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Editorial: Bahamas; Changes in the Wind; Trawlers By Steve Morrell


Southern Regional Monthly Weather and Water Temperatures


Letters to the Editor


Calendar — Upcoming Events in the Southeast (Non-Race)


Racing News and Upcoming Regattas


Short Tacks: News in the World of Sailing


Carolina Sailing: Upcoming Charleston Race Week By Dan Dickison


The Bahamas lose a sailing legend: The Passing of Eleazor Johnson. By Jan Pehrson


Voyage of Rhombus 2018 The Whale, Green Turtle and Home — Leg 8 By Fred Braman


Southern Race Report: Gasparilla Regatta; Valentine Regatta; Force 5 Race Week


As 2018 Golden Globe Race Finishes, Attention Turns to 2022 Golden Globe By Steve Morrell


39th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta — Sailing Our Home to First Place! By Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton


Southern Regional Racing Calendar


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FROM THE HELM The Bahamas I should perhaps call this “The Bahamas Issue” since this month we have three great articles about The Bahamas. Fred Braman, who has been cruising The Bahamas for years, ends his eight-part series of his 2018 cruise in this issue. I went to the Bahamas twice—once for one month (and motorless), and another trip was for three months. Fred went in late March 2018 and returned to Florida in mid-June. My three-month trip was June through August. Most people travel to the Bahamas in the winter and few in the summer. When I say the winter, I really mean most go from late fall to early spring. Fewer people cruise The Bahamas in the summer because it’s hurricane season and at the time, I didn’t know any better. I came from California, knowing little about hurricane season, and bought a boat that was owned by a California couple who also cruised the Bahamas in the summer. They had a great time and it seemed like a good idea to me. One advantage is the water is really warm in the summer and I spent most of my time swimming, free diving and spearfishing, which is what I did growing up on the beach in Southern California. I was with my girlfriend and we rarely went into the Bahamian towns. We spent all our time in the Out Islands (except we got stuck in Nassau for a week when a Hurricane hit the eastern Bahamas). I caught lobster and speared fish constantly. It was paradise to me with 85-degree water that was incredibly clear. But if I was to go again, I would cruise when and how Fred did. He left in late March when the water is really warming up. Even in winter, the Bahamas is around 70 degrees (southern California water in the summer), which is easily swimmable. It’s in the mid-70s in late March and by the time June rolls around, the water is in the mid 80s. And no strong hurricanes hit in early summer. It’s an ideal time in my view. My first trip was in May and I loved it. I would also visit more of the Bahamian towns, going to



bars and restaurants, sampling Bahamian food and socializing more—not that I wouldn’t dive and spearfish in warm, crystal clear waters as much as I could. If you want to see what it’s like to cruise the Bahamas— both the sailing and navigating aspects, as well as learn what the Bahamian community is like—read Fred’s eightpart series, available on our website on the “Cruising The Bahamas” page. He got down to great details on navigating the shallows, good marinas and entering anchorages.

Changes in the Wind at SOUTHWINDS Last month I mentioned trawlers in my editorial. This month we are changing the subtitle of SOUTHWINDS Magazine from “News & Views for Southern Sailors” to “Cruising & Sailing the Southeast & The Bahamas.” It’s been the subtitle of the website for some time. The main reason is because of the number of people I have met and talked to who cruise on a trawler and wanted more trawler coverage in the magazine. Most are sailors who moved over to trawlers as they got older, but many are people who have always cruised on trawlers.

Trawler Articles and Boat Reviews Wanted In our efforts to include trawler cruisers in the magazine, we are looking for articles by trawler cruisers and about trawlers. Many of the same issues that sailors deal with in cruising are the same that trawler cruisers deal with. In some respects, there will be no differences in articles about cruising. But we are also looking for general articles on trawlers as well as trawler reviews. Go to our boat reviews web page for specifications about the reviews: >Resources>Sailboat & Trawler Reviews. Also read our specs for what types of articles we are looking for on the web page on writing guidelines.

Contribute to Southwinds – Articles and Photos Wanted Sailing Experiences: Stories and photos about experiences in places you’ve cruised; anchorages, marinas, or passages made throughout the Southern waters, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Boat Reviews: Review your boat. See the ad on page 43 on reviewing your boat Charter Stories: Have an interesting Charter story? In our Southern waters, or perhaps in the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Write About Your Yacht Club or Sailing Association: Tell us about your club, its history, facilities, major events, etc. Youth Sailing: Write about a local youth sailing organization or sailing camp Bahamas and the Caribbean: Trips, experiences, passages, anchorages, provisioning and other stories of interest.

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WIND ROSES: Each wind rose shows the strength and direction of the prevailing winds in the area and month. These have been recorded over a long period of time. In general, the lengths of the arrows indicate how often the winds came from that direction. The longer the arrow, the more often the winds came from that direction. When the arrow is too long to be printed in a practical manner, a number is indicated.

The number in the center of the circle shows the percentage of the time that the winds were calm. The lengths of the arrows plus the calms number in the center add up to 100 percent. The number of feathers on the arrow indicates the strength of the wind on the Beaufort scale (one feather is Force 1, etc.). Wind Roses are taken from Pilot Charts.

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ADD ANOTHER MOORING FIELD IN FORT MYERS BEACH I wish to comment on a letter to the editor in the February issue titled, “Adding Another Mooring Field in Fort Myers Beach?” With much respect to the author, I do believe that his opinion, frankly, is just way off the mark. I live on my sailboat in the mooring field, and I, along with a silent majority of the boaters, support the town’s efforts to add another mooring field to our great community.  It is needed and wanted by many boaters who are both year-around residents and transients alike. The mooring field has indeed paid for itself, and, during the winter months, every single mooring ball is being used, oftentimes with a waiting list. I agree that the town should take control of this public property to protect our natural resource and to protect our water. The fact is this: There are many people living on the hook on sailboats who are people attempting to live as cheaply as possible. That’s okay with me, but the problem is they are not sailors. They don’t know how to anchor, nor do they care and they are constantly dragging and ending up in the channel or the mangroves. As of this writing, there are four sunken boats and not one of them came off the ball. These boats are now abandoned, which is nothing more than pollution on a grand scale.  There are several boats just tied up to the mangroves, thus these mangroves are being used as living anchors. I won’t even broach the subject of orange Home Depot buckets and human waste. Some of the boaters who are on the hook oftentimes hang out near the showers to see if the doors are unlocked, so they can take free showers or use the laundry facilities. Some of them fill up water cans with free water from the spigot that the town of FMB put there. They also want a bigger dinghy dock and more trash cans—which need to be emptied by someone. All these things need to be paid for. The pump-out boat needs to be paid for too. Answer? Mooring ball rentals. Yes, the town of FMB should use this public property to pay for the public use that it has been designed for. No different than your local park in your neighborhood, we all pay taxes so we can use it. Most of the sailors I know living on the hook here and in others areas of Florida are proud, independent and likable people. I am happy to call them friends. They understand you can’t get something for nothing, and they are often on the hook for only a few days at a time before they move on, but in my opinion, if you’re going to “live” on the hook in a single place for an extended period of time, get insurance, get on a ball, get a pump-out, enjoy the sailing lifestyle and use the facilities that you have paid for.  If not, that is the captain’s choice, but don’t use the facilities that everyone else is paying for and don’t complain that the government is not doing anything to help. In summary, I support the town of Fort Myers Beach with the idea of adding a second mooring field. Capt. Jeffrey Russell Fort Myers Beach See LETTERS continued on page 12 Cruising & Sailing the Southeast & The Bahamas

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LETTERS DERELICT BOATS IN PUNTA GORDA I don’t understand why it takes the FWC so long to get the sunken boats or boats blown ashore out of the water. Why can’t the FWC claim federal salvage rights? This process they use is just stupid. It takes months to get these boats out of the water. All the time they wait, the boats are leaking fuel, oil and human waste into the water. They waste so much time chasing after these owners and catch very few. The few they charge and bring before a judge to pay for the removal probably never pay due to lack of funds. Why not pull the boats out of the water, store them on city or county property then chase after them? If they find the owners and the owners can’t pay after 30 days, crush the boat. Let’s face it, the taxpayer is going to pay. A fact of life.  I live in Punta Gorda and right now, there is a 30-foot sailboat that broke loose from its anchor that’s been up on a jetty for over a month. The outboard was ripped from its bracket and is in the water. Across the 41 bridge, three sunken powerboats and one sailboat are up on shore at Bay Oaks Park. These boats have been like this for over two months. Over in Lemon Bay, there are six boats and some have been on the bottom for four months. The Port Charlotte Sheriff’s Marine Patrol claims it’s FWC’s job to get rid of the boats. The FWC says the Sheriff can do the paper work. It would be nice if someone did something, even if it was wrong, but try. You will see more and more mooring fields put in to try to discourage anchoring. The people to blame are the boaters, not the local city leaders. If boaters can’t police themselves, the government will. I don’t think anyone of us wants that.  John Almeida Punta Gorda, FL

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10th Annual Oriental In-Water Boat Show & Nautical Flea Market, Oriental, NC, April 12-14 Oriental Harbour Marina docks.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVALS Go to, then Competition>Youth>Junior Olympics>Find a Junior Olympic Festival. None listed this month or next month, but check online in case a new festival was scheduled, or view others further in the future. Sarasota Sailfest. Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, Sarasota, FL. April 6-7. Radial, Laser 4.7, Open BIC, C420, Optimists. Contact Mallory Buechler at South Atlantic. Atlanta Yacht Club, Acworth, GA, April 13-14. Laser, C420, Optimists. Contact Katrina Blauvelt at

37th Annual Suncoast Boat Show, Sarasota, FL, April 26-28 Power boats, as well as vendors selling gear. Marina Jack’s in downtown Sarasota.

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35th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, FL, April 26-28 Pompano Beach oceanfront. Held on the beach at the Pompano Pier, featuring fresh local seafood prepared by area restaurants.

Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Pensacola, FL, April 26-28 The Pensacola Crawfish Festival has a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, along with chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin’ onions, kettle corn, apple dumplings and Deep Fried Brownies. Held at a new location this year at the Community Maritime Park at 301 W Main St.

First Coast Nautical Flea Market, St. Augustine, FL, April 27-28 Sponsored by Sailors Exchange, this event is held at the St. Augustine Marine Center at 404 Riberia St. Saturday 8am3pm, Sunday 9am-2pm. Suzuki Demo Days will be on site offering free rides to the public. A wide variety of marine goods and antique boating items will be for sale. There will

also be food trucks and a fishing seminar for the kids. Spots are filling up fast. This event is free to the public and space is available to sellers for $40. Space fees will be donated to a local kids sailing program. For information or to reserve your spot, call 904-808-0667.


34th Morgan Invasion and Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, Tampa, FL, April 27 This is a major fund-raising event that benefits both LifePath Hospice in Hillsborough County and Suncoast Hospice in Pinellas County. Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club.

America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Spring Rendezvous, Norfolk, VA, May 6-9 Educational seminars on navigation and information on the portion of the Loop between Norfolk and the Tennessee River (site of the fall rendezvous), presented by experienced cruisers. Register early as this event is often sold out.

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2019 Hui Wharram Gathering, Florida Keys, May 17-19 The 15ish Florida Hui Wharram will take place back in the Florida Keys at the Lorelei restaurant in Islamorada. The Lorelei welcomes Wharramites to raft up off the beach. Beach catamarans will have easy shore access. The Lorelei will also host dinner under the white-top tent for a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 18 (advanced registration required). A “Hui Wharram” or “Hui-owaa-Kaulaua-Wharram” is a gathering of Wharram boats and sailors. All boats welcome. All sailors welcome (with or without boats). The Hui is a wonderful opportunity to gather with fellow and future sailors, swap sea tales, reunite with old salts, make new friends and SAIL (weather permitting). To help us plan please RSVP to, or For information and location on the Lorelei, go to

OTHER EVENTS Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March 31, April 28 This race, if you could call it that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race

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has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals and visitors are invited and welcome. It is known as the “anything-butserious race.” First boat back wins. No protests allowed. Sailing/boating rules and rules of seamanship always apply. Four races are held over four months. The race is videotaped and the awards ceremony after the race at the bar serves a BBQ dinner while guests watch the race on a big screen TV. Beer drinking is very common. The first race is the last Sunday of the month, starting in January. There is a captains meeting the day before the race at the bar at 7pm, where “captains and crew contemplate strategy while reviewing course and race rules.” Race awards, booty, music and barbecue are after the race at the bar at 7pm. This year, the last race in the series on April 28 is the kick-off event and first race of the Conch Republic Cup to Havana, Cuba/Key West Race Week.

12th Annual Fort Myers Beach Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, Noon – 3pm Saturday, April 6 The Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee in cooperation with Matanzas on the Bay invite the general public and all mooring field patrons to celebrate the 12th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 3pm in the Matanzas on the Bay waterfront courtyard. The event will feature free admission for all, barbeque, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes, giveaways

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Refit International Exhibition & Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 10-11 This is a marine industry trade show combining exhibits, seminars, and demonstrations for yacht and boat refit and repair professionals. The show offers a combination of practical education, emerging technologies, new products, service innovations and B2B networking.

9th Annual West Marine Stand-up Paddle Board Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC, April 24-28 The world’s largest gathering of stand-up paddleboard racers will be held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Over 1000 competitors from the around the world.

