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Editorial: Propane Outboards and Other Stuff By Steve Morrell


Letters You Wouldn’t Believe


Southern Regional Monthly Weather and Water Temperatures


Bubba Disapproves of Olympic Kiteboarding By Morgan Stinemetz


Short Tacks: Sailing News and Events Around the South


Our Waterways: Sarasota Sailing Squadron Mooring Field


Hurricane Season 2012


Wharram Rendezvous: James Wharram Attends the Keys Rendezvous By Scot B. Williams


Buddy Boating: Are Two (Three, Four) Heads Better Than One? By Betsy Morris


Morgan Invasion and Catalina Rendezvous


Spring Small Boat Events on Florida’s West Coast By Ron Hoddinott


Volvo Ocean Race Stops in Miami By Marylinda Ramos


Carolina Sailing: Charter Mania in Charleston? By Dan Dickison


Bone Island Regatta to Key West


Regata del Sol al Sol By Beth Pennington


Southern Racing: News, Upcoming Races, Race Reports, Regional Race Calendars


I learned About Sailing From That: Gethomeitis By Kathleen Mix

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Southern Sailing Schools Section Marine Marketplace Southern Marinas Pages Boat Brokerage Section Classifieds Alphabetical Index of Advertisers Advertisers’ List by Category

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Race to Isla Mujeres. Page 47. Photo by Eric Stammer. COVER PHOTO: After You, an Irwin 38, skippered by John Gardner, racing in the Regata Amigos in the Regata del Sol al Sol race from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The boat won second-place honors in Cruising C in the race to Mexico. Photo by Eric Stammer. Story page 47.

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Volvo Ocean Race and Piracy

Propane Outboards I heard about these and went to www.golehr.com, where I saw a photo of an outboard with a small propane canister screwed into the back. Seemed like an interesting idea and a lot neater than using a gas can—and say goodbye to ethanol problems. You can also hook these motors up by hose to propane cylinders. The company says, “Easy Start, No Choke, No Priming, No Carburetor Gumup.” Great! Right now only 2.5 hp and 5 hp outboards are available, although the company is working on 10 hp and 25 hp models. The website also says these are not gasoline motors converted to burn propane, but are motors designed to burn propane. The company estimates there will be a small savings over gas engines, but other savings include less space, since propane, a compressed gas, will take up less space and weight than the same amount of gasoline needed. The suggest retail price will be in the $1200 dollar range for the 2.5 hp short shaft and $2000 for the 5 hp long-shaft model. They will be available through Sears, Wal-Mart, West Marine and others. If anyone buys one, let me know.

In this issue, we have coverage by writer and photographer Marylinda Ramos of the Miami stopover of the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. The race had 10 stops and nine legs as it worked its way around the globe from Spain and then south to South Africa and then eastward to eventually end up in Miami at the end of the sixth leg. But what happened on the second and third legs turned out to be quite unusual. I learned about this in an article in Soundings magazine. It was an article on piracy. When the boats left South Africa, they were on the second leg to Abu Dhabi—the first time the Volvo Ocean Race had a stop in the Middle East (one of the six teams was Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, a United Arab Emirates entry). But this stopover was a bit unusual. Because of possible piracy in the northern Indian Ocean (Somalia, the pirate hang-out, is up there on the west coast of Africa), the boats instead went to the Maldives, southwest of the southern tip of India. From there—about a mile off one of the islands—they were lifted out of the water—95-foot masts intact—and placed on a 515-foot yacht transport vessel and taken to Sharjah in the UAE, about 90 miles from Abu Dhabi. From there, the boats were placed back in the water and raced to Abu Dhabi, where they had a stopover, in-port races and the usual events. After the stopover, the boats raced back to Sharjah, where they were loaded back onto the yacht transport vessel, which then took them to the Maldives. In the Maldives, they were put back in the water and raced to China in the third leg of the race. Because of a breakdown, one of the boats had to go into Madagascar for repairs and never made it into Abu Dhabi, but met up with the others in the Maldives to join in on the third leg. The yacht transport vessel was fitted out with “some weaponry.” It also had some protection against boarding, like concertina wire around the decks. Race organizers paid about $1 million to transport the boats. Now that’s race organization.

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LETTERS “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.” A.J. Liebling

In its continuing endeavor to share its press, SOUTHWINDS invites readers to write in with experiences & opinions. E-mail your letters to editor@southwindsmagazine.com CELESTIAL NAVIGATION “Do I Still Need a Star to Steer Her By?” April 2012 Thank you for Don Bently’s article on celestial navigation...great topic! Star-gazing is a huge part of the charm of sailing! More articles, please! Local astronomy groups will contribute if you ask around in your area. Michele Ponte Vedra/St. Augustine, FL HOW TO DRIVE BOATERS AWAY “Our Waterways” May 2012 It’s simple; a high fee is an easier way to drive us boat bums out. Naples take note. Jack Mooney Alacrity 18 Hudson, FL Amen to that. Editor BOOT KEY HARBOR AND DINGHY FEES “Update on Boot Key Harbor: Dinghy Dock Fees and Other Issues” Our Waterways, May 2012 While I share most of the feelings Richard De Grasse expressed concerning the increase in fees by the Marathon City Marina in Boot Key Harbor, my view is a bit different. First, I love the place. It is my favorite long-term stopover, and I spent 6 months there in 2010 and will be heading back in the next two months or so. What bothers me is the broad strokes Mr. De Grasse used to paint a financial impact picture of the situation. As a recently disabled veteran, I am living on about $1000 a month, and many felt I was “flush” by the standards of most of the cruisers in the mooring field, and “fat” by what most of the “anchored out” lived on. Granted, I did spend about all of it every month, but most of my expensive purchases were done over the Internet, where prices were better than those in the local West Marine and other Marathon establishments, so they had no positive impact on the Marathon economy. My point is, that “300 boats x $1600/month” is an exaggeration so substantial, that it must be called out. Also, during hurricane season, up to half the mooring field is empty and the anchorages are significantly thinned out. Consequently, an estimate of almost half a million a month, taken to a year (by inference if not typeface) at $6 million per year, does not bolster the complaint. It seems so inflated as to diminish it by exaggeration. As for the $22 per day and $225 per month dinghy fees, I agree; they are exorbitant. So much so, I believe cruisers will avoid the docks if possible, or worse, sneak in and out, thereby “stealing” services. Half as much would be fine— because $11 you get is always better than $22 you don’t. See LETTERS continued on page 8 News & Views for Southern Sailors



LETTERS And why would someone anchor out and pay $225 a month for a dinghy dock when another $75 gets them much closer and a mooring? I suppose therein might lie exactly the psychology for these fees. The problem is, when the mooring field is full, the option to take a mooring vanishes and the fees are just highway robbery. On the other hand, $11 for access to local restaurants, showers with lots of hot water, laundry facilities and a lounge, is an irresistible deal. Honestly, it is not my marina, and if it were, I may agree with the management. As a passing boater, however, I cannot. I love the place and have always liked the people running it. I will be heading back and doing just as I did before: Take a mooring and pay the very reasonable $300 per month for everything. I’m sure the situation surrounding the fees for those anchored out will sort out sometime soon, but I have to agree, they are very high, and if I have to anchor out waiting for a mooring, I will not patronize the Marathon City Marina until a mooring is available. I simply couldn’t afford to. Ben Lunt SV Falcon Ben, You are correct; I think de Grasse did push the envelope a bit there by multiplying those winter season figures out for 12 months. But why do boaters have to use dollar figures to justify their rights? Why does anyone? I don’t question the mooring fees and the good services and facilities that are available that go along with renting

a mooring, but high dinghy fees for those anchored out? Do cars that park at the beach pay a hefty parking fee? Or any parking fee? How about for use of the bathrooms? Does that cost? I believe they have picnic tables and a children’s playground at Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Do they charge for those? No. I know Marathon has some city parks, but do people have to pay for parking when they visit those parks? Are the bathrooms free at those parks? Before there were millions of people in this country, going to the bathroom was free for everyone in sparsely populated areas. It’s kind of a basic human right—and you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Parking your horse was free, too. Parking cars was free until someone suggested that parking meters would be an incentive for people to move their cars so others could park there and shop nearby. In the beginning, everyone said the meters weren’t there for income. We know how that evolved. So why do dinghies have to pay $22 a day to park? I know why. The city charges that for a simple reason: Because they can. If they charged for parking at the beach, there would be a huge outcry, so it remains free (but give them time). But now waterfront Florida communities are run by landlubbers who don’t care about boaters like the former leaders did. If they can get away with charging high fees for dinghies, they’ll do it. Most of them would just as soon get rid of the anchorage—unless the city can profit from it. We are heading towards user fees for everything that we do. Everything must be paid for. Assign everything a dollar value. I call it the turnstile society. Editor

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Bubba Disapproves of Olympic Kiteboarding


ailing as a sport is all about changes and how a sailor—cruiser or competitor—adapts to those changes. That’s part of sailing’s appeal and a big part of its everlasting mystery. Winds increase, decrease and change direction constantly. How one handles the differences separates the really good competitors from the sometimesgood competitors from the don’t-have-a-clue competitors…or cruisers. The gaps are often vast. Changes, big changes, can come in ways no one anticipated, either on the course or in the political arena, where Olympic classes get added and/or dropped. For some, in the class favored, it’s as uplifting as being given a bottle of Veuve Cliquot La Grand Dame for your very own. For the class dropped, it’s like being on board for the maiden voyage of the Titanic, no joy in it. Kiteboarding—also called kitesurfing—was approved a year ago as a new Olympic sailing sport beginning with the 2016 Olympics. Boardsailing, which has been part of the Olympic sailing lineup for decades, will sink into the sunset after this summer’s Games in Great Britain. Bubba Whartz, a sailor with some miles under his keel and skipper of the ferro-cement sloop Right Guard, a boat he built himself from some leftover concrete and chicken wire, must have had the subject of a new Olympic class on his mind recently as he entered The Blue Moon Bar in an obviously unhappy frame of mind. He hiked himself up on a bar stool, nodded curtly to me and ordered a beer from Doobie, the bartenderette. After downing his first beer with the speed that would have


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won him first place in any college chug-alug contest, he ordered a second, belched with a rumble that could have set off seismographs in California, and turned to me and said, “The traditions of sailing are going in the dumper faster than you can yell ‘room to tack,’ and I don’t like it one bit.” “What is it now, Bubba?” I asked, truly wondering what had fired him up so. “The Olympics have dropped boardsailing after this summer and will replace it with kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics,” Bubba snarled. “When did you find out about this?” “Last week,” replied Capt. Whartz, adjusting his red baseball cap, the one with the Peterbilt emblem on it, to the back of his head. I noticed that he had a wood tick attached to his forehead exactly between and slightly above his eyebrows. It looked like a caste mark from Delhi, but I didn’t have the guts to tell him about it. “Bubba, that change was made in 2011,” I remonstrated. “You are a day late and a dollar short.” That brought Bubba Whartz up abruptly. “Says you,” he snapped. “I was going to buy you a beer, but you can buy your own now for such a smart ass remark.” “Gee, Bubba,” I said, sarcastically. “You really got to the very core of my being with that one.” Bubba’s remark, which Doobie had overheard, set her off on a fit of giggles that may have lasted three minutes and caused her eyes to tear up and her mascara to run. My guess is that as many beers as Bubba and I have had together in The Blue Moon Bar, Doobie could not remember a single one that Bubba had purchased for me, and she misses nothing. But Bubba was not to be dissuaded on his mission by giggles from Doobie. “Real tall kiteboarders will have an advantage because they can get their kites up into clearer air. There will be some guy who will rig his kite with piano wire so he can cut right through the shrouds of a competitor’s kite. When competitors get to a race mark at the same time, I can see their kites getting all snarled up and tangled, bringing on protests that could go on for hours. Right now, kiteboarders don’t have numbers on their kites like sailboats have on their sails, so officials looking for numbers will be looking up in the air while the competitors themselves will be 50 feet below the kites; and that’s massively confusing, ” Bubba enumerated. www.southwindsmagazine.com

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“It’s a new discipline,” I held. “There will be some problems that the ISAF will have to work out.” “It doesn’t make sense to have the engine of the kiteboard, the kite, 50 feet away from the person operating it. It’s in contravention of everything that Olympic sailing has always been,” Bubba continued. “And I heard of one official who said that kiteboarding events could be held close to shore, increasing the possibilities of spectator interest. I don’t think there has been a lot of spectator interest in sailing—maybe the America’s Cup excluded—ever. The racing rules of sailing are so arcane that even the people who race by them don’t understand them very well. The rules change from time to time, which is not bad at all, because the people who devise the racing rules of sailing sometimes back themselves into corners from which there is no exit. So, they change the rules.” “That’s a good thing,” I agreed. “Yes,” Bubba said, “but they are still complicated. And the people the TV media hires to do the announcing for sailing events are usually hopeless. They cannot explain some of the fine points of sailing because there isn’t time, and the depth of sailing knowledge, generally, in the audience is about as deep as the water you float a skim board on.”

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“Then if you think kiteboarding is not the answer, what is?” I asked the live-aboard, live-alone sailor. “A demolition derby using ferrocement sailboats,” Bubba enthused. “The first boat over the finish line wins, but ramming is allowed; firing flaming arrows into a competitor’s sails would be permitted. Taking a boat up so that it hits another competitor wouldn’t be illegal. Hitting another boat so that its chain plates came loose and the mast came down would be okay.” “Bubba,” I admonished, “sailors would have to be dressed up like football players to avoid being injured. They’d have to wear fireproof clothing. Helmets would be mandatory. People knocked into the water might drown. Boats would have to carry bolt cutters to cut away rigging. I suppose the crew could use them to cut a competitor’s shrouds. Fire extinguishers definitely would be necessary. It sounds far more like a NASCAR event or a wrestling or roller derby event than a sailboat race.” “Exactly,” Bubba emphasized. “Pretty smart, huh? Think of the commercial tie-ins. They could be worth millions. People may not understand much about the finesse required in sailing, but they easily understand brutality, overpowering force and blunt trauma. It’s part of the American way.”






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Chart Use Seminar, St. Petersburg, FL, Aug. 15 How to Use a Chart, will be presented by the St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave SE, Demens Landing. FREE. Materials are $30 per family. Maximum 20 students, preregistration required. Contact www.boating-stpete.org. North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC Ongoing adult sailing programs. Family sailing. Ongoing traditional boatbuilding classes. www.ncmm-friends.org, maritime@ncmail.net, (252) 728-7317. About Boating Safely Courses Required in Florida and Other Southern States Effective Jan. 1, 2010, anyone in Florida born after Jan. 1, 1988, must take a boating safety course in order to operate a boat of 10 hp or more. Other states require boaters to have boater safety education if they were born after a certain date, meaning boaters of all ages will eventually be required to have taken a course. To learn about the laws in each state, go to www.aboutboatingsafely.com. The course name “About Boating Safely,” begun by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, satisfies the education requirement in Florida and most Southern States and also gives boaters of all ages a solid grounding (no pun intended) in boating safety. Other organizations offer other courses which will satisfy the Florida requirements. The About Boating Safely (ABS) covers subjects including boat handling, weather, charts, navigation rules, trailering, federal regulations, personal watercraft, hypothermia and more. Many insurance companies also give discounts for having taken the boater safety education course. Completion of courses qualifies attendees for Florida’s Boater Safety card. The following are ABS courses (with asterisks **):

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**Ongoing — Ruskin, FL, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 Offers Home Study Safe Boating Course. Each month. The flotilla has found that many boaters do not have the time to attend the courses, so they are now also offering a home study course at $30. Additional family members will be charged $10 each for testing and certificates. Tests held bimonthly. Entry into the course allows participants to attend the classes. To apply, call (813) 677-2354.

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37th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, June 29-July 7 – More Than a Regatta This annual regatta, one of the most famous in the Bahamas and Florida, starts with Bob Henderson’s immense “Cheeseburger in Paradise” picnic and runs through a week of festivities and casual racing with Bahamian boats and cruisers from all over. Bob’s “Stranded Naked” party, as it’s also called, is the kick-off event for the regatta. Over 1200 cheeseburgers—plus fries, hot dogs, margaritas and rum punch—are fed to hundreds of visitors who come by every means possible-but mainly by boat. The party is followed by a series of five races that are held throughout the Abacos, all of which end at Hope Town where the final race and party are held. For more information, go to www.regattatimeinabaco.com.

