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Editorial: Looking Forward, Going Backwards and Having Fun By Steve Morrell




Southern Regional Monthly Weather and Water Temperatures


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


Racing News and Upcoming Regattas


Short Tacks: News in the World of Sailing


Georgia Shocks Boaters with New Anchoring Announcement By James H. Newsome


Baseballs for Cuban Girls By Bart Blankenship


2019 Cedar Key Small Boat Meet – Small Boats, Big Event By Bill Jacobs


Conch Republic Cup By Karen Angle


Cooking Onboard: One-Skillet Meals – Shakshuka By Bob Johndrow


Tartan 34 Boatowner’s Boat Review By Dick de Grasse


A Minnow in the Ocean – A First-Time Racer’s Account of the Sunfish National Championship By Emily Wagner


CORA – the Tradition Continues in Charleston By Dan Dickison


Southern Regional Racing Calendar


The Trip that Saved My Life By Brian Newton

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Marine Marketplace Southern Marinas and Boatyards Boat Brokerage Section Classifieds Alphabetical Index of Advertisers Advertisers’ List by Category

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Looking Forward, Going Backwards and Having Fun Looking Forward It’s time for me to move on and pass the SOUTHWINDS baton to a new owner. Consequently, this is my last issue. The next issue will be produced by the new editor and publisher, William Grebenik. I told myself I would retire when I was 70 and I turned 70 last fall, so I am attaining one of my goals. In many respects I am saddened, but not working will make up for it, although I don’t plan to just not work. I will open up a new chapter in my life. Before SOUTHWINDS, I was a custom homebuilder who sailed. With SOUTHWINDS, I became an editor who sailed. The next chapter hasn’t been written yet, but I will always be a sailor. For 17 years and 229 issues, I produced SOUTHWINDS and met and dealt with a lot of great people—advertisers, writers, readers and those who have helped with producing the magazine. I want to give special thanks to Heather Nicoll, who has done the graphics for the magazine since before I purchased it in July 2002. The same feeling goes to Janet Verdeguer, who has been the magazine sales representative since 2008. They have both been excellent at what they do, reliable and a pleasure to work with. They are my friends for life. And I want to thank all the great writers I have come to know, all of whom are sailors and love sailing and all that comes with it. I also want to thank all of the readers, many of whom have given me great feedback of love for the magazine. It’s true what I have found over the years since I started sailing in southern California in the early 60s: Sailors in general are a great group of people who have found something special, who have all experienced magical moments on the water when it’s just you and the wind and the boat. And it’s fun. I still think the most fun sport I ever did was highspeed windsurfing, sailing when the wind is 20 knots and higher, and you are skipping across the water. I often found myself laughing out loud it was so much fun. And sailing is magic, like when you are cruising offshore in good winds with the only sound being the wind and the water lapping against the hull. Do that at night and the magic is even greater. The new owner will continue producing the magazine in a similar vein, but with new and younger energy, which is what everything needs to grow. I am sure he will be introducing some positive changes at some point. I’ll still be around for a while to help with my two cents worth. I have recently spent a lot of time with Grebenik and have found him to be good to work with, likeable, honest and reliable. Give him a chance to get into the groove, as it takes a while, kind of like sailing somewhere. Sailing is slow, but it’s a great way to go somewhere. He’ll get to meet a lot of great people, too. I wish him my best. Good luck, William. That’s all folks. Thanks for all the support and a great run for the last 17 years. You have all been a great audience.

Going Backwards Just before going to press, the Trump administration announced increased restrictions on Americans being allowed to travel to Cuba. SOUTHWINDS has covered— and supported—sailors going to Cuba since I bought the magazine in 2002, continuing the tradition that SOUTHWINDS founder Doran Cushing started during his tenure. I watched the Bush administration increase travel restrictions to Cuba in the early 2000s. Then I watched as the Obama administration loosened restrictions, which allowed a great rush of Americans who traveled to Cuba top visit with the Cuban people. Many sailors sailed down on their own boat or went as crew. Everyone on all sides loved it—the Cubans and the Americans. I next saw the Trump administration almost immediately tighten restrictions, which put an end to Americans sailing their boats to Cuba. Now they’ve tightened restrictions again. The Trump administration continues to take a basic human right away from the people; the right to travel freely. I could make an exception if we are in a declared war with a country, but nothing less than that. I don’t believe any government has a right to tell its citizens where they cannot go and spend their money. Who do these “leaders” think they are? Yet every American who goes to Cuba without the government’s “permission” goes under the threat of prosecution—and it’s more than just a threat. And when are some people going to learn that trade and interaction among peoples of different cultures and governments is the greatest promoter of peace, freedom and the advancement of civilization? With these latest restrictions, civilization is not advancing, nor is freedom—it’s going backwards. And Having Fun They say that when you get to learn while having fun, it’s the best. In this issue, Emily Wagner has done just that. She writes about it in a great story on her first-time experience racing a Sunfish in a major national championship—after only five months of sailing. The story should be required reading for all new sailors who are thinking about entering a race—maybe even for those who are just learning to sail. She expresses not only the fun aspects of sailing, but also bravery, modesty, determination and a competitive spirit to sail well and learn. And kudos to all those around her who encouraged her to learn and push on. They represent the best of the sailing community. And she can write really well. Thanks Emily for giving me a great story to put in my last issue. It rates among the best.

