Author Archive | Andy Cross

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Guests of the eagles on Patos Island

A light mist turned into a steady downpour while making a pit stop at Roche Harbor for water and a few extra provisions on Friday afternoon. The wind was blowing a steady 15 or more from the southeast, but you couldn’t tell from the protection of the harbor. When we got out and made a […]

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Yahtzee under sail in the Puget Sound

My Boat | Yahtzee

After sailing extensively on boats in Florida and the Caribbean, Andy and Jill Cross decided they wanted to become full-time liveaboards and start a family. They moved to Seattle in 2012 and found their 1984 Grand Soleil 39, Yahtzee, six months later. They’ve been happily cruising Puget Sound for the past couple of years with their 20-month-old, […]

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Baby on board: ready when you are

Three storms landed haymakers on the Pacific Northwest this week that brought gusts of wind in the upper 60s and low 70s, knocked out power to many, downed trees, and for mariners, caused a good bit of anxiety. We got socked with the first punch while at anchor early on Tuesday morning before retiring to […]

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The wind is windy

Early on Tuesday morning, when the wind gusts started hitting 50 knots, we could feel a noticeable change from the mere 30 to 40 that had been the norm for the previous few hours. No longer were we just swinging on our Bruce anchor and all chain rode, but heeling sharply as though sailing close-hauled. […]

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