Sail on


On Sunday, with the help of the Columbia River Bar Pilots, Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Mini-boat Program launched its latest vessel, the R/V Concomly, half a mile west of the Astoria Bridge. Like the other mini-boats in the program, it’s a 6.5-foot-long, self-righting sailboat made of fiberglass, equipped with a GPS transmitter. The Concomly is pictured courtesy of the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

While the other mini-boats in the program are embarking on ocean voyages that students (or anyone) can track (, the Concomly is staying on the Columbia River. When its tracker is turned on, it will report its location every 15 minutes, which you can follow on the museum’s website, — a grand opportunity to learn about the Columbia’s tides and currents for armchair sailors everywhere.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or

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