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

Bahamas Cruising - Another View In the past few months, cruising publications, including SOUTHWINDS Magazine, have reported on incidents involving cruiser conflicts with Bahamian authorities. I am aware of others, usually involving yachts that by-pass the closest port-of-entry in favor of a more destination-friendly clearing location and were asked to return when intercepted. Responding to these incidents, one reader with virtually no experience in The Bahamas suggested a Bahamas embargo might be proclaimed. While travelers must always be aware of developments and even rare incidents can be inconvenient to those who experience them, going so far as to suggest an embargo is at best misguided and an extraordinarily unfair characterization of this wonderful country. As a retired naval officer, I have lived on three continents and have traveled the world. For three and a half decades I have also cruised throughout the many island groups of The Bahamas. Anyone who has done so knows that the true character of this country is found in its rural islands and cays, some with 40 or 50 residents. Isolated incidents notwithstanding, during dozens of trips, I have always been met with courtesy and respect by Bahamian officials and with warmth and friendship by the Bahamian people. There are many places in this world I greatly enjoy, but in my lifetime of travel experience both cruising and otherwise, The Bahamas is the friendliest country. I’ve lost track of the number of my Bahamas visits and have learned to love the country and her people as a second home. I have also developed a deep respect and great awe for the country’s extraordinary geography. The 700 islands and over 2000 rocks and cays are sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean. They look like a series of unimposing low-slung islands from a distance. Close up, especially when you are trying to sail among them, you appreciate the islands’ craggy shorelines and gentle beaches, gigantic rocks that jut from otherwise broad open bays, underwater coral traps for the unwary mariner, vast luminous aquamarine sandy banks, deep-blue underwater cliffs and in-shore blue holes where you can step off a sandy beach into 700 feet of water. Yet due to long coral reefs and the closely-knit island groups themselves, The Bahamas offers large areas of safe and sheltered sailing where help can be found if needed. It is clearly one of the world’s great cruising grounds. Beautiful from space, the NASA photograph tells it all. I am not part of any international boating writers’ association, but over many years I have written extensively of my Bahamian travels for SOUTHWINDS Magazine. My stories are full of great sailing experiences and also tales of help and kindness at the hands of ordinary Bahamians, sometimes when I really needed it. People who climb on a cruise ship or otherwise travel to one or two large cities and think they know The Bahamas have no idea. If you haven’t cruised there yet, don’t cheat yourself out of the opportunity to do so. Approaching my mid-70s, I can only hope for a few more good years of cruising in this great country. Capt. Fred Braman, USN (ret) Avid Bahamas Cruiser S/V Rhombus Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas


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Southeast Air & Water Temperatures, Prevailing Winds & Gulf Stream Currents – July For live buoy water and weather data, go to the National Data Buoy Center at

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

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

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Upcoming Events in the Southeast (Non-Race) Go to the Racing Calendar for regattas and local races. Go to Racing News for national and international regattas in the Southeast. • Educational/Training • Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals • Boat Shows • Seafood Festivals & Nautical Flea Markets • Other Events

Listing Your Event in Print or Online Educational/Training U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary organizations throughout the country hold hundreds of regular boating courses on the various subjects. To find a course near you, go to US SAILING INSTRUCTOR AND COACH COURSES IN THE SOUTHEAST (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX) Go to the website for courses that might have been scheduled after our press date. For more on course schedules, locations, contact information, course descriptions and prerequisites, go to Check the website, since courses are often added late. For learning-to-sail and powerboat handling courses, go to 35°31.98’N 076°32.16’W

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To have your non-race event listed in print, contact Email the information (not just a link) by the first of the month preceding publication. Contact us if a little later. They must be public events that are free, or nominal low cost. Other for-profit events can be listed for $35/month up to 150 words (text and title) for first month, $25 for second month. We will print your public event for two months (rendezvous for three months). (If your for-profit event has a quarter page ad or larger, a 150-word notice in this calendar is included for two months.) You can also list your event on our online calendar, Go to EVENTS. No charge for: (1) You have a print ad for the event in the magazine; (2) Public events, non-profit events, free events; (3) Club regattas, marine flea markets, boat shows and other similar events. Contact us for other for-profit events.

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JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVALS Go to, then Competition>Youth>Junior Olympics>Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals>Find a Junior Olympic Festival. Check online in case a new festival was scheduled, or view others further in the future.

Texas Youth Race Week Houston Yacht Club, Kemah, TX, July 12-14. Laser, Radial, Laser 4.7, Club 420, Optimist. Contact Jack Cronin at

SEAFOOD FESTIVALS and NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS 35th Annual Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival, Bay St. Louis, MS, July 4-6 Local food, music, Arts & Crafts, rides, raffles, Crab Races, and much more. Boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo, crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, dogs, and so much more. Our Lady of the Gulf Church Grounds. 10am-10pm.

