December 2017 - Set to sea after 2 year drydock
This is the 2nd voyage of the miniboat AH Yes. After nearly a 2 year drydock waiting for a new GPS unit, she went back in the water just before Christmas 2017 (12/22/2017). She was deployed in front of the Columbia River by Capt. Farrell of the Columbia River Bar Pilots.
January 2018 - Recovered in British Columbia
The AH Yes went silent off British Columbia on January 14 and then reported 12 days later from a building compound on the northern side of Graham Island.
On January 26, 2018 we received an email with the following note: “We found a super cool sailboat freshly washing onto our beach yesterday afternoon. We’re in Haida Gwaii British Columbia. Would love to hear the story behind it. She was de-masted, but sail still there, she had taken on water but otherwise looked good.”
2016 - From kit to miniboat
May 23, 2016 - Launched at the Juan de Fuca Eddy
The A.H.YES unmanned sailboat from Astoria High School, Astoria Or, was set free off Research Vessel Thompson at the Juan de Fuca Eddy, near the NW US and Canadian border at about 2230 hrs on 5/23/2016. A.H. YES promptly shot off to the SW, towards the coastline at Lake Ozette, Washington, a very rugged and wild shoreline that is part of the Olympic National Park.
May 31, 2016 - Recovered after 13 hour recovery drive
On the morning of 5/31/2016 a crab fisherman from Astoria picked A.H. YES up and snapped a picture on his deck, then put her back in the ocean, as the on-boat instructions say to do. A.H. YES promptly resumed her course for the rocks of the coastline and the fisherman called A.H YES organizer, Lee Cain, and sent a picture!
Later that day the miniboat crashed into the Washington coastline. Lee and students put in a “VERY FUN” 13 hour drive as a recovery field trip, they discovered that the Olympic coast of Washington is “AMAZING” and found their miniboat! Now A.H. YES is back at Astoria High School (AHS), and everyone is currently plotting how to get her back out to sea.