News from Leschi and Lakewood Marina

Spring has Sprung and it's now time to get those boats cleaned up for the summer. We do have a pressure washer that you're welcome to borrow from us, call the office for more details.

Thistle Short Districts

Seventeen boats participated, including five regional boats that camped at the Lakewood marina a short tow ride south on the lake. This event also marked the first regatta without top PNW sailor Wayne Pignolet, who tragically passed away suddenly last month. Wayne’s beautifully restored woodie, MaHOGany (#376) was sailed by Wayne’s brother and longtime crew, Jerry Pignolet, as well as Jerry and Wayne's sister Nancy Sauer and family friend and expert crew Amy Thompson.


The wind forecast for both days was lackluster, but after a delay on a Saturday morning a decent northerly came down the lake and the RC pushed us through five multi-lap races in what became a building breeze. Race five finished just below planning conditions. Throughout the day the racing was tight, the mark roundings crowded, and every point contested. Dinner on Saturday night provided plenty of beer, pizza, and discussion of the day’s highlights. As the sun came out on Sunday the wind died in the middle of race 6, and racing was finished for the weekend.


Winning the regatta was the #3677 sailed by Jacob, Jonathan, and Tricia Posner – both the top finishing family boat and the only boat helmed by a High school sailor. Just one point behind, finishing in second place was new-to-Seattle sailor Kurban Ali in Strange Bird, #3794, sailing with crew Clara Poffenburger. There was a three-way tie for third place, with the tiebreaker going to Lady Weatherly (#3669), sailed by Jenny Borshoff, Graham Vaughan, and Shyah Miller.


Thanks to JD Reddaway (#3883) for organizing the regatta with help from Wayne Balsiger (#3664), District Governor Julie Irwin, Chuck Queen and Fleet Captain Tony Blackner among others. Melanie Edwards ran the tow line with Steve Hauck in his runabout, Les Hillebrand fired up the grill after racing on Sunday. Thanks to Andrew Shroyer and Lakewood Marina for allowing launching and camping for out of town Thistles. All in all, classic spring Seattle racing in a highly competitive fleet, friendly fleet—what could be better!

Award Ceremony on Sunday

Camping out on the Island

Read more about CYC and the Thistle fleet.

What do you call a boat full of buddies? A friend-ship.


For the Win!

Next week, paddle enthusiasts from around the globe will converge for the much-anticipated Seventy48 paddle race. This unique and challenging event spans 70 miles, and participants have just 48 hours to complete the course. Starting in Tacoma, Washington, and ending in Port Townsend, this race promises excitement, and endurance.

The Seventy48 race is open to all human-powered watercraft, including kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards. The event kicks off at 7 PM, and paddlers will navigate the waters of Puget Sound, testing their skills and stamina. With no support boats allowed, racers must rely on their wits and physical endurance to make it to the finish line.

Meet Travis Booth

Among the competitors this year was Travis Booth, a seasoned paddler known around here for never wearing shoes. Travis is one of our Liveaboards at Lakewood and owner of Gym Smithy. This lunatic paddled 70 miles on a SUP and came in 1ST!

No Swimming in the Marinas

Taking a dip in the marina might seem like a good idea, especially when the sun's blazing and the water looks so inviting. But Marinas are NOT a place to be swimming.

Marinas are busy places with boats constantly coming and going. Even if the boats are parked, there are still risks from propellers and other underwater obstacles that can hurt you. Plus, marinas have electrical systems for boats, and sometimes these can leak electricity into the water, which is super dangerous and can even cause electric shock drowning (ESD). Not fun!

Stick to approved swimming areas where you know the water is clean and safe, and you can have a great time without any worries.


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If you know of anyone looking for SUP/kayak storage please have them call us: 206-722-0660

Welcome aboard, Caelan!

We're excited to welcome our new employee, Caelan, to the team for the summer! Caelan is a student at Washington State University and will be assisting both in the office and on the docks. Her enthusiasm and fresh perspective will be a great asset as she helps with office tasks and supports our dock operations. We're looking forward to having her around for the Summer.

1979 11ft Boston Whaler

Boat comes with an extra propeller, a 2-stroke 25hp motor that runs strong, a galvanized King trailer with spare tire, newly finished marine paint on the hull of the boat with anti-fowling bottom paint.

Also comes with buoys, ropes, anchor and travel cover. $7300 or best offer.

Contact Dave Morris for more information: 206-226-4072

Beautiful Regal Commodore for sale. Kava has been living at Lakewood but now needs a new home. Owner needed to fill out his 70' slip with a new boat!


Please check it out on Boat Trader

1999 Catalina Capri 14.2

Asking: $3500

Set sail with the timeless elegance of the 1999 Catalina Capri 14.2. This classic beauty is the perfect vessel for both novice sailors and seasoned skippers alike. The Catalina 14.2 is the perfect combination of day sailing comfort and racing performance for the active sailing family or couple. This is the centerboard model with easily retracted centerboard and easy trailer launching. Mainsail, jib, and stainless steel rigging in GOOD - GREAT condition. Some stains are present on the sails.


Spacious Cockpit: Room for 4

Sturdy Hull Design: Built for stability and smooth sailing.

Efficient Sails: Catch the wind for an exhilarating ride.

Compact Size: Ideal for day trips and casual racing.

New Custom Cover

Currently located at North Leschi Marina Dry Moorage Dock.

Contact Nick: 815-786-4795

Mainship 34’ Trawler - $20,000

34 feet long. Powered by an economical Perkins six-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Has galley with microwave, fridge, sink, and storage. Head with sink, toilet, and shower. Boat is very comfortable with great headroom. Fold-out couch in salon that sleeps 2, and forward V-berth sleeps 2. Comes with extra gear such as fenders, lines, lifejackets, and propane barbecue grill. Plus TV, DVD, Fusion stereo and diesel stove. MORE INFO HERE

We appreciate you and want to help facilitate the best boating experience possible. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions please contact us. - Thank You

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