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Rock, Paper Scissors Regatta Birmingham Sailing Club, Vincent, AL, Aug. 24-25. Laser, Radial, C420 Spin and Non-Spin, BIC, Optimists. Contact Fred Smith at

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins, June 1-November 30 For Hurricane information and plans and articles for preparing your boat for a storm, go to the Hurricane pages at

44th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, June 25-July 4 “It’s a party every a different location.” This annual regatta is one of the most famous in the Bahamas and Florida. The regatta goes on for 10 days with parties and racing on different islands. The event starts at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour, then goes on to Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, and the lat stop on Green Turtle Cay with the Cheeseburger Party. Regatta organizers promote the event as, “It’s a party every a different location.” For more information, go to

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 24-25. The regular 8-month season always runs Aug. 6 through March 31. For regulations and more information, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website at


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

RACE NEWS American Magic to Return to Pensacola New York Yacht Club American Magic team—challenger for the 36th America’s Cup—announced in May that they will be returning to Pensacola in October for training during the winter season, like they did this past year. They are expected to begin sailing on the bay in November. They will be based at the Port of Pensacola. The team will be sailing both the AC75#1 and the Mule. The AC75 is the boat that will be racing in the 2021 Cup races and the first AC75 was, by Cup rules, allowed to be launched by March 31 of this year. Teams can launch a second AC75 no earlier than Feb. 1, 2020. American Magic’s AC75#1 is under construction, but scheduled to be launched and ready for testing in August. It will come south to Pensacola with the Mule, which was the training boat the Magic Team used during last winter’s stay in Pensacola. Until recently six challengers were on record to challenge Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand, but the Malta Altus Challenge team pulled out in late May. The remaining Challengers are: Luna Rossa (ITA) – Challenger of Record American Magic (USA) INEOS Team UK (GBR) Stars & Stripes Team USA (USA) DutchSail (NED)

Decisions Made by World Sailing Council on Boats for 2024 Paris Olympics In May, the World Sailing Council met in London and decisions were made on the boats for the Olympics in Paris in 2024. The Laser was chosen as the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy. This was a decision that many were concerned about. The Laser became an Olympic-class boat in 1996 but other boats were being promoted to replace it for 2024. The recent controversy that developed between the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and Laser manufacturer LaserPerformance added fuel to the fire that the Laser might be replaced. The D-Zero, Melges 14 and RS Aero were other boats considered. Also chosen was the IKA Formula Kite as the Mixed Kiteboard, as was the 470 for the Mixed Two Person Dinghy. A proposal to use the RS:X for the Windsurfing equipment was rejected, so the board of directors must come up with another proposal. Discussion continues on the Two Person Offshore Keelboat equipment, which will be the first offshore keelboat racing event to be held in the Olympics. The council agreed to make decisions about the key criteria for the boats by Dec. 31, 2020. Recommendations for the board of direcCruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas

tors shall be submitted to the council by November 2020. The final list stands at: Men’s Windsurfer – TBD Women’s Windsurfer – TBD Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Standard Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial Mixed Kiteboard – IKA Formula Kite Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470 Women’s Skiff – 49erFX Men’s Skiff – 49er Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17 Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat – TBD

Dates set For Regata del Sol al Sol 2020 and St. Petersburg-to-Habana Race 2021 The St. Petersburg Yacht Club has set the date for the race to Isla Mujeres, Mexico—the Regata del Sol al Sol—at April 24, 2020. More details to come. The website for the race is The date for the club’s race to Habana, Cuba, is March 20, 2021.

Tampa Young Woman Wins Sailing Award From the Florida Women’s Sailing Association Erica Brown decided to be a sailor on a most unusual South Florida day 10 years ago, her mother recalls. It was a cold and windy day with white caps on the water. Erica watched her twin brother race in one of his first regattas. The young sailors were flipping over in their little boats, banging their heads on their booms, dragging in from racing—scraped and bruised—some ready to go home and others anxious to try to stay afloat the next day. Erica watched from the dock and was mesmerized by the whole scene. On the drive home, she announced to her parents, Leanne and Jim Brown, she wanted to sail an Opti. The International Optimist Dinghy (IOD) is the boat of choice around the world for teaching kids to sail and race. Erica Brown joined the youth sailing team at Tampa Yacht & Country Club, sailing in IODs and then in 420s at Plant High School in South Tampa, where she became a team leader, all the while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Now, in her sophomore year at Boston University, she continues to race on her school team. This Florida girl takes on the Boston winters like a champ, just as her parents thought she would on that blustery day 10 years ago. In recognition of her ability and inspiration to other sailors, Florida Women’s Sailing Association (FWSA) named Erica Brown the Young Woman Sailor of the Year. “After 10 years of racing and encouraging her teammates, and three years of teaching and coaching sailing in Tampa and Annapolis, MD, Erica continues to lead and inspire SOUTHWINDS July 2019


RACING NEWS other sailors,” Penny Durham, president of FWSA, said in announcing the award. The award was instituted by FWSA in 2008 and awarded at its annual meeting this year on May 16 at St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The Mainsheet Mamas team of Tampa Yacht & Country Club nominated Ms. Brown. Julie Sargent, team captain of the Mainsheet Mamas, said, “Erica’s zeal for sailing made her the perfect nominee because the award prescription directs that the young woman should be dedicated to training and competing in sailboat racing.” Other FWSA Young Woman Sailor of the Year Award recipients include Lillian Myers of Sarasota Sailing Squadron (2018), Jessica J. Smith, St. Petersburg Yacht Club (2017), Blaire McCarthy, St. Petersburg Yacht Club (2016), Rebekah Schiff of Tampa Yacht Club (2015), Hallie Schiffman, Sarasota Sailing Squadron (2014), Jane Millican, Davis Island Yacht Club (2013), Wendy Reuss, Sarasota Sailing Squadron (2012), Grace Wells, Davis Island Yacht Club and Tampa Yacht Club (2011), Paige Railey, Clearwater Yacht Club (2010) and Shannon Heausler, Davis Island Yacht Club (2009). Florida Women’s Sailing Association was founded in 1973 to encourage education and fellowship in all things nautical and to advance sailing and racing among women in Florida. The FWSA Member Clubs are the Bitter Ends of Venice Women’s Sailing Squadron, Bow Chasers of Clearwater Yacht Club, Broad Reachers of St. Petersburg Yacht Club at Pass-a-Grille, Dinghy Dames of Davis Island Yacht Club, Luffing Lassies of Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Mainsheet Mamas of Tampa Yacht & Country Club, Rhumb Runners of Boca Ciega Yacht Club, Salty Sisters of St. Petersburg Yacht Club, T.I. Tackers of The Club at Treasure Island, and Windlasses at the Dunedin Marina.

