Friday, August 22, 2014

Jolly Rogers Event, Sailing, & Lessons

Hello fellow sailors,

Jolly Rogers Sailing & Camping

This Friday evening and Saturday is our Sea Scout and Club Sailing event (some people are coming Sat. morning). Yes this event is a go. We will camp this evening (FRI) and then sail all day Sat. I will be bringing a Hobie Wave and Hobie Bravo (Hobie Bravo is for sale for $2700). I hope some of you will be coming with your boats. I know Mitch is bringing his Tandem Island. The only boats that can launch into Cave Lake are small boats such as Hobie’s, Lasers, etc. Keelboats cannot be launched into this lake.

To get to the event site simply take HWY 90 to HWY 3 exit (exit 34) to Harrison Idaho. Follow HWY 3 southwest toward Harrison. You will cross a bridge over the CdA River and after that keep an eye out for the S. Medimont Rd. Take this road right, follow this road across a small bridge and stay to the left all the way on this road which will turn into S. Ruddy Duck Rd. Again stay to the left until this road dead ends into a residence, this is the place.

I hope you all will come J


I was offered two Hobie 14’s for our Sea Scout program for $1000. A person indicated they would donate $1000 to these boats but yesterday that offer was withdrawn. So now I have to come up with the funding as I do not want to lose these boats. So I am selling my Hobie Bravo for $2700 to cover the cost. So if any of you would like to purchase this really nice boat let me know. I need to come up with the $1000 by this Wednesday.


The next small boat sailing class is Sept. 6th. Also my new Keelboat class starts in Sept. Contact me (Miles) if you are interested at 208-704-4454 or

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Priest Lake Sailing and Camping Adventure... July 25-28, 2014

Priest Lake Sailing Adventure

Hello Sea Scouts and Inland NW Sailors!

This Friday at 6:PM I am leaving the SAIL Marine store (406 W Miles Ave., Hayden) with the Sea Scouts to go up to Priest Lake for our annual sailing and camping trip, and return sometime Monday. We will be camping on Forest Service land for free a short distance from the Lion Head S.P. beach. You are welcome to just come for the day or stay the whole time with us… or near us at various camping spots. If you are not bringing a boat I am not sure if there will be room for you on a boat but Sunday is a hike and slide day you can join us.

To help you find our camping spot and other details there is a map I have created below. In addition I have added yellow markers on the Google Map with even more detail. It’s not likely my cell phone will work up at Priest Lake so if you have questions please call me (Miles) before I leave on the trip Friday… 208-704-4454.

It costs $5 to enter the park to launch from either the launch or from the beach. Some of us will keep our boats on the beach or anchor right off the beach. I will launch my keelboat early morning on Saturday and then take her out of the water late Saturday and take the boat to my campsite.

On Saturday the plan is to sail all day and travel up the channel to Upper Priest Lake.

Sunday the plan is to drive and hike up to the slice rock natural slide and slide and swim all day. To slide the slick rock you will need to see the Google Map or come with us so you do not get lost trying to find it.

If you have any questions call me (Miles) 208-704-4454, again call before I leave Friday. 

If you are coming to this event please let me know via a return email or a call if you have not already.

Click on map to enlarge

To learn more about Priest Lake click on this link...

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Sailing News and Priest Lake Trip

Hello follow Inland NW Sailors!

We had a great float down the CdA River from just above the HWY 90 bridge to the Old
Mission. We had 4 adults and 6 scouts. We liked this adventure so much we are going to do it again soon… maybe next week on the North Fork of the CdA River.

Next on our agenda is our big sail and camp trip at Priest Lake. The plan is to sail off of Lion Head Beach… sail all day Sat. Then on Sunday is a hike up to the slick rock slide for a day of fun sliding and swimming. We are leaving Friday evening and some of us are coming back Sunday evening and others are coming back Monday morning or so. We are camping for free on Forest Service Land near Lion Head State Park and parking our boats on the Lion Head beach… cost $5/car to enter the park. Some sailors with Keelboats will be anchoring off Lion Head Beach. I hope you will join us as our Sea Scouts will be there, Some Hobie Sailors from the Tri-Cities will be there, the Lewiston and Clarkston Club members will be on the lake as well, and of course our Inland NW sailing members will be there… going to be a lot of sailors-sailboats present. Again if any of you would like to donate funding for food to the scouts, etc. we would appreciated it. I might add thanks for your donations thus far :). Learn more about this event and others at

I want to remind everyone that our big Lake CdA regatta and pot-luck is August 9th not the 2nd. For more info visit

It’s official SAIL Marine is now a Hunter Marine dealer. Hunter boat line related to trailer-able sailboats are the 15’ and 18’ sailing dinghies (no cabins) and a 22 foot keelboat. Hunter is doing away with their current 22 and announcing in October their new H226 Keelboat. This keelboat will be 22’ with a good sized cabin, with improved sailing performance and trailer-ability. I will have more info about the Hunter line on my site shortly.