Florida Lobster Season, July and August Openings Florida has two spiny lobster seasons for recreational divers. The first is the two-day mini sport season, which is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July, falling this year on July 25-26. The regular 8 month sea14

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Seven Seas Cruising Association and Ocean Cruising Club, 22nd Downeast Gam, Islesboro, ME, Aug. 4 The 22nd annual Downeast Gam will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at Dick and Kathy de Grasse’s cottage at the north end of Gilkey Harbor, Islesboro Island, Maine. (44 16.9N 68 58.9W). The cottage is a short walk from the town ferry dock where a few large, hard dinghies can tie up. Most dinghies land on the seaweed beach in front of the cottage. A dinghy raft-up will be held in the anchorage on Friday, Aug. 3, about 5 p.m. Gilkey Harbor is a large, all-weather harbor with good holding and few lobster pots. Islesboro is a nice sail further downeast or to Canada. There is no admission to the gam. Saturday festivities begin about 11 a.m., with a potluck lunch around noon. A grill and ice will be available. Bring books to swap and stuff to sell or give away. Jim Mitchell, Islesboro historian, will highlight the island’s history. Diesel, gas and water are available nearby. T-shirts and other memorabilia will be for sale. Channel 68 will be monitored from Wednesday through the weekend. Call with questions. (781) 635-5439, or (207) 734-6948 after June 1. Dick and Kathy de Grasse, s/v Endeavour, Islesboro, ME.


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Corps Temporarily Closes Locks on Okeechobee Waterway The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announced temporary closures of two locks along the Okeechobee Waterway for repairs. The Moore Haven Lock closed on June 11 to complete installation of the Manatee Protection System (MPS). The MPS is intended to protect endangered manatees that might be swimming in the vicinity of the lock gates. The lock is expected to be closed for about two months while installation is completed. Concurrently, the Corps also planned to close the St. Lucie lock on June 18 to undertake emergency repairs on the gates. A recent inspection revealed the gates at that lock weren’t closing completely due to damage on a seal. The lock is expected to be closed for about two weeks (it could have reopened in early July by the time you read this). Notices to Navigation have been issued for both closures. An additional Notice to Navigation has also been issued advising boaters of construction activity taking place

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US SAILING Statement on Kiteboarding vs. Windsurfing Prepared by Dean Brenner, US SAILING Board Member and Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee (Editor’s note: In May, the International Sailing Federation made the decision to include kiteboarding and eliminate windsurfing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The decision has caused quite a stir around the world, especially in the windsurfing community.) Every four years, difficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community frustrated and feeling, at least on some level, disenfranchised. I say this as a former Soling sailor who was quite upset with decisions made in November 2000, and a long-time keelboat sailor who did not agree with the recent decisions to exclude keelboats from the Games entirely. I know, first hand, how it feels to have the part of the sport I care most about excluded. There is no right and wrong here, or good and bad. On behalf of US SAILING, I would like to raise my hand and explain the reasoning behind the votes. While the Board of US SAILING makes final decisions on all recommendations to our ISAF delegation, much of the thinking on Olympic events and equipment originates in the Olympic Sailing Committee, which I lead. The OSC believes, and I continue to support this 100 percent, that kites will be good for the sport of sailing, worldwide. The reasons are simple: 1. Kiteboarding is an exciting and rapidly growing area of the sport. 2. The infrastructure required will be minimal. 3. The potential exists to bring in new countries to the sport of Olympic Sailing, and at Council, there was support from every continent and region: Europe, Caribbean, South America, North America, Oceania, Review Your Boat SOUTHWINDS is looking for boaters to review their own boat. We found readers like to read reviews by boat owners. If you like to write, we want your review. It can be long or short (the boat, that is), a racer, a cruiser, new or old, on a trailer or in the water. Photos essential. If it’s a liveaboard, tell us how that works out. Or—is it fast? Have you made changes? What changes would you like? Contact editor@southwindsmagazine.com for more specifics and specifications on photos needed. Articles must be sent by e-mail or on disc. We pay for the reviews, too.


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Asia, Africa and the Mideast. 4. Kites can be sailed close to shore, increasing spectator possibilities. 5. There have been major advancements in safety, and the evaluation report said exactly that. Those interested in this debate really should read that report, linked here. Is there work to be done? Every time events or equipment are changed, work is required. There will ALWAYS be more work to get a new event established vs. the continuation of an existing one. Does US SAILING have work to do in supporting the industry’s pipeline development? Of course. For kiteboarding to flourish, the kiteboarding community will need to commit to increased support in this area. US SAILING will work on developing pathways for kite sailors to make the Olympics, just as it has done in other classes. The decisions on Olympic events and equipment are never easy. But I stand behind ISAF’s decision 100 percent. Kiteboarding will be good for the sport of sailing, in the USA and worldwide.

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US SAILING Releases Preliminary Recommendations in Farallones Race Tragedy From US SAILING In late May, a US SAILING Independent Review Panel released a set of preliminary recommendations from the research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the deaths of five sailors from the sailboat, Low Speed Chase, on April 14. The panel presented this information to the new San Francisco Bay Offshore Racing Council, which includes local race organizers and yacht clubs, on Tuesday, May 22. The council has developed its goals to enhance safety and communications practices for all upcoming offshore events in the Bay area. The US SAILING preliminary recommendations are as follows: 1. Enhanced training of sailors in seamanship and piloting, including understanding of wave development in shoaling waters and safe distance off a lee shore.


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2. Once-a-season training seminars in appropriate safety gear and mandatory skippers’ meeting for offshore races. 3. Assurance of compliance with existing Minimum Equipment Requirements, including post-race inspections. 4. Improved race management, including accountability for boats on the course, crew members’ information, compliance with Coast Guard Marine Event Permit conditions, and improved communication with sailors and Coast Guard. 5. Consistency of protocol and requirements for all Bay area offshore races. The panel chairperson, Sally Honey, stated that, “The US SAILING independent review panel for the Low Speed Chase accident has completed a substantial amount of its fact-finding agenda, including a questionnaire to all racers in the fully-crewed Farallones Race; personal interviews with racers, including survivors and witnesses; and plots and analysis of two dozen GPS tracks around southeast Farallon Island.” “We are heartened by the seriousness with which the council has set priorities and assigned tasks to meet their mandate,” continued Honey. “We believe they are off to a good start in achieving more consistency between the various organizing authorities and making offshore racing safer for all.” “I am especially pleased with US SAILING‘s outreach to the boating community both by conducting interviews and by briefing the preliminary findings to the newly formed local offshore racing council,” said Capt. Cynthia Stowe, Coast Guard captain of the Port of San Francisco. ”The Coast Guard appreciates the tremendous support of the offshore race organizers and sponsoring yacht clubs. It’s the coordination and support from this local community which will ensure we learn all that we can from this tragic loss.” A full report from the panel will be released by US SAILING in June. (Note from Editor: As of press date, US SAILING had not released the full report, nor had they released their report on the accident in the Newport to Ensenada Race.)

months or years in a long cruise,” he adds. The first issue, summer 2012, has features on bareboat adventures in the British Virgin Islands, Greece, the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest, and canal barging in France. Each issue also features a sea trial of a boat popular in bareboat fleets while a product feature, Cargo, examines items of interest to bareboat charterers which, in the premiere issue, are duffel bags. Regular columns and departments cover bareboat topics such as health, finances, cooking aboard, charter news, and insider tips on chartering. Among the features of the magazine are hyperlinks to advertisers’ websites, the ability to print pages and online videos. Go to www.chartersavvy.com for more information and to read the latest issue.

360 Yachting to Open Charter Company in North Carolina Outer Banks 360 Yachting, a successful charter company with bases in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas is opening a new base in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Owner Jay Phillips has been planning this expansion of his successful Florida and Bahamas charter company for some time and feels the time is right for 2012-2013. The company is currently in discussion with local boat owners interested in charter management for their motor yachts and sailboats, both desirable and marketable for charter in the Outer Banks region, according to Phillips. “360 Yachting offers sound common-sense management of privately owned yachts, whose business-savvy owners appreciate the obvious advantages of a yacht earning its own keep. Outer Banks locals are very familiar with the idea of earning returns on vacation property and there is little financial difference between beach condo and yacht for rental. Many of 360 Yachting’s current boat owners capitalize on tremendous tax advantages by placing their boat in a small business within 360 Yachting’s charter management program. While new yachts are great, 360 Yachting is adept at maintaining and marketing slightly older yachts.” The Albemarle and Barrier Island sailing experience is quite different from the Bahamas or Florida Keys where 360

Online Charter Magazine Launched A new online magazine, CharterSavvy, devoted exclusively to bareboat chartering, was launched recently. It is issued quarterly, free to subscribers, and offers in-depth features and photography about bareboat charters worldwide. The magazine is the creation of Chris Caswell, a wellknown veteran of boating publications, a former senior editor and charter editor of Yachting magazine, and a former editor of Sea magazine. “Bareboat chartering is a fast-growing niche in boating that isn’t being addressed by the mainstream media,” says Caswell. “Because of the economy, some people have given up their boats—at least temporarily—but still savor the boating lifestyle on bareboat charters. Bareboat charters are also an enjoyable way to sample the boating delights of foreign countries without investing 18

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Articles Wanted About Southern Yacht Clubs, Sailing Associations and Youth Sailing Groups SOUTHWINDS magazine is looking for articles on individual yacht clubs, sailing associations and youth sailing groups throughout the Southern states (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX (east Texas). Articles wanted are about a club’s history, facilities, major events and general information about the club. The clubs and associations must be well established and have been around for at least five years. Contact editor@ Southwindsmagazine.com for information about article length, photo requirements and other questions.


Yachting has been growing its fleet over the last seven years. Phillips comments, “The sailing adventure in the Outer Banks involves the natural beauty of the area, including its historic seaports, life-saving stations and lighthouses, while catching your own shrimp, crabs, and clams.” In general the area appeals to a more environmentally curious and aware individual. Phillips adds, “It is great for families with children and water sports enthusiasts who are into kiteboarding, surfing, diving, and fishing.” 360 Yachting welcomes calls and emails from prospective owners and charterers at (305) 394-9517 or charters@360yachting.com. The company website is at www.360yachting.com.

Boat Brokerage Sales Reach Five-Year High in May YachtWorld.com reported in June that boat sales, which have been in a slump for much longer than the housing market, reached a five-year high in May with 3518 boats sold—an eight percent increase over May 2011, although the total sales dollars this year was 40 percent lower. That’s because May 2011 had an extreme high with 30 boats over 80 feet selling for a total of $254 million (that’s an average of $3.18 million per boat). Total dollar sales was $553 million, while this year’s May sales were $330 million. This year’s

May sales of boats over 80 feet only numbered nine boats for a total value of $31 million. The leading category for boats sold in May was for boats under 26 feet, with 1116 boat sold. Average prices for boats was down in every category except the 36- to 45-foot range. The 2011 year-to-date figures show a volume increase of six percent and a dollar value decrease of two percent over last year’s same time period. Total sales in 2011 through May was $1.43 billion.

Company Pursues Abandoned Boat Recycling American Fiber Green Products announced recently that it was working on a fiberglass boat recycling operation in Florida. The company is pursuing property for the business in west-central Florida. The company would process the fiberglass to be used in new marketable products. The Coast Guard estimates that there are 9000 derelict boats in the shallow waters of the Gulf Coast. Most of these are fiberglass and could be recycled if the cost of getting the boats to the plant is workable. Fiberglass is a difficult product to recycle, but people around the world are working on it. Information on recycling fiberglass and American Fiber Green Products is available at their website at www.americanfibergreenprod-

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Sarasota Sailing Squadron Mooring Field Denied by State By Harmon Heed


fter 14 years of administrative and legal haggling, and tens of thousands of dollars in legal expenditures, the not-for-profit Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) has been denied its application for a fee-waived Submerged Land Lease (SSL) to establish a not-for-profit mooring field. Since the state of Florida owns most of the land under most of the water around the state, that land must be leased from the state in order to be used. If the land is leased for “public use,” the leasing fee can be waived, therefore, a “fee-waived” lease. If the land is leased for “private use,” a leasing fee—rent—must be paid. And rent, on the coast, is high. The Squadron was born as a youth sailing club at the Sarasota Yacht Club in the 1920s and was chartered by the state as The Squadron guest dock and the Youth Sailing Program dock. Behind is the soon to be the Sarasota Sailing Squadron in 1947. It abolished mooring field. was originally located at the city pier at the acquire a Land Management Agreement (LMA) with the end of Main Street, where the pristine and profitable Marina State of Florida for your mooring area.” Since the Squadron Jack marina is today. In 1958, it moved across Sarasota Bay was/is a city tenant on the upland property adjacent to the to City Island, a sand spit that had been recently created proposed mooring field, city participation was/is required. with the spoils of dredging New Pass and a channel into In August of 2000, the city produced a contract, which gave Sarasota. The city gave it a “perpetual” lease of $1 per year the Squadron the right to “…act on the City’s behalf to for “public use” of a portion of the barren spit. obtain a SLL for use as mooring field.” The property the Squadron is on is no longer barren. In 2003, the Squadron had the projected mooring field With no money asked for or provided by the city, the memsurveyed. In August of 2004 it submitted a formal applicabers built a 5,000 square-foot clubhouse that included a dintion to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ing room, bar, office, heads with showers, laundry, and a (FDEP) for an SLL of 38 ½ acres to expand its 38 moorings spacious, screened-in patio for meals, meetings or dancing. to 149 moorings. The FDEP issued Requests for Additional Adjacent is a large, raised pergola with bandstand/stage Information (RAI), “… one after another using 90-day winthat is popular for barbecues and weddings. There is a boat dows for responses extending communication for a period work area, parking space for 400 boats on trailers and racks of several years.” According to David Jennings, then secrefor 400 smaller boats and kayaks. There are now two guest tary of the Squadron, “The Squadron never failed to provide docks and over two dozen slips, two boat ramps, two boat accurate information and satisfactory responses.” hoists and a sea wall to protect it all from wakes created by After three years of RAIs and responses and having had big boats going in and out of New Pass. access to drawings, aerial photographs and current condiIn 1981 the Squadron was issued an Environmental tions provided by the Squadron, the DEP, “during processResource Permit (ERP) by the Department of Environmental ing of that application,” made a visit to the site and finally Regulation (DER) to install 38 concrete mooring anchors in became aware that an additional 65 moorings had already the water adjacent to the leased land. The borders of the been installed without authorization from the department. mooring field were defined by a hand sketch only. No lease At the suggestion of the DEP, in October 2007, the Squadron or provisions for management were required. The 38 moorwithdrew its application for a SLL so that violations, meanings “organically” grew to 120, as anyone who wanted to ing unauthorized moorings, could be resolved prior to the dropped any kind of mooring in and around the area, and issuance of a lease. shackled on. Catch-22: the Squadron could not require boaters to In 1998 the SSS board members realized it would be remove the unauthorized moorings, because the Squadron prudent for the Squadron to manage the mangy field in was never given authority to manage the mooring field, and front of their club so they began the process of obtaining a the Squadron would not be given the authority to manage SLL. They went to the South West Florida Regional Harbor the mooring field until it required the boaters to remove the Board (SWFRHRB), a group funded by the West Florida unauthorized moorings. Inland Navigation District (WCIND), and the SWFRHB Then the DEP staff initiated enforcement to resolve vioencouraged them “…to move forward with your plan to


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lations at the site. It drafted a Consent Order (CO) to sions or correspondence between the SSS and DEP. address the collection of costs and expenses and a The DEP did propose changes to the application that Temporary Use Agreement (TUA) to collect administrative “… may enable the department to grant a permit and fines. Those costs, expenses and fines added up to $10,000 authorization to use sovereign submerged lands: for violations the Squadron was 1) Establish a system to never given authority to mannotify the public of the availage or control. ability of rental slips and assign In early 2008, the Squadron them in such a manner to qualresubmitted its application for ify as a “public” facility witha SLL, and the process began out preference for, or requireagain. The DEP notified the ment of, membership. Squadron that the CO and 2) Detail how revenues (TUA) were in review and from the rental of slips (moorwould be forthcoming. And ings) will be used only for then the department found operation and maintenance of that, in accordance with the the mooring field and associatOffice of Counsel General ed amenities, to the exclusion (OCG), in spite of the SSS being of the facilities used for the a non-profit entity, to enable it benefit of the members of the to obtain a “fee-waived” SLL, The Squadron dinghy dock. The dinks are tenders for boats on SSS. the city would have to be a co- the moorings. The powerboats are used to tend to the moorings. 3) Provide clarification of how applicant and could not simply the operation of a “public” authorize the Squadron to be an agent to “… act on the rental mooring field in conjunction with a private, City’s behalf.” So the Squadron petitioned the city to be a membership-only sailing club is consistent with the co-applicator. public purposes of the applicant organizations (the After 10 years of wrangling, the Squadron finally enlistcity of Sarasota and SSS).” ed legal help. In December of 2008, they hired past commodore and waterfront expert, Dave Levin, Esq. The first In other words, allow nonmembers and powerboats access issue was the fines, which Levin got reduced to $500. Then to the moorings. That would be inconsistent with being a came negotiated terms on how to move forward should the sailing club. lease application be denied. Those became another formal What does the 65-year-old Sailing Squadron do now? CO and a Temporary Use Permit (TUP), which the DEP Does it make changes and reapply or does it abandon the 14 finally executed in October of 2010. A new application for a years of effort? To reapply would cost more in legal fees. SLL was again submitted in February of 2011, endorsed by Dave Levin does do a lot of the work pro bono and does the Sarasota City Commissioners and signed by Mayor schedule SSS business in Tallahassee with other private Atwell in June. In December of last year “… the project was business, but he can’t do it all for free. Of the 800 Squadron deemed complete at that point,” by the DEP. members, only about 100 (approximately one out of eight) The Squadron had been dealing with DEP personnel at of them are concerned with the mooring field; the rest have the Southwest District Office, Temple Terrace (near Tampa). their boats on trailers or in racks. They may not want to The now Squadron commodore, David Jennings, felt he had spend the money on the one-eighth involved. a good rapport with those people and that those people felt What happens if the Squadron abandons the project? optimistic about the SLL application being approved. Final All but 38 of the 100-plus moorings would then be illegal, approval was up to the Governor’s Board of Trustees (BOT), subject to fines and required removal. Since no records have which holds the deed to all state-submerged land. Prior to been kept of what/when moorings were installed, the submission of the application to the BOT, it must be vetted Squadron does not know which are the original 38, if the by other offices such as the Office of Counsel General, Fish first 38 were installed within the rough, hand-sketched and Wildlife Conservation Commission. boundaries, or which are now within those rough boundOn April 20, the Southwest District Office of the Florida aries. The only thing the Squadron does know for sure is Department of Environmental Protection issued a that people have been buying and selling the moorings for Consolidated Notice of Denial for an Environmental thousands of dollars for years, have paid no recurring Resource Permit and Lease for the Use of Sovereign mooring fees and not all of the boats on the moorings are Submerged Lands to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The owned by Squadron members. reason for denial was, in short, that the proposed SSS moorAcross the Bay, the Sarasota Bayfront Mooring Field, ing field was not a “public use” project but was instead for managed by the for-profit company Marina Jack, is schedprivate or commercial use for sailboats only by the SSS and uled to open this summer with 35 moorings. Mooring fees inconsistent with Florida’s Coastal Management Program will run $250 a month and up, depending on the size of the (FCMP) as required by the Coastal Zone Management Act boat. Boats will have to be insured, safety-inspected by (CZMA)—and therefore not eligible for a fee-waived lease. authorized personnel, have operable engines and MSDs and (A fee-based lease would cost the Squadron around be legally registered. As per the new FWC Pilot Program $130,000 a year.) This reason came as a total surprise to the required ordinance, boats will not be allowed to anchor in SSS. 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2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, June 1-Nov. 30 BOOK REVIEW

