Three Sheets Northwest is growing and we have some really exciting news to share. We are bringing on a new partner and managing editor who will be working with us to deliver (and improve) the great mix of Northwest boating stories, news, information and resources that you’ve come to expect from Three Sheets Northwest.
Andy Cross has quite a pedigree when it comes to writing about, living aboard, racing, working on and teaching about recreational boats. And just like Deborah and I, he is fiercely proud to call himself a Northwest boater.
Now, before we get to his professional bonafides — and they are impressive — let me share a story about just how committed he and his young family are to cruising full-time aboard their sailboat, Yahtzee (read their My Boat feature here), in the Pacific Northwest.
Andy and his wife, Jill, have been living aboard and cruising the Salish Sea for the past three years — adding their first son, Porter, a little more than two years ago. They gave up their permanent moorage at Shilshole Bay Marina at the end of August 2014 and decided to cruise the San Juan Islands for the winter while awaiting the birth of their second child. They celebrated the birth of their son, Magnus, in late December in Bellingham.
A few quick days after coming back to the boat with their new bundle of joy, they decided to simply continue their winter of cruising. So Andy and Jill upped anchor and headed back out into the peace and quiet of the San Juan Islands.
Did I mention that they basically live, breathe and eat boating in the Pacific Northwest?
We met Andy several years ago and were immediately impressed with his knowledge, energy, enthusiasm and sense for adventure when it comes to boating. Plus, he and Jill are just incredibly nice and fun to hang out with.
Andy has written about boats and boating professionally for the past six years, most of that time as editor and columnist for Blue Water Sailing magazine, Multihulls Quarterly and the weekly e-newsletter Cruising Compass. If you are a fan of his work in those publications, don’t worry, he’ll be bringing all his talent, creativity and more to Three Sheets Northwest.
Although his family hails from the maritime Mecca of Iowa, Andy was infected with the boating bug at an early age playing around the more boating-appropriate shores of Michigan.
He has been a full- and part-time sailing and powerboat instructor in Seattle, Florida, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. And Andy has worked in sailboat rigging and boating retail as well.
He and Jill met at the University of Oregon and together served a stint in the Peace Corps before eventually returning to the Pacific Northwest.
We could go on, but I think you get the picture.
With another person to pitch in, we’ve got lots of ideas in the works for making Three Sheets Northwest even more of a daily must-read for local boaters. So stay tuned! We look forward to hearing from you about how we are doing.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for Andy, Jill and family at a local anchorage, marina or racing event (they’re currently in the Gulf Islands), and if you see them, make sure to say hello. Also, follow them on their blog at staging.threesheetsnw.com/yahtzee. Deborah and I will be out and about aboard Meridian too (once I get these dang winter projects wrapped up).
Please join us in giving Andy a big ol’ Three Sheets Northwest welcome!