RACE INSTRUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST To list your race instruction courses in print (free listings for non-profit groups. A $25 fee to for-profit groups): VIEW UPCOMING REGATTAS & EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE – LIST YOUR REGATTA OR INSTRUCTION COURSE FREE View upcoming regattas and events in our online calendar. You can list your regatta course yourself on our online calendar for free with more information. Go to, and click on EVENTS. US SAILING Race Management Courses in the Southeast: US SAILING has seminars around the country on: Race Officers; Umpires; Judges; and Classifiers. Information, prerequisites, and enrollment online available at Check the website, as classes are sometimes created at the last minute—long after our press deadline, and some fill up quickly. No Courses are currently scheduled for July and August in the Southeast.


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Erica Brown Racing for Boston University. Photo courtesy Rob Migliaccio Photography. Erica Brown Racing for Boston University. Photo courtesy Rob Migliaccio Photography.

NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER REGATTAS IN THE SOUTHEAST View upcoming regattas on our Events page at List your regatta for free. LISTING YOUR RACE SOUTHWINDS lists races in the Southeast eight coastal states for free with date, event and sponsoring organization in the “Racing Calendar” at the end of the magazine. Listed below are upcoming national and international regattas in the Southeast. For other regatta pre-race write-ups with a description in this section, cost is $35/month ($25 for second month) for the first 130 words and $45/month ($35 for second month) for 200 words total. No listing over 200 words allowed. Regattas that run display ads 1/4 page or larger (we give regatta ads reduced rates) will get 150 words at no additional charge for two months. Email, or 941-306-2042, around the first of the month preceding publication to list your event or place an ad. Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals July – August. See calendar section, just before this section. 44th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, June 25-July 4 “It’s a party every a different location.” This annual regatta is one of the most famous in the Bahamas and Florida. The regatta goes on for 10 days with parties and racing on different islands. The event starts at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour, then goes on to Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, and the lat stop on Green Turtle Cay with the Cheeseburger Party. Regatta organizers promote the event as, “It’s a party every a different location.” For more information, go to

NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH & THE WORLD OF SAILING & BOATING Send us news, including business press releases, to We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain). Okeechobee Water Level Goes Down About 4 Inches Since May As of press date in early May, Lake Okeechobee was at 10.90 feet above sea level. This makes the navigational depth for Route 1, which crosses the lake, 4.84 feet, and the navigational depth for Route 2, which goes around the southern coast of the lake, 3.04 feet. Bridge clearance at Myakka was about 52.59 feet. For those interested in seeing the daily height of the lake, navigation route depths and bridge clearance, go to (copy this address exactly as it is here with upper and lower cases).

Learn to Sail and Race in 2.4 Meter Boats Sailing lessons are available to learn to sail and race in a two-place 2.4 Meter boat in Port Charlotte, FL.

Sailing lessons will be conducted at the Beach Park in Port Charlotte, FL. The first lesson will be in a two-place boat with the instructor (see photo). The objective will be to judge the student’s mobility and what the control modifications should be, and also to discuss the process toward the student’s first solo sail to determine if the enjoyment of the sailing justifies the cost and time. This will be conducted by Dennis Peck who has years of experience making sailing accessible. This one-day lesson is free. The student will judge if the estimated cost of equipment unique to them is good value. If the student decides to continue they will be assisted in having equipment fabricated. If they continue they will have access to a 2.4M boat via a reservation process on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the Sailing Center is open. During this time Dennis will coach from a similar boat. If interested, contact Dennis at

Florida Legislature Passes Boat Titling Law In the June issue, SOUTHWINDS reported on boat titling laws being considered in the South. In early June, the Florida legislature passed the bill and sent it to the governor, who is expected to sign it. The bill will alert buyers if a boat has been severely damaged or destroyed. The bill takes effect July 1, 2023, which means that until that date, buyers must still be wary of any boats which have potentially been damaged or destroyed.

Florida Brewery Develops Biodegradable Six-Pack Ring The traditional plastic six-pack ring has been a danger to wildlife since it first hit the market decades ago. Plastic has a hard enough time breaking down, and when it does it ends up in some animals stomach, including that of the human who eats an animal with plastic in it. But the rings are also dangerous to animals because they get their head stuck in them. This has been a common problem for sea turtle. Saltwater Brewery, located in Delray Beach, has come up with biodegradable ring that is made from barley and wheat waste—waste products of brewing. It not only breaks down in the environment, it is edible food for animals, Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas



which includes sea turtles, of course. There are other sixpack rings that are biodegradable, but they are not edible. Saltwater wanted to create something better, so they got together with a company to develop the ring—from waste products of the brewing process. The rings are called the Eco Six Pack Ring (E6PR). The rings start to break down shortly after entering saltwater; otherwise, they will start to breakdown in other conditions—if they aren’t eaten by animals, including hungry humans walking on the beach. The company said they have been contacted by numerous other craft breweries who expressed interest in using the rings in their beers. Plus, there’s the whole market of soft drinks that also use six-pack rings. Saltwater also supports other charities that help protect the ocean environment. If you want to help, buy one of their beers, some of which have names that come from the ocean environment, such as Screaming Reels IPA. The brewery distributes through much of Florida to markets, bars, restaurants, convenience stores and more. Go to to watch the video of fish nibbling away at one of the rings (go to Community> Press)—and learn about the company and their beers. You can also search your area for where to buy their beer.