At the Mercy of the Sea Written by John Kretschmer Review by Steve Morrell This is the second book I’ve reviewed this year of books I found in my house. I get books sent to me regularly on all sorts of subjects, on boats, sailing, etc. I give many away as I can’t use them all; some I keep for reference and others I just hide on the shelf. In the February issue, I reviewed Escape From Hermit Island—a well-written and fascinating story of two women who had a real adventure in the South Pacific (read the review in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com). After I started it, I couldn’t put it down. It was the same with At the Mercy of the Sea. I’d heard of author John Kretschmer because he regularly gives lectures at Florida boat shows for Sail America— practical, how-to lectures about crossing the Atlantic, surviving storms at sea, etc. This book is a little different. Kretschmer became friends with a sailor whose goal was to become a solo sailor—and a serious one at that. His

friend, Carl Wake—a man with some sailing experience, but no real blue water or solo experience— bought an able, seaworthy boat and just took off for the Caribbean. He followed most of the rules, but Kretschmer wondered if he’d spent more time planning and less time sailing than was needed. But Carl Wake, a retired military officer, was a capable man with a lot of personal and physical strength, and he had enough experience to smartly plan his trip, prepare his boat and sail off on his own to the Caribbean, but Carl had a bit of bad luck and ran into a “rogue” hurricane that just didn’t seem to want to follow the traditional paths that storms take during the Atlantic Hurricane season. It wasn’t only Carl who ran into Hurricane Lenny in November 1999. Two other sailboats were out there in the same storm in the waters around the Virgin Islands. Although Carl Wake is the main character in this book, this is the story of those three boats, the people on them and their meeting with Hurricane Lenny. In the beginning of the book, Kretschmer lets the reader know that Carl Wake doesn’t survive, but he doesn’t tell you the fate of those on the other two boats. Despite Wake’s limited storm experience, he pulls off an amazing feat in assisting one of the other boats in the middle of the storm. There’s a lot to learn from this book, which is very wellwritten and suspenseful enough that I lost a lot of sleep because I had to stay up and read the ending one night. It’s a story of what to do and what not to do—and sometimes there is just nothing you can do when you are at the mercy of the sea.

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BoatUS has found a new tactic for preparing for incoming storms—using tie-downs with boats stored ashore—that has proven to significantly lessen the impact of storm damage. “We’ve known for a long time that the most effective storm preparation tactic a boat owner can do is to remove the boat from the water and store her ashore in a location above the anticipated storm surge,” said BoatUS Director of Damage Avoidance Bob Adriance. “Over the last few years, we’ve now learned that if you add tie-downs on both sides of a boat that are secured to deck cleats and either embedded in the concrete pad or deeply screwed into the earth with helical anchors, you can almost eliminate storm damage from all but the most severe storms. Of course, you also have to include other measures, such as reducing windage by removing roller-furled sails and biminis, and ensuring that jack-stands rest on a firm surface, but if you want the least damage and want to get back on the water after a storm as quickly as possible, pulling the boat from the water and firmly tying her down are a winning plan,” added Adriance. Go the BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center at www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes. The website includes detailed storm-tracking information, as well as the no-cost, downloadable Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes. www.southwindsmagazine.com

Keys Spring Wharram Rendezvous Attended by James Wharram and co-designer, Hanneke Boon By Scott B. Williams


This exceptionally nice example of a Wharram Tiki 30 was built in the Philippines, at the yard of Andy Smith, another of James Wharram’s licensed professional builders. Photo by Scott B. Williams.

he fifth annual Spring Wharram Rendezvous in Islamorada, FL, was an extraspecial event this year for enthusiastic builders and sailors of these popular, mostly homebuilt catamarans. For the first time ever, world-renowned British multihull pioneer James Wharram and his Dutch co-designer, Hanneke Boon, were in attendance to answer questions and share sea stories with fans of their designs. Often credited with selling more sets of plans to boatbuilders than any other designer in the world, James Wharram has been fueling dreams of sailing away to a tropical paradise for decades. His boats have been built in garages and backyards around the globe and can often been seen in anchorages both on and off the beaten cruising path worldwide. These shallow-draft, open-deck designs are most at home in tropical waters, and there are probably more Wharram cats concentrated in Florida than anywhere else in the United States. These annual get-togethers, called “Hui Wharram,” at the Lorelei Restaurant, are made possible by the hard work of Islamorada resident Dan Kunz who keeps his own 36foot Wharram Tangaroa Mark IV, Forever Young, docked at the marina next door. Dan has long been a Wharram catamaran owner and enthusiast, having previously owned a Tiki 26 for years before acquiring his larger boat. He keeps in touch with most owners and builders in Florida throughout the country, and begins his email campaigns months in advance every year, targeting those already into the Wharram scene and attracting many who are just thinking

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Hui Wharram 2012 – Fun Times with Sun and Rain – Event Report By Dan Kunz Nearly 70 people attended the fifth annual Wharram rendezvous (Hui Wharram) in Islamorada, FL (and the seventh Florida rendezvous), on May 18-20, at the Lorelei Cabana Bar and Restaurant. Besides presentations by Wharram and Boon, others who spoke about their experiences were Charles and Corinne Kanter, Frank Papy, and Scott Williams. Ten Wharram boats were at the event, along with a few partially completed ones that were under construction. Due to severe weather just before the rendezvous, many boats that were planning to come could not make the trip. Although early morning rains on Friday and Saturday put a damper on the event, the rest of the weekend brought great Florida Keys weather. Saturday evening dinner and the door prize drawings went well and without a drop of rain. All attendees seemed pleased. As usual, the Lorelei did a great job for all. Each of the speakers graciously provided items for door prizes as did Latitudes and Attitudes magazine and the Lorelei. Each year awards are presented for selected unique achievements. These highly regarded and coveted awards can be used as ornaments for the captain’s den, table place mats that barely adequately replace newsprint or puppy pooper-scoopers. This year’s awards went to: Paul Meestrell, who drove from Oklahoma just to see a Wharram boat; Vince Cameron as best new build for his Tanenui 29; Thom DelForge for an outstanding rebuild of his Tiki 31; and Gene Perry as our inspirational leader and our oldest sail-in on his Tiki 26 at 87 years old (he is 87, not the Tiki!). James and Hanneke presented Gene Perry with a signed commemorative 2012 Hui Wharram burgee for his many years of work on behalf of Wharram boats in the United States. Another burgee signed by James and Hanneke was given, by drawing, to the owner of a Wharram catamaran. Bill Ludeman and his daughter Jennifer, owners of a Tangaroa MKI, won the drawing. James and Hanneke took home a commemorative 2012 Hui Wharram burgee signed by all who attended the Hui. The rendezvous is expected to be the same weekend (May 17-19) and at the same place in 2013. about taking the plunge. South Florida is also home to James Wharram Designs’ only licensed professional builder in the United States. Since building his first Wharram demo boat in 2008, an exceptional example of the Tiki 30 design, David Halladay, of Boatsmith, Inc., was approved by James and Hanneke to build any of their designs for customers who want the very best in quality of construction without having to do it themselves. Boatsmith has since delivered several finished Wharrams that are now either in the charter business or with private owners. Current projects underway include two 47-foot, foam-core fiberglass catamarans derived from Wharram’s classic Ariki design. The company moved opera-


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Hanneke Boon (Wharram Dutch co-designer), left, Thom delForge, and James Wharram, aboard Thom’s Tiki 31. Photo by Scott B. Williams.

tions to a new shop big enough to accommodate several large builds simultaneously. Because of the renewed interest in these designs in South Florida, and the growing size of the annual rendezvous in Islamorada, Halladay invited James and Hanneke over from England to meet their many fans and admirers on this side of the pond. While in Florida, they also attended the grand opening party at the new Boatsmith shop and got a chance to sail on one of the fiberglass Tiki 8-Meter cats built for charter service in Marco Island. While the biggest part of a Wharram rendezvous is simply visiting and looking over the boats in attendance and asking questions of the owners, the one structured part of the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon and evening. The main event, of course, was the talk given by James and Hanneke just before dinner under the tent set up for those in attendance. The day of their flight to Florida, on the Tuesday before the event, James celebrated his 84th birthday. You wouldn’t know it by his enthusiasm for discussing boat design, however, and even after two days of answering a barrage of questions—and climbing all over the various catamarans at the rendezvous—he was still full of energy as he talked about the sailing migrations of early man in the Pacific. James has been fascinated with this topic since he was a young man, and his study of Polynesian voyaging canoes that began then shaped his entire life. He set out to prove his own theories after reading of the Pacific voyages of Thor Heyerdahl—on the raft Kon Tiki—and Eric de Bisschop, on the catamaran Kaimiloa. In 1953/54, he built Europe’s first successful offshore catamaran, the 23-foot, 6-inch Tangaroa, which he then sailed across the Atlantic from England to Trinidad in 1955-56. Based on what he learned on the voyage, James and his crew of two girls then built a 40-foot catamaran in Trinidad and sailed her from there to New York, and then back to Britain in 1959, completing the first ever North Atlantic crossing by multihull. In 1969, he published a book about the voyage: Two Girls, Two Catamarans, which is available in a new edition now, copies of which he was signing at the rendezvous. The design principles he developed during that first double trans-Atlantic voyage have carried through to all of his designs to date: 1) Narrow beam/length ratio hulls; 2) Veed cross-section to sail to windward without dagger boards or centerboards; 3) Flexibly mounted beams joining www.southwindsmagazine.com

Beach Cats. Four shallow-draft Wharram cruising catamarans pulled up to the beach at the Lorelei in Islamorada, site of the 2012 Spring Wharram Rendezvous. Left to right: Tiki 30, Tiki 26, Tanenui 29 and Tiki 31. Photo by Scott B. Williams.

A Tiki 30 and Tiki 26, side-by-side on the beach at the Lorelei. Photo by Scott B. Williams.

hulls together; 4) No permanent deck cabin between hulls. As a result of these principles, Wharram catamarans have an impressive safety record, with many ocean crossings and circumnavigations to their credit, including the record for the smallest catamaran ever to circumnavigate the globe: Rory McDougall’s tiny Tiki 21. The fact that all these boats, from the smallest Hitia 17 to the mighty Pahi 63 are designed with removable beams connecting the hulls together, means that they can be built most anywhere, even far inland, then moved to the coast for

assembly and launch. Some of these catamarans have been thrown together quickly and built rough, using the cheapest materials available by those impatient to get out on the water, while others have been lovingly crafted with meticulous care. All give a pride of ownership beyond what you can typically experience by just going out and buying a boat. This is summed up by the statement on the first page of The Wharram Design Book: “We believe a boat, like weapons, tools, weaving and pottery, is one of man’s earliest artifacts. As with weapons, tools, weaving and pottery, they can be strictly utilitarian or embody the highest sculptural, decorative aspects of man’s psyche. At its best, a boat is the totality of environmental sculpture. In a world of shifting values, to build and sail one’s own boat, gives an inner certainty, strength and apartness to live one’s own lifestyle.” This feeling of pride and accomplishment gained by building and sailing one’s own boat has led some Wharram owners to build several. Gene Perry of Hobe Sound, FL, is an example of one of those, having built the first Tiki 21 in Florida shortly after the design won a Cruising World contest for innovative trailerable sailboats back in 1982. Gene later built a Tiki 26, which he still sails to this day, and at the age of 87 this year, he won the award for the oldest sailor to sail to the Wharram Rendezvous aboard his own boat, presented to him by James and Hanneke on Saturday evening. Like Gene Perry, as a longtime fan of Wharram’s design work, I wouldn’t have missed this event for anything, and my 2,000 mile round trip drive from Mississippi was well worth it for a chance to sit down and talk to both James and Hanneke about my own Tiki 26 project, which is nearing completion. I think all those in attendance would say the same thing, and I’m sure every builder or would-be builder there left with new inspiration to get back in the boat shed and go back to work. As for James and Hanneke, they seemed to be right at home sharing their knowledge and experiences with all who were interested, and they were pleasantly surprised at how many fans made the trip to Islamorada to meet them. Scott B. Williams is a sailor, boatbuilder and sea kayaker based in Mississippi and is the author of eight books on boating and survival topics. He can be reached through his website at www.scottbwilliams.com.

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“The best thing about buddy boating is sharing a quiet cove at the end of the day. This one’s at Cat Island in the Bahamas; Salsa is on the right.” The boat in the middle is One Eyed Parrots, owned by Ken and Leigh, who we buddied up with on their first Gulf Stream crossing. Also along on the crossing was the catamaran Deuces Wild, on the left.

