SIGHTINGS book reviews
first-time doo dah — continued
planets aligned when she walked away from the corporate life and into one as an advocate for the Great Lakes and the precious fresh water they supply to so many millions of people. This book is a great read on many levels, not the least of which is the influence sailing can have on the course of one's life. Modern Marine Weather (David Burch, $44) — When it comes to anything that ends in 'ology', let's just say the sciences never represented our most shining moments in school. Which is why, in all honesty, we feel a tad inadequate reviewing most books about meteorology. (Or the fluid dynamics of hull forms; or the aerodynamics of sails…)
along the tules was our next concern. This concern was baseless, and we had plenty of help from BVBC members. The night was filled with great food, drink and live music. Joanne and I had a great time meeting fellow Doo Dah'ers and BVBC members and dancing the night away. We also learned you can take a ferry to the island. I'm glad we learned about this later rather than sooner or else I would have probably found myself sailing alone again. The next day we paddled our kayak with BVBC comomodore Larry White, who was solo-paddling his canoe. We paddled upriver and into Fisherman's Cut and back. Larry shared stories about the club and the area. He is very knowledgeable and a great guy. Paddling was a good way to build an appetite before breakfast hosted by BVBC. Before we knew it, we were motorsailing back to Brannan with very little wind. Another great trip! We definitely plan to participate again. We are also hoping to entice some of our fellow sailors in the sailing group Catalina 22 Fleet 4 (www.catalina22fleet4.org) to join us in the good times next year. We would also encourage other novice sailors to participate. It's not as hard as you think! — kevin clancy
Clockwise from right: The 'Derek M. Baylis' in all her glory; a grade-school student literally sailing for science; why yes, that is Tom Wylie onboard the under-construction Wyliecat 40; the 'Baylis' has been a ﬁxture on the Bay for nearly 15 years. Students on the 'Baylis' do all manner of science.
We've been thinking a lot about what will become of the Bay Area's sailing staples as the founders and owners think about slipping the docklines and setting sail under the Gate. What will become of the institutions we've come to rely on? Who will take the helm next? And, will the next generation get to experience these institutions in the way that we have? We're not the only ones thinking about what's next. "We're starting up a nonprofit corporation named 'Ocean Planet Explorers,' with the goal of supporting the research and educational aspects of our current tools, the Derek M. Baylis and our education program. Our longterm goals include managing a fleet of sail-assisted vessels to be placed on every coast of the US," said Kim Desenberg, a local boatbuilder who has worked with the iconic Tom Wylie, a naval architect, for over 40 years. "The purpose of this nonprofit is to enable access to the oceans we all know and love to as many individuals as possible. We're trying to save the world in the way we know how." The Derek M. Baylis — which has been in operation for about 15 years — was built to provide a comfortable, fast, and environmentfriendly platform for marine research and education. The exacting Wylie designed the Baylis to be a low-resistance, low-impact, lownoise and low-carbon-footprint vessel. The still-under-construction Wyliecat 40 (which we featured in the May issue's "West Coast Boatbuilders") has a propeller shaft mounted in a skeg, which reduces turbulence and drag. This is just one of many examples of Tom Wylie’s attention to drag- and impact-reducing details "The purpose of these designs and builds is our vision of a modern workboat: less oriented toward cargo or fishing, and more focused on research and transporting individuals out on the water to introduce them to our fragile marine environment with the goal toward encouraging people to become future stewards of our oceans and our planet," Desenberg told us. The résumé of the Baylis includes working with organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oceana, the Cascadia Research Collective, NOAA and the USGS. She's helped track marine debris and map the San Andreas Fault, tagged great white sharks, and tracked beaked whales. The name of the current marine science education program conducted on board the Baylis is "Sail 4 continued on outside column of next sightings page Page 58 •
• November, 2018
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"beyond our lifetimes"
The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.