Superyacht Falls off Transport Ship in the Mediterranean In May, a 130-foot sailing superyacht, My Song, fell off a cargo ship while be transported from the Caribbean to the Balearics Islands off the coast of Spain (Mallorca is in the Balearics). The boat fell off before reaching the islands, where she was due to be unloaded for an upcoming superyacht regatta in Italy. The boat’s hull displaces 105 tons and is made of carbon. It has a 36-ton lifting keel. Sloop-rigged, the carbon fiber mast is 56 meters high (184 feet) and draws 22 feet. The boat has a maximum speed over 30 knots. It was built by Baltic Yachts in Finland. It took two years to build. The boat is estimated to be worth over $37 million. The transport company released a statement that the initial assessment of what happened stated that the ship’s cradle collapsed and the boat fell into the sea. It also stated that the cradle was owned and provided by the yacht and assembled by the yacht crew. The transport company, Peters & May, has been transporting yachts for 40 years and is known as a reputable company.

BoatUS Releases Annual List of the Top 10 Boat Names From BoatUS Each year, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) tallies the most popular boat names. The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. Each reveals something about the personality of the vessel’s owner.


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The 2019 BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names: Aquaholic: After a four-year absence from the Top 10 list, this popular boat name returns. Pearl: Sometimes a shortening of the name (Black Pearl) of the fictional ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Forever Young Second Chance Squid Pro Quo More Cowbell: A 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy skit featuring Will Farrell and Christopher Walken pokes fun at taking things too far (search for “more cowbell” on YouTube—it’s worth watching). Pegasus: This boat name that connects earth and sky is commonly found on both sailboat and powerboat transoms. Feelin’ Nauti Why Knot? High Maintenance

Restoration Plan Underway for Florida Keys In August, a blueprint to preserve and restore environmental conditions in the Florida Keys will be released to the public for comment. In 2011, as a result of public concerns about environmental damage in much of the Florida Keys and how to prevent more damage in the future, and protect recreation and marine life, a study began by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to review the management plan of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The FKNMS website on the blueprint states that the Keys’ “fragile habitat is increasingly under threat from hurricanes, disease, boat groundings, rising ocean temperatures, pollution, and human interactions.” In August, the NOAA will release a draft of the environmental impact statement, known as the Restoration Blueprint. It will be a proposal that “will include recommended changes to the current management plan, zoning and regulations that have been in effect since 1997.” The proposal will be open for public comment for three months. To become involved and give public input, the public is always invited to attend the Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings held in Marathon, Florida Keys. Meetings still to be held 2019 are on Aug. 20, Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. For more on the Council meetings, the blueprint and public input, go to

Boat Recycling in Europe and the U.S. Since almost all the small boats for recreation and fishing are made from fiberglass and recycling fiberglass is not a cheap process. Fiberglass is considered to be virtually indestructible, but boats do have a life cycle and millions of

them that were built in the 70s and 80s are reaching the end of their cycle. What to do with them is a big problem. In Florida, a state almost completely surrounded by water, has its share of the problem and is still trying to figure out how to handle it. But people are doing something about it—in the U.S. and other places. In 2009, a non-profit in France established a boat-dismantling network, but few were willing to pay for it. Who wants to pay for something they no longer enjoy? So this year, the nonprofit offered to dispose of the boats at no cost if the owner could get the boat to one of their dismantling sites. It still costs but it’s an improvement. In Rhode Island, a boat-recycling project was started up that turns fiberglass into cement (read “Short Tacks” April issue in Back Issues at The idea was inspired by a German program that recycles fiberglass wind turbine blades into cement. The head of the boat recycling non-profit in France stated that fiberglass boats only represent 5 percent of the 200,000 tons of fiberglass used in construction projects in France. She believes that the boating industry needs to work with other industries that use fiberglass—that have the same recycling problem. In other words, boat recycling is a small part of the fiberglass-recycling problem. The public just doesn’t see it so much. In Norway, a recycling company—with backing from

the Norwegian government—has found ways of turning recycled fiberglass into products, one of which is a 14-foot dinghy. The Norwegian government has also initiated a system that pays 100 Euros (about $111) to the person who delivers a fiberglass boat to the disposal center. A smaller amount is paid for delivery of smaller boats (up to about16 feet) to regular domestic (household) waste centers. All of these plans work at lowering or eliminating the cost of disposal to the owner. One proposal that has been “floating” around is to add a disposal fee to each new fiberglass boat that is built. Or perhaps it should be added to each piece of glass fiber, since boat fiberglass is a small part of the bigger problem of fiberglass products overall.