Buddy Boating: Are Two (Three, Four) Heads Better Than One? By Betsy Morris


ots of cruising sailors like to travel together. A buddy boat, or two, or three, is fun. Friendships ripen; problems seem smaller; the gizmo that Boat A needs to fix its watchamacallit can often be found in the bilges of Boat B. Last winter, my friend Doris and I met on a beach in the Bahamas. She wondered about buddy boating—its advantages and disadvantages. Doris and her husband Dennis are experienced sailors but new to full-time cruising. My husband Monty and I have cruised for years in Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Monty and I have learned a lot from sailing friends willing to buddy-boat with us over the years: experienced sailors who took us in hand the first time we came down the ICW, or crossed the Gulf Stream, or figured out the vagaries of Customs and immigration in countries where we did or did not speak the language. Sometimes, the match-up was less than equal. I remember a Southern friend drawling, “How’re you doin’?” over VHF from his very large, very stable cruising ketch as together we sailed from Isla Tortuga to Los Roques archipelago off Venezuela. It was 2 a.m. on a winter night in 1993. We were bouncing like an India rubber ball; Monty and I were drenched, both of us on the edge of seasickness, and very glad we had scheduled to talk to our experienced friend Don every two hours. We lied. “We’re fine. How are you and Marylou?” “She’s sound asleep. I’m below watching a video with one eye and my radar with the other.” Monty and I couldn’t believe it. How could two boats on the same patch of ocean 32

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have such a different experience? As years went by, we traded our light Pearson 35 for our current heavier Gulfstar 39, Salsa, and we got braver, went farther afield, and occasionally had the opportunity to be the big buddy to new sailors. Ken and Leigh, owners of One Eyed Parrots, were new to sailing, new to cruising, and a little nervous about crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. We got to be good friends in Florida and were comfortable agreeing to be their buddy boat on their first crossing. At the last minute, another couple on a small catamaran asked if they could join us. How could we say no? Ken and Leigh were well prepared, only a bit anxious. The couple in the catamaran, we came to realize, had no reliable way to get weather, once out of VHF range of U.S. Coast Guard stations. Both the boat and her owners were barely seaworthy. On a mild day, we crossed the Stream to Bimini. All went well, although the cat was so slow, it squeaked into the harbor just before dusk. The next day, even milder, went well, and we three buddies anchored on the Bahama Banks. The third day it blew up to 20 knots just as we entered the Tongue of the Ocean. Salsa had the bone in her teeth; Ken and Leigh were whiteknuckled, but did fine; the catamaran blew out its jib, limped into Nassau, didn’t have the funds for the repair and somehow made it home. We’re still close friends with Ken and Leigh. They’ve learned a lot since that crossing six years ago and are now the big buddies for others. We’re out of touch with the others. I was a banker before I was a liveaboard cruiser. Once www.southwindsmagazine.com

I had a terrible boss. I learned more about being a good boss from that bad boss than I could have learned in a Ph.D course. We learned more about buddy boating from our experience with the catamaran than we ever learned from all our good experiences. We crossed the Caribbean from Colombia to Honduras a few years ago and were caught in a series of squalls 50 miles off Nicaragua (at a time when relations with that country were uncertain, and cruisers were giving it a wide berth). In the middle of the night, with seas routinely breaking over our stern, under reefed jib only, we heard an explosion, and our mast, with all related canvas and gear came down around us. We were traveling alone, as we usually do. If we had a buddy boat, or a fleet of buddy boats, not one could have helped us. Their presence would have been reassuring, but—although we were in a real mess—our lives were not in jeopardy. We didn’t need rescuing; we needed to clear the jumble on the deck, cut away the spars threatening to hole the boat, and assemble a jury rig to get us to Honduras. When we’ve shared this story with others (have you ever noticed how other sailors particularly want to hear the gory details?), many ask: don’t you wish you’d been sailing with other boats? Yes, and no. The community of cruisers is wonderful. We would From left to right are Monty and Betsy Morris, and Rasta, the manager of have received sympathy, advice, and the best of Sumner Point Marina, Rum Cay, Bahamas. TLC, but no one could have approached us—and if another boat had stood by, it might have comprosun, Doris could clearly see the reefs and their buddy boat mised its own safety. Of course, if we’d ended up in our about to make the same mistake. Dennis hailed their friends life raft, we might feel different… and supplied them with the needed information to make a Another time, we waited for friends for a month to safe passage avoiding the reef. With a buddy boat, you have cross with us to Cuba, as one thing after another delayed the advantage of communicating and sharing valuable them. Then they changed their minds, and we left alone— information. a month later than we wanted, annoyed at ourselves for When they left South Caicos for the 20-hour passage to waiting. the Dominican Republic, they watched the barometer drop Friends Doris and Dennis have followed the thorny and had a feeling that the timing was not right. The winds path to the Virgin Islands, island-hopping from George picked up. It was so rough in the anchorage they were worn Town, Bahamas, to the Virgins, with weather layovers in out just getting the dinghy into its davits. Meanwhile, their Rum Cay in Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, and three buddy boats weighed anchor and sailed away, and Puerto Rico. She and Dennis socialized and sailed with as they wondered: Could they all be wrong about this weather many as five boats, all with the same destination. They window? Doris and Dennis went ahead, hauled anchor and shared parts, knowledge, labor and sundowners, each boat joined the others. Predictably, they had a long and tough flowing in and out of the system to suit its individual passage the whole way. needs. Approaching Rum Cay, with a cold front coming fast, Doris and I got together again to compare notes on their boat, Magic, arrived first, and was greeted, by Rasta, in buddy boating. We agree on a short list of prerequisites for his pilot boat, who carefully led them through the reef and cruising with other boats: First, get to know your potential into the marina. Being relieved at how easy it was, Doris partners before your passage. How capable are they? How called back to the two buddy boats that had been traveling prepared are they and their boat? What’s their cruising with them since George Town. Eager to let them know, but speed under sail? Motoring? And what’s their time frame? distracted by being on the radio, she didn’t notice the dockSecond, whatever happens underway, you need to be able master waving Magic into a slip. Her commitment to the to make your own repairs. And, finally, and most imporbuddy boats put them in a compromised situation, maneutant, what are their expectations and what are yours? Do vering their 44-foot Brewer in a very tight space to take the you want to be in close radio contact, have a sundowner at nearest slip available. When you’re buddy boating, taking the end of the day, and help each other out with the usual care of your own boat comes first. minor equipment failures? Or do you expect your buddy Before crossing the Caicos Banks, they were told by a boat to come to your aid in the event of an emergency? local, “Take the Pearl route from Provo to South Caicos. It is Neither of us will give up on buddy boating. It’s a wonnot the deepest route, but if you stay on the rhumbline, you derful, informal system, and it works most of the time. But will be fine, plus you will get there a lot faster.” They did as if it doesn’t feel right, just wait awhile. Like an improvement they were told, had a head wind, plus the sun in their eyes, in the weather, another buddy will come along soon. and bumped on a reef. Turning around with her back to the News & Views for Southern Sailors


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Morgans vying for position just before the race start.

Charley and Maurine Morgan.

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he weather was perfect for this year’s annual Morgan Invasion, which was held for the first time in conjunction with the first Florida Catalina Rendezvous. It was also held as a fundraiser for the Suncoast Hospice, with over $2,000 donated. The event is held at and hosted by The Club Treasure Island, the original home of the Morgan Invasion. The Invasion is a coming-together of Morgan-designed or Morgan-built boats, along with Morgan aficionados who just love to come and party and mingle with this group of boat lovers. Charley Morgan always shows up to share his thoughts and experiences. Twenty-six Morgans and four Catalinas showed up this year, along with dozens of others who came by land. The smallest boat was a Morgan 22, and the largest Morgan was the classic Morgan OutIsland 45. The largest boat was a Catalina 470. Boats generally show up on Friday, rafting together at the club’s docks. Les Lathrop, the club’s dockmaster, checks the boats in and is also organizer of the event. On Friday, the tiki bar on the pool deck at the club is open for partying and mingling, accompanied by live music. Saturday was the traditional boat race in the Gulf while the non-racers hung out at the club, where Mary Maskal of the Galley Gourmet gave a presentation of her galley products geared for sailors. Catalina Yachts also offered several seminars, and Bionix offered free demo rides on their electric-assisted pedal boats. Good conditions prevailed for Saturday’s race with all but six of the 30 boats not racing. The afternoon sea breeze


Nobility, the Morgan OI 4I that was the overall winner of last year’s regatta.

Eclipse, a Chrysler 27, took first overall in the regatta, which will put it on next year’s T-shirts at the 2013 Morgan Invasion and Catalina Rendezvous.

picked up, coming in northwest to give the boats ample wind for a good race. The race is a fun event with no spinnakers or protests allowed. First to finish overall this year, and first to finish in Morgan Division A, was Eclipse, a Chrysler 27 skippered by Ron Kinney of the St. Pete Sailing Association. The modest $65 Morgan Invasion fee includes a dinner ticket, bag of goodies and a T-shirt. The winner of last year’s event is on the T-shirts, and Eclipse will be on the 2013 T-shirts. Nobility, a Morgan OI 41, was last year’s winner and was on this year’s shirts. First in the Morgan Division B was O’Tay Too, a Morgan 34, skippered by Dave Pickard of the Davis Island Yacht Club. Odyssey, a Morgan 25, skippered by Grover Griffin of the St. Pete Sailing Association, took first in Division C. Last year’s overall winner, Nobility, took first place in the Morgan OutIsland Division. After the race, boaters and guests gathered at the club for the after-race party, which was followed by the evening awards dinner, when Charley Morgan spoke. The following day, boaters departed after a leisurely Sunday morning. The two platinum-level sponsors who helped finance the event were Bill Edwards of Mortgage Investors and Patricia Rhamstine. Several other sponsors also donated funds and other items. For next year’s event, organizers are planning to open the Invasion to all boats of any make and manufacture, and race PHRF-rated boats, including spinnakers and multihulls. It is planned for the same weekend in May. The website is www.morganinvasion.com.

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ach year, the west coast of Florida features three major small boat events in the last two weekends of April and the first week of May. First was the Small Boat Festival in Cortez (north end of Sarasota Bay), held April 20-22. That was followed one week later by the Crystal River Boat Bash on April 28-29. And the third event was the Cedar Key Small Boat Meet on May 5-6—always held on the first full weekend in May. The Cortez Small Craft Festival, April 20-22 On the morning of the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival in Cortez, the weather was deteriorating rapidly. A cold front was rapidly approaching, and southwest to west winds were in the neighborhood of 25 to 35 knots, with rain and more wind predicted before the passage of the cold front. The weather caused all the sailing events to be cancelled, and in fact, the only boats that were in the water were ones that were sailed to the event. Only a dozen or so boats were on display on their trailers behind the boat shed and somewhat out of the weather. Further depressing the usually upbeat and interesting event was the resignation of Bob Pitt, the boatbuilder for the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH). Bob and his many volunteers helped build the Boat House, several award-winning boats, and the interior of the Maritime Museum at Cortez. His leadership and skills will be greatly missed. Between the clouds and rain, occasional bursts of sunlight brought the crowds to look at the lovely wooden boats behind the boat shop, and down by the waterfront as well. Dennis Bradley from Pine Island had sailed his Munroe Egret to the event, and had a friend sail the 25-foot Chapelle Sharpie that Dennis had rescued and restored to usable condition.



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The latest project at the Crystal River Boat Builders is building a replica of a 36-foot long Civil War scow sloop, which was used for inshore blockade running to supply western Florida during the war years. Here is the hull almost completely planked and ready for caulking and turning over.

A six-foot model of the replica of the 36-foot blockade runner being built at Crystal River.

At the Crystal River Boat Bash. Preston Watters’ Chesapeake light craft, John’s Sharpie, next to a Morgan OI 41.



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Rick Stewart judged the boats. The results by class: A-I Traditional Design / Traditional Construction 1st, Joe Barnette, Pickerel, Star Class restoration; 2nd, Tom Busenlener, Rascal, Phoenix II; 3rd, Larry Fagan Mistress of Pain. A-II Traditional Design / Contemporary Construction 1st, Simon Lewandowski, Goat, Goat Island Skiff. B Contemporary 1st, Mike Jones, Malu, stretched Windmill Class. C Restoration 1st, Dennis Bradley, April, Chapelle Sharpie and Monroe Egret; 2nd, Joe Barnette, Pickerel, Star Class. People’s Choice Award Mike Jones, Malu, Stretched Windmill Class. Crystal River Boat Bash, April 28-29 An altogether different and welcome weather pattern the following weekend greeted the participants and spectators at the Crystal River Boat Bash. The Boat Bash is an event put on by the Crystal River Boat Builders, a Traditional Small Craft Association group who are also sponsored by the Florida Archeology Network and the Friends of the State Park at Crystal River. Their latest project is building a replica of a 36-foot long Civil War scow sloop, which was used for inshore blockade running to supply western Florida during the war years. They have the hull almost completely planked and ready for caulking and turning over. Volunteers do all the work. By next year, the craft will begin to materialize on the banks of the Crystal River. A detailed six-foot-long model was displayed next to the upturned hull SOUTHWINDS

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Rex and Kathy Payne’s recently launched gaff ketch, No Man Land’s Boat, on the beach at the Cedar Key Small Boat Meet.

Small boats In front of Cedar Key’s Island Place.

to help visitors visualize the finished product. In addition to the construction of the sailing scow, small boat craftsmen from all over the Southeast attended to display and sail their craft. Camping on the grounds was permitted for the event, and a tent city popped up on Friday night. The Coast Guard, the Florida Archeology Network, and Civil War re-enactors set up displays on Saturday. Doug

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Engh displayed his newly completed Penobscot 14, Ransom II, an Arch Davis design. Ransom II is a lapstrake sloop with a finely varnished interior. Jack Bosen entered his 1962 restoration of a Grady White Hatteras 18 runabout, along with his newly built MacGregor 18 design by Iian Oughtred of Great Britain. Also present were two Goat Island Skiff designs by Australian Michael Storer. Simon Lewandowski and Rob Hazard had their Goats out on the river dueling it out on Saturday. Both were going along like scalded cats. Nick Lackey had a new sail for his New England style dory and got it out on the river on Friday and Saturday. Preston Watters sailed hull number one of John’s Sharpie, a Chesapeake Light Craft design, and Tom Busenlener from Mississippi was also out on Friday and Saturday sailing his Phoenix II design, Rascal II. Tom spends a month on the west coast of Florida attending all three April and May events. David Grey of Poly Sail International attended and displayed two sails that he recently completed for builders of the Puddle Duck Racer. Cedar Key Boat Meet, May 5-6 The Cedar Key Small Boat Meet is always the first full weekend in May, and is a completely unorganized event with no registration required. People just show up and sail their small boats out to the nearby islands, land on the beach and meet to show off their boats and sail in each other’s boats. Most have hotel reservations as much as a year in advance to make sure they have a nice bed to sail back to every night. It’s also getting more and more common for the small boat community to make this event a five-day or a week vacation. This year, the 100 or so boat designs tended to be smaller, with an abundance of sailing canoes of many designs, and some very traditional boats. Rex and Kathy Payne launched their newly built No Man’s Land Boat, which they have spent the last year building. The No Man’s Land Boat is a traditional double-ender with a gaff-rigged cat ketch sail plan. The sweet curves of her lines and short masts indicatwww.southwindsmagazine.com

Steve and Elizabeth Howe sail their hand-built double kayak trimaran at the Cedar Key Small Boat Meet. The beautiful woodwork inside Jean and Geoff Lee’s Chamberlain gunning dory in Cedar Key.

ed that she was designed for the cold waters of New England. The ubiquitous SeaPearl 21 cat ketches were in abundance as usual at this mostly shallow water event. Another lovely design was the Chamberlain gunning dory owned by Jean and Geoff Lee. Her dark green hull was offset by the meticulously varnished interior. Meade Gougeon of West System Epoxy was out sailing every day with his Everglades Challenge sailing canoe, Woodwind. This swift and highly evolved design has a square stern with flat run aft for planing when the wind picks up, and a five-foot leeboard that can be used in a forward facing position when paddling to help the canoe maintain its course. The West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron usually puts

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on a cookout on Saturday evening to bring everyone together. This year was no different. This year, the Squadron put on a shrimp boil with sausage, potatoes, corn, onions, and shrimp. About 130 sailors were served. Members of the Squadron brought covered dishes to fill out the menu. No one went home hungry, to say the least. After the meal, Bill Wright of JSI/Island Nautical and Meade Gougeon gave away wonderful door prizes to quite a few lucky attendees. Meade also gave a talk about the uses of his 610-epoxy repair kit in a tube—before giving away 32 tubes! The “super moon” of the weekend caused some extremely high and low tides in the area, which somewhat limited the beaches along the island shores at high tide, and left the anchored fleets high and dry at low tide. But the full moon over the old fishing village of Cedar Key in the evening more than made up for the inconvenience. If you have a small boat that you would like to bring to the event next year, start planning now, and come on the first full weekend in May 2013.


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Team Abu Dhabi and Team Telefonica fight a downwind duel in the round-the-buoy races in Miami.

Team Camper’s pavilion at the Miami Race Village. The pavilion and furniture are constructed from recycled cardboard.

LIFE AT THE EXTREME Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Miami May 6-20 By Marylinda Ramos and Steve Morrell


hirty-nine thousand miles. Nine months, from Spain to Ireland—the long way around. Ten ports of call and nine legs. Four equatorial crossings—all in a strippedout 70-foot carbon fiber shell. This is life at the extreme in the Volvo Ocean Race—the Everest of sailing. Conceived in an English pub in the early ’70s, the idea was for a race that would follow the trade routes of 19th century square riggers. It wasn’t long before the first Whitbread Round-the-World Race was held in 1973. Conditions belowdecks back then were comfortable, but the elements were harsh, claiming the lives of three men in that first race, but the race continued every three years, until Volvo bought it and introduced the Volvo Ocean 70 Class, holding its first race in 2005. With hull speeds of 40 knots, the Volvo 70 can cover more than 500 nautical miles in 24 hours. Teams are identified by sponsors (not by country). This year’s fleet of six boats left Alicante, Spain, on November 5, 2011, racing to South Africa. From there, teams raced to the United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand and Brazil—before arriving in Miami on May 9. The fleet left Miami on May 20 en route to Lisbon, Portugal. From there, it’s on to France and then the final leg to Ireland. The Race Village and the Miami Stopover May 9-20 Each stopover has a complete, pre-built race village—ready to welcome boats, crew and visitors as teams finish one leg and start another. It actually takes two villages: While one is being set up, an identical one is shipped to the next port. The race prides itself on being eco-friendly, re-using shipping containers to build most team pavilions and the teams’ work areas. One team’s pavilion and furniture are built from recycled cardboard. In Miami, the village was on the waterfront at Bicentennial Park. Several events are held at each stopover, including: 40

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teams racing in round-the-buoys races, which count—along with each boat’s position in the around-the-world legs— towards the final scoring; ProAm races where 100 local amateurs sail with the pros; pros coaching local Optimist sailors. Even a beach clean-up was held in Miami. At the race village, visible from almost every angle, was a video of the race, high on the exterior wall of the Volvo pavilion. Outside is a Volvo 70 simulator. Jump inside to see what it’s like on the bow. On the screen, waves crash into the camera lens, the simulator heels and rides every crashing wave, and incessant pounding of the sea reverberates off the walls, as they would off the hull. It takes a shore team of 50 people per team to pull this all off; building and running the villages, running the events, and holding meet-and-greets where visitors can meet skippers and crew. The stopovers are also a time for crew to reunite with family and friends, who travel to each port of call. The race village would not be possible without leadership and volunteers in each port. Locals Don Poole, Wendy Kamilar and Ryan Alexander led the board of directors of Volvo Ocean Race Miami, which managed fundraising, volunteer organizing, and operations. The Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club provided volunteers, vessels, and countless hours dedicated to making the stopover a success. The city of Miami and the Port of Miami were instrumental in providing the venue and facilities. How Extreme is This Race? This year’s race has had more breakdowns than any other in the race’s history. The Puma Team suffered a broken mast on the first leg and had to motor into port (motoring does www.southwindsmagazine.com

American skipper Ken Read accepting the trophy for Team Puma’s win in Leg 6 from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, FL. Puma also won the prize for most miles covered in a 24-hour period.