35th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, Orange Beach, AL, April 26-28 Individuals on the beach throwing a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit local charities. Largest Beach Party in the South. Held at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar, Perdido Key, FL, at the Florida-Alabama Stateline

35th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet, May 3-5 This annual event is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups or fees. For more info, contact Hugh Horton at (586) 215-7060, or Everyone meets at City Park at 9am each day. A weekend of fun on the water, it brings meaning to the expression “messing around in boats.” Open to anyone, with no fees. All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes and kayaks, catboats and catamarans; trimarans, rowboats and sailing dinghies; scows, sharpies and sampans; punts, pirogues, prams—and pirates’ yawlboats.

22nd Annual Catalina 22 Northern Gulf Coast Cruise, Fort Walton Beach, FL, May 10-17 The Catalina 22 National Sailing Association’s Fleet 77 of Fort Walton Beach, FL, hosts this cruise. This one-design event, open to all Catalina 22 sailors, attracts participants from across the country as well as Canada.>events

Slip to Ship Racing Regatta, Ocean Springs, MS, May 25-26 Not just a regatta, but lunch, racing and a raffle; A multihull regatta launching from Ocean Springs Yacht Club and racing out to Ship Island. The sailors lunch then race back. The final leg is the next day when there is another opportunity to beat the time around Deer Island! In addition, there is a FUNdraising raffle held to support sailing on the Gulf Coast. Sponsored by the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, 100 Beach Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS. (228) 875-1915. FREE.


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RACING NEWS Racing News, Instruction, Southern Sailors, and National and International Regattas in the South For the complete southern racing schedules by region, go to the “Southern Regional Race Calendar” in the back of the magazine

NEWS US Sailing Announces 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswomen of the Year In February, US Sailing announced that J/70 World Champion Jud Smith (Gloucester, MA), and Girl’s International 420 Youth Sailing World Champions, Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, NY), were selected as Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswomen of the Year for 2018. Jud Smith and his team won the 2018 J/70 World Championship when he was 61 and becomes the oldest recipient of the yachtsman award at the age of 62. Ninetyone teams from 18 countries competed. He won as crew for Peter Duncan’s team at the 2017 J/70 World Championship. He also won or placed in several other J/70 events in 2018, including first out of 57 boats at the NOOD regatta in Marblehead, MA. Smith also won the Yachtsman of the Year award in 2006. Smith grew up sailing in Marblehead, MA, with his dad, David Smith, who won an Olympic Gold Medal at Rome in 1960 as crew in the 5.5-meter event. Carmen and Emma Cowles—identical twins—won a gold medal at the Youth Sailing World Championships, hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club (Texas), in the Girl’s International 420 Doublehanded Dinghy event. At 18-years-old, they become the second youngest winners in the award’s history (in 2016, Daniela Moroz won the award at age 16). They also placed third overall out of 39 boats at the International 420 North American Championships in Miami and were the top all-girls team in the fleet. They also finished fourth overall out of 96 boats in the International 420 fleet at Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) in Germany and were the top all-girls team. The two began sailing at age nine at their family’s home club, the Larchmont Yacht Club in New York. Smith and the Cowles sisters received their awards on Feb. 28 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. They also received specially engraved Rolex timepieces.

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RACING NEWS & REGATTAS Melges 20 World Championship, Miami, FL, April 4-7

41st Suncoast Race Week, Tampa Bay, April 12-14

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This event is hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in cooperation with the Davis Island Yacht Club and Bradenton Yacht Club. It is a long-standing tradition among regattas on Tampa Bay, with three days of racing, beginning with registration on Thursday evening at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and racing to the Bradenton Yacht Club on Friday. Due to a cancellation of the races the previous year at Bradenton, racing will be held on Saturday and Sunday out of the Bradenton Yacht Club. Saturday’s Race will be a course out in the Gulf of Mexico and Sunday’s will be similar to other years with the race ending in lower Tampa Bay inside the Skyway Bridge. The awards will be at the Davis Island Yacht Club on April 20. This is a qualifier for both the Tampa Bay/Suncoast Boat of the Year, the St. Petersburg Ocean Racing Challenge and the Gulf Boat of the Year. Notice of Race and entry forms can be found on the SPYC website at

38th Ted Irwin’s Memorial Pusser’s Rum Cup, St. Petersburg, FL, April 6 Hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, this is west Florida’s largest one-day sailboat race. All classes are invited and racing is in Tampa Bay. Courses will be around Government Marks. Pusser’s hats, great food and Pusser’s Rum parties. Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the SPYC website at

Sperry Charleston Race Week, Charleston, SC, April 11-14 The largest keelboat regatta in North and South America. Every spring, more than 250 boats from across the country and around the world materialize in Charleston, SC, to enjoy three days of epic competition and four evenings of superb shoreside hospitality. And every year, the organizers make a few tweaks to keep it all fresh. Sperry Charleston Race Week is open to boats from 19 to 80 feet.

Nautical Gin Sarasota Bay Cup, Sarasota, FL, April 26 Nautical Gin and Bird Key Yacht Club are teaming up to present this regatta which will be held on April 27. Final

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registration is April 26 at 7pm, followed by the skippers and crew party. The regatta is open to both PHRF and several One-Design fleets. Go to for more information. For NOR and to register, go to,.

Women’s Challenge Regatta, Gulfport, FL, Saturday April 27 The Women’s Challenge Regatta, formerly known as the Bikini Cup and sponsored for many years by the Windjammers of Clearwater, is back again this year. It is a goal of the Rhumb Runners at Boca Ciega Yacht Club to promote and support women’s sailing. This regatta has a rich history of doing exactly that. Women of the Gulf Coast, assemble your teams, find a fast PHRF-rated boat and start practicing for the 2019 WCR to be held on Saturday, April 27. Registration opens on March 20 and closes April 20. For Notice of Race and more information, go to Or contact the organizational chair, Barb Meyer, at 727-4307241, or

10th Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week and Race to Cuba, Begins April 27 The Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week race begins on April 27 with a welcome party at the Schooner Wharf Bar and Grill in Key West. Schooner Wharf sponsors the Wrecker’s Race Series which starts on the last Sunday in January and ends with the last Sunday in April. The last race is April 28 and will be the kick-off of the Conch Republic Cup. The race will start at 12 noon on April 28 at the Sand Key Lighthouse and then continue on to Havana, Cuba. Boats should arrive at Marina Hemingway the next day, Monday, with a welcome party on Tuesday. Buoy Races will be held over the next few days, exact location and dates to be determined. Boats may stay in Cuba up to two weeks, choosing their own departure based on needs and weather window. There will be no return race to Key West. For more information, including the updated Notice of Race and full schedule, go to

The main race starting line in Palatka has moved about three miles north of the downtown bridge, just east of Crystal Cove Resort. This new venue provides launching, docking, parking, overnight accommodations, restaurant, bar and entertainment—all in one location. The Rudder Club will transport all catamaran Cat Trax from the resort to the Rudder Club. On Thursday night, May 2, Green Cove Springs Marina will again host the Half Way Party with plenty of food, music and beer. Race registration, Skippers Meeting and festivities will be held at Crystal Cove Marina on Friday evening. Saturday night will be the after race party at the Rudder Club, with their famous breakfast and awards ceremony on Sunday. For information, the NOR and updates, go to and

10th Annual Bone Island Regatta, West Florida to Key West, May 15-18 This is a Boat of the Year race for the Sarasota Bay Yachting Association. This regatta has two start locations, Sarasota and Tampa Bay, both starting on May 15, times to be determined. Multihulls and monohulls. All boats must hold a current, valid WFPHRF rating. Entry fee is $125 through March 31, then $150 through April 30 and $175 starting May 1. Final deadline for entry is 5pm May 12. Entry fee includes one T-shirt and on dinner ticket for the Awards Dinner. For more information, contact info, NOR and to register online, go to

Melges 24 U.S. National Championship, Fairhope, AL, May 22-26 The Fairhope Yacht Club is hosting this event. Check-in is on May 22-23 with a practice day held on May 23. Racing begins on Friday May 24 at 11am, continuing at the same time on Saturday and Sunday. Up to three races will be held each day, with a fourth race held if weather disrupted sailing on previous days. For more information and registration, go to and search for “melges 24.” www.

66th Annual Mug Race, Jacksonville, FL, May 4 The Rudder Club of Jacksonville hosts this race, touted as the longest river sailboat race in America. The race along the beautiful St. Johns has challenged thousands of sailors through the years, as they test their skills against the river’s currents, bends and changing winds. Boats compete for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 50 class trophies. All sailboats with masts less than 44 feet are eligible for the main (south) course. This year, there is a separate race for boats with masts taller than 44 feet. This north course will run from the Buckman Bridge near the Rudder Club to Green Cove Springs, returning north to the main finish line just south of the Buckman Bridge. See the NOR for details.

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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain). Okeechobee Water Level Goes Down About Two Inches Since February As of press date in early March, Lake Okeechobee was at 12.57 feet above sea level. This makes the navigational depth for Route 1, which crosses the lake, 6.51 feet, and the navigational depth for Route 2, which goes around the southern coast of the lake, 4.71 feet. Bridge clearance at Myakka was at 51.03 feet. For those interested in seeing the daily height of the lake, navigation route depths and bridge clearance, go to (copy this address exactly as it is here with upper and lower cases).

Red Tide Possibly Over in Florida After 15 months (started November 2017) of serious red tide existence in most of Florida, it’s possible it has come to an end—for now. In the Feb. 22 red tide report, the FWC reported that Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, was “not observed” in Southwest Florida, Northwest Florida or the Florida east coast. It’s report the following week, on March 1, reported it was observed only in background concentrations in Collier County (SW Florida) and Okaloosa County (northern Gulf - Fort Walton Beach), but none on Florida’s east coast. No fish kills were reported. The FWC statewide map basically showed the state with K. brevis “not present/background.”

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Rhode Island Initiative to Turn Old Boats into Cement Receives New Funding from BoatUS Foundation By Craig Ritchie, International Boat Industry, A pilot project to develop a sustainable way of disposing with end-of-life fiberglass boats has received new funding from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. The Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Project, which is administered by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the Rhode Island Sea Grant, received the US$10,000 grant last month toward its goal of developing processes for turning old boats into cement. “The chemicals in the fiberglass closely mimic many of the raw materials used in cement, such as silica and calcium, and can be used to create cement clinker,” said project manager Evan Ridley. “We want to see if this approach could provide a way of dealing with a growing number of end-oflife boats.” The project was inspired by a German program that repurposes fiberglass wind turbine blades by similarly shredding them for use in concrete production. Encouraged by small-scale test results conducted over the past few years, the Rhode Island project will move ahead this spring with a larger scale assessment involving approximately 20 metric tons of recovered fiberglass materials, which will be processed in a specialized cement kiln. The BoatUS grant will be used to cover the costs of test documentation and results verification, along with the production of collateral materials to spread grass-roots awareness of the project among marinas, boat yards, boat owners and other stakeholders. Once the pilot project is completed, Ridley hopes the findings can serve as a blueprint other states can use to manage the glut of fiberglass boats launched between the 1970s and ‘90s that have reached their end of life. “Boats constructed with composite materials offer an incredible opportunity for our state to establish a new network for the collection and recycling of high-value waste derived from thousands of other composite-based products currently being land-filled,” said Ridley. “The feedback we have received so far has been tremendously positive, the industry has been extremely helpful with suggestions on how to collect and dismantle these boats. The costs of processing and transportation obviously

still need to be determined, but people want to see this work.” Since 1988, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded over $1.1m in grants to fund projects that promote responsible boating on a local level. For more on the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the recycling project, go to>Initiatives>Environmental Programs.