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Georgia Shocks Boaters with New Anchoring Announcement By James H. Newsome


eorgia’s Coastal Resource Division (CRD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stunned boaters in Georgia and throughout the Southeast with an announcement on May 21 that boating rules pertaining to liveaboards and anchoring were being changed effective January 1, 2020. Earlier in the year, the Georgia legislature passed amendments to current law HB201 authorizing DNR to establish new rules as well as a fee system for shortand long-term anchoring in Georgia’s coastal waters. Additionally, the state will now establish anchorage areas so boaters will not be allowed to anchor in any unapproved areas after January 1. DNR is holding a public meeting scheduled for June 17 in Brunswick, GA, at the CRD headquarters, and requesting public comment. The first meeting was set for June 17 and public comment may be submitted by email or letter until July 15. On Aug. 27, CRD will present the first draft of the rules to the Coastal Committee of the DNR, and by Dec. 1, the amended rules will be filed with the secretary of state. The proposed new rules state that anyone anchoring in Georgia coastal waters will be required to purchase a permit at a cost of $5 per night, $20 for a seven-day period, $40 for a 30-day period, or $240 for an annual period. Anchorage permits will be available at all sites that sell hunting and fishing licenses, by phone and online. Permits may be printed or maintained electronically but must always be on the vessel and available for inspection by DNR Fish and Wildlife enforcement personnel. If the vessel is unoccupied, the permit must be displayed and visible from the water. Anyone applying for an anchorage permit for a liveaboard vessel must certify to no discharge of sewage, treated or untreated, into the state’s waters. Approved anchor-


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age areas will be posted online on DNR’s website. DNR has stated in their public announcement that the new rules will positively affect transient boating, because Georgia has been viewed unfriendly to boaters in the past. DNR believes that the new rules will open Georgia waters to more transient boaters and provide an added benefit of business for coastal marinas. Reaction on social media to this announcement has been mostly negative with cruisers from outside Georgia vowing to skip the state entirely if the new rules charge for and restrict anchoring. Executive director of the Georgia Marine Business Association (GAMBA) supports the new rules and says it is not an attack on cruisers and anchoring in Georgia. Many Georgia boaters were also caught by surprise with the new developments and are organizing to fight this rule change and affect a change in the law during the next legislative session in 2020. It is interesting and a concern that apparently the Seven Seas Cruising Association, the Marine Trawler Owners Association, the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, the Waterway Guide, the Cruisers Net, nor the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association knew about this change to existing law until the news broke in late May. Apparently, only GAMBA was aware of the changes and lobbied with DNR at the General Assembly in Atlanta earlier this year. Readers are encouraged to submit comments before July 15 by mail or email to Kelly Hill, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520, or Additional information is available at Click on the “News and Notices” tab.

Baseballs for Cuban Girls By Bart Blankenship Revival and crew brought a little more than 50 baseballs to Cuba.


ith getting Revival, my 26-foot Pearson, I also acquired several charts, including charts of Cuba. Being so close, who wouldn’t consider going to Cuba? From where I worked in Everglades City, Key West was 100 miles south, and another 100 miles beyond was Havana!

Revival, a 26-foot Pearson, at the Outward Bounds Camp in Everglades City.

The issue was legality. Without our government’s permission, the fines can be stiff. After being boarded by our Coast Guard coming back from the Bahamas—just because we left from Cay Sal, which is close to Cuba—I decided I’d figure out a way to go legally. It was the summer of 2015. Although President Obama eased restrictions on traveling to Cuba earlier that year, you still needed to obtain permission from the USCG. You could go doing humanitarian missions, or as a journalist—and around 10 other reasons. The form to fill out is called CG3300 “Application for Permit to Enter Cuban Territorial Seas.” The language was intimidating. Finally, the idea hit me after playing catch one day with my daughter. What if we sailed baseball gear to Cuba and gave it away to Cuban girls? We could make a documentary about it. My friend Jimbo Schley from Outward Bound, where I worked, had done some filming for major league baseball. He’d already crewed with me on Revival and said he’d get to work on the permit. He wanted to go to film and as crew. Our plan started to take shape. Over the next few weeks, Jimbo did the research to make sure we knew the rules and how to fill out the application. Two more friends signed on as crew. I mistakenly thought we all had to be journalists or somehow involved in making the film and wondered how the two women who were coming as crew would pass as journalists. I had published before. The guys had made films, but the rest? Well, they would assist, passing cameras, interviewing, interpreting, etc. I would later find out that only one of us needed to be a journalist and the rest could come as crew.

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Capt. Bart on board Revival.

We applied on October 15. The application said to allow several weeks to be processed, but it only took two weeks. I called each crewmember to give them the good news. We were sailing to Cuba! My friend Tessa Landauviano arrived early to where I and the boat were in Palmetto, FL, and helped me prep Revival. She also set up a website promoting our mission and asking for donations. Soon the boxes of baseball gear started coming. Some baseball lovers had been dreaming of sending baseball gear to Cuba for years, but there was the embargo—or as the Cubans call it, the blockade—and now here was this tiny sailboat that was going and could carry gear. We packed 50 bats, 50 mitts, 25 helmets, 25 uniforms, 150 balls, several hats, hoodies, jerseys, and even a complete catcher and umpire set. It took several dinghy loads to get all that gear out to Revival on her mooring in the Manatee River in Bradenton. The V-berth was almost completely full and it took 10 construction trash bags to contain what we didn’t want wet. Tessa, Jimbo and I left Palmetto (north across the river from Bradenton) right after Thanksgiving on Dec. 1 and had an overnight passage down to Everglades City where we stopped in at the Outward Bound base where our friends had more gear for us. They had been having fun writing on the gear. My favorite was “Revival ama Cuba,” or Revival loves Cuba. Our overnight passage to Key West went smoothly, and we even had a nice size tiger shark swim alongside for a bit. Revival seemed the perfect size even with the V-berth full of baseball gear. But the boat was about to get crowded. In Key West, crew Danny Field and Alyssa Fleishman arrived by plane. We’d also rented a life raft and had it shipped there for pick up. Revival was about to be overwhelmed. The cabin could only take three. The other two would have to be in the cockpit no matter the weather. Crossing to Cuba The Gulf Stream off Key West runs east, contrary to the trade winds. Our first attempt to cross on Dec. 7, we found it too rough and turned back. We’d been only using our jib instead of reefing the mainsail, as the wind was behind us. Just before we entered Key West harbor, a wind sheer hit us almost knocking us down. Revival was slow to round up on the jib with all that load. 24