The bowman up Team Camper’s mast, searching for a breeze during the ProAm race. Busy crew on the Team Camper boat, skippered by Chris Nicholson (AUS) who has 3 Volvo Ocean Races, 2 Olympic campaigns and 6 world championships under his belt.

not disqualify a boat, but it gives them a low score—and last position—in that leg, as the total score of all legs and in-port races is what matters). Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by two-time Olympic medalist and America’s Cup veteran Ian Walker (GBR), lost its rig in the dead of night, just hours after the start. Team Sanya, skippered by twotime Volvo Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson (NZL)— and China’s first-ever entry in this race—suffered a collision at sea. A video shows crew strapped into a bosun’s chair, suspended along the starboard side, drilling holes in the hull for a massive patch while underway. That was just on Leg 1. It doesn’t include injuries, more broken masts for teams Groupama and Sanya, evading pirates in the Indian Ocean, dodging hail, drifting in the doldrums, flirting with Tropical Storm Alberto off Georgia, or Team Camper narrowly missing a whale at 20 knots after turning right at the Carolinas in the leg to Lisbon. At least food shortages are over. Each boat has packaging for each day’s meals for the 11 hungry crewmen. After being stuck in the doldrums, the fleet was three days late arriving in Miami, stretching planned meals to their limits News & Views for Southern Sailors

and causing some to ration their meals. The Latest Word (as we go to press) Puma, the only entry skippered by an American, Ken Read, was first to finish in Miami, placing it third overall. On June 10, Puma enjoyed a perfect start in Lisbon as it hoped to move from third to first overall as it raced in the second-tolast leg to France. From there, the last leg goes to Ireland. The last in-port round-the-buoy race—the last scored race— will be held on July 7 in Ireland. No matter the outcome, completing any part of this race is an accomplishment, as is hosting a stopover. And three years from now, in the next Volvo Ocean Race—whether the stopover is in Miami or some other port in the warm and sunny southeast United States—it will certainly be an event worth watching. For more information, photos and videos, go to www.volvooceanrace.com. For more photos by Marylinda Ramos of the Miami races and stopover, go to www.mlramos.photoshelter.com. SOUTHWINDS July 2012



Charter Mania in Charleston? By Dan Dickison On board Charleston Sailing Charters’ Beneteau 49, Fate, with clients enjoying food catered by the company Caviar and Bananas. Dustin Ryan, who captains the boat and runs the company, is at the helm.


ecessity, as the old maxim goes, is the mother of invention. And if so, opportunity might just be invention’s uncle. For Dustin Ryan—an entrepreneur in his mid 30s—it was opportunity that motivated him to establish a sailboat chartering business in Charleston, SC. That was over five years ago, at a time when Ryan couldn’t find much in the way of chartering available in the area. These days, however, his Charleston Sailing Charters is just one of nearly a dozen companies that sell sailing on or near Charleston Harbor. Ryan’s outfit does business using just one boat, an immaculately kept, 2007 Beneteau 49 emblazoned with its name—Fate—on the bow. This sloop is actually owned by a partnership of two out-of-town individuals, but Ryan serves as the operation’s manager and the boat’s captain on each of its outings. That means he’s sailing as many as 25 days a month. “I probably log more time sailing than anyone else in Charleston,” he mused on a recent sunset sail. That can keep things busy for a guy who also works as a photographer and a real estate broker, and has a wife and a two-yearold daughter at home. Lately, says Ryan, the chartering business has been good. “We did 22 charters in April,” he explained. Most of the trips for Fate are three-hour cruises around the harbor, out and back from her berth at the Charleston City Marina. She can handle up to six guests, but Ryan says he frequently has just two on board. “We get a lot of requests for wedding anniversary sails and occasionally a marriage proposal trip.” Fittingly, Ryan has an arrangement with one of the most rapidly expanding caterers in Charleston—a retail business called Caviar and Bananas. “We advertise Fate as ‘Charleston’s premier luxury charter,’ so it’s important to have the very best food and beverages for our guests.” An outing on board Fate doesn’t come cheaply. Ryan’s base rate is $375 for a two-hour sail, with $100 for each additional hour. But it might interest readers to know that, as a photographer, Ryan takes shots throughout the trip and 42

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then offers those to his guests. In addition, he’s begun to offer the boat for overnight stays. For $375 per night, you can sleep on board in ample comfort. At the other end of Charleston’s chartering spectrum— at least in the number of sailing vessels it offers—is Aqua Safaris, a firm run by John and Carole Borden out of their dockside office at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant. The Bordens set up shop here nearly 20 years ago, after working in the charter trade in the Caribbean. They offer private and public sails aboard an array of boats that range from a 55-foot catamaran to a 50-foot Columbia to a 33-foot cruising sloop. Like Charleston Sailing Charters, Aqua Safaris’ offerings are all captained charters. Their rates are similar for most options, but two of the company’s vessels are capable of carrying more than six guests. (Palmetto Breeze, the 55-foot catamaran, can take up to 100; Serena, the Columbia 50, can accommodate up to 20.) In addition to two-, three-, fourand six-hour sails, they also offer multi-day outings on some vessels. Because Aqua Safaris also serves as a booking agency for charter yachts in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Greek islands, the Bordens are well-connected and have the ability to expand their Charleston fleet. Due to that flexibility, they began to offer corporate team-building opportunities 15 years ago. The firm also offers specialty charters that run the gamut from pirate-themed sails, to sunset sails and family sails. A few docks over at the same marina are the yachts that make up OnDeck Charleston’s fleet. With bases in Europe and the Caribbean, OnDeck came to Charleston in 2010 and has since established itself as a popular sailing school and chartering outfit. (See SOUTHWINDS December 2010 “Can One Company do it All?” in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com). The company offers both captained and bareboat charters aboard boats ranging from a Colgate 26 to an Endeavor 42 (only the Colgates are available for bareboating.) And you can be on board from a half day to a www.southwindsmagazine.com

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Pied-a-Mer, a Beneteau 411 — one of the boats in the OnDeck charter fleet.

full day to multiple days. A half day spent sailing on board the company’s Beneteau 423 runs $500 in season (May through October). Closer to downtown Charleston, at the Charleston City Marina, would-be charterers can arrange to sail with Charleston Sailing School, which offers both captained and bareboat opportunities aboard its small fleet. The company does trips aboard a Fontaine-Pajot 46 (catamaran), a Bavaria 44, a Catalina 380, a Catalina 309, and a Catalina 250. (Only the three smaller vessels are available for bareboating.) A four-hour sail (that’s the minimum) on board the Bavaria 44 runs $600. For would-be charterers seeking a classic platform, there’s Classic Charleston Sailing, which conducts varying length trips on board the 1969, 41-foot Alden yawl Cythera out of the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant. Nicely appointed in teak throughout, Cythera is available for a variety of outings from two-hour harbor cruises to two-day, overnight adventures to a five-day coastal excursion. For $595, a couple can enjoy an evening sail, a night on board, and continental breakfast in the morning. There are also a number of other charter firms operating here. In the case of Coastal Yacht Charters, which operates out of the Charleston City Marina, you can enjoy captained outings on board the company’s Bavaria 44 sloop. On nearby Johns Island, just 20 minutes west of Charleston, charterers can enjoy a number of different packages offered by Lowcountry Sailboat Charters aboard the company’s Island Packet 39. Charleston Charter & Yacht, which oper-

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Bone Island Regatta Southwest Florida Race Down the Coast to Key West, May 16-17 Photos by Betty Bolletti The trimaran Merlin at the start when crew were wondering if there would be wind. Merlin was first to cross the line and also first in the Multihull class.

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he race down Florida’s West Coast to Key West has always been a favorite for many. After all, it goes to Key West. It ran for years from both Clearwater and Fort Myers. The Clearwater Yacht Club ran it and it grew to have four starts along the coast, the northernmost one being off Clearwater. It was called the Conch Quest Regatta. The yacht club canceled it in 2010, at which point Alice Petrat of Sarasota inaugurated the Bone Island Regatta, with a start off the Venice Jetty. The following year, the start was off Sarasota, and this year, the third running of the event, the regatta added another start from Tampa Bay. The start from Fort Myers has never changed, so there were three starts this year.

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On Wednesday, May 16, at 9:00 a.m., nine boats started from marker #70 in Tampa Bay. Two hours later, 18 boats started off Sarasota and 16 boats started off the Naples Pier at noon the following day, May 17. The starts were marked by light and variable winds, although racers ran into a few squalls on the way south. But overall winds were either light or nonexistent, and only six of the 43 boats finished within the time allowed; one from Tampa Bay, five from Sarasota and none from Naples. The finish line at Key West Bight was set up by volunteers at 9:00 a.m. on May 17 and manned continuously until 3:00 p.m. on May 18. Alice Petrat said, “I am not sure if it was lack of patience waiting for the wind, or if sailors didn’t want to miss the parties!” All 43 made it to the parties. The parties started Friday night, May 18, at Mango’s in Key West with 175 people attending. The party at Mango’s was enjoyed by all and had a buffet and cash bar. The following morning the party moved to the Galleon, and was called “Breakfast on the Docks”—with Bloody Marys, mimosas, coffee, bagels, and pastries. That morning party was followed by a trolley to the Stock Island Yacht Club, where the group had fish tacos for lunch. The awards dinner, with buffet and cash bar, was held at Dante’s on Saturday evening and was attended by approximately 275 people. The only boat from Tampa Bay to finish—and take first—was Crescendo skippered by Jeffrey Walden, in the Spinnaker division. He finished in an elapsed time of 48 hours, 36 minutes. In the Multihull division from Sarasota, two boats finished. First was Merlin, skippered by Bob Harkrider, finishing in 34 hours and 44 minutes. Second was Geoffrey Cleal’s Catabelle, which finished 11 hours after Merlin. In the Spinnaker class from Sarasota, first was Greg Knighton’s Misty, which crossed the line after 48 hours and 7 minutes. Second was Frank Hanna’s Prime Plus, which finished in 41 hours and 35 minutes. Third place was Greg Petrat on Constellation, which came in at 42 hours and 51 minutes.

The crew of Misty, skippered by Greg Knighton (holding the trophy). Misty was first in the Spinnaker class, sailing from Sarasota.

Prime Plus, skippered by Frank Hanna (sitting in the center), and crew on board in Key West. Prime Plus was second in Spinnaker class, sailing from Sarasota.

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XLIV Regata del Sol al Sol 2012 St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres, April 27 — Many Firsts for This Regatta By Beth Pennington, Regatta Chairperson Photos by Eric Stammer. Cover photo: After You, an Irwin 38 skippered by John Gardner, racing in the Regata Amigos in the Regata del Sol al Sol. The boat won second-place honors in Cruising C in the race to Mexico.

Catabelle Skipper Dean Cleall, photographer Eric Stammer and the rest of the crew accept their award for first place in the Multilhull class and Overall Winner of the regatta. From left to right: Enrique Lima, Isla Mujeres Event Chair; Crewmember (name not known); Dean Cleall; Beth Pennington, SPYC Event Chair; Eric Stammer; and then four members of the crew


here were many firsts in the 44th running of the regatta, which is a 456-mile race from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida to the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club on the island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Mayor Bill Foster of St. Petersburg and Mayor Hugo Sanchez Montalvo of the city of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, met at the regatta opening ceremonies at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Then the ceremonies continued in Mexico with Mayor Montalvo and Leslie Curran, who represented the St. Petersburg mayor’s office. Curran read the proclamation declaring the race a sanctioned event. For the first time, the regatta had many sailors from several different countries: Mexico, Sweden, one from Poland, and two entries from Mexico—which doubled the 2011 Mexico entries. A new tracking system, Yellow Brick, was also used to follow the vessels on their journey southward, News & Views for Southern Sailors

Each year, there is a basketball game between the American team (on the USA team, one player was from the United Kingdom and one was from Sweden) and the Mexican team (Mexican team has numbers on shirts). The score this year was Mexico 42, USA, 28. The Mexican team is made of veteran players including the recreational department supervisor, and, of course, the regatta (American) team is made of volunteer players from the vessels.


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Local vessels used for sea taxis, fishing and chartering located on the beach a few yards away from the Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres Docks. This is one of the favored hangouts for the competitors to enjoy island libations inside or out at special prices for the regatta patrons.

Norte (north) Beach on the north end of the island—directly in front of race headquarters at Cabanas Maria del Mar Buhos restaurant.

Dolphin fish caught from the catamaran Catabelle during the Regata Amigos Race. The fish made a wonderful meal for the eight crew members and their guests that day.

and for those who opted to do so, on the way home. The start, on the morning of April 26, was viewed from The Pier in St. Petersburg by the dignitaries from Mexico, the commodores and club members from both the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club, and families and friends of the competitors. This year was the battle of light winds and strong currents. Those who followed closely to the rhumb line seemed to do better than those who deviated a little farther. The faster vessels were able to get the more favorable winds, and the first vessel to cross the finish line, a multihull named Cool Cat 1, skippered by Kathryn Garlick (the only female skipper), arrived on the island on Sunday, April 29, after 59 hours and 4 minutes. Cool Cat 1, an Etincelle 60 catamaran, also took second place in the Multihull class. The majority of the vessels finished on April 30 and May 1. Out of 31 entries, 28 started, because 3 vessels had problems getting to St. Petersburg and had to withdraw. Twentyseven boats arrived on the island, with the sailboat Polonium being very close to the finish, but which opted not to finish or come to Isla Mujeres. A message was relayed to the event organizers, through the Mexican navy, saying that Polonium was setting sail for the Bahamas. The overall winner to receive the coveted Silver Helmet award, which includes all classes, was the multihull, Catabelle, skippered by Dean Cleall, and which also won the Multihull class. SPYC member Charles Hirt rounded out the Multihull class with a third-place finish on Hozro.

First place in Spinnaker class was No Limit, with Mike Gable and Martin Zonnenberg heading up the crew. Thin Ice, skippered by Stuart Hebb captured second, while Happily Ever After, helmed by R. Scott Runnels, Jr., claimed the third-place spot. First place in Non-Spinnaker was Blaise Pierson’s Midnight Sun, and Tom Glew on XTC picked up the secondplace trophy in that class with a substitute first time skipper, Larry Massingill. A new vessel to the regatta, Tranquilo, owned by Dean Sumner got third. First place in Cruiser A, and overall winner of the Cruiser class, was Jopie Helsen on Jade, while Fred Bickley’s Mango Latitudes, and John Noble on Neki came up with the second- and third-place finishes, respectively. First place in Cruiser B was Sweet Melissa, skippered by Christopher Cantolino. Second was Mac Smith’s Twilight, and the new vessel from Mexico, Serenissima, took third with Jose Castillo and Luis Rivero skippering. First place in Cruiser C was American Spirit, helmed by Brian Fox, with SPYC member John Gardner on After You taking second.

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Other Traditional Special Awards were presented to the following: The Friendship Trophy was presented to Tom Glew’s XTC. The Sportsmanship Award was presented to SPYC Regatta Committee members Larry and Joy Wissing for their many www.southwindsmagazine.com

This is where you end up if you race to Mexico: The Buhos restaurant bar under the Palapas right next door to race headquarters.

Cool Cat 1, an Etincelle 60, in the Regata Amigos. The boat was first to cross the line and took second in the Multihull class in the Regata del Sol al Sol.

