial meld together in the Pacific Northwest, with hotshot racing sailboats making way for working fishing vessels and opulent motoryachts sharing the road with stouthearted tugboats on the job. If your timing

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is good, you may catch a glimpse of one of the area’s beloved tall ships flying thousands of square feet of sail and manned by dozens of singing all-volunteer crews. Fortunately for us fans of sea salty beauty, the Pacific Northwest is home to several notable tall ships. Tall ships, broadly defined, are simply sailing ships with high masts, a most unsatisfactorily vague definition. Often rigged as topsail