Beware of Ethanol E15 in Your Gas Although most sailors don’t use gas in their boats, there are many older cruising boats that have gas engines. But where sailors do use a substantial amount of gas is for dinghy motors and auxiliary outboards in smaller sailboats. And as most know, gas at the gas station is a lot cheaper than gas at the docks. Ever since ethanol was introduced into America’s gasoline, it has been a problem for boaters. The main reason is because in a car, the system is a closed system in your gas tank, but on a boat, it is an open system with a vent. Ethanol attracts water and when temperatures cool, it condenses and can enter the gas in an open system. When it’s warm, the humidity in the air is high, but when it cools off, the

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Magic at Sperry Charleston Race Week What’s up the magician’s sleeve this year at the nation’s No. 1 multiclass regatta? By Dan Dickison Bruce Ayres and crew out of Newport Beach, CA, lead the Melges 24 fleet around the windward mark at CRW 2018. CRW/RickWalo photo


t’s no use searching for a secret formula. And you won’t get far trying to deconstruct what underscores this success. The fact that Sperry Charleston Race Week (SCRW) is a magnet for racing sailors across the U.S. is…well, it just is. For nearly a decade, this annual spring event has been a household name for sailors from California to Maine to Florida. In 2018, the 23rd edition drew 240-plus entries to the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, a venue that the regatta has called home for the past dozen years and participants have called “one of the best in the world.” Each year, post-regatta surveys reveal that the sailors come for the caliber of competition, the regatta’s social aspects and the City of Charleston itself. Neither of those is a surprise, particularly the latter. As the No. 1 destination in the U.S. six years running (according to the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine), Charleston offers a lot, including a quaint, historic downtown burgeoning with restaurants and a growing nightlife scene. Because the regatta is set during the spring, that makes the “Holy City” especially inviting for sailors. Charleston’s average temperatures this time of year range from 58F to 72F, and the average wind speeds range from eight to 12 knots throughout April. Couple that with the fact that this region experiences some 230 days of sunshine annually and

the appeal is readily apparent. And then there’s the racing venue itself. Charleston Harbor is a tide-wrought waterway formed by the confluence of two major rivers that produces notoriously tricky currents. These can be bedeviling even to local competitors. For most racers, that’s a challenge to be embraced. And the fact that four of the five courses are just a few minutes’ sail from the regatta’s headquarters is one of the many features that keep repeat participants coming back year after year. According to Randy Draftz, who has served as the regatta’s director for a dozen years, SCRW owes its success to many factors. He outlines these when he delivers presentations to groups such as the World Yacht Racing Forum and U.S. Sailing’s Leadership Forum. “I always talk about innovation when I speak to those groups,” says Draftz. “Innovation is in the DNA of this regatta and it’s one of our distinguishing characteristics. That’s because our organizing group understands that you can’t just do the same thing every year. You have to put effort into reinventing aspects of the event so that you continue adding genuine value for the competitors.” Among the new features at Race Week this year, says Draftz, will be a new hybrid pursuit course for the offshore fleet. The intent is to provide three races each day for these


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For the first time ever, SCRW will include a fleet of M32 catamarans. Photo courtesy

entries, which typically include larger PHRF and one-design boats—and in 2019, some of the larger ORC racers. These boats will all have a pursuit-format start in the harbor and race through the harbor’s entry channel to a finish gate offshore that will also be the starting gate for the second race. That will be a short windward-leeward racecourse. And after completing that course, they’ll keep racing back into a finish line in the harbor adjacent the regatta’s headquarters. It’s essentially three races in one, each scored individually. “This new format offers racers a number of benefits,” says Draftz. “It enables us to have a late-morning start and still provide a good windward-leeward race as well as a fun sleigh ride contest back into the harbor, getting everybody across the finish line in time for the post-race party. It adds variety for these racers, and if all goes well, we’ll have nine races over the course of the regatta, meaning that the pursuit fleet scoring will allow a throw-out for the first time since we instituted pursuit racing about six years ago.” A further tweak for 2019 is the importation of a fleet of

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RS21s, the recently introduced 21-foot keelboat that is getting a lot of attention in the sportboat world. Six of these craft are being shipped to Charleston to be available for charter for SCRW. The intent here, says Draftz, is to offer an entry platform for non-sailors and those new to racing, because the RS21 was conceived purposely for a wide range of sailing abilities. For those at the more experienced end of the spectrum, SCRW’s other new fleet—a group of M32 multihulls—will provide plenty of excitement. According to Draftz, these speedy catamarans should attend in force, with 10 entries making up the class. Another change on tap for competitors this year will be a meet-and-greet for racers and race officers scheduled immediately after the skippers meeting. Anyone with questions for the people who will be running the contests on their racecourse will have a chance to get those answered even before they head out on the water. “That,” says Draftz, “is just another way we’re working to serve our competitors.” And that service-minded outlook appears to be working. For instance, the regatta will see an all-time-high number of J/88s this year (11 are registered for 2019 and only eight competed last year). Draftz credits that increase to the organizers opting to provide a better launching and hauling solution for these larger keelboats (which is in place for 2019), and giving the J/88s an inshore racecourse. “We listen to our competitors,” he says. “It’s incumbent upon us to be responsive to their needs and desires and adapt the event accordingly. And that’s what we’ve always done.” And, it appears that’s what SCRW’s organizers will continue doing. For 2020—the event’s silver anniversary— Draftz says the organizers are looking at expanding to a full week of competition. And for those who don’t race, but would like to try sailing, they intend to have two Beneteau First 18s on hand for test sailing. So, what’s behind the success of Sperry Charleston Race Week? The best answer is to get there and find out for yourself. SCRW runs April 11-14 this year. For additional information, log on to



The Bahamas lose a sailing legend. The Passing of Eleazor Johnson. Affectionately called “Barber J” or “The Sailing Barber,” Johnson leaves dual legacies… He kept the community looking good, and brilliantly promoted Bahamian racing sloop regattas, making a lasting mark By Jan Pehrson Eleazor Johnson, the sailing barber—also known as Barber J—with a young sailor receiving an award. Johnson was a strong supporter of youth sailing in the Bahamas. Photo courtesy of the family of Eleazor Johnson.


leazor Johnson will be very much missed. His passing at age 80 in Nassau on January 16 leaves the many people that he mentored reflecting on his contributions. “The Sailing Barber” had a love for people, knew everybody and was a big talker. He is no longer cutting hair at his barber shop, no longer promoting and organizing sailing, but his memory lives on. One of the best-dressed gentlemen in sailing, “Barber J” kept the community looking sharp with his haircuts. After his passing, his family printed “This One for Barber J” T-shirts to celebrate his dapper image and love for sailing, organizing a T-shirt day and inviting people across the country to wear the shirts in his honor. Barber J was one of the first organizers for regattas in the Bahamas. He is best known for staging the Valentine’s Day Regatta, which started in 1987 and continues annually without interruption. “The regatta will continue,” says son Trevor. “We four sons, Eleazor Jr., Deon, Sherman and I, are taking over.” Barber J used the Valentine’s Day Regatta to promote his own boat, Lady Nathalie, painting her bright red, bragging she was the fastest boat and daring challengers to overtake her. The regatta is like a fox hunt; Lady Nathalie, a smaller 21-foot sloop (the fox) starts before the other boats. She is chased by a pack of larger 28-foot sloops (the hounds). As her lead shrinks, onshore crowds cheer for her to survive and cross the finish line before her pursuers catch her. The regatta soon earned the nicknames, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Valentine’s Day Massacre.” If you want to learn more about Barber J’s signature regatta, see my article “Catch Me If You Can Regatta in Nassau – Fast and Fun and Chaos” in the May 2017 issue in Back Issues at, or the past article links on the Cruising The Bahamas page on the website. The passing of “The Sailing Barber” leaves members of the Bahamian sailing community celebrating the life of a man who made a difference.


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The Hon. Michael Clifton Pintard — Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, which has the responsibility for sailing in the Bahamas: Eleazor Johnson can be credited as one of the persons who brought a lot of flair and energy to the sport of sloop sailing. He was among the first boat owners to utilize the media to promote not only his boat, Lady Nathalie, in particular, but also the various regattas in which he participated. Barber J was a well-known entrepreneur and a legendary sailor with incredible wit, humor and charm. On behalf of the entire Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, especially the Regatta desk, and on behalf of the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, I extend gratitude to the immediate and extended family of Barber J for lending him to us. We thank God for his commitments and dedication. Sloop sailing as a sport is richer in The Bahamas because of him.

The Lady Nathalie, owned by Eleazor Johnson, on its way to winning the 2017 Valentine’s Day Regatta—nicknamed the “Catch me if you can” Regatta.” At the helm with his hand on the tiller is Clyde Rolle (second from right), who has skippered Lady Nathalie for the past 20 years in the regatta. Photo by Jan Pehrson.

Nancy Bottomley — Long-time supporter of youth sailing and the National Family Island Regatta of the Bahamas: Barber J was extremely generous. He was always giving trophies, especially to benefit the kids. He gave the schools pencils, books—whatever they needed. He put on special races for the kids and got them sponsors. He gave away tons of stuff. Captain Lundy Robinson — Sloop owner, sloop skipper, competitor: In the Valentine’s Day Massacre, my brother, Clyde Rolle, sails Barber J’s boat, Lady Nathalie, and I always try to catch up to him. Sometimes I do. Barber J loved to brag. Sometimes he could back up what he said and sometimes not, but he loved sailing. I will keep trying to catch my brother.

nized his heart was really into sailing. He wanted to make sailing the number one sport in the Bahamas. He was very braggadocious, and Lady Nathalie was the fastest boat in the world as far as he was concerned. Whenever he called me to organize the Valentine’s Day Regatta, I considered it a privilege to do it. He was often the one that would help to drive me and keep me inspired. Jan Pehrson is a sailing photojournalist who spends summers in San Francisco, CA, and winters in St. Pete Beach, FL. As a racing and cruising sailor and Coast Guard-licensed skipper, Jan’s familiarity with sailing and the sailing community lends an indepth element to her prolific array of photographs and articles. Contact her at

Capt. Clyde Rolle — Skipper of Lady Nathalie for the past 20 Valentine’s Day Regattas: We call Barber J the Don King (after the boxing promoter) of sailing in the Bahamas. He was like Muhammad Ali— everybody goes to see him. He has been hosting the Valentine’s Day Massacre for 31 years, now his sons are continuing the tradition. For all those years, I have either sailed on or skippered his boat. He called his Lady Nathalie the fastest boat—the “Lady in Red.” He was very flamboyant and braggadocios and everyone loved him, he never meant harm to anyone. He was someone you couldn’t get angry with. Stafford Armbrister — Bahamas Boat Owners and Sailors Association, Regatta Committee Chairman: I got close with Barber J around 1986 through sailing. Over the years, working as executives with the BBOSA, I recogCruising & Sailing the Southeast & The Bahamas


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panish Wells, Cape Eleuthera, The Island School, Hope Town and the Great Sand Banks—all magic memories of a wonderful country. Crew Steve DiFranco and I hated to see it all end, but we wanted to avoid the summer storm season, and we were both feeling the tug of family and grandchildren. So on June 4, we left our berth in Treasure Cay in the Abacos and headed east toward Whale Cay, enjoying the beautiful and bright aquamarine Sandy Banks one last time. On past trips I considered crossing the Great Sand Banks instead of circling them and making the sometimes-treacherous trip into the Atlantic Ocean. The objective would be to avoid the beam-to, oncoming-seas turn required in traversing the Whale Cay Channel. The banks route is also a lot shorter. Steve Dodge illustrates the preferred route across the banks in The Cruising Guide to

Abaco, Bahamas—and on paper, Rhombus should be able to do it. However, I was always dissuaded by one named waypoint on the route, “Don’t Go There Rock”—possibly the most prescriptive of all geographical place names in a country filled with such warnings. There must have been a history lesson there, and I wasn’t keen on being another chapter. So, around the “Whale” it was and it always has been my chosen route. Although our departure from Treasure Cay was bittersweet, we still had a great sail ahead of us and a few-days port visit at our all-time favorite cruising stop, Green Turtle Cay. We had a perfect “Whale day,” and the channel was very busy with boats traveling in both directions. The port turn towards the oncoming seas was gentle, and we soon had wind and waves comfortably on the quarter. Once


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The trip home – Treasure Cay to Green Turtle Cay to Florida.

Turtle. The first is anchoring off the town of New Plymouth—exposed in rough weather, but very pleasant in settled conditions with a short dinghy ride to town. The next two are 360-degree-protected anchorages where moorings and marinas are also available. White Sound to the north has the more upscale resort facilities, but is golf-cart distance from town. Black Sound to the south is smaller, much less upscale, and close to town. Of the dozen or so times I’ve sailed to Green Turtle, I’ve landed in White Sound once. White Sound is nice, and many cruisers go only there, but Steve and I both prefer Bahamian towns to resorts. We had reservations at the “Other Shore Club,” a marina a short walk from town. With less than 20 slips, one cruising guide describes the Club as “a rare find—The Bahamas as it used to be.” I’m not sure about that, as I’ve traveled many places in this terrific country that haven’t changed much from “what it used to be!” Suffice to say that the Other Shore Club is “rustic,” and we love it there! Met by Dockmaster Kevin MacIntosh, we were soon tied up on the inside of the end T-dock where Rhombus’ four-foot draft came in handy. Kevin has been dockmaster for 30 years. He is also locally famous as an original member of “The Gully Roosters,” The Bahamas’ number one rock band. Once entrance formalities were completed, we headed to Pineapples, the on-site bar/restaurant/pool combination, for a swim and a cold one. Since I write while I cruise, Pineapples’ picnic tables on the harbor shore provided great office space!

Green Turtle Cay and New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay and its town of New Plymouth have rich histories. Founded in modern times by “Old Inhabitants”—original British settlers who came from Eleuthera—all of Abaco and Green Turtle got a population boost in the 1780s from “Loyalists,” who were vacating the new United States and looking for a new British home following the American Revolution. Throughout its history, Green Turtle has had close ties to the somewhat nefarious, but traditional Bahamian economic activities of pirating, wrecking (the salvage of ships wrecked on nearby reefs), blockade running of Confederate ports during the U.S. Civil War, and rum running during Prohibition. Green Turtle Cay was well-situated for all of these activities. Pirates who knew Traverse the Whale Cay Channel from Treasure Cay from south to north in a counthe waters and the area’s many navigational terclockwise circle around the Great Sand Banks and around Whale Cay. The shorthazards found safe haven here and at one er “Don’t Go There Rock” route over the Sand Banks is available if you have a very time were the majority of the population. shallow draft and are adventuresome! Steve Dodge suggests in his Abaco, The History of an Out Island and its Cays, that “there remain around Whale Cay, it’s less than 10 nm to Green Turtle Cay, a few drops of pirate blood in all Bahamians.” “Wrecking” and with a good following wind we made the rest of the trip was also a prominent occupation. Southbound sailing cargo in a couple of hours. ships from U.S. ports traveled east of Green Turtle to escape the northerly flow of the Gulf Stream, often finding themAnchoring and Docking at Green Turtle Cay selves “wrecked” on the world’s fourth longest barrier reef Cruisers have three good port choices when visiting Green 38

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along Abaco’s eastern shores. Wrecked ships became subject to local rescue at the price of their cargo. A few U.S. Naval ships chasing blockade-runners sometimes found the same fate. The wrecks of the USS Adirondack and USS San Jacinto are still visible in area waters and are today popular dive sites. A popular read of Green Turtle Cay and the era is the book Those Who Stayed, The tale of the hardy few who built Green Turtle Cay, by Amanda Diedrick with paintings by Alton Lowe. Following a quick swim at Pineapples, we headed to town to visit old favorites. Steve and I have visited the island many times together and we have friends there. First among favorites is Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, now operated by her daughter and old friend Violet Smith. The Blue Bee is one of The Bahamas’ most famous and enduring watering holes and the best place to drink the “original Goombay Smash!” Reflecting the Loyalist influence, the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay has a name and the look of a New England fishing village. After catching up on news with Violet, I took a walk through my favorite town and it was as pretty as ever. I also had a mission. I was collecting information for planned future writing about Bahamian mailboats. Green Turtle Cay is the home of artists, writers and historians, and I wanted to meet them.