For complete results and more pictures, go to www.regatadelsolalsol.org, or the club website at www.spyc.org, and click on Regattas. For more of Eric Stammer’s photos, go to http://epirb.zenfolio.com/p557545073. Tranquilo, a Tartan 37 in the Regata Amigos with a full load of crew of all ages. Skippered by Dean Sumner, the boat won third place in the Non-Spinnaker class in the race to Mexico.

years of dedication to the regatta as regatta committee members and competitors. The Best Finish for a new vessel that did not receive another trophy to Dennis Fourgeau-Ciers on Galatea. Most Participation to Bel Esprit II with 20 years racing so far and we wish them many more. A seventh special perpetual trophy was added to the list this year for the Best Finish of a Mexican Vessel, which was donated by Esteban Lima Zuno. The award went to Serenissima. Last, but by no means least, are the awards given for the Regata Amigos Race: Every year since 1969, the children of the island have been allowed to go on the participants’ boats and go sailing. Now, children and grandchildren of the first participants are the ones happily going aboard the vessels to continue this proud tradition. The winners of the Regata Amigos are: First Place - Cool Cat: Second Place - Mango Latitudes: Third Place - Neki. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the regatta committee members and the staff of the yacht clubs, both here and in Mexico, for an excellent job, and for their dedication to this event’s yearlong planning to make it the success that it was. We thank the commodores of each yacht club for their support given to the committees. A special thank you goes out to the Mexican navy, and all who assisted us while on the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres. News & Views for Southern Sailors




37th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, June 29-July 7 – More Than a Regatta This annual regatta, one of the most famous in the Bahamas and Florida, starts with Bob Henderson’s immense “Cheeseburger in Paradise” picnic and runs through a week of festivities and casual racing with Bahamian boats and cruisers from all over. Over 1200 cheeseburgers—plus fries, hot dogs, margaritas and rum punch—are fed to hundreds of visitors who come by every means possible, but mainly by boat. The party is followed by a series of five races that are held throughout the Abacos, all of which end at Hope Town where the final race and party are held. For more information, go to www.regattatimeinabaco.com.

REGIONAL RACING NOTE ON REGIONAL RACE CALENDARS Regattas and Club Racing— Open to Everyone Wanting to Race For the races listed here, no individual club membership is required, although a regional PHRF rating, or membership in US SAILING or other sailing association is often required. To list an event, e-mail editor@southwindsmagazine.com. Send the information. DO NOT just send a link. Since race schedules and venues change, contact the sponsoring organization to confirm. Contact information for the sailing organizations listed here are listed in the southern yacht club directory at www.southwindsmagazine.com. Club Racing. Many clubs have regular club races year around open to everyone and new crew is generally invited and sought. Contact the club for dates and information. Individual club races are not listed here. We will list your club races only if they happen on a regular schedule. Note: In the below calendars: YC = Yacht Club; SC = Sailing Club; SA = Sailing Association.

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Coastal Cup Offshore Race 2012, Fernandina Beach, FL, to St. Simon’s Island, GA, May 19 By James Newsome Every May for the past 15 years, the Golden Isles Sailing 50 July 2012


Accepting the 2012 Coastal Cup are, from left to right, Rick Caauwe, Brett Grover—owner and skipper of Passion—and Catherine Caauwe. Photo by James Newsome.

Club from St. Simon’s Island, GA, and the Amelia Island Sailing Club from Fernandina Beach, FL, have met in the Offshore Coastal Race to compete for individual honors in Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes. Nineteen boats registered for this year’s event. As GISC vessels were sailing to Fernandina Beach on Friday, May 18, in preparations for Saturday’s race back to St. Simon’s Island, a stalled low pressure system off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia was building into Tropical Storm Alberto, the season’s first named storm. By Saturday morning, NOAA Weather was warning mariners of 6- to 8-foot seas and gusts exceeding 30 mph. It was obvious that an offshore race would be unsafe for a number of the smaller boats, so race chairman David Heine wisely modified the race into a series of two inside races with the winners decided by combining the results. The first race started in St. Mary’s Entrance Channel and finished in Cumberland Sound near the King’s Bay Naval Base. After a brisk start with 15- to 20-mph winds on the beam, the race turned north into the sound at the southern end of Cumberland Island, where it then became a tacking duel to the finish line with as many as 15 tacks being reported. After boats finished the first race, they motor-sailed up the ICW though St. Andrew’s Sound, behind Jekyll Island, and into St. Simon’s Sound for the start of the second race about 2:00 p.m. By now, the wind had shifted to the northeast, enabling the first leg of the race to be run with long starboard tacks, followed by shorter port tacks in order to move back upwind of the turn at R20. Once R20 was rounded, it was a quick downwind run with the current to the finish line near the entrance of Jekyll Creek. The awards ceremony was held on the observation deck at Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles. The Spinnaker class was won by Passion, a Catalina 34TM, with Brett Grover as skipper. Second place went to Contente, a Catalina 400-2 skippered by David Heine, and the thirdplace finisher was Sabrina, a Hinckley Bermuda 40, with Joe Brasfield at the helm. In the Non-Spinnaker class, Coy Mistress, a Catalina 36 with Cheryl Schneider as skipper won first place. Second www.southwindsmagazine.com

place went to Finn, a 37 O-Day with Richard Finn at the helm, and the third-place finisher was Dream Catcher, a Catalina 42 with Michael Turner as skipper. The 2012 Coastal Cup was won by Passion with Coy Mistress finishing second, and third place was a tie with Finn and Contente sharing the honor. Upcoming Regattas

11th Annual Harkers Island Sunfish Regatta, Harkers Island, NC, July 14-15 The Island Wind Race, held on Saturday, is often described as an obstacle course where sailors choose which direction they circumnavigate the island, typically with a reliable sea breeze. Post race appetizers, beverages, a low country boil dinner and video tape replay of the race are included and this year’s party features a rum cake dessert contest. Sunday’s schedule includes breakfast and short-course racing in the morning followed by lunch and an awards presentation. Old, but seaworthy boats can choose to compete in the new “Beater” class and the event can be an allout race or simply a memorable outing. Sponsored by the My Own Bloody Yacht Club. www.mobyachtclub.com. Click on 2012 Charity Regatta. For registration information and details, contact Rob Eberle at eberlemarine@suddenlink.net

Lake Lanier. www.saillanier.com. Lake Lanier, GA See club website for local club race schedule Long Bay Sailing. www.longbaysailing.com See club website for local club race schedule 21 Race to Cape Fear and back. 28 Wooden Boat Regatta. Southport, NC AUGUST South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. Go to this site for a list of the clubs in the region and their websites. www.sayra-sailing.com. (state in parenthesis) 4-5 SAYRA Youth Team Race. 420s. Carolina YC (NC) 4-5 SAYRA Open Invitational. Carolina YC (NC) 4-5 Rockville Regatta. Sea Island YC 11 Mt. Pleasant Youth Regatta. Opti, Sunfish, Laser, 420. Hobcaw YC Charleston Ocean Racing Association. www.charlestonoceanracing.org. South Carolina. See club website for local club race schedule 10 Overnight to Savannah Neuse Yacht Racing Association www.nyra.org. New Bern, NC. See club website for local club race schedule 4-5 Dragon’s Breath Regatta. Oriental, Oriental YC 25-26 Blackbeard One-Design Regatta. San Juan 21, Ensigns, Flying Scots, Sunfish & more. Blackbeard SC Lake Lanier. www.saillanier.com. GA See club website for local club race schedule Long Bay Sailing. www.longbaysailing.com See club website for local club race schedule

Charleston Yacht Club Open Regatta, Charleston, SC, July 21-22 This youth regatta is one of the largest events the yacht club supports during the year with over 100 boats participating. Several classes race: J/24s, SIOD, E-Scows, Melges 24, YFlyers, MC Scows, Sunfish, Lasers, 420s and Optimists. On occasion, there have been fleets of Snipes, Holders, JY-15s and Hobies. Sailors travel from the many locations in the Southeast, including SAYRA clubs located in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information and the NOR, go to http://charlestonyachtclub.com. Southeast Coast Race Calendar JULY South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. Go to this site for a list of the clubs in the region and their websites. www.sayra-sailing.com. (state in parenthesis) 4 Commodores Regatta. Open. Cape Fear YC 7-8 Firecracker Regatta. One-design. Savannah YC 7-8 Bottoms Up Regatta. Thistle. Lake Murray SC 21-22 Charleston YC Regatta. Open. 28 Jolly Joadon. Opti. Carolina YC (NC) 28-29 Carolina YC Regatta. Open. Carolina YC (SC) Charleston Ocean Racing Association. www.charlestonoceanracing.org. South Carolina See club website for local club race schedule 21-22 Charleston YC Open Regatta. Open. Neuse Yacht Racing Association www.nyra.org. New Bern, NC See club website for local club race schedule 7-8 Hancock Regatta. Hancock YC, Cherry Point 21 Pursuit Race, New Bern to Oriental. News & Views for Southern Sailors

Race Reports

The Gulfstreamer Race Beats Tropical Storm Beryl, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 By Dan Dickison The Gulfstreamer Race, a biennial race from Daytona Beach, FL, to Charleston, SC—which many times suffers from no wind—took place on this holiday weekend despite the

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Emocean near the start in the Gulfstreamer race from Daytona Beach, FL, to Charleston, SC. Emocean took first in the sprint race at the beginning and third in the race to Charleston. Photo by Priscilla Parker.

onset of Tropical Storm Beryl. Fifteen boats started, with roughly half of them from Charleston, and the rest from Florida. They ranged in size from 30 to 60 feet LOA. They got underway in strong easterly winds (15 to 18 knots) due to the low pressure system offshore. A shorter race from Ponce Inlet to the Daytona Pier, known as the Sprint Race, marks the beginning of this race that runs up the coast. Boats vie for the best position trying to take advantage of the northbound Gulf Stream. Tropical Storm Beryl insured there was wind, but, as predicted by forecasts, the storm headed inland before eventually turning northeast back to the coast. Meanwhile, racers beat the storm to Charleston, avoiding a direct hit from the storm. Results: Sprint Race: 1, Emocean (J/120), Will Hanckel, Charleston, SC: Spin Class Sprint Race: 1, Emocean (J/120), Will Hanckel, Charleston, SC; 2, Big Booty (Lutra 42 ODR), Pat Eudy, Charleston, SC; 3, Frenzy (Baltic 44), Jim Walker, Charleston, SC: Cruising: 1, Twilight, Mac Smith, Daytona: Gulfstreamer Race: 1, Big Booty; 2, Celadon (Beneteau 51), Steve Lesniak, Charleston, SC; 3, Emocean: Biggest Fish: Big Booty: Perserverance Award: Celadon: Corinthian Sportsmanship Award: Frenzy, Jim Walker: Overall Winner: Big Booty

Southeast Florida Race Calendar Palm Beach Sailing Club, www.pbsail.org. See club website for club racing. Races on the ICW last Sunday of each month (Son of a Beach Regatta). Racing on Biscayne Bay: Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. www.bbyra.net Go to the website for local club races. BBYC BBYRA CGSC CRYC

Biscayne Bay YC Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. www.bbyra.net Coconut Grove Sailing Club. www.cgsc.org Coral Reef YC. www.coralreefyachtclub.org.

JULY 24 J/24 Florida State Championships 21 Commodore’s Cup. CGSC. AUGUST 3 Full Moon Regatta 11 Single-handed race. CGSC 12 Double-handed race. CGSC 31 Blue Full Moon Regatta.

Race Calendar Club Racing (contact club or website for details): Rudder Club of Jacksonville (www.rudderclub.com): Weekend races organized seasonally and biweekly races on St. Johns River Indian River YC (www.sail-race.com/iryc): Weekend races organized seasonally; Wednesday evenings during daylight savings. Winter Series begins Jan. 31. Spring/Summer series begins March 14. Wednesday evening races weekly. Melbourne YC (www.melbourneyachtclub.com): Friday afternoons; Small boat Sundays on alternate weekends throughout the year, sometimes suspended during regattas. Also have a J/24 race series. East Coast SA (www.ecsasail.com): a women’s series and a regular series; At least one event each month. Halifax River YC (www.hryc.com). Commodore Cup Races Halifax SA (www.halifaxsailing.org): Sunfish racing weekly; Race series organized seasonally. Lake Monroe SA (www.flalmsa.org): Wednesdays and weekends. Lake Eustis SC (www.lakeeustissailingclub.org): Weekend races twice monthly, September through May. 52 July 2012


Race Calendar Key West Community Sailing Center (formerly Key West Sailing Club). Every Saturday – Open house at the Center. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday evenings happy hour open house at 5 p.m. (305) 292-5993. www.keywestsailingsailingcenter.com. Sailboat Lane off Palm Avenue in Key West. Non-members welcome. Small-boat Wednesday night racing during Daylight Savings season. Small-boat Sunday racing year around at 1 p.m. Boat ramp available. Race in the seaplane basin near the mooring field. Dinner and drinks afterward. www.southwindsmagazine.com

2012 Marathon Firecracker Regatta, Marathon, Florida Keys, July 1 The Marathon Yacht Racing Association will hold the 2012 Firecracker Sombrero Cup Regatta on July 1. NOR and further information will be available at www.marathonregatta.weebly.com. Upper Keys Sailing Club (UKSC). www.upperkeyssailingclub.com. Go to the Club website for regular club racing open to all.

Race Reports

U20 North American Championship, Pensacola, FL, May 17-20 By Julie B. Connerley

Race Calendar Club Racing Boca Ciega YC. Gulfport. Every Sunday following the third Friday of each month. Skippers’ meeting at 10 a.m., PHRF racing, spin and non-spin. (727) 423-6002. One-design, dinghy racing every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. March through October. Jim Masson at (727) 776-8833. www.sailbcyc.org. Bradenton YC. Winter Races: Starting in October until April. Races at 1400 hours each Sunday. Thursday evening races at 1830 hours beginning in April through Daylight Savings Time. PHRF racing on Manatee River. Lower Tampa Bay race second Saturday of each month. Contact John Izmirlian at 941-587-7758 or fishermensheadquarters@yahoo.com. Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Regular weekend club races. www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org. Davis Island YC. Regular club racing weekly. www.diyc.org. Dunedin Boat Club. Spring/Fall PHRF racing in the Gulf of Mexico; June-Aug. Bay racing in St. Joseph’s Sound, alternate Wednesday nights. Paul Auman at (727) 688-1631, or paulrauman@gmail.com. Edison Sailing Center, Fort Myers. Sunfish and dinghy racing once a month, year-round john@johnkremski.com Platinum Point Yacht Club. Weekly PHRF racing on Mondays starting at 1 p.m. on Charlotte Harbor. www.ppycbsm.com Port Charlotte. Third Saturday of month, year-round. pbgvtrax@aol.com. Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Charlotte Harbor. Weekly racing. www.pgscweb.com. Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Friday evening races start in April. www.sarasotasailingsquad.com. St. Pete Yacht Club. Friday evenings (except April 3) through Aug. 28. 1630 starts off The Pier. www.spyc.org. Venice Sailing Squadron. Saturdays. First Saturday of each month, PHRF racing. Start at mouth of Venice Inlet. www.venice-sailing-squadron.org Boat of the Year Races (BOTY) (not yet confirmed - please check with West Florida PHRF -www.westfloridaphrf.org) Tampa Bay: (SuncoastBOTY) Caloosahatchee (Fort Myers area): (CBOTY) Sarasota Bay: (SBBOTY) Naples/Marco Island: (N/MBOTY) JULY - No regattas scheduled for July AUGUST 1, 15, 19 Commodores Cup Series. Cortez YC News & Views for Southern Sailors

With rotation scheduled for the East Coast, the Ultimate 20 Class Association held the the 2012 North American Championship at the Pensacola Yacht Club on May 17-20. It is the second time PYC has hosted the event. “Pensacola Bay is a great venue,” said U20 Class Association President Gregg Henning of Antioch, IL. “Also, the Gulf Yachting Association is considering a new onedesign to replace the Flying Scot. We believe the U20 is a great choice, and this regatta provided an opportunity for many to see it in action.” Of the 21 boats that participated, only one was registered in Florida, Charlie Cushing’s Whirligig from St. Petersburg. The rest of the fleet traveled from California, Utah, Michigan, Kansas, the Carolinas, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Alabama and Canada. Over the course of three days, nine races were sailed with one throw-out. Jim Pearson, 62, of Wheatley, Ontario, Canada, along with crew Brad Boston and Eric Vigrass, captured the championship aboard Slippery. Their total score was 14. The trio never finished below second until their final race when they coasted to a third place. “Boston was tactician,” began Pearson, “and Vigrass did trim. Both of these guys are in their 30s. It was a real challenge to try to keep up with them at night and still be alert all day on the racecourse. But their crew work was meticulous, and they deserve a lot of the credit for our success.” Pearson has been sailing about 30 years and has competed in four North American championships. He said he preferred sport boats like the U20, because they are “much more responsive than heavy displacement boats.” For complete championship results, go to www.pensacolayachtclub.org. Upcoming Regattas

38th Annual Horn Island Hop, Ocean Springs, MS, June 30-July 1 A multihull regatta launching from Ocean Springs Yacht Club and racing out to Horn 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. Contact Judi Altman, event coordinator, at (228) 365-4169 SOUTHWINDS

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RACING Women’s Trilogy Races, July 14, 21, 28 The Women’s Trilogy Series is typically held every July. The first race, the Fast Women Regatta, is at the Point Yacht Club in Josephine, AL, and will be held on July 14 on Perdido Bay. In this race, a female sailor must be at the helm and 50 percent of the crew must be female. www.pointyachtclub.org. The second race, the Bikini Regatta, is held at the Navy Yacht Club in Pensacola. It will be held July 21 on Pensacola Bay. In this regatta, a female sailor must be at the helm and 50 percent of the crew must be female. www.navypnsyc.org. The third race, the Race for the Roses, will be held on July 28 at the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club and only female crew are allowed to race. www.pensacolabeach-yc.org. Awards will be at each regatta. At the last regatta, there will be a special Trilogy Trophy for the contestant who enters all three races and earns the most combined points.

