ON THE WATERFRONT: Nonprofit fundraiser offers good time for great cause

Monday, Astoria Bay moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal three, she is a 609-foot cargo ship that will remain in port for a week to be loaded with approximately six and a half million board feet of debarked logs for export to China.

The logs were harvested from private lands in western Washington.

Race day

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15, that is when the Sequim Bay Yacht Club is sponsoring the 26th Annual “Reach and Row For Hospice” race.

The event raises funds that are earmarked for respite care for family members of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) patients.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) is a non-profit organization that provides compassionate care to the terminally ill, their caregivers and families. VHOCC does not bill any patient, insurance plan or governmental agency.

All their services are supported by local donations and grants. If you would like to make a contribution to the respite care fund, send your tax deductible donation to VHOCC, 540E. 8th St., Port Angeles, Wa 98362 with “Reach and Row for Hospice” in the subject line.

Last year’s race raised $27,764, bringing the total contributions for the past 25 years to $358,176.48.

The event is held on Sequim Bay which means John Wayne Marina will be the perfect place to watch the friendly competition.

The rowing competition will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 11 a.m.

The sailboat races are scheduled to begin at noon and will conclude around 4 p.m.

On the same day as the “Reach and Row for Hospice” race, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the Port of Port Angeles are hosting a Waterfront Day at John Wayne Marina.

The event will host vendors, hands-on demonstration booths and feature live music.

Additionally the Jamestown Tribe’s shellfish enterprise on Sequim Bay will be available for the public to visit.

And, of course, what would a day on the water be without food? A number of food vendors will be offering their menus to the public.

Industrial park

The Port of Port Angeles is making steady progress on the development of the Marine Trades Industrial Park at the former K Ply mill location.

Site preparation has been going on for two weeks or more at the northwest corner of the complex for construction of the wash-down facility.

The wash-down facility is an 18,500-square-foot concrete pad equipped to wash down large yachts, commercial vessels and military vessels that are hauled out of the water via a travel lift on the Port’s travel lift dock.

The wash-down facility will accommodate vessels up to 164 feet in length.

An on-site wastewater treatment facility will be constructed in 2019.

The wastewater from the wash-down facility in the meantime will be trucked to the Port’s wastewater facility located in the Port Angeles Boat Yard.

Construction will be completed in the fall.

In repair

Platypus Marine, the full-service shipyard, yacht repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer on Marine Drive in Port Angeles has Raven on the hard at their facility.

She is a New Lagoon 57 Catamaran that was damaged in the Category 5 Hurricane Irma. The fiberglass shop will be making repairs and the vessel will receive a new coat of paint.

Last Sunday, Tesoro Petroleum provided bunkers to Brazos, a 900-foot crude oil tanker that is flagged in the Marshall Islands.


David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain’s mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area’s waterfronts and boat yards.

Items and questions involving boating, marina and industrial activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome. News announcements about boating groups, including yacht clubs and squadrons, are welcome as well.

Email [email protected] or phone him at 360-808-3202.

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