The anchorage off New Plymouth at Green Turtle Cay is terrific in great weather. Photo by Steve DiFranco.

The Other Shore Club isn’t the greatest of physical facilities. But it’s a short walk to town and onsite Pineapples has food, libations, pool and fun. Don’t feed the dogs or chickens who will greet you on the shore!

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mentioned earlier. What a great couple of days it was! The next day, I visited the 53-year-old Bahamas Seas, a boat that serves as “mother-ship” for craw fishing (also called spiny lobster), the same animal that is the main catch of the Spanish Wells fishing fleet. Capt. Randy Sawyer showed me around. He has fished for 50 years and has seen the catch steadily decline. We discussed new conservation efforts designed to protect the lobster population, which he supports. Home to Florida Our stay in Green Turtle could not have been nicer; what a great end to a long and memory packed cruise. After a last stroll through town and a goodbye stop at the Blue Bee, we returned to the marina and prepared to depart. Some 1500 miles lay behind us. Great sailing, some of it challenging and rambunctious, but a lot of fun interspaced with terrific places and people and times ashore. Three hundred miles lay ahead, almost all of it work! We made an early start to the day; unhooked and were underway by 0645. An early departure was essential, as the day’s destination of Great Sale Cay anchorage was 61 miles, a good haul in a small sailboat. With calm seas and a helpful wind direction, we made good time and anchored with four other boats just before dark. We enjoyed a very clear and quiet “Milky Way night.” On this moonless night at an uninhabited Steve, Violet and myself from a visit to the Blue Bee sometime in the 1990s. island, the anchorage was dark. The white fuzz Miss Emily is in the framed photo behind the bar. The Blue Bee has added a arching across the sky was not clouds, but the bilrestaurant next door and the bar retains its look and its Bahamian charm. lions of stars in the galaxy disc looking at it on its edge. Rarely seen in our lit-up world, most people First on my list was Randy Curry, artist of a wonderful go through life and never see it. painting of the Albertine Adoue, the last sailing vessel to The next day we finished our two-day transit to West serve as a mailboat, a photo of which I wanted to use in my End on the western tip of Grand Bahama Island to wait for own writing. That search took 10 minutes. Randy greeted me Gulf Stream crossing weather. The hook came up clean at warmly and quickly provided not only his permission, but Great Sale and we were underway at daybreak. It was a also the photo. Next up was the Albert Lowe Museum to colvery nice morning, traveling on flat seas with a little boost lect information for my planned mailboat project. It was from the genny in 6-knot winds behind us. We took the closed due to the caretaker being out of town. But I did find shortcut to West End, navigating Indian Rock Channel Alton Lowe in the building, his sister runs the museum. through the adjoining shoal. The path through the area into Alton, founder of the museum and son of the museum’s deep water was as easy as plotting Steve Dodge’s waynamesake, is a historian and world-renowned artist of points and we never saw less than seven feet. Though all the Bahamian scenes that can be found in almost every book poles that used to mark the channel are gone, the channel is about Abaco. We discussed mailboats and the families assowide and safe enough if you follow the waypoints exactly. ciated with them. I returned the next day for more talk and to We departed West End at 0715. The seas were nearly flat meet Amanda Diedrick, author of the Green Turtle history and the wind was slight, but helpful. The course line had 40

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Looking east with New Plymouth in the foreground. It occupies a scenic peninsula between a protected harbor and the Sea of Abaco. Photo courtesy of Amanda Diedrick,

one waypoint, Cape Canaveral. Entering the Gulf Stream shortly after leaving West End, we gradually picked up speed with a little wind assist and sped along at a steady 8-plus knots for most of the Gulf Stream part of the trip. Our transit lasted 28 hours. We arrived at Cape Marina just inside the Cape Canaveral Channel on the morning of June 10. Situated opposite the cruise ship terminal, the giant party ships provided quite a vessel contrast. Crew Steve jumped ship to visit family in Florida. Rhombus also left early the next morning and within a half mile opened a double-span bridge and transited the Canaveral Barge Canal Lock. Though I love singlehanded travel, that doesn’t extend to passing through locks. Gates were open and Rhombus, accompanied by a dolphin, entered the lock. Dutifully following the rules, I tied up Rhombus to the right lock wall. The dolphin didn’t bother. Gates closed behind us, and after a period of water-level adjustment, the opposite gates opened and a loud speaker instructed me to leave. The dolphin didn’t wait for instructions and beat me out! It was a great trip! With Bimini, the Berry Islands, New Providence, Exuma, Eleuthera and the Abaco Islands all in our wake, only a slow and relaxed sojourn up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to my Jacksonville home remained, visiting

friends along the way. We were sorry to leave our second favorite country, but grateful to be successfully home and planning the next trip; Bahamas by MailBoat II, February 2019. Stay tuned! Capt. Fred Braman, USN (ret) sails his Catalina 30 Rhombus and writes about his adventures for SOUTHWINDS Magazine. This article is the last in a series that began in the September 2018 issue. Past articles can be found at in Back Issues. Many thanks to my crew Steve DiFranco of Portsmouth, NH, and to Steve Dodge, Randy Curry, Amanda Diedrick and Alton Lowe, and Dave Blake for their assistance and contributions.

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RACE REPORT “Perfect” Winds Push TSS Gasparilla Regatta, Tampa, FL, Feb. 9 By Ray Dupuis The winds were up, the sun was shining and the tide was out—way out. A heavy breeze was pushing the water out of Tampa Bay. Skippers and crews from all over the Bay area—44 sailboats entered—were ready for Tampa Sailing Squadron’s 54th Gasparilla Regatta. The event included seven races on three courses—and the challenge of winds blowing 14 to 18 knots. On the 16.2-mile long course, Tigress, an Abbott 33 with Ed Peters at the helm, got off to a good start in the PHRF Racer/Cruiser division and was first to the weather mark. “The only problem we had was that the course went over a shoal. A crewmember recognized it in time, we adjusted course but still bumped,” Peters said. “Tampa Girl, a J/120 out of Davis Island Yacht Club, got ahead of us. We tacked to windward to head for the finish and sailed along the Simmon’s Park markers to stay out of the currents. The winds were good. Tampa Girl went another direction, into the bay where it appeared they had current issues and less wind, which enabled us to move into the lead. We sailed to first place in class with line honors.” “We had three generations on board: I, my son Scott, granddaughter Avery, 14, and grandson Jarrod Gandy, 21. The family loves to sail.” Mike Doyle and his crew sailed Wing It, an Irwin 39 Citation out of DIYC and TSS, to second place. The Double-Handed class also competed on that course. Kent Bailey aboard Pilgrim, a Pearson 30, and his son Carl, a U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, took first place. “We had a good start, but expecting winds to build, we reefed down the main and flew the working jib. Into the race, we decided we needed more sail, so we took the reef out and changed to a 165 headsail. Carl changed that sail in 30 seconds flat!”

“It couldn’t have been a more perfect day—mild temps, steady winds and our course had very little chop,” one competitor said about the Gasparilla Regatta.

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TSS Vice Commodore Oscar Rivas, left, presents a first-place trophy to Len Berkstresser and his crew, Amy Elliott, Dan Elliott, Connie Eames and Ross Eames.

Synchronicity, a Tartan 34C sailed by Nick Lavelle and Chandler Owen, finished second. Over on the Windward-Leeward course, PHRF Spinnaker and Non-Spin classes competed in three races. TSS Commodore Matt Dalton took Dan Kresge’s Ragged Edge, a J/24, to top honors in Spinnaker class with three first-place finishes. Two of Kresge’s children, Katie and Danielle, both young adults, served as crew. “We had a good time—started first in all three races and went into our maneuvers early—no mistakes, no issues, very smooth. They work exceptionally well together, always communicating,” Dalton said. Meanwhile, Kresge was ashore roasting pigs in preparation for the dinner to follow the racing. Six skippers competed in Non-Spinnaker, and it was spirited, but Gene DeNisio’s Shrew, a Creekmore 23, sailed to first place. “It couldn’t have been a more perfect day—mild temps, steady winds and our course had very little chop. Shrew sailed a consistent series. Apollo Breeze, with Jeremiah Laureano driving, was great competition, but they had a real problem in one race,” DeNisio said. Meanwhile, two other classes—PHRF Cruising with 11 boats and Mother Lode with 13—were pushing hard on the other long course, which was 15.8 miles. Art Cupps and his crew, sailing out of DIYC, took First Wind, a CSY-44, to first place in Cruising. He was followed by Bodacious, a Hunter 340 skippered by Greg Johnson of TSS. Cupps said, “We look forward to coming to TSS because they treat us like family and it’s always a good time. The racing is well officiated. However, we bumped on a shoal and Sofa King went hard aground.” Robi Robinson, sailing out of DIYC on his 44-foot Morgan CC, Sofa King, in Mother Lode class, was stuck and it took a while before he could float off. “It didn’t take away a good day of sailing,” Robinson said. “At least other boats could see where not to go, although numerous boats did bump. It was an extremely low tide. New moon and low tide! No damage done. Once we got about six inches of water we were moving again.”

Principal Race Officer Henry Morse said TSS will be looking at the shallow/grounding issue with future races in mind. “Although the course is one we have raced for many years without issue, it needs to be part of our protocol in future events.” Back to racing, it was a Wildfire day in Mother Lode. Len Berkstresser of TSS says he’s “been racing for years, and my current boat is heavy, but the winds were perfect for Wildfire,” a 40-foot Irwin Mark II. “I had a ringer on board,” Berkstresser said. “Dan Elliot, a sailmaker with Ullman Sails in Cleveland, OH, was down to get out of the cold. He was very busy helping get the boat ready. Tuning! Tweaking! During the race, he was all over it adjusting lines, tactics and the course. Dan was a huge help making the boat go fast.” Stargazer, a Cal 2-27 with Steve Hodge at the helm finished second. Tampa Sailing Squadron retained the Gasparilla Shootout Challenge Trophy. The Shootout is a friendly competition between the cruising sailors of TSS and Davis Island Yacht Club. The club with the best-combined overall performance in the Cruising, Racer/Cruiser and Mother lode Classes in this regatta captures the traveling trophy each year. The skippers meeting Friday night included libations from principal regatta sponsor Breakthru Beverage Group and music by Paul Phillips on guitar and vocals. “Many sailors who were at the TSS clubhouse before rac-

ing began on Saturday enjoyed a good breakfast,” Vice Commodore Oscar Rivas said. Rivas said that entries included sailors from Boca Ciega Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Davis Island Yacht Club. “We had a great dinner, awards ceremony and party with dancing to music provided by 5th Gear Band after the racing. A lot of people worked very hard to make that happen,” Rivas said. “It was the best party we ever had,” Commodore Dalton said. Results (Place, Yacht Name, Yacht Type, Owner/Skipper, City, State): (For complete results, go to PHRF - Cruising Non-Spinnaker (14 Boats); 1. First Wind, CSY 44, Art Cupps, Tampa, FL: 2. Bodacious, Hunter 340, Greg Johnson, Brandon, FL: 3. Synergy/Guppie, Catalina 320, Herbert Wittnebert, Apollo Beach, FL: PHRF - Mother Lode (14 Boats); 1. Wildfire, MK II, Len Berkstresser, Sun City Center, FL; 2. Stargazer, Cal 2-27, Raymond Dupuis, Lithia, FL; 3. Komus, Morgan 24, Rusty Shenk, Tampa, FL; PHRF - Spinnaker (PHRF - 3 Boats); 1. Ragged Edge, J 24, Dan Kresge, Apollo Beach, FL; 2. Delirium, J/22, Ship 185, Apollo Beach, FL; 3. Therapy, J/30, Rene Ben-Avraham, Tampa, FL; PHRF - Non-Spinnaker (PHRF - 6 Boats); 1. Shrew, Creekmore, Geno Dinisio, Sun City Center, FL; 2. Apollo Breeze, S2 7.9, Robert McChesney, Apollo Beach, FL; 3. Slippery When Wet, San Juan, Edwin Plotts, Apollo Beach, FL; PHRF - Racer/Cruiser (PHRF - 5 Boats); 1. Tigress, Abbott 33, Ed Peters, Apollo Beach, FL; 2. Wing It, Irwin 39 Citation CB, Mike & Lesa Doyle, Tampa, FL; 3. Shibumi, J/30, John Mrva, Apollo beach, FL; Class 1: PHRF - Doublehanded (PHRF 2 Boats); 1. Pilgrim, Pearson 30, Kent Bailey, Thonotosassa, FL; 2. Synchronicity, Tartan 34C, Nicholas Lavelle, Apollo Beach, FL;