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Cuba was still only 90 miles away, but on that day it felt like too much. The cabin was soaked. It took three more days for the weather to abate and a real window to open. We were dried out from our last attempt and sailed out in good spirits on Dec. 10. The Gulf Stream wasn’t so bad, but then the wind died. We drifted east. The second day we tried the engine. This was the first time in 8000 miles that I’d brought along an engine. There were too many variables entering Cuba and not knowing made me nervous. My brother loaned me a 2hp Honda that fit in the outboard well. It had been reliable, but certainly got a soaking in the last attempt. Jimbo worked all day on the engine, but it never fired up. Everyone was damp. Our spirits were deteriorating. As we continued on, a white shape took form on the water ahead, and as we drew near to it, we saw it was an overturned powerboat. Were there survivors? Could we help them? Then we saw spray-painted on the bottom of the hull: “USCG OK” and the date of our first attempt to cross, Dec. 7. So either the survivors had been rescued, or there weren’t any. Arrival in Cuba Finally, on the morning of the third day we saw the Havana skyline. As we slowly drew near, the sun rose and we saw two fishermen in a small open boat working on their engine. We hailed the harbormaster after changing the VHF to the international setting and were directed to tie up to the Aduana (customs), which was into the wind once we made the turn. Officials gathered at the sea wall. Jimbo was on the bow taking soundings with a lead line. We finally stepped ashore. The Aduana were friendly and amused at our small craft and the five of us. Danny talked baseball with them as I struggled with the forms which asked about our electronics, food and if we had brought gifts. The boat was full of gifts. Would this be a problem? Would we have to pay a duty? We hadn’t researched this. I wrote yes. The check-in was actually pretty simple, and we were welcomed to Cuba and told where to dock at Marina Hemingway, a short distance east. At least we had wind getting to the dock. A short time after we tied up, more officials came. And differing from what I’d read, they didn’t want beer or cookies—and they had their own pens. But they did ask for bribes and were polite when we refused. Marina Hemingway had obviously been neglected. Cracked sea walls exposed shore power that looked like they were underwater. Inside the bathrooms, there were no toilet seats or paper. The showers did have warm water, though, and it was nice to get clean after being underway for 48 hours. We had a celebratory meal at a restaurant in the marina and Danny and Jimbo took a cab to get a room near Habana. Tessa, Alyssa and I walked to the neighboring town of Jaimanitas which has been made famous by the artist José Rodríguez Fuster for his tile mosaics. There was strong Cuban coffee to enjoy. We walked to a beach past a run-down resort. People lived in it, but it was

Cuban boys jumping into Havana Harbor.

crumbling. Out on a pier, the sun was setting. We were in Cuba! The next day we met up with Danny and Jimbo in Habana. There was a convention with Cuba and Major League Baseball, and Danny and Jimbo were doing some filming. We went to the Hotel Nacional and Jimbo pointed out Antonio Castro, Fidel’s son. From there we interviewed—and were entertained by—a local artist who had a lot to say about Cuban/U.S. Relations. He also said that girls in Cuba weren’t interested in playing baseball. I wanted to prove him wrong. But he had a connection to a friend who had been getting baseball gear to kids there with a non-profit. Things seemed to be falling into place. The gals and I got a room for the night. In the morning after more coffee, we toured the city and the Museum of the Revolution.

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It felt very strange to see the engine of our U2 Spy plane that they had shot down with a Soviet Stinger missile in the ‘60s. The day before we had met an artist in Jaimanitas who also wanted to start up a little league with our gear. So we returned there and continued our dialogue and filming. We spoke at length with him and a coach, and he wound up giving us a baseball bat from a famous game. He was pretty excited with the prospects of what he could do with the gear and the kids. After all, the average Cuban makes $30 a month. Even a cheap baseball mitt can cost $40. But when we came back to Revival, we got word that the Aduana wanted to inventory our gifts and that none of the gifts were allowed off the boat. Our mission was about to get political, and complicated. In the morning, an Aduana official came. He looked around at our bagged donations and put special tape securing each bag. He told us we weren’t allowed to take the bags off the boat. I spoke to a neighbor at the marina, who was the former French ambassador, who said that the donor who brought new ambulances and fire trucks to the Havana district had to pay a billion in duty just to be able to give Cuba the vehicles. He told of a boatload of bicycles that arrived from Holland that were thrown into the sea and that a fleet of sea kayaks left here had been burned. “My friend,” he said, “you are not rich enough to give this baseball gear to Cuba!” But I didn’t want to accept his claim. Danny, who understood more of the Cuban bureaucracy, first went to the customs office where we’d cleared in, then to their office in Habana and then he met with the Ministerio de Deportes (Ministry of Sports). It looked good, and they came the following morning to receive our gear. They had several schools to distribute it to. But 50 yards from Revival, they were stopped by workers at the marina. Finally, the Aduana came and let them bring the gear to the station where it was carefully inventoried. The Ministry of Sports seemed satisfied. It might take a few weeks to work through the red tape, but they were assured they’d get the gear. SOUTHWINDS July 2019


Jaimanitas was made famous by the artist José Rodríguez Fuster for his tile mosaics. An artist in Jaimanitas wanted to start up a little league with our gear.

