Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sail Power Reborn

Transporting Local Goods by Boat

"It's hard."

"Peak Moment 208: 'We are revitalizing an ancient form of transportation, using just the power of the wind and the tides to move goods and people,' says skipper Fulvio Casali. In their CSA (community supported agriculture), the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative uses nearly no petroleum to transport organic produce and other goods from the north Olympic Peninsula to northwest Seattle. By sea they use community volunteer sailboats, and by land an electric delivery truck. Come on board with cofounders Casali, Kathy Pelish, and Alex Tokar, who are patiently redeveloping the skills and infrastructure for the return of 'a whole fleet of sailboats blanketing Puget Sound' in the post-petroleum era."


About Fulvio Casali and Kathy Pelish:

Managing Skipper and Cofounder

At age 11, Fulvio learned to sail with his father; he won his first racing trophy a year later. Fulvio trained as a merchant marine deck officer in Genoa, Italy, and has an unlimited captain’s license issued from the Italian Coast Guard. He served as an officer in the Italian Navy, and was a sailing instructor at the naval academy in Livorno. Fulvio was also certified as a sailing instructor by the American Sailing Association.

Since 2000, Fulvio has been living on Soliton, a Catalina 34, at Ballard’s Stimson Marina. He is an avid community organizer with Sustainable Ballard and their former IT Director. Fulvio’s girlfriend, Noe Alexander, is one of the leaders in the urban farming movement, with her City Grown CSA.

Managing Partner and Cofounder

Kathy grew up on the beautiful peninsula of New Jersey, among the rivers and lakes of the Highlands area and summer vacations at Barnegat Bay, close to America’s greatest Port city. She will be taking sailing classes for 40-footers, having passed Basic Cruising, and Navigation and Piloting.

She is the former Communications Director for Sustainable Ballard; former board member for Microsoft Green, the employee grassroots sustainability group; and recently taught her fourth Transition Town Community Resilience class at University Unitarian.

Kathy has lived in Ballard since 2000 and was one of the first to replace her parking strip with a garden, including a Beauty Plum tree and Asian Pear tree (grafted with 4 varieties). Her chicken coop was built by Seattle Urban Farm Company, with re-purposed materials from The RE-Store.


Until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

Interesting. Think some deisel will still be needed. And the next step will be boat design to maximize freight capacity vis-a-vis boat performance. Interesting.

Don Snabulus said...

I haven't seen Peak Moment for a while. It was good to get back to it. That is a pretty cool area up there.

Pandabonium said...

Doc - deisel or veggie based substitute and/or oars and/or solar-electric... design wise, shoal-draft boats, and sailing barges like they used to use in England come to mind.

Don - this episode makes me think of the book "Snow Falling on Cedars" and the Nissei strawberry farmers and fishermen. I did my instrument flight training in Washington and found it a very beautiful place with a lot of cool things happening. You Oregonians are doing great stuff too.