A “Magical & Unpredictable” Valentine Regatta, Pensacola, FL, Feb. 9 By Kim Kaminski February in the Northern Gulf Coast region is unpredictable…with weather that can be in the 40s with a wind chill making it feel like 30 degrees—or it can be warm, humid and foggy with moderate winds and temperatures in the 70s. Unpredictable weather can make it challenging for setting up racing events but also exciting for the competitors depending on conditions and racecourses. For the 2019 Valentine Regatta hosted by the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, the weather was sunny, a cool 55 degrees, 15 to 20 knots of wind and with an “unpredictable” change in the race start—a Bermuda start with a 14-mile course around Pensacola Bay. For some of the competitors…this was a “magical” opportunity to sail in a pursuit race, catch up with their sailing opponents and try to pass them by for a win. Eight boats ranging in hand- The American Magic team surprised the sailing team on Helldiver with a glide-by during icap ratings from 42 to 177 accepted the Valentine Regatta. Photo Kim Kaminski

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RACE REPORT the challenge. For the Bermuda start, the handicap rating is adjusted at the beginning of the race by having each competitor start at a specific time attuned to their rating, thus when the boat finishes the race its place across the finish line reflects its position in the race. Not only did the Bermuda start make this race challenging and unpredictable, it also provided the sailors the opportunity to spread out around the bay and slowly merge together for a close finish. As the opponents were sailing around the bay, another unpredictable occurrence was involved in the race—the American Magic Team could be seen out practicing on the bay for their upcoming challenge race for the America’s Cup. Everyone in the Valentine Regatta race was excited to see the team practicing north of the racecourse out in the bay in their racing prototype vessel, known as The Mule. What a magical opportunity! As the competitors began to close in on each other, one team slid further behind. The all-female sailing team on Helldiver, a Tartan Ten, found themselves in the back of the pack as they sailed towards the finish line in the northern part of Pensacola Bay. Suddenly, a “magical & unpre-

dictable” moment occurred—the American Magic Team sailed up close to the starboard stern of their boat and sailed alongside Helldiver. The skipper and team members on Helldiver waved excitedly and gave the other team a thumbs up gesture which was returned by the team onboard American Magic. And just as quickly as they appeared, The Mule zipped past the boat and crossed Helldiver’s bow as they sailed off to continue practicing in the bay. A “magical” Valentine for the Helldiver Team as their last place position put them in a front row seat for an “unpredictable” moment. The 2019 Valentine Regatta was an exciting and unpredictable race with a magical finish. Racing from the middle of the fleet and passing three boats to capture the first-place win was the team aboard Reach Around, which was followed by the first boat to start, Phoenix, which held on to their second-place finish. Forerunner, the second to the last boat to start, sailed into third place, passing up four other boats along the way. Sailing into last place was the Helldiver team which finished the race with an American Magic moment.

Force 5 Race Week and Midwinter Championships, Key Largo, FL, Feb. 18-23 By Tom Trump, Upper Keys Sailing Club This event was hosted for its 24th year at the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo. The sailors enjoyed ideal Keys sailing on the sparkling clear waters of Buttonwood Sound with winds ranging from 10-15 knots out of the east-southeast. A record turnout brought 40 registrants from Canada, the Midwest, the East Coast and the Southeast. The annual Nest Key Race was won by Jason Breeden of the Bloomington (IN) Yacht Club. This race is a dash from the UKSC to an island in Florida Bay after which the participants enjoyed tropical libations ashore. The DoubleHanded Championship was won by Tom/Pat Welsh from the Thames (CT) Yacht Club, with Andrea Hill/Dennis Hendel from the LaSalle Mariners Yacht Club (Canada) second, and in third was Shelby Hatcher/Pat Crowe from the Atlanta (GA) Yacht Club. The Midwinter Championship in the standard rig fleet saw a duel between former winners Mark Allen of the Pontiac (MI) Yacht Club and Fred Meno IV from the Fort Worth Boat Club/New Competitors in the Force 5 Midwinter Championships in Key Largo. York Yacht Club with Allen prevailing. In third place was Tom Welsh of the Thames (CT) Yacht PRO for the regatta was Mike Catalano of Miami, a forClub followed in fourth by Bob Cullen of the Lake Hayward mer Force 5 sailor and part of the original design team for Remedial Sailing Consortium. In fifth was Doug Kinser the boat. from the Bloomington (IN) Yacht Club. With this year’s ideal weather conditions, excellent The short rig fleet was won by the regatta’s “most facilities and such a congenial group of sailors, talk at the mature” skipper, Rich Baumann (77) from the Hunterdon end of the regatta was of participants encouraging fellow (NJ) Sailing Club with local sailor Tom Trump from the club members and friends from northern climes to come on Upper Keys Sailing Club in second and Patrick Passafiume down next February to thaw out in Key Largo. from the Louisville (KY) Sailing Club in third.

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Golden Globe Race 2018 As the 2018 race comes to an end, attention turns to the 2022 Golden Globe By Steve Morrell


n Sunday, March 10, Uku Randma arrived at the finish line at Les Sable d’Olonne in France, taking third in the Golden Globe Race (GGR). Jean-Luc Van den Heede finished first on Jan. 29, followed by Mark Slats two days later. That leaves two more still out there. At press time, Istvan Kopar was about 1000 nm from the finish. In the south Atlantic was Tapio Lehtinen sailing north with about 4800 miles to go. But before all the contestants were even in, there was already talk of the 2022 race— what was learned, what might change and who will enter. In an interview with Don McIntyre, Golden Globe founder, the weekly newsletter Tip & Shaft learned what McIntyre had to say about the race. One of McIntyre’s first comments was Seventy-three-year-old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van den Heede celebrating his arrival at how the whole world followed the race in the finish in Les Sable d’Olonnne in France. Photo by Christophe Favreau/PPL/GGR 2018—noting that he founded the race so he es planned for 2022, the Suhaili Class and the Joshua Class. could sail in it (but was unable to). He said that in the Although he did not elaborate in the interview about the beginning, people thought the entrants would just sail off two classes, the 2022 GGR is planning on two starts and two and not be heard of again, but with the modern world of classes. The Suhaili Class will be basically the same as the communication and tracking—showing the locations of boats that sailed in the 2018 event. The boats had to be 32each boat, getting regular feedback of equipment failures, 36 feet, in honor of Robin Knox-Johnston’s 32-foot Suhaili. storms and how the entrants were doing—the world was The second class will be the Joshua class with everyone able to follow the race in a more personal way. sailing in a one-design boat with 10 boats being built to fill What surprised many was how many had to abandon the class. It will start on Aug. 21, 2022—three weeks before the race (8) early on—in the Atlantic as they headed south— the Suhaili Class. The reason for the Joshua Class goes back because of equipment failures and bad planning. This, to the original 1968 race. In 1968, entrants had to start despite the fact that the boats were built by some of the best between June 1 and Oct. 31 from any port in northern builders in the world with some of the best equipment. But Europe. Knox-Johnston departed England on June 14. lessons were learned as planning for the 2022 race begins. Bernard Moitessier departed 79 days later onboard Joshua, McIntyre commented that many thought some of the and by the time he sailed east around the world and entrants should not have been allowed to go. McIntyre reached Cape Horn, he was only 17 days behind Knoxreplied that that is not what the race is, saying, “Primarily it Johnston—gaining 62 days on him. But after rounding the is an adventure.” He also said that the GGR will “never horn and sailing north for a short distance, Moitessier have everyone finishing.” decided to drop out. He headed east and re-entered the But they have already upped the requirement for the Southern Ocean, ending up in Tahiti. mileage qualification for 2022 from 1000 miles to 2000 miles. For decades, many have wondered that if Moitessier They will also require those miles be done in the boat they had left England on the same day as Knox-Johnson, plan to race in. Plus, they plan to make more recommendawould he have been first to finish, since he closed the gap tions—and that if they determine equipment to be unrelibehind Knox-Johnston by 62 days—after starting 79 days able, they will not allow it to be used. later? Consequently, the 2022 GGR—perhaps to settle this One question that was asked of McIntyre was about the question—will have a Joshua Class that starts earlier in a lack of support and criticism of the event by some groups. one-design boat that is 40 feet long—the length of McIntyre responded that one French sailing organization Moitessier’s Joshua. suggested that the GGR was full of old men and dreamers. McIntyre expects to have about 30 boats at the 2022 Acknowledging how correct that comment was, he went on start—20 in the Suhaili class and 10 in the Joshua Class. to say that they tried to make the event as safe as possible— adding that if there was no risk, no one would have wanted To read the entire interview, go to, and to enter the race. search for Golden Globe. McIntyre mentioned that they currently have two class-

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The George Town Cruising Regatta – Sailing Our Home to First Place! Star sailors do battle again after 35 years, this time racing cruising catamarans… By Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton Photos by Jan Pehrson Cover: Lord Charlton in the In Harbor Race at the George Town Cruising Regatta.


nce again we sailed our 46-foot Leopard catamaran, Lord Charlton, to Great Exuma, Bahamas for the 39th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Feb. 13-27. With over 270 boats in the harbor, this is the place to be for two weeks of nonstop competition and events going on every day. It is like being at a camp for adults. We were looking forward to racing the Round Stocking Island Race on Friday, Feb. 22, and the In Harbor Race on Sunday, Feb. 24. But it was the round-the-island race we were really geared up for. PHRF racing with 23 boats in two classes: 8 cats and 15 monohulls.

Leanne and Jon sailing in the Round Stocking Island Race. They planned to take their dinghy off the boat and anchor it, but when the race start was moved up, they had to scramble to get to the start line in time and had to sail with the dinghy.

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Race Day It is early Friday morning, on a crisp beautiful day in George Town Harbor. It is easy to get lost in the sight of the beautiful colors of the water. But enough of the daydreaming—we are racing today! Now—this is not your usual stateside sailboat race where boat bottoms are being wet sanded, all unnecessary gear is offloaded, fresh water tanks are emptied and fuel is kept to a minimum just to get to and from the starting line—all to lighten a boat to get it race ready. But cruisers, that isn’t happening! We are all sailing our homes. In our case, we just made 200 gallons of precious water which we are not dumping! We are lucky to have 150 gallons of “clean” fuel which is not always easy to get in the Bahamas. We are loaded with provisions to last for three months, have loads of extra parts and two very large anchors with 350 feet of chain. But we do plan to leave our 13-foot dinghy with a 20hp engine at anchor near the starting line to lighten our load a little! Otherwise, it hangs on davits off our stern. At the last minute, they announced a change to the starting time from 1000 to 0900 and now we really need to hustle! It is already 0800 with four miles to the start. Let’s get the anchor up. Come on, up anchor, now! Oh no, the windlass is not working. We reset the breaker and it came up a few feet—and the breaker went off again. In the next 15 minutes we reset the breaker over and over. We finally get the anchor up and we are full throttle to make the start. Just the two of us right now, co-owners, Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton (thus the name of our floating home, Lord Charlton). And there goes our plans for leaving the dinghy with extra weight behind. No time to anchor it! We are on our way to the starting area with just 15 minutes to the start and we almost forgot we had enlisted Jeff Goff from Mojo to crew with us. We see him tearing down the channel in what looked like an 8-foot Opti with a Bimini and an engine coming toward us with his eight-year-old son. They pulled up beside us, Jeff jumped aboard and his son whisked away. Having never sailed or raced with Jeff, we were very lucky, as he is quite the accomplished racer. We had the sails up within minutes, organized crew responsibilities and had a six-minute window before we were off to a great start. The first leg is north to get us out of the harbor and around the northern tip of Stocking Island. The wind is blowing from the SSE at 20-22 knots, and we are on a broad reach doing eight knots. Just ahead of us is our nemesis

Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton, winners of the Round Stocking Island Race, holding their awards.

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Endangered Species, a modified Voyager 43 catamaran, sailing in the Round Stocking Island Race.

