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Our sail co-op is worker-owned!

Working in harmony

with Nature’s gifts of wind and tide,
sailing our local goods

Thank you

Nash's wheat flour, transported by sail

Transported by sail!

Spring 2015 Events

Work Party

March 1, Sunday, 11 a.m., we’ll triage and fix survey items, and add a book/chart rack. Meet us at Ballard Mill Marina’s Dock A gate*. No tools required, just a willingness and sense of humor to help us troubleshoot and get S/V Posey shipshape for her work as a training boat and as backup coverage for sail routes. It’s time to retire S/V Zipcar! :-)

(*The marina is a 15-minute walk southwest from the #40 or 44 bus stop at NW Market.)

2015 Kickoff & Mandatory Quorum Meeting

June 13, Saturday, Ballard Library, 2-4 pm.


  • 2:00 – 2:30: Review schedule for all routes
  • 2:30- 3:00: Welcome Labateyah Youth; match with skippers
  • 3:00 – 3:45: Review revised membership and plan fundraisers
  • 3:45 – 4:00: Wrap up & choose date for summer BBQ at the docks

Toast Ballard (our CSA partner pick-up spot), as usual, will cater a light lunch: vegan soup, salad, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Fruit, coffee, and tea. Please RSVP to us so we can plan enough food: info [at] salishseatrading.coop.

March 7th meeting: A BIG thank you to Starbucks Ballard for the coffee donation, and Parfait for ice cream dessert!

Labateyah Community Service Project

Thursday, March 12, 6 pm, Ballard Coffee Works Community Room. We’ll review the draft of an introductory sail transport and coastal trade course for the youth at United Indians of All Tribes Youth Home (Crown Hill). Actual training starts in May, not too far away.

Open Office Hours

OK, so we don’t have an office yet, but we do appreciate the community meeting room at Ballard Coffee Works, and will be hanging out there regularly, once a month, Sunday afternoons. Stop by if you’d like to volunteer with us or chat about your ideas for sail trading.

  • Sunday, March 22, 5-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19, 12-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 12-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 21, 12-2 p.m.

Business development for sail transport: Winter 2015

Technically we’re on break until June, but work continues in the background. We look forward to attending, tabling, or speaking at the following events. Stop by and say hello!

How to join us

Our 2014 accomplishments:

  • We sailed our longest trip ever, a successful grains provisioning trip from Ballard to Sequim to Whidbey Island! Thank you to the skipper and crew of S/V Ya Shure, Nash’s Produce and Sundance Bakery, and local ports for their collaboration with us.
  • Collaborating with Skydottir Epic Cookies on sailing their product beyond the Seattle city limits. The Port Townsend Food Co-op is the first peninsula store to enjoy these gluten-free cookies.
  • Experimenting with “packet ship” revival, with collaboration from Ballard Sip & Ship. In 2015, we will once again post our in-store flyer at their espresso bar on how you can mail your package on one of our scheduled runs!
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  • Continuing with the organic veggie CSA, and sailing goods over to Port Ludlow/Port Townsend area, and sailing back Finnriver cider
  • Our first purchase of a cooperative sailboat (shared asset): S/V Posey, a sturdy 25′ Cal.

We’re also actively recruiting for Board members who want to gracefully transition our communities away from dangerous fossil fuel use and continue building Seattle’s first worker-owned sail transport cooperative in our post-carbon world. We’re actively working with a business consultant provided by the City of Seattle/Environmental Coalition of South Seattle program, and will be posting them end of March, 2015.

Sailors and other kindred souls

Interested in what skills we look for in the probationary period and the membership process? Please read the following backgrounder about what it means to build a worker-owned cooperative, and then email us at (info (at) salishseatrading.coop) and we’ll send back the application for your consideration. Note: Based on comments at the March 7, 2015 meeting, we’ll be revising the membership application, so expect some change.

Local business or fellow cooperative

We welcome your inquiries about how we can add to your local business sustainability strategy as fossil fuels increase in price and decrease in acceptance. Our shipping rates are reasonable. Email partners (at) salishseatrading.coop and let’s get your local goods sailing over the Blue Highway.

Placing a CSA order with us

Yes, we can sign you up for the 2015 season! First sail delivery starts Sunday, June 28th, in front of Toast Ballard. We encourage you to read Dharma Ridge’s philosophy, so you can see the care they take in growing all-organic vegetables that result in a box of pure goodness for you and your family.
Box price is still just $30. Cash or check only.

  1. Choose a Sunday delivery and three days before the sailboat leaves, send us an email to orders (at) salishseatrading.coop
    Example: you’d like the 8/21 Sunday delivery. The sailboat leaves on 8/19. You send your email on 8/14.
  2. Receive an acknowledgment email back and if you’re a new customer, our reminder for a $5 box deposit.
  3. Swing by our storefront partner, Toast Ballard, on the delivery Sunday, between 10 AM – 12 PM. Chat with the crew and hear how the sail went.
  4. Head home with your box for unpacking and enjoyment!
  5. Repeat as needed—join your neighbors in building community resiliency.

2015 Sail Transport Schedule

With just three sailboats signed up thus far, we’re prudently scheduling once a month deliveries. This could change. :-)

Blue Highway: Ballard-Port Ludlow
6/24- 6/26
11/22 (The tradition continues…last-of-season, the special trip for our Thanksgiving tables!)

Test Sails

Development underway for 2015:

Blue Highway: Ballard-Bainbridge

Local goods wanted for winter sail.

Completed: Blue Highway: Ballard-Whidbey Island

Local goods wanted for mid-October sail.

On hold for now, the new, small node open-source Food Hub we’re developing with help from the Australian Open Food Hub Foundation.


Our Facebook page, updated weekly, is the easiest way to get updates on your neighborhood sailors. We’ve set it to “public” so you don’t need a Facebook account–any ol’ browser should do. Thanks for visiting and your interest in small-scale community sail transport!

We support Initiative 522!

Aargh, ye scalliwags! Don’t be goin’ about messing with our CSA vegetables or other food!

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“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”
Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

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