Also check out the Super Snark on my site by clicking on the Snark tab. This is a 12’ sailing dinghies that weighs only 50 lbs, sails great, for only $1400 (including shipping). Great way to get a new inexpensive sailboat. Check this boat out at

Hobie’s new T2 is a hot seller this year. It’s a new roto-molded racing cat for those that want better performance than the smaller Hobie’s and Getaway. Check it out on my site at

I hope you all are having a great sailing season this year… Hope to see you soon at one or more of our events :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Inland NW Sailing News!

Hello fellow Inland NW Sailors! 4 Items of business.

1. Starting this week I will put a fairly new Hunter 21 (212) Keelboat into rental service. You can see the boat and the rates, etc. at the rental tab above or click on this link

2. Event Date change! I am wondering if you all would be ok with changing the date of our annual regatta at Higgins Point from Aug 2 to the 9th. Aug 2nd is the same date as the Commodore Cup on Flathead Lake MT. Let me know if any of you disapprove of this date change. If I get no responses then I will assume the change is ok. Learn more about this and other events at the calendar tab above or clicking on this link

3. I am hoping you all can help us find used sailboats for the Sea Scouts as a revenue source. The plan is to find used sailboats and then re-sell them to develop a budget for the scouts. So if you see any used sailboats parked in a field or drive way, etc. that looks like it’s not being used maybe you could ask the owner if they would like to donate it to the Sea Scouts. Also remember youth ages 14-20 male or female can join the Sea Scouts. Learn more about our Sea Scout Ship by clicking the Sea Scout tab above or clicking on this link

4. This July 10th is our float down the North Fork of the CdA River. It will just be a fun social get-together… so grab your floatees, pdf’s, and join us. July 12th is the next small boat sailing class, and July 25-28 is our Sailing Camping/Cruise on Priest Lake. Get more info about these events and others at the calendar tab above or click on this link

Saturday, July 5, 2014


What’s a Burgee All About

Sailing is an individual sport – and a group sport too.  That is why yacht clubs and sailing clubs have been formed world-wide and why we belong to Inland Northwest Sailors: To share the joy of sailing with like-minded people and in the process, gain from the collective experience to make our own personal sailing experiences better.  Such is the objective of the Inland Northwest Sailors, which is now 14 years old. 

Although our membership is scattered throughout three states, we all share the common experience of sailing in the northwest.  That is our identity; it is the purpose that joins us whether we live in Missoula Montana, Richland Washington, Spokane Washington, or Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  We are sailors in the Inland Northwest.

To celebrate this common denominator, we want to display our pride in the northwest with a burgee specially designed for our club.

The design incorporates a blue background symbolizing the amazing venues of lakes and rivers found in this part of the country.  The compass points reminds us of our skills as mariners and the white North Star in the northwest quadrant of the compass shows our common location in the beautiful northwestern part of this great country.  We are Inland Northwest Sailors and we now have a unique burgee to display that identity.

We are now in the process of creating our first run of this burgee.  Prestige Flag, maker of most of the burgees in the US and several foreign countries is producing this flag.  It is a stitched flag – not silk screened – using ultraviolet resistant material on a reinforced hoist with brass grommets.  We want to offer this quality flag to you at our cost of producing it: $25.00 each.  Our first run is 27 flags, and already we have commitments on five flags.

If you would like a burgee, please hit REPLY and let us know if you want one.  You do not have to pay until we receive the burgees in about one month from now. 

This is a great opportunity to build a recognizable identity for our club, and to encourage others to join with us as we sail the beautiful waters where we live.

[   ] Yes, I would like to order a burgee.  Here is the physical address for shipping:   
[    ] No, not now.

"Skipper" Steve Morris
Nautical Chart Wallpaper
212 S Harbor Park Ct
Post Falls ID 83854-7746
(801) 367-7945 (mobile)
(208) 266-7799 (office)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Have an amazing 4th of July! Hope you enjoy this song and it reminds us all why this nation is so great!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Desert Regatta Results

On the 14th of June the Sea Cats and members of Inland NW Sailors attended the 2014 Desert Regatta, an annual regatta that takes place at Charbonneau State Park on the Snake River just above Ice Harbor Dam some 17 miles southeast of Pasco WA. This event is hosted by the Columbia Basin Sailing Club. This is the primary small boat regatta within the Inland NW and a well attended one at that.

Included in the racing were a fleet of Fly Scouts, Thistles, mix of trailer-able keelboats,
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and Hobie cat’s. Due to 34 knots of wind on Saturday many sailors stayed at the dock and beach with only 3 Hobie cat’s out on the course. It took quite a bit of skill to race in this strength of wind, mainly due to the gusting and shifting winds. We only had one capsize for the days racing. 

On Sunday the wind speeds were less (15-20 knots) allowing most sailors to race. And the winds were less shifty and more consistent. You can get the results at www…. Some of the Inland NW Sailors raced only on Saturday so the race results are skewed due to that fact.

On the way home on Sunday some of us stopped at the Palouse Falls to go for a short hike and take lots of pictures. If you have not visited this site the water fall is 183 high with a castle like rock formation next to it.

Please visit our calendar as next month on the 10th is a fun float down the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, followed by sailing camping adventure July 25th through the 28th. We will camp out at Lion Head beach/park and do a lot of sailing and swimming, and slide down a natural water slide. Fun, fun, fun! 

This Saturday June 21 is the next learn-to-sail class… more info about this class is on the calendar.