Endangered Species, a modified Voyager 43 Cat owned by Rick and Robin Walker. We have raced against each other several times in our cats and have never beaten them. Thirty-five years ago, Rick and I sailed Stars together out of Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove. They give us six minutes in this 20-mile race, and we round the first mark together. Our strategy is going to be to cover Rick around the course, trying to save our time on them. We both short-tacked the entire length of the east side of Stocking Island. It was a great battle, one boat advancing on one tack, only to lose the time on the next. Rick did a better tack than we did near the end of the island, and by the time we recovered, he gained four minutes on us. As we approach the southern end of Stocking Island, we are looking for the next mark, but it was nowhere in sight. Typical island racing as it has drifted away! We were given instructions for missing marks along with their waypoints and we rounded the waypoint without incident using our chart plotter. Now it is a race to the finish. The first monohull that started 20 minutes after us was closing in on us. It was Anjacaa, a 53-foot, SS design, PalmerJohnson-built race boat going like a bandit. Beautiful boat! But after we started broad-reaching back up the inside of the island, she could not gain on us. But Rick, on Endangered Species, started gaining on us. Having to get through two narrow channels with reefs on either side, and then make our way through many anchored cruising boats, we made it to the finish line. Rick gained another minute, but as it turned out, not quite enough, as we ended up ahead of Endangered Species by less than one minute on corrected time in our fast-multihull class, called the “Orange” class. We were so excited to have finally beaten them that it took a while before we realized that we not only beat Endangered Species, but came in first overall in all classes, both multihull and monohull. What a day! Oh—did I mention we dragged a fishing line around the course to try and catch the biggest fish? How about 48 April 2019 S O U T H W I N D S

Robin on Endangered Species who baked a loaf of bread and made cookies during the race! Two other contests just to win a bottle of rum! About The George Town Cruising Regatta This regatta is not just about big boat racing. Competition is fierce in such organized sports as beach volleyball, bocce ball, blind dinghy race (person on the oars is blindfolded, and the skipper gives directions), downwind dinghy race (dinghies are fitted with some kind of homemade sail), the coconut challenge (four people in a dinghy with outboards removed, paddling by hand, collecting as many coconuts as you can in a given time that have been set adrift by the committee), and beach golf (nine-hole course carved out along the beach, with holes generally about 60 feet apart) It is all great fun and all for the prizes of bottles of rum…not bad! Boats come from Canada, USA and Europe for the most part. Some are on their way to the eastern Caribbean to places such as St. Martin, Antigua, Nevis and so on, while others are heading to the western Caribbean and the Panama Canal, and further on to the South Pacific. Some are families taking off for several years with their children who will be home-schooled along the way. This educational experience is far removed from the one most of us grew up with. They learn discipline and many important lessons early on as their lives and those of their families depend on it. Their social skills develop early as they find themselves surrounded by adults much of the time. But when they get to a destination such as George Town, it is amazing to watch them organize events for all the other kids to participate in such events as music lessons, many different sports—or maybe just hiking the many trails. It is a remarkable adventure for all. This is a time when you make many new friends. Boat cards (similar to personal business card) are exchanged, and it is amazing how many times you cross paths over the years in many different parts of the cruising world. It is very

rewarding, and people are from all walks of life. In our small group, the three men are all Johns (in my case Jon), so we have nicknames. For example, one is Crazy John, our buddy from Australia who is very much fun and is generally crazy. Then there is Gadget John, because he has so many toys on his boat, along with electronic gimmicks, he keeps us entertained. I am FOS Jon, which cannot be described in this publication. Crazy John will cruise the Bahamas for four more months and then head back to Australia. Gadget John is off to the Eastern Caribbean with a destination this year to Granada. FOS Jon and Leanne, aboard our home, Lord Charlton, will head up to New England for the summer for some cruising and race committee work Endangered Species owners Rick and Robin Walker and crew at the Cruising Regatta award’s at Block Island, before returning ceremony. Rick is in the center with the yellow T-shirt. Robin is on his left. Race Committee next fall to the beautiful Bahamas Chair Dale Phillips is behind them, announcing. for another winter in paradise. For photos, videos and more, go to the Facebook page, they own is on board. They have travelled extensively from Granada Georgetown Cruising Regatta. to New Brunswick, Canada. They plan to continue their adventures on the water for as long as they are physically able to do so. Leanne Leanne Lord and Jon Charlton have been living aboard and cruisis from Marion, MA, and Jon grew up in Ontario, Canada, but has ing on Lord Charlton for four years. With no house, everything lived in the Caribbean the past 20 years, mostly in Tortola, BVI.

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Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Beaufort, SC, KSC: Keowee Sailing Club, Seneca, SC, LLSC: Lake Lanier SC, Lake Lanier, GA, LNYC: Lake Norman YC, Lake Norman, NC, RRYC: River Rats YC, www. SAYRA: South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. SCYC: South Carolina YC, Hilton Head Island, SC, SYC: Savannah YC, Savannah, GA, WCSC: Western Carolina SC, Anderson, SC, APRIL (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 11-14 Charleston Race Week* 13-14 Bunny Hop MC Regatta. LNYC 13-14 US Sailing Junior Olympic Festival, Atlanta, GA (see calendar page 13) 13-14 Flying Scot Dixie Lakes District Championship. WCSA 25-26 Classic Boat Rally to Savannah. SCYC/BYSC 26 Quicksilver Cup. CORA/SCYC 26 Fort to Battery Race. Kite Sailing. 27-28 Hospice Regatta. LNYC 27-28 Bare What You Dare Catamaran Regatta. KSC Keowee 27-28 Open Regatta. AYC MAY 3-4 4 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 16-18 17-19 18 18-19 18-19 25-26 26-27

Keowee Cup. KSC Cinco de Mayo. Blackbeard SC Windmill Harbor Regatta. SCYC Flying Scot Great 48. LNYC WCSA Diva Regatta to Benefit Safe Harbor. WCSC M24 Southeast Inland Regatta. LLSC Pirates on the Pungo. RRYC Grits & Haggis Flying Scot Regatta. KSC Women’s Championship. SAYRA McIntosh Cup. SYC Open Regatta Spring Fling. LLSC Thistle Dixie Regatta. AYC Water Festival Regatta. BYSC

Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) organizes many of the regattas in the Charleston, SC, area. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): AYC: Atlanta YC, Atlanta, GA, BLKSC: Blackbeard Sailing Club. 50

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Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): EFYC: FYC: IRYC:

Epping Forest YC, Florida YC, Indian River YC,

LESC: MCYC: MDYC: MYC: NFCC: OSC: RCJ: PCYC: SAYC: SYC: SAYC: APRIL 5-7 5-7 6 6-7 12-13 13-14 14-15 21 27 27-28 30-31

Lake Eustis YC, Manatee Cove YC, Mount Dora YC, Melbourne YC, North Florida Cruising Club. Ocala Sailing Club, Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Port Canaveral YC, St. Augustine YC, Smyrna YC, St. Augustine YC, Lipton Cup Regatta. SYC Large Boat Spring Regatta. MYC Spring Regatta. MCYC Lake Weir Annual Regatta. OSC Zenda U Training for MC Scows. LESC Ocean Race. PCYC MC SA Mid-Winters Championship. Triple Crown 3. LESC Race of the Century. SAYC duPont Cup. S.J. River. EFYC Small Boat Spring Regatta. MYC Mount Dora Annual Sailing Regatta. MDYC

MAY (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 4 Mug Race. RCJ* 5 Monkey’s Uncle. SAYC 4-5 Large Boat Spring Regatta. MYC 11 Armed Forces Day Regatta. No information about sponsor 11 Mothers’ Day Regatta. SAYC 12 Mother’s Day Regatta. MYC 18 Full Moon Race, 6:30 pm, MYC 17-19 Cowford Cup. FYC 18-19 56th Annual Brevard Challenge. IRYC 25 Mayport to St Augustine Race. NFCC 25-26 Kelly Park River Regatta, Multihull Regatta. IRYC 25-26 Memorial Day Series. LESC

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Opti Spring Fling. CRYC Miami to Key Largo Race. MYC

MAY 4 4 5 18-19

Miami to Key Largo. MYC Annual Regatta. KBYC BBYRA OD#9 Annual Regatta. KBYC BBYRA ORC#9 Goombay Regatta. CGSC

Key West Community Sailing Center. A social hour featuring lite fare is held on Fridays from 6-8pm. Beginners and non-members welcome. The KWCSC is located at 705 Palm Avenue (off Sailboat Lane). 305-292-5993. Upper Keys Sailing Club (UKSC), Key Largo. Go to the Club website for regular club racing open to all. APRIL 27-28 Miami to Key Largo Race. Miami YC MAY 18-19

Flying Scot Regatta.

The organizing authority for racing and boat ratings in West Florida is West Florida PHRF at For the Tampa Bay Area & Florida West Coast Yachting Calendar, go to the St. Petersburg website at, then “Regattas” and “2018-2019 TB Regattas,” then page down to the calendar. Regional Sailing Organizations: BBYRA: Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. US PHRF of Southeast Florida. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): CGSC: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, CRYC: Coral Reef YC. Miami. KBYC: Key BiscayneYC. MYC: Miami YC. APRIL (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 4-7 Melges 20 Worlds. CGSC* 6-7 BBYC Annual Sunburn Regatta BBYRA OD#8 Cruising & Sailing the Southeast & The Bahamas

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SOUTHERN REGIONAL RACE CALENDAR APRIL (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 5-7 Pusser’s Rum Cup. SPYC* 5-7 Baker Cup HS Team Qualifier. DIYC 6 Couples Race. DIYC 6-7 Sailfest. SSS 6-7 Bud Light Regatta. SAMI 6-7 Shark’s Tooth Regatta. VYC/SSS 12-14 Suncoast Race Week* 13 Florida State Championship Harbor 20. IYC 20 Sarasota Bay Cup. BKYC* 27 Messemer Cup. NSYC 27 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup. DIYC 27 Women’s Challenge. BCYC* 27 Ladies at the Helm. BYC MAY (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 4-5 J/24 Rodeo. DIYC 4-5 Bay Area One-Design. CCSC 11 Couples Regatta. SPSA 15-17 Bone Island Regatta to Key West* 17-18 Ft. Myers to Tampa Bay. NSYC, DIYC 18 Hugh Elliott Laser Regatta. DIYC 24-26 Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers. NSYC, DIYC 25-26 Schools Out. DIYC

Clubs with regattas listed this month The GYA is the main organization coordinating all races in area BucYC: Buccaneer YC, Mobile, AL BWYC: Bay Waveland YC, Bay St. Louis, MS FYC: Fairhope YC, Fairhope, AL GBCA: Galveston Bay Cruising Assoc. Galveston, TX GYA: Gulf Yachting Association

HYC: Houston YC, Houston, TX JYC: Jackson YC, Jackson, MS LPWSA: Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association, New Orleans, LA LYC: Lakewood YC, Seabrook, TX MYC: Mobile YC, Mobile,AL NOYC: New Orleans YC, New Orleans,LA PBYC: Pensacola Beach YC, Pensacola Beach, FL PontYC: Pontchartrain YC, New Orleans, LA PYC: Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL SYC: Southern YC, New Orleans, LA StABYC: St. Andrew’s Bay YC, Panama City, FL APRIL 6 6 6-7 6-7 6-7 12-14 13 20 26-28 26-28 27 27-28 27-28 27-28

NOYC High School Regatta. NOYC Mermaid Regatta. HYC Spring Fling. JYC Leukemia Cup. SYC / LPWSA Thistle Southeast Championship. PYC Finn North American Masters. BucYC Reggae Regatta. HYC Conundrum. GBCA Dauphin Island Race. MYC Caterwaul. StABYC Five Flags Regatta / Cancer Society Regatta. PYC TCYC Shoot Out. GBCA GYA Gulf Coast Viper 640 Championship. PontYC Leiter Clinic. SYC

MAY (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 19) 4-5 Spring Regatta. BucYC 11 Sea Buoy. PBYC 11 Children’s Hospital Charity. FYC 11 Jourdan River. BWYC 11 Old Timers. SYC 18-19 GYA Opening Regatta. SYC 18-19 Shoe Regatta. LYC 23-26 Melges 24 National Championship. FYC* 25-26 Juby Wynne. SYC 31-1 Great Circle Race. MYC

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Sunfish - 2 for sale. 1992 & 1993. Good condition with good sails. Ready to go sailing. Sitech beach dollies included. Located Anna Maria Island, FL. Call Brian 941-685-1400. (5/19)

14’ RS Quest 2016. Modern daysailer dinghy fun and user friendly. Cutting edge features furling jib, Asym spinnaker with retrieval/dousing system, Gnav strut vang, single reefing, centerboard. Rotomolded construction, trailer, deck and jib sock cover. Easy to single or room for 4. $8687. Paul at Masthead Enterprises, 800-783-6953 or 727327-5361.


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16’ Raider Sport #133. Built new, fall 2017. Winner 2018 Mug Race, Tennessee Valley Club Challenge, dinghy. Set up simply for efficient sailing. Includes main and jib, excellent road trailer. Will deliver eastern USA for gas. $5500. Cell 727-804-2644.

