SIGHTINGS cape horn — cont'd a second wave that knocked us right over again. Once more the boat righted only to be hit a third time. With each successive knockdown we were getting closer and closer to land. We had been in too close in the first place and were now in very dangerous waters. This time the boat lay on its side heaving and shuddering, then all of a sudden the headsail ripped, luff to leech. The boat came upright and someone grabbed the helm, throwing it over and forcing a crash jibe. The mainsail ripped, but at least we were upright, facing away from the Horn. We were shaken, but had a Cape Horn story to tell our grandkids." As Farley points out, one comfort they had back then was a diesel heater that could be hooked up to a drying locker. A water heater warmed sea water for showers and a full-time cook served hot meals. Navigation and communications may have been more primitive, but owners had not yet abandoned creature comforts in pursuit of speed. — andy
With the Delta Doo Dah's revised DIY format, there's no limit on the number of boats that can enjoy the sunny rewards of Delta cruising.
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do it yourself the DDD DIY 2014. • September 10: Last call to submit your Delta tales and photos for possible inclusion in our DDD DIY recap article in the October edition. You could become famous! If you're scratching your head and just don't get the point of this oddball event, we'd urge you not to overthink it. The DDD has always been simply an excuse to load up your cooler, and pack up every watersports toy in your garage and head for the sunny maze of waterways that meander between Carquinez Strait and Sacramento. No big thing. No big agenda.
The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.