Sailmaker circumnavigates Puget Sound

Posted 7/3/19

Local mariner Emiliano Marino has completed his second circumnavigation of the Puget Sound, this time in a motorless dory rigged for seaworthiness and camping.

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Sailmaker circumnavigates Puget Sound

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Local mariner Emiliano Marino has completed his second circumnavigation of the Puget Sound, this time in a motorless dory rigged for seaworthiness and camping.

He stepped off his 15.5’ Gloucester Gull “TASWENS” at the Salmon Club Beach on Friday morning, June 28 around 8 a.m., ending his 12 days of rowing, sailing and camping on beaches at night.

“It went superbly,” Marino said. “There were little challenges, but all in all everything occurred as anticipated.”

Marino, who is a lifelong sailor, co-owner of the Artful Sailor and author of the book, “The Sailmaker’s Apprentice,” circuited the Sound once before, by canoe in 1998. This time, his journey took him from Port Townsend, south down Hood Canal and then along a four-mile portage across to South Puget Sound at Belfair.

He carried all the supplies for his portage with him, rolling his dory on wheels along the road. Then, he made his way up the Sound, passing under the Tacoma Narrows bridge on his way north to Port Townsend.

Along the way, Marino stopped near Indian Island and Bangor Base to perform peace rituals. He attended the Father’s Day vigil outside of Naval Magazine Indian Island, organized by local anti-nuclear activist Doug Milholland. Then, at Blake Island, Marino met up with the Salish 100 camp cruise, a group of 200 small craft making their way to Port Townsend.

“On one level, the mission of this journey was fulfilling the mission of the Artful Sailor, living evidence of self-reliance,” Marino said. “It was also an opportunity to look at the Sound and to see the changes, to see what looks healthy and what doesn’t look healthy.”

Marino said he noticed how the military had expanded since his last journey around the Sound, 22 years ago.

Beyond his goal to complete the trip by human power alone, Marino wanted to pay tribute to native waterways and rally for peace and against nuclear weapons and war.

“He wanted to do it the way it was done for hundreds of years,” said Pami-Sue Alvarado, co-owner of The Artful Sailor. “Everything in the boat is things that he has made. It shows that it can be done with human power. You don’t need a motor.”

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