Lindenberg 17’ Trapeze Skiff. New highperformance trapeze skiff designed and built by legendary Paul Lindenberg. The planing hull is crafted of sapele mahogany. The custom North sails feature a full batten square top main, roller furling self-tacking jib, and asymmetrical spinnaker. New aluminum trailer, dolly, custom covers. Photos and videos available. Palm Bay, FL. $9500. (6/19)

Hunter 17. Roller furling headsail. Ready sail. Located Anna Maria Island, FL. $990, $500 more for trailer. Call Brian 941-685-1400. (5/19)


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17’ Henderson SR 17 Winged dinghy. 320 lbs and fast! Assymetrical spinnaker, great condition, race sails, trailer with new tires. $5400. South Florida. 404-723-0686 (519)


Stilleto 27’ GT. Dagger boards, quadrant steering, roller furling, lighter mast, new rigging, big Bimini, kick-up rudders, shallow draft, 16-foot beam, extra wide unique catamaran. $30,000 OBO. Capt. JP 941-722-9695 (6/19)

1992 30’ Endeavourcat Catamaran. Shoal Draft, two staterooms, excellent liveaboard cruiser, repowered Honda OB. Cortez, FL. Only $54,900. Specs and Pix at Joe Hamilton; 727-612-5502, or

27’ 1976 Jensen Cal Sailboat w/trailer. Pop top, head rig, Roller furling jib. Navigational & communication equipment. Auto pilot, Porta Potty, full galley, Bimini top. Two roller headsails, mainsail, spinnaker sail & 2 poles. 10hp Honda 4-stroke (electric start). Internal fuel tank 10 gallon. Tandem axle trailer. Located Bay St. Louis, MS. $6000 OBO. Cell phone 918-791-4723. (6/19)

31’ Island Packet 1986/2017. Extensively updated by professionals and maintained by a captain. Cockpit is fully enclosed with new bimini and canvas dodger. Interior of boat is in excellent condition with 16500 BTU AC by Flagship Marine. Turn Key Ready. Lake Pontchartrain, Mandeville, LA. Asking $59,000. 985-630-3900 (6/19a)

30’ Cape Dory Cutter, 1982. Four new sails, upgraded 20 hp Volvo, Harken furling, staysail, Yankee, wheel, GPS, autopilot. 4'2" draft keel. Dinner Key mooring available.$20,000 Stewart Marine, Miami, 305-815-2607

Seaward 26-32 NEW & BROKERAGE boats. Extreme shoal draft & trailerable boats. Shoal draft of only 20 inches – to over 6 feet. We have sold all our current listings and need more Seaward listings! Contact S&J Yachts. 410-639-2777.

30’ O'Day 1978. Tiller, swing keel, draft 3.57.0. Great Yanmar diesel 15hp. Marine galley and head. New insulated hull-liner, interior decor, battery charger, bottom paint and varnish. Sleeps six. A/C + reverse cycle heat. AM/FM/CD/VHF. Easy to handle. $14,000. 252-717-1681 Washington, NC. (6/19)

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DownEast 32 Cutter, 1979. New Yanmar 30 diesel. This is a classic sailing vessel cruise ready. Main with full battens, batt cars on fast sail track. Genoa and Stay Sail on Roller Furling. Monitor Wind Vane steering, Instruments at helm w/repeaters, bimini, dodger, shade canvas. Marine Air, Refrig, Radar on swing, Propane stove oven and grill. $36,900. George Carter 941-792-9100

32’ Pacific Seacraft 32 Pilothouse. Incredible boat in incredible condition. See complete Virtual Tour at Asking $100,000. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center, St Pete. Contact Bo Brown, 727-408-1027.

33‘ Hunter 33.5 Sloop 1993. Asking $42,900. 2018 Bimini, 2018 Inverter, Recent bottom paint, Rocna anchor, St. Croix SS Dinghy Davits, Autopilot, clean and spacious interior, master berth aft, 12V Refrigeration, and Yanmar 27hp Diesel with new injectors. Wellmaintained and ready to cruise! Call Lisa Johnson: 941-628-5410,, and

33’ Watkins Sloop 1986. Asking $17,500. Clean and spacious original classic sloop with good bones to outfit to fit your cruising requirements. Ready for day-sailing or weekends; priced under fair market value for this size coastal cruiser. Located in Downtown St. Pete in a transferable slip. Call: Lou Hodac: and 727.667.2900,,

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2006 Gemini Model 105Mc Catamaran 34’. Located in lower Alabama. Excellent condition. Bottom painted/ hull waxed February 2019. Westerbeke 27 hp diesel. Length: 34’. Beam: 14’. Cruising speed: 6 to 7 kts. Three cabins: one queen /two small doubles. Solar panels. Windlass. Refrigerator: propane/electric. AC/heat pump. Water draft: variable: 18”- 5’. Air draft: 46’. $109,000. Contact Roger at 225-335-5327 for details. (6/19)

35’ Catalina 350. Exceptional value. Asking $92,500; Roomiest 35’ boat afloat. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Petersburg. For more information, contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220,

35’ 1992 Island Packet 35. Exceptional condition, many upgrades, cutter rig, 2016 wind and solar, watermaker, air condition, dinghy & OB. Joe Hamilton,, 727- 612-5502

35’ Catalina 350. (2) to choose from 2003 boat has shoal draft, upgraded and super clean. Located St. Pete. Asking $99.9k. 2008 offers in-mast furling, shoal draft, AC/HT, S, D, AWI, GPS plotter. Located Clearwater. Asking just $115k. Call Kelly Bickford CPYB at Massey Yacht Sales 727-599-1718

36’ Catalina 1994. Solar, AC, new chartplotter, davits, dinghy and windlass. Very nice, asking only $57,500. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Petersburg. For more information, contact Bo Brown 727-4081027,

35’ Chris Craft Caribbean Ketch 1973. Sparkman and Stevens design. Perkins 4107, Running. I am getting up there in age & it’s time for me to find a new home for my boat. Wind generator, good set of sails. Boat needs to be loved. Located in water in Sarasota. $12,000. 954-294-2168

Inamorata - 1981 36’ Pearson - $32,500 Brent Anderson - 651-528-4198

1980 Pearson 365 Ketch w/ Rebuilt Perkins 4108. Set up for cruising and living off the grid. Solar, inverter, wind gen, AID, stack pack for main and mizzen, autopilot. Offered at $32,500. Please call George Carter at Grand Slam Yacht Sales. 941-792-9100

36’ Allied Princess Ketch 1975. Asking $39,900. This Bluewater-proven ketch as fresh hull and deck paint, new interior softgoods, a rebuilt Westerbeke Diesel, A/C, new SS Propane Stove & Oven, and clean, clean, clean. Call Lee Messina, CPYB: 941.350.9020, or,

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36’ Catalina MK II 2000. Harborage Marina Slip Available, Visit Featured yachts at for more details. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. Reduced to $52,000. Contact Joe Zammataro 828-560-0220.

2015 Fountaine Pajot FP MY 37 Power Cat. Award Winning! AC/Gen. Loaded & Turn Key. $585,000. TryB4uBuy. Call 727-487-2278

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Island Packet Yachts 26’ - 52’ NEW & Brokerage boats. S&J Yachts lists and sells more Island Packets that anyone in the industry. Currently 36 IPs - 18 different models listed. S&J brokers have over 230 years experience selling Island Packets. Whatever the model, we know them all well. If you are looking to buy or sell your Island Packet - Contact S&J Yachts, Florida: 941-212-6121. In the Carolinas: 843-872-8080. Mid-Atlantic: 410639-2777.

38’ Hunter 2005. 10k Price Reduction! NOW $119,000 The most well-maintained and equipped 38’ Hunter on the market. Contact: Melanie Neale 305-807-4096

Y-Knot 3 - 1989 38’ Sabre - $85,000 Ryan Daniels - 904-580-0559 - 37’ Tartan 1979. Only 2 owners, New rigging, New bottom paint. A well-cared for pedigree yacht. Asking only $50,000. Harborage Marina Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220.

1998 Catalina 380. In mint condition. Tall rig, wing keel, fully cruise equipped, continuously upgraded & professionally maintained. Featured in Jan. 2018 SOUTHWINDS. Lying, Stuart, FL. She is very clean, she is very able, her gel coat shines and she is a boat you would be proud to own. $109,000, Steve Dublin, 954895-5748 (6/19)

2001 Hunter 380. Spacious cruiser, aft cabin with queen bed, air condition, large freezer/fridge and shower. 255W solar panel with large battery bank. New davits. $84,999, Cape Coral, FL. Luc Carriere 239-822-4056, (5/19)

39’ Allied Mistress Ketch 1972. Asking $42,500. Built in the U.S., rated as one of the best bluewater cruising sailboats ever built in its class; this one has been loved by its knowledgeable owners and updated continuously. Call Greg Postle: 941.628.5404, greg@,

39’ Beneteau 393 2005. $89,000 One-owner boat with new sails and a new dinghy! Contact: Melanie Neale 305.807.4096

2004 Island Packet 370. Original owner. Beautiful, well-maintained cruiser w/2016 electronics. New chainplates and shrouds. New 2018 130 jib, main and much more. $199,000 OBO. Call Steve 251-583-9051. (6/19)

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38 Lightwave Catamaran 2001. Built in Australia to world-class standards. Magnificently maintained and equipped. Asking $230,000. For more details, contact Jamie Birch 317-750-8664

2010 Marlow Hunter 39. Amazing Condition. Low Hours, Full Electronics. Ready to go! $145K. Call 727-999-4716,


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2014 Lagoon 39 New Design. Not a storm boat! Turn-Key ready! Call Today $299K 727-487-2278

39’ Beneteau 393 2005. Owned by a meticulous and caring boater. Many recent upgrades. Asking $112,000. Located at the Preferred Yacht’s Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027

Hinckley Bermuda 40 MKIII Sloop ’80. Current owner bought this beautiful & already highly upgraded yacht & invested another $250,000, Ensuring that the beauty and legacy of this classic B40 will endure for a 3RD generation of knowledgeable yachtsman. She will turn your head & fill your dreams! $315,000. Contact Matt Malatich. S&J Yachts, 843-8728080,

40’ Manta Sail Cat 1996. $169,000. Just launched after a refit at the Hinckley Yard in Stuart: new Teak & Holly floor, fresh waxed hull, topsides and bottom paint. Highly regarded by experienced cruisers, “Karma” is ready to cruise. Located in Stuart, FL. Call Barry Lipoff: 941.587.4229,, or 62

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1999 Manta 40 for Sale. Well equipped $265K. Call Little Yacht Sales 281-334-6500

40 Catalina 400 1996. Catalina’s most sucessfull design. Shoal draft, aft cockpit. Spacious aft owner’s cabin with center line queen berth. Fantastic cruising interior. Tropical Texan is equipped to cross the Gulfstrem or the ocean. A fully equipped Bahamas cruiser. Just returned and needs only provisioning. asking $120k. Kelly Bickford CPYB 727-599-1718

40’ Caliber 1992 Asking $89,000. Blue water cruiser, New, Bimini & Dodger, New Main, New Stack Pack, New Running rigging. For more details Contact Jamie Birch 317750-8664.

1983 Morgan Out Island 41 Ketch 416 Plan. Good condition. Newer engine 2012 Yanmar, Harmon roller furling, windlass, autopilot, and much more. New Port Richey, FL. Call for details 727-534-9947, $49,000.

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41’ Islander, 1973. Customized Caribbean family cruiser, 50hp Perkins, 30gph watermaker, 2 refrigerators, 2 Blake heads, generator & AC. Measured 7’ draft, 44% ballast. New main, new dodger, fresh bottom. $45,000. Stewart Marine, Miami, 305-8152607

41’ Hunter Deck Salon. New to the market. Exceptional value. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. For details and more pictures, contact Bo Brown 727-4081027,

41’ Fraser Sloop 1989. Robust Canadian Bluewater capable with beautiful lines. Asking $59,000. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. For more information, contact Steve Lippincott 727- 458-5056.

41’ Hunter Deck Salon 2007. One of the best layouts in this size boats. Asking $139,900. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center. For more information, contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220


Southerly Yachts 32’ - 67’ NEW & Brokerage boats. Best shoal-draft, blue water boats! Sail her across the ocean or up on a beach. Proven & well engineered for over 36 years. Push a button & the keel swings back. Go where others cannot! Several brokerage models available: 36, 38, 42 , 45 , 47, 535, 57. S&J Yachts 410-639-2777,

41’ Hunter 410 2004. Tri-cabin Asking $139,000. Slip available. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Petersburg. For more information, contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220,

42’ 1981 Tartan Schell Keel. New Awlgrip, new spar, new furler, new standing & running rigging, autopilot, GPS, 2015 UK mainsail. Gregg at 941-730-6096, $59,900 GreggWYS@gmail. com


2004 Lagoon 410-S2 for Sale. Currently in Texas $205K. Call Little Yacht Sales 281-3346500

41 Morgan O/I. Just finished 6-year on-thehard upgrade and improvement—the list of NEW goes on and on. Offered with unique diesel tender. Asking $75,000. Call 941-6267036. (6/19)

41’ Gulfstar Sloop 1973. Asking $30,000. A Classic design designed and built by the Lazzaras in Tampa; this timeless beauty is strong and has many updates to make her a comfortable liveaboard or ideally suited to cruise the Bahamas. Located in Downtown St. Pete in a transferable slip. Call Mike Hancock, 727.333.5045,, or

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2006 42’ Beneteau 423 America. Beautiful Flag Blue, Low Hours, diesel generator, excellent sails, air conditioning, Bow Thruster, electric winches, dinghy and davits. Lightly used and super clean. $154,900. Gregg Knighton 941-730-6096. Full details and photos; www.windsweptyachtsales

42’ Island Packet 420. Asking Only $219,000. Low hours, upgraded electronics, Motivated seller. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro. 727-5600220.

PDQ Antares 42 2002. New listing. High quality cruising catamaran built for offshore safety for a couple. Never chartered. Original owner lightly used on the Chesapeake Bay. 3 cabins, spacious layout. A/C, generator, forced hot air heat. $398,000. S&J Yachts 410-639-2777.

42’ Moody Center Cockpit 2002. Rare offering. Furling main, electric winches, generator, bow thruster. Bill Dixon design. Asking $135,000. Harborage Marina Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. For more details Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027.

