SIGHTINGS newest. Viveka, a 70-ft Payne, Belknap and Skene schooner, was launched in 1930 and by the ‘40s, as Seaweed, was the top racing yacht on the Bay. Merle Peterson, the current President of the Pacific Ocean, has owned the boat for the last several decades, has sailed her around the world once and restored her twice. Janice is a 130-ft Dubois sloop built in New Zealand and launched just last September. She’s as pretty inside as out — think state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment and fossil-stone counters from the owner’s home state of Wyoming. She stopped over in the Bay last month on her way to Europe.
collision course On the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, the 30-ft Sea Scout whaleboat Viking was on its way back to its Aquatic Park base from a picnic on Angel Island. About 2:30 in the afternoon, it was reportedly T-boned by the Catalina 36 Escapade. Fortunately, none of the 12 people aboard Viking — nine teenage Scouts and three adults — nor the four aboard the Catalina were injured. And we’re happy to note everyone was wearing lifejackets. But the open whaleboat suffered several broken planks and immediately swamped. After the hit, the crew of Escapade did all the right things: they dropped their sails, started their engine and rendered assistance. They eventually got all nine teenagers aboard, either by taking them directly off Viking, or by pulling them out of the water. At one point during these maneuvers, the whaleboat capsized and the three adults still aboard climbed onto the upturned bottom. They were taken onto a St. Francis YC race committee boat, which had been stationed nearby for the San Francisco Longboard Classic and continued on outside column of next sightings page
Spread, ‘Viveka’ came out to romp for the first time in awhile last month. ‘Janice’ (left) was just passing through.
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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.