IVAR’S Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle

5:30 pm Meet and Greet – 7:00 pm Dinner in the Banquet Room

Topic: Adventure to Haida Gwaii

Speakers: Jim and Rosi Addington

Known as the Canadian Galápagos for its endemic wildlife, including the ubiquitous Sitka deer visible along the islands’ only main road, this 155-mile-long, torch-shaped archipelago hangs underneath the Alaska panhandle, over 90 nautical miles off British Columbia’s North Coast. (Previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the home of the Haida First Nations reverted back to Haida Gwaii in 2010.)

The Haida culture, the remote location, and the ocean mist drifting through moss-draped cedars all contribute to the islands’ mystical atmosphere, best experienced without expectations or itineraries.

This trip is not something most of us will ever undertake.  There are no depths on the charts.  Currents are incredibly strong, with tidal predictions virtually non-existent.  And your VHF call for help will not be heard – there’s nobody and no entity available to hear or respond.  Very few boaters have visited this place, which is a big part of the attraction.

Should you wish to take your boat to this magical Northwest destination, there are some very important things to know.  Jim and Rosi Addington, my friends from Everett, made this trip last summer aboard their 53-foot Cheoy Lee Trawler, Sea Venture.  You can get a preliminary look at who these people are and see their adventures by viewing their videos on You Tube: (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Cruising+Sea+Venture).

But, they have no book to sell, no cause to promote.  They’re boating enthusiasts, just like us.

I will again send out an Evite invitation to your email address.  Please respond to the Evite, including who is coming and what your menu choices are (use the Comments feature of the Evite reply).  If you don’t get the Evite, reach me at rogernewb@gmail.com.


Baked Mesquite Corn Muffins


Chicken Marsala


Ivar’s World-Famous Fish and Chips


Alder Grilled Coho Salmon


Penne Pasta Pomodoro


Seasonal Vegetables with the Protein Entrees

Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea

Special dietary needs can be accommodated; please let me know.

Main course selections are due by 9:00 pm on Friday February 16th. Cancellations must be made by 9:00 pm the same day.

Note that the deadline for reservations is also the deadline for cancelling a previous reservation; otherwise you will be charged for the meal.

Dinner is $35 per person. If you charge your meal, we will add $1 per meal. Please purchase your drinks from the staff in the banquet room. The receipts count towards our room rental minimums.

See everyone there!!!

—Roger Newby, Vice Commodore