Samba 2001 42’ Catalina - $119,900 Greg Merritt - 813-294-9288 -

So Bella - 1981 42’ Passport - $77,000 Brad Peterson - 305-481-1512


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Half Moon - 1979 42’ Pearson $66,500 Ryan Daniels - 904.580.0559

1979 Endeavour 43 Center Cockpit Ketch with newer Yanmar 54 diesel. Very roomy and layout below is ample for living aboard and extended cruising. Only one owner from new. This is a project boat. Please call George Carter for details (941)792-9100 or go to Listed at $49,000, owner will consider offers as is.

43’ Gulfstar Center Cockpit 1975. Price Reduced! NOW $110,000 (before $119,000) Many Upgrades! Contact: Kevin Welsh 321.693.1642

44 Kelly Peterson Center Cockpit. Popular ocean cruiser with extensive upgrades. Fast, Stable, Robust and comfortable. New Rigging, in-mast furling. Asking $85,000. Located in St Petersburg. Contact Bo Brown for more details 727-408-1027.

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44’ CSY Pilothouse. Amazing Bluewater cruiser completely updated and upgraded to the highest standards. You’ve never seen a boat like this. Asking $180,000. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027

44’ Catalina 445 2014. Possibly the best boat Catalina ever built. 3 staterooms, exceptional equipment and well-maintained. A must see! Asking $300,000. For more details. Contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220, Joe@Preferred, or Jamie Birch 317-750-8664.

45’ Island Packet 45 1999. Turn key and ready to cruise, this yacht is fully equipped and beautifully maintained. A/C, genset, solar, wind generator, watermaker. $235,500 St. Petersburg, FL. Contact Bill Bolin of S&J Yachts, 941-212-6121,

2008 Jeanneau 45 DS. In Annapolis and ready to sail. Price reduced to $199,000.

46’ Island Trader MotorSailer 1981. Asking $130,000. Updated with a bow thruster, new sails, and beautiful spacious teak interior, this motorsailer is ready to cruise to the Bahamas or be content to provide an incredible liveaboard experience. Located in Madeira Beach. Call Shirley Nelle: 727.639.2862,, and

46’ Moody Center Cockpit 2000. Bluewater Cruiser, Shoal draft 5’3”, low engine hours, spectacular slip available in downtown charming St Petersburg. Asking $264,000. Contact Joe Zammataro 727-5600220

Outbound 46 2012 One owner boat - meticulously maintained - ready to cruise. Updated interior layout which debuted in 2012 w/ nav on stbd side & larger head aft w/ separate shower. $525,000. Call S&J Yachts 410-6392777.

46’ Contest 1995. Dutch Built, true blue water cruiser with many upgrades. St Pete slip available. Asking $275,000. Contact Bennie Ficarotta at 727-412-1765.

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47’ Dufour-Nautitech 1995. Twin Volvo 55 300Hrs, she is out of the water on the hard for maintenance. This big catamaran is the charter version layout with 4 State Rooms & 4 separate Head and showers. Blue Agave plans to be back in the water in April. Currently offered $209K. Call George Carter 941-792-9100

51’ Beneteau Idylle 15.50 1987. Price Reduced! NOW $72,000 Tax Paid (before $74,900) Owner wants sold! Contact: Kevin Welsh 321.693.1642

59’ Hinckley Sou’wester 1991. The Roll Royce of Yachts. Only 2 Consummate Owners who lavished this magnificent yacht with loving care. Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. For more information, contact Joe Zammataro at 727560-0220,



Trawler ads SPECIAL PRICE Bristol 47 1988. Legendary quality: thick, solid glass hulls, intact cored deck & beautiful craftsmanship below. Storage abounds. Reliable Hood roller furling mainsail mast with versatile cutter rig make this yacht a dream to sail. Outfitted for self-sustained living aboard. $149,900 Contact Bill Bolin S&J Yachts 941-212-6121,

Island Packet 485 ’03 & ’09. Tremendous amount of living & storage space. Thoughtfully laid out 3-cabin interior is bright, spacious & secure. Functional deck plan with cutter rig, great anchor platform & spacious aft deck. Solstice 2003 is cruise ready $375,000. Sea Salt - immaculate 2009 $574,900. Contact Bill Bolin, S&J Yachts 941-212-6121,,

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2005 Sea Ray 52. Price Reduced. Super Clean in Miami. LOADED with options, all the toys & enclosure. Call Denny Perez 407-434-1801, or,

Irwin 52 1984. Complete restoration of bottom, mechanical, sailing systems, cosmetics. Modern smart upgrades including solar panels, wind generator, flat screen TV, memory foam mattresses. Owner has invested over $450,000. Virtually nothing has been untouched. Asking $330,000. Contact Bill Bolin S&J Yachts 941-212-6121

53’ Gulfstar Motor Yacht 1974. New Paint, new bottom, new ports, amazingly roomy boat, draws 4’ 6”, tons of upgrades. Asking $150,000. Contact Craig Williams 813-3400956,


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29’ Ranger Tug CB 2016. Almost new condition. Very clean! Less than 300 hrs. Save big $$ over new. Command Bridge package. Kept on a lift since new. Extended warranty on Volvo diesel engine is transferable. $245,000 Contact Bill Bolin, S&J Yachts 941212-6121,,

34’ American Tug 34 2007. Price Reduced! $299,900 (before $304,900). Ready for the Great Loop. Contact: Kevin Barber 850.982.0983

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1990 Grand Banks 36 Classic. Two Staterooms, two heads, Twin Cummins, Onan generator, air conditioner, gorgeous wood interior/exterior, GPS, radar and more. Great Circle Looper. $117,000. www. Joe Hamilton., or call 727-612-5502

36’ Marine Trader 1979. Ford Lehman diesel, 120 hp, 2680 hours. Beam 12.5’, draft 3.5’. 100 gal fuel, 80 gal water. Perfect boat for the Loop or the islands. Fort Myers. $39,000. 603-702-1200. (4/19)

1987 Senator Sundeck Trawler 36’. Two staterooms, two heads, twin Perkins, 5kw generator, air conditioning, gorgeous teak interior, 2 GPS, radar much more. Did the “Great Circle.” $24,900. or call 908-309-2890 (6/19)

38’ Californian trawler. 1979 new engines in 2014. TMD 31a Volvo diesels, 8 KW northern lights generator, two staterooms, two baths. $35,000. 954-295-5771 (4/19f)

Rare Mainship 40 2009 Expedition Layout. Instruments refined, improved over previous models. No modifications, repairs or upgrades required! Maintenance records. Raymarine chartplotters, radar, AIS, sat TV, air conditioning, microwave, thrusters, Fusion stereo, Sirius satellite, flybridge, new canvas. $247,750. 703790-1020, (6/19)

Tasteful Traveler - 2005 42’ Nordic Tug $420,000 - Steve Horinek - 239-887-0898 -

1977 44-foot Thompson Trawler Turnkey Condition – Ready to Cruise on Day 1 $55,000 – or Best Offer • Twin 4-53 Detroit Diesels • 2016 trip to Havana, Cuba, @ 2.5 mpg over 1600 nm. • 4-foot draft • Autopilot and Garmin Chartplotter • Dive platform • 45lb stainless steel anchor w/100-foot chain • New electric windlass • 8-foot dinghy with 8hp Mercury 4-stroke • Great liveaboard/looper • USCG Documented vessel

1988 Grand Banks 42 Classic. Two staterooms, two heads, Twin Cat Diesels, Westerbeke generator, air conditioner, clean inside and out. Owner installing new fuel tanks, good electronics and much more. Great Bahamas boat, US Coastal cruiser or Great Circle Loop adventure. $159,900. Alan Pressman,, or call 941-350-1559.

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1977 44ft Thompson Trawler. Twin 4-53 Detroits, 4ft draft, autopilot, dive platform, new electric windlass. 2016 trip to Havana, Cuba 2.5 mpg over 1600 nm. Great liveaboard or looper. See larger ad in this section. $55,000/OBO. 305-606-7432 (5/19)


2007 Seahorse 52 Raised Pilothouse Trawler. Outfitted for Long range or live aboard, twin engine, 2 cabin/head. Great circle loop ht. AC, water maker, 2 radars and much more. $529,000. (4/19f)

Sailboat Line, High Performance double braid High Tenacity polyester. Ideal for all running rigging. Very low stretch. Several colors sizes. 3/8”$0.35, 7/16”-$0.40, 9/16”-$0.60, 5/8”$0.80 PER FOOT. Dock Line, Premium Double Braid Nylon. Purpose built for heavy duty use. 1/2”-$0.45, 9/16”-$0.55, 5/8”$0.70, 3/4”-$0.95 PER FOOT. Black, Gray, Navy. Contact me for full specs, sizes, info. Can ship to all USA zip codes. 954-214-1692




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OTHER BOAT from page 70 decided to drag that “other boat” across the sand. Rigging the sail for the first time in years, I sailed her off the beach. Initially. wind was scarce, but Redstick Rosie showed me her best in the light air. She found a good line of wind. and on a beam reach we shot across the mouth of Biloxi Bay. As we got further from shore, the brown pelicans came out in force and they put on a show. These wonderful creatures—that have beat back extinction—chose that time to remind me that the Gulf can rejuvenate. Mother Nature was not done with me yet and about a half-mile further offshore it happened—like a scene from a Hallmark Channel movie—the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the wind really picked-up. Just as the boat heeled, a trio of dolphins broke the surface of the water and shadowed my boat for about 100 yards. Hokey symbolism…of course, a relatively common occurrence off Deer Island. Probably, messages from nature to keep faith with the world…who knows? Still it happened and even if it was just a coincidence, it made me feel great. Soon my malaise was replaced with excitement, a love of the Gulf, and proof of the therapeutic nature of sailing. I have taken Redstick Rosie out a number of times since that day, and regardless of what others might say, the Hobie Holder 12 (long out of production) is a good boat and one hull is more than good enough. The Gulf can punish us at times, but when combined with a 12-foot chunk of plastic and some Dacron cloth it can also provide a sense of healing. Only a sailor can truly understand the depth of the feelings that comes with successfully harnessing the power of the wind and sliding over the waves of "America's Sea.” It is also only a sailor who understands that when we need it the most, a small boat on the water can deliver a sense of joy and remind us to stay partners with nature. Sure, the self-help experts tell us to face adversity with drive, ambition and determination, but as for me, I have my boats. I still believe you should have only one wife, but I know you can never have too many boats. 68

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The “Other” Boat By Angelo Monaco


ears ago I met a young woman in high school and I immediately latched onto her and married her. Simple, focused, and doggedly loyal were the primary elements of my romantic strategies. However, that plan falls apart for me when I think of boats. I fall in love with every boat I can afford (which is a rather significant limiting factor), so I believe in acquiring all the small boats you can. Unlike, a wife I do not think that a man has to pledge himself to only one boat. My primary boat is a 1982 West Wight Potter 15, Rosie—very old, somewhat worn and rather battered. The old P15 is the boat of my youthful dreams. Perhaps I set my nautical desires a bit low, but she has served me well exploring the Gulf from Louisiana to the Everglades. I also have a tandem kayak named Scarlet Rosie, and two inflatable boats—one named Pumped Up Rosie and the other, Plumped up Rosie. Until recently, I also had two homemade plywood Jon Boats—Cajun Rosie and Creole Rosie. Then there is the other sailboat. Redstick Rosie is a Hobie Holder 12. During the previous eight years, I had only sailed her once and she eventually became a contentious point of discussion between Original Rosie and I. My wife does not understand why I own Redstick Rosie and she never calls her by name but rather disdainfully refers to her as the “other boat.” My wife blamed everything that went badly in her garden on that “other boat.” In her mind, the Holder 12 represented zucchini crop failures, bug infestations, and the ravages of acid rain on tomatoes. In order for her

Red Stick Rosie, a Hobie Holder 12

world to be in balance, she needed that boat to go away—and she made sure I heard her. For years, original Rosie would regularly ask, “When are you going to get rid of the other boat?” I would think about it, admit that Rosie was old, a bit worn, and in some ways holding me back (the boat not the wife), and I would vow to get rid of her. Then I'd talk myself into keeping her. Redstick Rosie is a 1987 model, lightly sailed but with a hull that was damaged at one time and then crudely repaired. The wife did not care about the unique design, large sail

area or its amazingly responsive rudder. She just wanted it gone from the space it took between her raised garden beds. Eventually, tired of trying to sail Lake Pontchartrain, I relocated my Potter 15 to the Ocean Springs (Mississippi) Yacht Club. The club members generally sail sleek catamarans right off the beach and my beamy Potter was placed there sort of like a "dime among nickels.” After hearing many snide remarks about sailing a monohull, I decided to go for broke and I moved the Holder 12 to the club as well. Almost immediately, the wife started asking me “Why are you paying storage fees on the “other boat” when you never use it?” I tried to explain that the boat’s new purpose was to sit next to the P-15 and show my fellow sailors that I too was a “multihull sailor.” I just sailed them one at a time. Last Spring changes took place causing me to rethink exactly what I wanted to do with my rapidly dwindling life span. With too much time on my hands I started to obsess about life and those facets of it that are outside my control. To find balance, I sought out different scenery to clear my head. That meant the shores of the Gulf. The change of venue provided beauty but not immediate resolution. Then one morning I went to the club to just look at the Gulf. Though I had the urge to sail, I had taken my wife’s car and it did not have a hitch on it. That meant I could not pull the Potter to the harbor to launch it. Then I looked at the Holder 12 and just See OTHER BOAT continued on page 68

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