Bellingham sailboat captain dies before start of Round the County race

by Tim Flanagan on November 13, 2011

Deborah Bach, shop Three Sheets Northwest:

[The final issue of Nor’westing magazine wraps up more than 46 years of local boating coverage.]

The region’s oldest recreational boating publication, hospital Seattle-based Nor’westing magazine, approved has closed after more than four decades in existence.

The magazine, published by Canadian company Trader Corporation, put out its last issue on Nov. 2. Efforts to reach a spokesperson at the corporation’s Toronto headquarters on Tuesday weren’t successful, but Nor’westing’s former editor, Chuck Gould, said in an email that its owners made the decision to stop publishing last week.

The magazine, which was started in 1965, was purchased last spring by a group of venture capitalists from Britain whose primary focus is automotive publications, Gould said. Nor’westing was put up for sale by the new owners and there were at least two prospective buyers, Gould said, but neither decided to purchase it.

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Marty McOmber, overweight
Three Sheets Northwest:

A strong cold front will sweep across the region today, syringe
bringing high winds in its wake — especially on Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, order
where winds speeds could hit 40 to 45 knots and gust higher.

A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for all of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay.  Winds are expected to diminish this evening.

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[Press release from our friends at the Seattle Boat Show. —Tim]

SEATTLE – Start dreaming and get your shopping lists ready! The Big Seattle Boat Show, link
Indoors + Afloat, is just around the corner. The largest show on the West Coast, it opens on Friday, January 27th, 2012 and continues through Sunday February 5th. It’s the place to find everything for the boat you own, plan your year’s boating activities or find the boat of your dreams.

Boats and exhibits of note at CenturyLink Field include:

  • With more than 25,000 square feet of display space, Lake Union Sea Ray will have the largest space, and the largest number of boats on display, featuring 75-80 sport boats, cruisers, fishing boats and yachts, including the Northwest premiere of the all-new Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge with Diesel Zeus-Pod Joystick Control and the all new Boston Whaler 210 Montauk—the largest Montauk ever built.
  • Stabicraft will debut an all-new 28 foot Pilothouse great for offshore fishing.
  • Starcraft’s all-new 20 foot ‘Extreme’ is targeted for the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Between Cobalt and Malibu boats, Seattle Boat Company will have more new models than they’ve ever featured before at a January show.  The six new models include the Cobalt 220, 26SD, 273, and A28 plus Malibu Response TXi and 22 MXV. 
  • Ocean Alexander is now the official dealer for Tiara Yachts and will be displaying a 2012 3100 Coronet, which offers “big boat attitude and a small boat’s handiness” according to Boating Magazine.

Boats and exhibits of note at South Lake Union include:

  • Marine Servicenter will have a Jeanneau 44 Deck Salon and a Hunter e33.  Both are West Coast debuts. TheJeanneau 44DS has an all-new look & style the Hunter “extended” 33 has much more volume and light than the previous model.
  • Grand Banks will be featuring three new 2012 Grand Banks yachts: the 53 Aleutian RP, the 41 Heritage EU and the 46 Eastbay SX. The 46 Eastbay SX is a West Coast debut.
  • Signature Yachts will have the Beneteau Oceanis 41 and 45. Both are at built at Beneteau’s factory in Marion, SC and are West Coast debuts.

Seminars galore:

The seminars are always a huge attraction at the show and 2012 is no different. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and volume of seminars offered. There are more than 200 free seminars during the course of the show and advanced seminars through Boat Show University for a nominal fee. Many presenters are returning and there are 50 new seminars. Visit for a complete listing of all seminars.

New seminars in 2012 include:

  • Express cruising to SE Alaska – 3 days 21 hours in a 7 knot boat
  • Shorter/taller, bigger/smaller?  Making your onboard spaces friendlier while cruising or living aboard
  • How to cruise to the South Pacific and back in a year with kids
  • Salmon, Desserts & Friends- Fresh, new Ideas for cooking on your boat from cookbook author and commercial fisherwoman LaDonna Gundersen
  • Mediterranean magic
  • Communication for cruisers: from the dock to the ocean
  • No more smelly hoses or pump outs; consider a composting toilet for your boat
  • Power management aboard AC & DC systems
  • Sail trim, selection, and handling for the cruising sailor
  • Marine Weather Hazards of the Pacific Northwest
  • A Boat Partnership; Would It Work For You?

Know Before You Go

Online is the place for the latest information, updates about the show and special offers:

  • The show website ( is being updated daily as new information becomes available about exhibitors, brands, seminars and promotions.
  • E-tickets for the show are on sale starting December 1. Those purchasing tickets online will receive $20 off at Fred Meyer, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s and a free one-year boating magazine subscription.


CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

South Lake Union
901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle

Free shuttle running continuously between both locations


CenturyLink Field Event Center:
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm*

South Lake Union:
Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*

* The show will close at 4pm on Sunday, February 5th

Purchase tickets online at

5-DAY PASS:  $24
YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and under: Free

Official hotels:  Crowne Plaza Hotel ( ) and Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium ( )

Both offer boat show attendees special prices.

The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program.

Deborah Bach, healing
Three Sheets Northwest:

Don Mierzeski was found in the waters of Blakely Island Marina, side effects
indicated on the map with a red arrow.

A Bellingham sailboat captain who went missing before the start of the Round the County race in the San Juan Islands was found dead in the waters of Blakely Island Marina on Saturday.

Don Mierzeski, hospital
42, was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Saturday walking toward his J35, Shirker. He and his crew were staying at the marina on Friday night and had planned to race in the annual two-day regatta on Saturday and Sunday.

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