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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

July 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Calm before the show

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Sketched July 13, 12:04 p.m.
Little kids maneuvered flat-bottom sailboats on the calm waters of Lake Washington where adults will be powering thundering hydros in just two weeks.
The scene I stumbled upon at Sayres Pits was low key, but just as mesmerizing as the high-octane Seafair hydroplane race and air show that will attract thousands upon thousands to these same shores.
I sketched the brave group of “Sunshine Sailors” as they were taking a break from gusts of wind that had sent their sails spinning and their little hearts racing. “I almost capsized!” exclaimed 9-year-old Tannus.
The sailing camp is one of many youth programs offered by the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center every summer. The center closes its doors the first week of August to let the hydros take over the pits. “That’s when we get to go on vacation,” said recreation specialist Peggy Tosdal.
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The coffee shop at this four-stop intersection at South Genesee Street and 50th Avenue South, not far from Sayres Pits, couldn’t have a better name: Both Ways Cafe. I really enjoyed a quick brunch here two years ago with my friend Bill when I came to sketch the hydros.

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