Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2011

48 North is the favorite "free" sailing rag for sail cruising folks in the Pac NW. Editor Rich Hazelton and his hard-working, humorous, devoted or arguably crazy staff have saved me countless times over the past decade by taking a press release at the 11th hour, calling me in foreign countries to tell me they're missing our ad, and provided at-a-girls and "here, let us help" salvation through our most difficult times. When I sent the article summing up the 35th Wooden Boat Festival, I had no idea it was going to be my last at the helm. As it turns out, it was and I'm grateful to Karen for bugging me to send it and to Rich for allowing it to take up so much real estate when we weren't even advertising, again:) If I could add a postscript, it would be to publicly thank 48 North staff and readers for your amazing loyalty through the decade. I'm sure you do this for everyone and it's part of why 48 North remains a fav. Here's my final article (pages 14-15), wrapping up the decade on a high note!