Texas Youth Race Week, Houston Yacht Club, July 7-13 A US Junior Olympics Sailing Event and USODA Team Trials Qualifier hosted annually by Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (Kemah), Lakewood Yacht Club (Seabrook), and the Houston Yacht Club. www.texasyouthraceweek.com

Texas Race Week 2012, Galveston, TX, July 20-22 Texas Race Week is the premiere offshore yacht-racing event held by the Galveston Bay Cruising Association (GBCA). The regatta encompasses three days of offshore sailboat racing on a variety of courses, beginning on Thursday with a 15- to 30-mile offshore route that lasts for five hours. Courses on Friday and Saturday run along the beach so onshore spectators can view the racing. The Galveston Yacht Club will be headquarters for the regatta. The 40 to 50 yachts expected to compete will race PHRF. One-design and level fleets will race as well. For more information, the NOR and to register online, go to www.gbca.org.

GYC Gulfport YC, Gulfport, MS JYC Jackson YC, Jackson, MS LBYC Long Beach YC, Long Beach, MS MYC Mobile YC, Mobile, AL NYC Navy YC, Pensacola, FL NOYC New Orleans YC OSYC Ocean Springs YC, Ocean Springs, MS PBYC Pensacola Beach YC, Pensacola Beach, FL PCYC Pass Christian YC, Pass Christian, MS PYC Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL SSYC South Shore YC, New Orleans, LA SYC Southern YC, New Orleans, LA JULY 1 Junior Olympic Fest. PYC 1 Horn Island Hop. OSYC 7 GORR. LBYC 7-8 Meigs Regatta. FWYC 11-12 Memorial Hospital Jr Regatta. GYC 14 Fast Women. PointYC 14-15 Summer Regatta. MYC 14-15 Lightning GYA Championship. PCYC 14-15 Birthday Regatta J22, Finn. PCYC 14-15 Bastille Day. NOYC 19 Jerry Ellis Jr Regatta. BYC 21 Bikini Regatta. NYC 21-22 Junior Liptons. SYC 21-22 GYA J22 Championships. PCYC 21-22 Summer in the Pass /MS Leukemia Cup. PCYC 28-29 Weatherly Regatta. GYC 28-29 Race for the Roses. PBYC AUGUST 11-12 Knost Regatta. PCYC 11-12 Round the Rig. MYC 18 Children’s Hospital Charity Regatta. FYC 18 Round the Lake. CSA 18-19 Charles R. Galloway GYA Sunfish/Laser/Opti. GYC 25 Big Mouth Regatta. PBYC 25 Pam Sintes. SSYC/NOYC 25-26 Lipton Warm-up Invitational. PCYC 25-26 Katrina Memorial Regatta. OSYC 25-26 Rock, Paper, Scissors. BSC

Inaugural Children’s Cup Regatta, Mobile Bay, Aug. 18-19 Fairhope Yacht Club will host the 3rd Annual Children’s Cup Regatta, benefitting Children’s Hospital of Alabama, on Aug. 18-19. A full day of racing and entertainment is scheduled. For regatta registration and a full list of activities planned, visit www.fairhopeyachtclub.com. Northern Gulf Coast Race Calendar See local club websites for club races. LEGEND BSC Birmingham SC, Birmingham, AL BYC Biloxi YC, Biloxi, MS CSA Corinthian SA, New Orleans, LA FWYC Fort Walton YC, Ft. Walton Beach, FL FYC Fairhope YC, Fairhope, AL 54 July 2012



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51' Beneteau Idylle 15.5, 1986, Genset, A/C, radar, Liferaft, recent bottom job, Ice maker, GPS, ready to go! $139,000, Jane @ 813-917-0911

46' Beneteau Oceanis 461, 2000, Never chartered, 2 cabin, Electric winches, New Sails,. New electronics, Fresh Bottom, $195,000, Clark @ 561-676-8445

45’ Jeanneau 2008, Twin Helms, Full Electronics, Bow thruster, Electric In-mast main, full cockpit enclosure, $299,000, Tom @ 904-377-9446

42 Tayana 1987, Genset, A/C, Solar, Wind, 2 Autopilots, Full enclosure, Maybe the nicest on the market! $150,000 Dean @ 727-224-8977



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38' Morgan, 1982, 50 HP Perkins, New electric Windlass, Autopilot, Chart Plotter, $51,900, Kirk @ 818-371-6499

38' Admiral Catamaran Owners Version, 2005 Twin Yanmars, Watermaker, Solar panels, 3 A/C units, $239,900, Tom @ 904-377-9446

38' Island Packet, 1988, many recents upgrades in 2010, like solar panels, wind generator. Beautiful , cruise ready! $119,000, Tom @ 904377-9446


38' Krogen Cutter 1980, New 43 HP Diesel, Solar, Wind gen, Many upgrades, $95,000 Kevin @ 321-693-1642

36' Beneteau Oceanis CC, 1998, Continuously upgraded! Furling Main, Genset, walk-in aft owner’s cabin. Very clean and nicely equipped. $89,000, Call Kirk @ 818-371-6499

36' Hunter, 2004, Yanmar 400 hrs, New Dodger, New Autopilot, Windless, chartplotter/radar, Super Clean! $105,000, Joe @ 941-224-9661


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54' Morgan/Heritage Custom Ketch 1993. This vessel is for the serious live aboard cruiser. Shoal draft, stoutly built. Reduced to $249,000. Call Courtney Ross for details 727.709.1092.

41.1 Bristol Center Cockpit 1983. This one-owner boat has recently had her decks & nonskid professionally refinished, repowered Yanmar diesel, new Garmin Plotter/Digital Radar. Asking $157,500. Call Tom D’Amato 727.480.7143.

1990 Morgan Classic 41 MKII Out Island. Many upgrades in the past couple years, blister-free bottom job, A/C, new Furuno GPS. A truly “turnkey” cruiser. Reduced price asking $95,000. Call Rick Grajirena for details. 727.403.9910.

34' Gemini 105C 2004, 27 HP Westerbeke diesel, 12,000 BTU A/C, Raymarine ST Tridata series w/ wind, Autopilot, Garmin GPS, 150 RF genoa, F/B main, davits, solar panel. January 2012 bottom paint. much more. Call Andy Gillis 239.292.1915 or 239.461.9191

1999 Island Packet 350 38HP Yanmar - low hours, Harken roller furling staysail and genoa, Bimini/dodger, self-tailing winches, freshwater boat up to 1/2012, Raymarine ST60, and much more. $125,000. Call Andy Gillis 239.292.1915 or andy@rossyachtsales.com

2004 32’ C&C 99 well maintained and lightly used since 2008. Racing and cruising sails, full electronics, dockside A/C. Ready to race or cruise. REDUCED ASKING $99,000, bring offers. Call Rick 727.403.9910.

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65' Macgregor 6' keel, recent re-fit at Snead Island Boat Works . . .$235,000 54' Custom Morgan Ketch 1993. Call Courtney Ross . . . . . . .727.709.1092 53' Custom Herreshoff Ketch 1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225,000 49' Morgan OI49 1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$57,500 41' Morgan Classic OI MKll 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .bring offers 41' Bristol 41.1 Center Cockpit 1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$157,500 40' Tartan Keel CB 1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$95,000 40' Freedom Ketch 1979 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,900 37' Fairway Marine 1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$98,000 37' Tayana Cutter 1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$86,500 36' Jeanneau 36i Sun Odyssey 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$124,900 35' Island Packet 350 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$130,000 34' Hunter 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$52,900 34' Hunter 340 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$52,900 33' Abbott 1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$35,000 32' C&C 99 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$99,000 25’ Schock Harbor 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$79,900

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Trimaran 21 feet folding day sailer. Brand new. Natural mahogany finish makes this an eye-catcher. Johnson engine. Custom aluminum trailer. $8500 OBO. Call (954) 3168342. (8/12)

Ranger 23. Tall Rig, 7 sails, 4 Hp 4-stroke, lift chain, Porta Potti, swim ladder. All interior cushions, dinette, ready to sail, Mobile, AL. Tom Davis (251) 343-9520 or tdavis@mitternight.com. $3300. (9/12)

Devlin “Winter Wren.” Professionally crafted. Launched 2002. 22’ 6” LOA x 18’ 10” x 6’ 10” x 2’ 6”. Xynole polyester fabric and epoxy over ply. Very good condition. Located Orlando. Asking $12,500. marclfrnc@gmail. com. (407) 415-4203. (9/12)

Telstar 26 Trimaran. New standing rigging, new roller furling. New 9.9 hp OB 4-stroke, electric start. Tilting mast to get under bridges. Good condition. New Upholstery, radio, Porta-potti, etc. $19,500. (305) 8936061 (7-12)

New WindRider 17. $8995. Call Brian at Bimini Bay Sailing. (941) 685-1400

2007 Com-Pac Horizon Cat 20’. Yanmar diesel, w/trailer, Bimini top, cockpit cushions, dual battery w/built-in battery charger and much more. $31,671. Call Paul at Masthead Enterprises (800) 783-6953, or (727) 3275361. www.mastheadsailinggear.com

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1990 Catalina Capri 26. Wing Keel. New 15 hp Honda electric start, completely refurbished in 2010/2011. New Mast, rigging, furler. Everything is either new or in excellent condition. $22,687. Call Paul at Masthead Enterprises (800) 783-6953, or (727) 3275361. www.mastheadsailinggear.com.

’79 CSY 44 CUTTER ................................$82,500 ’80 PEARSON 424 KETCH.......................$84,900 ’70 CAL 40 (RESTORED) .........................$63,000 ’85 C&C 37................................................$50,000 ’66 CAL 36 ................................................$19,000 ’85 CAL 35 ................................................$35,500 ’79 PEARSON 323....................................$30,000 ’89 HERRESHOFF 28 CAT KETCH..........$22,000 ’11 SEAWARD 26 RK................................$71,900 ’84 PRECISION 16......................................$1,800

$89,000, 2009. Fun, Fast Beneteau 31. New condition. Six-foot headroom, Furling Main and Jib, responsive, walk-thru transom, long cockpit seating, like new condition! John McNally, (561) 262-3672. Stuart, Florida. johnm@masseyyacht.com

Lindenberg 28, Fast Lane. Good condition, Ready to Race, full racing sail inventory. Copper bottom Fall 2011, 4hp Yamaha OB. Asking $17,000. Boat is located in Indian Harbor Beach, FL (Melbourne Area). (413) 822-2223, day or nite. (9/12)

28’ Telstar Performance Cruiser, 2006, Has super-light, incredibly strong laminate, almost every available option including the taller mast and performance sail package. $78,000, Call Tom @ 904-377-9446, Edwards Yacht Sales, Quality Listings, Professional Brokers, www.CatamaransFlorida.com

2001 Corsair 28CR Trimaran. Centre Cockpit Cruiser/Racer. Electric start Yamaha outboard engine with power tilt and trim. Main and Jib recent. Includes Screecher and Spinnaker. Interior recently re-upholstered. Well-maintained. $68,500 OBO. (H) (386) 447-4485. (C) (386) 864-2440. (7/12)

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30' Catalina MkII. 1987 with Universal Diesel, Harken Roller Furling, Mainsail, Data Marine Speed and Depth, Wheel Steering with instrument Pods, Bimini, Solar Vents. Fast, Easy Sailing. Go to www.cortezyachts.com. Great Chance for a Great Sailing Vessel. Available at our Docks. Asking $26,500. Cortez Yacht Sales. (941) 792-9100

$25,000 - 30’ custom built, aft cabin, cutter rigged ketch. Hull & Volvo engine & transmission were completely re-conditioned in 2007. Hand laid up fiberglass hull. Built in Sweden in 1980. Main cabin has 6-foot settee/berths each side and a semi-enclosed forward V-berth. Boat lies in Cortez, FL. Contact Tom O’Brien (941) 518-0613 tomob@obrienarchitects.com. (9/12)

30’ Healey sloop. Wm Healey’s finest “Pago Pago”. Designed for single & short handed cruising in Florida Keys & Bahamas. 3’10” draft, 10’10” beam. 30hp Perkins diesel. Key Largo, $18,500, tropicrover@bellsouth.net (8/12)

31’ Mariner Ketch 1970. 44 HP rebuilt Perkins Diesel. Complete retro. Full keel. 2 mains, 2 mizzens, cruising chute w/sock, windlass, Bimini, dinghy, S/S propane stove, GPS w/charts. A must see at our docks. Asking $19,900. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100.

2004 Catalina 310 $61,900 Over $30,000 of Upgrades All New Electronics, AC, Wiring, Batteries, etc. Shoal Draft, R/f Genoa St. Petersburg, FL 727-214-1590 x 3 Full Specs & Pics at www.MurrayYachtSales.com

32’ 1975 Allied Seawind II Ketch. Many upgrades including new main and jib, 27 hp Yanmar with 300 hrs, including complete new drivetrain. New canvas, both exterior and interior. Garmin GPS/Depth, ST-4000 auto pilot. New topside, bottom paint 2012. 100%, 135% genoas, mizzen and mizzen staysail. Much more. Asking $32,000. Florida Panhandle, Bluewater Bay Yachts (850) 8974150. (7/12) www.southwindsmagazine.com

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32’ Renaissance Cat by AMI ‘94. T/12 HP Westerbekes 2007, 806 hrs., very spacious, great condition, High quality, Must see. $82,500. St. Augustine Yacht Sales. 904-8291589. www.sayachtsales.com.

35’ Island Packet 350 1999. 38HP Yanmar – low hours. Harken roller furling staysail and genoa, Bimini/dodger w/fly, self-tailing winches, freshwater boat up to 1/2012, Raymarine ST60, and much more. $125,000. Call Andy Gillis (239) 292-1915. andy@RossYachtSales.com

POWER 65' Breaux Bay Craft ’70 T/D ..............$249,000 53' Hatteras Motoryacht ’69 T/D ...........$69,000 49' Defever Cockpit Motoryacht ’99 T/D..$299,000 43' Gulfstar Trawler ’72 T/D ..................$47,000 42' Integrity Trawler ’05 T/D ................$259,000 42' Grand Banks Trawler ’82 ...............$119,000 34' Marine Trader Trawler '90 D............$58,000 SAIL 43' C&C Custom ’75 D .........................$49,900 33' CSY Sloop '79 D..............................$36,900 32' C&C Sloop ’81 D .............................$21,000 32' American Marine Catamaran ’96.....$79,000 31' Pacific Seacraft ’90 D......................$84,900

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33 CSY 1980. Beautiful liveaboard cruiser, Cutter rig, Deep Draft, 50 HP Perkins, A/C, Wind & Solar power, Inverter-Charger, Watermaker, ST5000 Autopilot, Lofrans Windlass, GPIRB, much more. $43,900. Riviera Beach, FL. (305) 942-3167. Email svsybarite@aol.com for specs and equipment list. (7/12)

35’ C&C – Turn-key cruiser, great sail inventory. Reduced to $27,000! Contact Curtis Stokes at (954) 684-0218 or curtis@curtisstokes.net.

35’ Trident Warrior, 1977, Renowned for sea keeping qualities. Rigging replaced, new forestay and starboard stay, new Raymarine Auto Pilot, Volvo Penta 4kw bow thruster, $39,900, Call Kirk @ 818-371-6499, Edwards Yacht Sales, Quality Listings, Professional Brokers, www.SailboatsinFlorida.com

35’ Young Sun Mackinaw Cutter, 1981. Extremely well-maintained and updated! Large, well laid-out Galley, nice roomy Salon with lots of storage and beautiful interior woodwork. $69,000, Art @ 239-464-9610, Edwards Yacht Sales, www.SailboatsinFlorida.com

34’ Gemini 105C 2004. 27 HP Westerbeke diesel, 12K BTU A/C, Raymarine ST tridata series w/ wind. Autopilot, Garmin GPS, 150 RF genoa, F/B main, davits, solar panel. 1/2012 bottom paint. $129,500. Call Andy Gillis 239.292.1915. andy@RossYachtSales.com

Subscribe to SOUTHWINDS 34’ Catalina 1990. 4’ 3” draft, arch/davits, solar & wind generator, 16K BTU A/C, inverter/charger, windless chartplotter, wind, depth, autopilot, VHF stereo, Mackpack, RF genoa & lots more. Asking $59,000. Call Joe at (954) 682-3973. (8/12) News & Views for Southern Sailors

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1993 Beneteau First 35.7. New 135 Genoa, 8D Trojan house battery, bottom job, & lots more. GREAT condition & ready to sail for $65,900. Call Kim (850) 445-8733 for more info & pics, or email sumaps2@hotmail.com.

