Monday, February 9, 2015

January 2015 Seattle - All Seahawks and the 12's

The first few days of January looked like winter would set in but the Clouds went away

The NFL Playoffs took over Seattle

We were ready for Green Bay

The days were so sunny and clear the natives were speechless.

We took time out of a Sunny day to De-Tox. My sister in Austin told me about this so Lia and I scheduled a appointment in Seattle. The white or silver color is supposed to be metals, the black from the Liver and the orange from the Kidney's. Afterwards I felt like I was in Nirvana, unexpected  Peaceful feeling. My daughter reports that she had the best sleep ever that night.

I See this Vessel often at CWB as it is used frequently for Free Public Sails. It is amazing to me how the Dolphin Striker made of wood (in the upper right pic) supports the load. 
This is Saaduuts, an Indigenous native who shares his skills  and knowledge of native craft with the community at the CWB. He is rowing a a Haida dugout canoe from the Haida tribes along the west coast into British Columbia. 

I met Brian at CWB where he has just volunteered, He is a new sailor who wants to complete the check out at CWB so he can take their boats out on Day sials. I invited him to Shillshole so we could practice on the C22's. He will be a great Sailor, (all pilots are), we had a perfect day with 5-10 knots to work on all points of sail and practice MOB. The light overcast provided the perfect sunscreen. 

If you click on the picture, you can see the Olympics in the background through the mast, a great Puget Sound Day in January!

I left the light on in the family truckster and had to drive down the freeway to charge the batteries, Mt. Rainier was looking great along the way.

I pass this Freemont Brewery often on the way to Shillshole Marina, but the ratings for their beer are lacking, uncommon in Seattle. My only remaining goal is to visit Populuxe Brewery  in Ballard. One of my sailing students told it is a must do
Everything everywhere is sporting Seahwak colors

This Crane added the big 12 flag to the miz just recently.

Always happy when the bridge is up so I can watch the vessel pass, in this case it was just a little sailboat.

Brian returned the favor by inviting me to join the J80 races at Seattle Sailing club, Light wind. We had a poor start and was behind the fleet but rounded the first mark for what should have been the downwind run but the winds shifted, good thing since none of us knew how to efficiently get the spinnaker up. 

We quickly realized the wind was on the beam now and stuffed the spinnaker back down the hatch. All the other s were struggling with their spinnaker and we slowly passed them all finishing first! Home in time for a great sunset.

The Seattle Seahawks Defeat the Green Bay Packers!, Te next day I spotted this Green and Blue Rabbit on the Streets of Seattle, They said it was the Rabbit Pete Carroll pulled out of his cap to win in the final 4 minutes of the game. 

With the one or two short weather events we did have in Seattle there was little rain due to the "Doughnut Hole" See a short video of the above at

Organ Recital at Benaroya Hall This is my second one and this guy really got those pipes rockin'.

The 12's Rally at Westlake Center befor the Super Bowl

12 activities everywhere you look, everyday.

No matter where you are in Seattle, no matter which direction you look the 12's are in view.
See the Seahawks Sendoff  here:

So many awesome sunsets all month long.

Another new Umiaq, a piece of Blanchard History waiting for you, and the Seattle boat show moves in across from CWB.

The first Race of the Goose Bumps, unfortunately not much wind and not cold enough for Goosebumps.

Top Pot Drew us in with the gift of Free Twelfie Glasses. !st dough nut in a long time, they were SOOO Good!

This 12,000 Square Foot Flag was being carried all around Seattle so as many 12's as possible had a chance to sign. It was flown over the Superbowl by U.S.Military Helicopter



Each one is differently Beautiful

All the Creatures at the Seattle Aquarium put on their 12 Spirit.

12 at Benaroya Hall, 12th floor, and Starbucks Special 12

Perl Jam members Play with the Seattle Symphony, not all are still alive so they recruited some awesonme Artist to fill in for Sonic Evolution Matt Cameron, skerik, Jeff Angell, Kim Virent, and Tim DiJulio

Janurary 31 I worked the Seattle Boat show in the windworks Booth to Share the Dream.

How about a private Seaplane just for fishing, Aquglide looks to be a really tough inflatable ocean going Kyak, Outboards sporting a new shape, and My plane is to replace every hose clamp on Wand'rin Star with these bad boys.

It's a good thing this J was already sold!

This is one of the latest models of a gyro stabilization unit that prevents the roll and Yaw of vessels at sea, see a model demo here that was very cool to play with:
their website: We met a couple who had one on a 55' Trawler in Panama city and a storm came in that afternoon and all the boats were moving pretty heavily around in their slips except for their's.

The Steel Workboat like cruiser above left was at the boat show last year but the asking price was right at $2 Million, seems to have come down in price a bit.  In the lower right the largest Super Yacht ever at the Seattle Boat show and this one comes with a Helicopter.

A Shannon 38' Pilot House Cutter. One of 9 built, a perfect PNW sailboat!

Found the Perfect IPA for the Game, Boundary Bay brewed by Bellingham Brewery., Keeping an eye on the Space Needle for the fireworks when the Seahawks Score.

All four Seahawk Scores, the three touchdowns and the field goal. = 24

A Grand Finale to Thank the Seahwaks for the incredible 2014-15 Season and their run at the Superbowl.

The Seattle times Headline.

The sun is Still shining and Wondering what February will bring to Seattle's Weather.
Flag Says: "Thank You Seahawks!"

!2's everywhere know how fortunate they were to make it back to the Superbowl.

This city Can't Wait for next years Season.

January 2015 Seattle - All Seahawks and the 12's

January was an incredible month to be in Seattle for two reasons: 1. The weather was so warm and had so many clear Sun Days they nicknamed it Juneuary with little rain, several record setting highs, and temps that ran 30 degrees above normal for  highs and 10-15 degree higher for the lows.  All this during the NFL playoffs creating an incredible atmosphere and energy in the city that can not be described, you just had to be here. With the incredible comeback over the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship Seattle was charged beyond anything we have ever experienced regarding a sport.
Not sure how much work actually was accomplished in the city since everyday was a Blue Friday, sort of like this everyday: hnuts ttp://

In between all the Seahawk and 12 excitement we got out and enjoyed the best Seattle January ever. I managed to sail 3 times on Puget Sound and taught 5 times at the Center for wooden boats. I got to race for the first time ever in a J80 fleet and even though the winds were 0-2 or 3 mph we managed to place first, The Admiral looked for every opportunity to participate in any neighborhood activities so we did a few things, like eat some really souped up Seahawk 12 doughnuts at Top Pot, that we never do. The Seattle Boat show was fun since I volunteered to work the Windworks Booth and I got to try and convince a lot of dreamers that sailing was the best path to follow.

The Superbowl was Feb 1 and our son in law was on a plane to a 10 day business trip to India so we all gathered at our Daughters Neighbors house for the 2015 Superbowl. They have a perfect view of the Space Needle which led to the excitement of watching this incredible game play out as they would shoot fireworks off each time the Seahawks scored. Every NFL city needs to experience a Superbowl as it provides incredible advantages across all facets of the fan base and the city. Of course the 12's are a special breed of NFL fan who takes all that to the highest point possible.

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