36 Jeanneau 361 Sun Odyssey 2007. In-mast mainsail furling, RF genoa, 29 HP Yanmar diesel, shoal draft version, air conditioning, dodger w/ bimini, Raymarine electronics, wind, depth, speed, and autopilot. $124,900. Andy Gillis. andy@RossYachtSales.com. (239) 292-1915

37’ TARTAN Centerboard Sloop. 1977 w/ Westerbeke diesel, Harken RF, Jib, Genoa, Main, Storm Sail, Sea Anchor, Spinnaker, Autopilot, 2 X VHFs, SSB, Wind, Depth, GPS Navigator, Stove, Ice Box, Pressure Water, Dinghy w/OB, lots of gear and spares. Asking $44,900. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100.

Bristol 35 1973. Good boat for a serious sailor. 6 ft. full keel, sea-friendly. Yanmar diesel. Dinghy w/OB. Autopilot, chartplotter, roller furling and all required equipment. Boat and all equipment in good condition. Ready to cruise. Location Jacksonville. $22,000. dporter@unf.edu. (7/12)

2002 Beneteau 361. $95,000. Air Conditioning, In Mast Furling, Bimini & Dodger, Refrig, Microwave, Huge Head, Big Cockpit St. Petersburg, FL 727-214-1590, ext 3. Full Specs & Pics at www.MurrayYachtSales.com.

38’ Hunter – 2 staterooms layout, very good condition, fresh water boat. Reduced to $124,500! Contact Curtis Stokes at (954) 684-0218 or curtis@curtisstokes.net.


56' Custom Wood Schooner ’07 . . . . .$800,000 45' Jeanneau 1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$109,000 40' Bayfield 1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$89,900 39' Corbin PH 1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$99,900 37' Tartan 1977 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$44,900 31' Mariner Ketch 1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,900

36’ Fountaine Pajot Mahe, 2007. Wellequipped with Next Gen Generator, 2 AC units, Watermaker and lots more! New bottom applied May 2012. $259,900, Kevin @ 321-693-1642, Edwards Yacht Sales, www.CatamaransinFlorida.com

30' Catalina 1987 MKII . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$26,500 POWER

44' Targa 1989 Diesel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$84,900

1983 & 1986 Sabre 38 Centerboard. Shoal draft. Performance Cruising on a budget. Starting at $59,900. See both boats at www.grandslamyachtsales.com, or call Alan at 941-350-1559, or alangsys@gmail.com.

34' Sea Ray 1984 Twin Diesel . . . . . . .$34,500 34' Sea Ray 1983 Twin Gas . . . . . . . . .$19,900 29' Proline Walkaround 1999 . . . . . . . . .$31,900


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Wharram Tangaroa Sail Catamaran 36’ MKIV, 2002. Sail the world in safety and comfort or enjoy the tradewinds. She handles beautifully. Well equipped and has great long sea legs. Can be single-handed. Sail flat and fast. What more can you ask from a lady! Purrfect for voyagers/cruisers/liveaboards or day charter. Asking $65,000. Details: svforeveryoung@hotmail.com. (9/12)

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39’ Corbin Pilothouse 1981, 64 hp Pathfinder diesel 200 hrs, blue water cruiser, Gen Set, All Roller furling, solar, wind gen, radar, auto pilot, GPS, electric windlass, full galley + more. $99,900. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100

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1982 40’ Hughes Columbia Center Cockpit. Loaded and Cruise ready. Wind, Solar and more. Reduced $109,900. Alan 941-350559. AlanGSYS@gmail.com. www.grandslam yachtsales.com

42’ Integrity/Halvorsen Design Sedan Trawler ‘05, T/John Deere 265 HP Ea. Mint condition, Loaded, Incredible turnkey cruiser, $259,000. St. Augustine Yacht Sales. 904829-1589. www.sayachtsales.com.

2005 Hunter 466. $199,000. Fully Loaded, Air Conditioning, Generator, Full Electronics, In Mast Furling, Full Canvas New Orleans, LA 504-283-2507. Full Specs & Pics at www.MurrayYachtSales.com.

40’ Jeanneau Sun Fizz 1983. Reduced $72,900. Proven Passagemaker. Radar, GPS, Perkins Diesel, Fridge and freezer, Solar panel and includes dinghy and life raft and lots more. Call Nic Ware (305) 510-7081. Email; nicgsys@gmail.com www.grandslamyachtsales.com

45’ Jeanneau DS, 2008. Gorgeous inside and out, comfortable design loaded with equipment — twin helm with full electronics, bow thruster and fully enclosed cockpit $299,000, Tom @ 904-377-9446, Edwards Yacht Sales, www.SailboatsinFlorida.com

1986 - 47-foot offshore cruising/racer. Total refit- Yanmar, mast/rigging/sails (7), electric winches, monitor amp air/solar, electronics, SSB, radar etc, 2 staterooms, 6-person life raft, dinghy w/10-hp OB. $129,900 inventory. Call (401) 782-0555. (9/12)

2002 Beneteau First 40.7 $110,000. One Owner. AC, Full Racing Inventory, Full Electronics, Extremely Well Maintained, Race/Cruise Ready. (727) 214-1590 ext. 3. Full Specs/Pics : www.MurrayYachtSales.com

45’ Hunter Deck Salon 2012. DIVORCE SALE. Here’s your chance to own a like-new 45’ cruiser at an unheard of price. ASKING price is $100k under retail. Shoal draft, heat & air, color plotter. $259,000. Call Kelly Bickford CPYB at (727) 599-1718, or kellyb@masseyyacht.com

51’ Little Harbor – Performance cruiser in very good condition. Reduced to $449,000! Contact Curtis Stokes at (954) 684-0218 or curtis@curtisstokes.net.

42’ Catalina MK II. 2 staterooms, 2-head layout, very good condition. Reduced to $135,000! Contact Curtis Stokes at (954) 684-0218 or curtis@curtisstokes.net.

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45’ JEANNEAU 45.1 Sun Odyssey 1996, Volvo Diesel, Twin Steering, 4 separate cabins, two heads w/shower, roller furling main, electric windlass, auto-pilot, Tri-Data, full galley, Rib w/ OB. Excellent performance. $109,000. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100.

2006 51’ Passport 515 Vista Center Cockpit. Loaded and immaculate. Ready to cruise. $895,000. See full details and pix at www.grandslamyachtsales.com, or call Alan at 941-350-1559, or email alangsys@gmail.com.

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2002 53’ Bruce Roberts. Custom Aluminum Center Cockpit. Quality Construction and Loaded. Twin headsails, incredible owners’ stateroom. $329,900. Alan at (941) 3501559. AlanGSYS@gmail.com. Details at www.grandslamyachtsales.com

65’ Breaux Bay Craft Custom Aluminum Yacht Conversion ‘70. 12V71s-naturals. Excellent long range cruising boat. Turn key, Loaded. St Augustine Yacht Sales 904-8291589. www.sayachtsales.com.



FREE ADS 53’ Hatteras Motoryacht ‘69. 8V71 Naturals, Great Motoryacht/Trawler, very anxious. $69,000. St. Augustine Yacht Sales. 904-8291589. www.sayachtsales.com.

2006 54’ Hylas Raised Salon Center Cockpit. Loaded and just back from Antigua. Full details at www.grandslamyachtsales.com, or call Alan at 941-350-1559, or alangsys@gmail.com. Major Price Reduction! $875,000.

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BOYE BOAT KNIVES. Cobalt blades, extreme cutting power. No rust, ever. Handcrafted quality, lightweight, great everyday and safety carry, stays sharp. Super reviews. Made in USA since 1971. www.boyeknives.com. (800) 853-1617. (7/12) Wanted: Lewmar 16 two-speed self-tailing winch — or similar make and model. Will consider standard, non-self-tailing model. (941) 792-9100. _________________________________________ Instrument/antenna tree. All stainless, 1 1/4” pole, 6’ 6’’ tall, the horizontal tube is 18” L, the base plate is 3 1/2”w x 2 1/2” L. The pole is usually mounted on the transom. Ron (727) 521-2857. (9/12) _________________________________________ Davis Sextant, Mark 25, with case in excellent condition. This is the top of the line plastic sextant with a full horizon mirror and coating on high quality optical lens to allow user to see through the mirror yet still pick up lowlight stars. Great for cruisers or beginners taking celestial classes. Includes user’s guide/instruction book and Warren Norville’s book, Celestial Navigation, Step by Step. Retails on-line for $240; asking $100. Photos available. Sarasota, FL. (941) 342-1246. (8/12)

Marine Flea Market and Clearance—New & Used blocks, cleats, line, fenders, boat hooks, electrical, trailer parts, marine BBQ, portable A/C, furling units, anchors, winches & odd parts. Masthead Enterprises. 4500 28th St. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 327-5361

56’ Schooner. Custom built in 2008 by Rollins in Maine. A masterpiece from American craftsman. White Oak framing with Douglas Fir planking. Black Locust, Teak, and Cherry used throughout. Aluminum spars and custom cast bronze fittings. A beautiful “Alden” style schooner capable of passages with elegance and American pride. Asking $800,000. www.CortezYachts.com. (941) 792-9100 66

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CLASSIFIED ADS Teleflex control cables, Red-Jacket 15’ CC33215 and 10’ CC33210, still in boxes. This is the most popular boat cable in the world. 3” travel, 10-32 SAE threads with nuts and rubber grommets on both ends, 15’ retails for $40; asking $20. 10’ retails for $36; asking $18. Both for only $35. Photos available. Sarasota, FL. (941) 342-1246. (8/12) _________________________________________ 36” Helm, destroyer style with 1” shaft. Used but in excellent condition. Great upgrade for 30’-40’ racers or cruisers. New costs $560; asking $250 or will trade for 28” wheel. Sarasota, FL. (941) 342-1246. (8/12) _________________________________________ Fore deck/ Streaming Light with wooden base. Can be used with or without base depending on mast circumference. It isn’t beautiful but it goes way up the mast, it works and it’s cheap! Photos available. Sarasota, FL. (941) 342-1246. (8/12)


_________________________________________ Perkins/Westerbeke 4-108 diesel engine. Low hours, inspected, test run, no trans., come see it run. Free delivery 500 miles from Pensacola w/full price $3,995 (850) 5721225. (9/12)








Ponce de Leon Hotel Historic downtown hotel at the bay, across from St. Petersburg YC. 95 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 550-9300 www.poncedeleon hotel.com

R EAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT _________________________________________ Sailing Instructors wanted for SW Florida (St Pete/Ft Myers) & British Virgin Islands. If you have a strong racing and/or cruising background, have excellent teaching ability, US Sailing certifications and have a USCG license (or the necessary sea time) and interested in joining a world-class organization. Send resume to Kevin@offshoresailing.com. (8/12) Sailing couple to run small sailing resort in the Florida Keys. Work one day a week with pay. Free dockage and/or apartment. No smokers or pets. Call Tom at (305) 743-8454. (7/12) _________________________________________ Edwards Yacht Sales is Expanding! We have several openings for Yacht Brokers in Florida. Looking for experienced broker or will train the right individual. Must have boating background and be a salesman. Aggressive advertising program. 37% sales increase in 2010, Come join the EYS team! Call in confidence, Roy Edwards (727) 507-8222 www.EdwardsYachtSales.com, Yachts@ EdwardsYachtSales.com. _________________________________________

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DOCK SPACE off SARASOTA BAY!! Slips start at $117 a Month on 6-Month Lease. Sheltered Marina accommodates up to 28’ sail or power boats. Boat ramp. Utilities included. Call Office: (941) 755-1912. (9/12A) WET and DRY SLIPS AVAILABLE. Very reasonable rates. Gulfport Yacht Club, Florida. Wet slips for boats up to 26 feet, shoal draft. Dry spaces up to 22 feet, mast up, multihulls welcomed. Next door to Gulfport Municipal Marina. www.Gulfportyachtclub.com. Pull down menu for rates. Contact davesailellis @aol.com. (7/12)


Boating, fishing, relaxing on 20k acre lake in Northeast “Old Florida” in small, quiet, lakefront adult mobile home park. Conveniently located, reasonable lot rent. Homes from $3500 to $14,000. (386) 698-3648 or www.lakecrescentflorida.com (9/12A)

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Live on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. 4plex with Docks. Zoned for Liveaboards. Let rents pay the Mortgage. Deep water/Ocean Access. www.argyledrive.com for details or (360) 390-4168. (8/12)


Hunters Galore! New 22' - 27' and mint condition late model 30' - 36'; Hunters - 7 available. See for yourself at St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. Call for pricing. Simple Sailing Boat Sales. (727) 362-4732. SOUTHWINDS

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LEARNED continued from page 70 tender got deeper. By the time we reached the safety of Lake Worth Inlet, the tender was practically awash, my nails were bitten to the quick, and I had learned several valuable lessons about offshore sailing. Since that night, I won’t venture offshore without a reliable forecast. When we’re within Wi-Fi range, I go to noaa.gov and study the 24-, 36-, and 48-hour surface analysis charts and any available wind and wave forecasts. Offshore, I use a Ham radio and weather fax software. I listen to NMN offshore and high seas forecasts. Over time, I’ve educated myself on meteorological theory and terminology. Other things have changed, too. Our current tender rides on deck or in davits well above the waves. We don’t box ourselves into tight schedules. And I have a healthy respect for the power of the ocean. I know that ignorance, complacency and lack of proper preparation can turn a pleasant cruise sour. And I never, even for a nanosecond, underestimate the Gulf Stream. Kathleen Mix spends winters in warm waters and summers on Chesapeake Bay. For pictures of her current boat, visit her website at http://www.kathleenmix.com. www.southwindsmagazine.com


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Gethomeitis By Kathleen Mix


hen I was younger and indestructible, I saw offshore sailing as a source of endless adventure and disregarded the possibility of danger. I was high on the excitement of moving aboard a boat capable of ocean cruising and never suspected I’d soon learn ignorance could lead to disaster. The August of my rude awakening, daytime temperatures in Fort Lauderdale were high enough to roast lizards on the sidewalk. School was still out for my three elementary-aged sons, and my husband had a two-week vacation. Wiping away the sweat dripping off our chins, we made a spurof-the-moment decision to escape to the relative cool of the Bahamas. Our Gulf Stream crossing from Fort Lauderdale on our 37-foot sloop was a dream come true; Dazzling blue skies, sparkling clear water, and a fair wind that billowed our sails and gave us a comfortable reach. We towed our 10-foot fiberglass tender behind, and it skimmed from wave to wave catching an occasional flying fish. After we arrived at West End and cleared customs, the days flew by. Some we sailed, and some we anchored on the banks and swam. Dave found a lobster hole. The boys fished from the deck or the dinghy, and every day we feasted on fresh seafood. We longed to stay and twice postponed our departure. But too soon, school was about to start. Our trip had to end. The marine forecast on our VHF radio was garbled, but the wind was light from the southeast, the sun was shining, and puffy white clouds lined the western sky. We visited customs and cleared out in late afternoon, planning an overnight crossing and landfall at West Palm Beach in daylight. Setting full sail and letting the dinghy out on its 30-foot painter, we weighed anchor and blithely pointed our bow west. 70


Shortly after sunset, I saw the first streaks of lightning. We considered turning back, but we had a tight schedule and no choice but to continue. Two hours later, as we approached the axis of the Gulf Stream, the wind shifted north and freshened. None of the cruising articles I’d read prepared me for the combination of a north wind blowing against the Gulf Stream current or the raging seas produced when the two formidable forces collide. We double-reefed the mainsail, dropped the Genoa, and hanked on a jib. We adjusted our course and steered more southerly. Our boat was a 37-foot Derecktor-built wooden sloop and seaworthy. We settled in for a long, uncomfortable trip but had no fears for our safety. Then I heard a crash at the stern. The hull shuddered under my feet, and I turned to see our tender yaw and

slide away from our hull. I stared at the tender wide-eyed. It was chasing us again, and another blow like the last one could shatter the planking and we’d sink! The painter on our tri-hull, fiberglass tender was too short for the conditions. As the sea state deteriorated, my seasick husband managed to attach a dock line to the end of the painter and increase the distance between the tender and our hull, but eight-foot waves rolled toward our stern quarter, lifting the tender on their crests, then launching it forward like a heat-seeking missile programmed to hole our transom. We debated cutting the tender free. We had no life raft and three small children aboard. The tender could damage our hull, but in the event of an emergency, it represented our only means of survival. I gnawed on my bottom lip. We watched the tender slide, rise, and shoot toward us. Slide, rise and shoot toward us. Slide, rise, and shoot toward us. Another jarring hit and terrifying crash. Our eyes met, and we made our decision. As I headed aft to release the painter, a rogue wave intervened. Its crest broke and dumped gallons of water into the tender. The little boat settled in the water. Its motion slowed. Several minutes passed without a hit. I breathed a sigh of relief, but my relief was short-lived. We soon discovered a new problem. The flotation in the tender rendered it unsinkable, but its weight increased every time a wave added another gallon of water. The strain on the painter grew exponentially. The main boat slowed as the tender acted like a drogue. The sea state prohibited bailing. All we could do was watch and pray. Minute by minute crept by. Mile by mile, we drew closer to the Florida coastline. Inch by inch, the water in the See LEARNED continued on page 68 www.southwindsmagazine.com

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