An Aduana came by later that afternoon and had us write out what gear we wanted to go to our friends in Jaimenitas. We allocated enough for a league. And we would have liked to have stayed to see and film the smiles of the kids, but the next day the conditions were favorable for our departure. The Cuban officials would have to sort it all out. We cleared customs easily after paying our bill at the marina. Our sail back took 21 hours. Seas were five feet. Clearing back into Key West was simple. Jimbo caught his plane. And we might have had a nice evening and slept late except that the wind was going to shift against us. That was our window to cross back to Everglades City. No rest for the wicked. We only stayed five days in Cuba. Without an export permit, we were limited to two weeks by the U.S. government, not by Cuba. We could have contacted the Coast Guard and moved the dates around due to weather, but we had our own time constraints. Five days. Was it worth it? The rough crossings, the bureaucracy, crumbling buildings and communism. Absolutely! The Cuban people were welcoming and full of smiles even for us from Los Estados Unidos. Lovely beaches, 6000-foot mountains, great food, art and music. Wonderful old cars. It is the most unique culture I’ve ever experienced—and only an overnight sail from Key West. People are worried about Cuban culture changing with the easing of relations and say, “Go now.” But from what I saw, Cuba has a lot of pride and is likely to remain a unique destination for a long time. 26

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Outside the customs office at the marina, Danny Field talking to a customs official who was one of three who catalogued the gear. Shown are the 30 bats we brought, along with over 40 mitts, jerseys, pants, cleats, helmets and a complete set of gear for a catcher and referee. We raised over $1000 and bought new gear; and used gear—about $1000 worth—with our own money.

Return to Cuba Five months later, in May 2016, I returned to Cuba. On this trip, each crew had their own interest in writing. Our previous trip gave us only five days due to a short weather window, and I wanted more of Cuba. My mission was again to pass out baseball gear, but also to share this experience with my 82-year-old mom, Lucille, who has sailed a lot. Her interest was in writing a story about Cuban art.  Sam Eakle was interested in Cuban surfing and brought a surfboard and donated it to a local surfer.  Surfing in Cuba was just starting to be legal. Apparently, someone had escaped to Florida on a windsurfer!   Caitlin Erwin was interested in modern dance and we went to a performance On board Revival at Marina Hemingway. From left to right are Caitlin, Mom (Lucille at the theater next to the capitol. But she Blankenship), Sam Eakle and Capt. Bart. Photo by Fred Braman. Fred met Bart and crew wound up doing a story on tattoos in and wrote about them in Part III (of three parts) of his trip to Cuba in the December 2016 Cuba, because when the Cubans found issue, available in Back Issues at out that Mom and I sailed in together, and a muscle boat rally landed in Hemingway just when they lumped us all together as family and called us La we did, and they all cut in front of us.  But we had a full Familia Travisia—the traveling family.  two weeks to enjoy Cuba. We rented a room at a school in I brought way less baseball gear so we’d be under their Havana and really enjoyed the museums, food, live music radar and not have our gifts held up by the Aduana. The and a dance performance.  It was awesome to share this trip went much more smoothly than the first one. The with my mom.  weather, while spicy on the way, had us under reefed sails,

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2019 Cedar Key Small Boat Meet Small Boats, Big Event By Bill Jacobs Boats and people gathered on the beach on Atsena Otie Island.

Early morning at Island Place beach.


very year since 1984, small boat owners have gathered together on the first weekend in May in the remote town of Cedar Key, FL, to celebrate the essence of sailing, rowing, paddling, poling or pedaling small craft in tidal waters unreachable by larger craft. It’s like a happening from the 60s; call it Woodstock, Altamont, or Burning Man—you get the idea. It resembles a family picnic more than a sailboat regatta. There is no entry fee, no entry form, no rules, no registration, no events, no results—and officially no one in charge. If you’re interested in small boats and live north of the Mason Dixon or west of the Rockies, you’ve probably heard of it, and if you’re south and east of either you may have been there. The beaches and ramps fill up with sailors and their wide assortment of craft. Because there is no list of entrants, it is impossible to know the exact number of participants, but this year I’m guessing about 70 boats showed up. If there is a person somewhat responsible it has to be local Cedar Key resident Hugh Horton, considered by many


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as the grandfather, godfather, guru and guardian of the event. He gets some help from Dave Lucas down in Bradenton, and Ron Hoddinott, founder of West Coast (FL) Trailer Sailing Squadron. Hugh is about as laid back in his presence at the event as imaginable, but he has a burning intensity about small boat sailing. He walks on water and is the hub of a collection of younger, talented, smart and fit enthusiasts who dream, design, build and sail some of the most advanced small boats on the planet. Matt Layden was there with his Sand Flea design and was the speaker on Saturday night at the Potluck dinner. He was hard to get a word with during the day, because he spent most of it single-handing his boat. While sailing with Hugh on his latest design, Clam Girl, we almost caught up to him when Matt got a shift on the right side of the tide and cruised off into the distance. J F Bedard didn’t bring a boat, although I was hoping for a better look at his crafty ROG 15 (River of Grass), a micro cruiser that he designed and offers as a kit. He came to consult, sail and discuss the progress on Clam Girl, that he

A Herreshoff Coquina.

had assisted with in the design phase. Simon Lewandowski was there with his Goat Island Skiff, a 16-foot gem of a boat that is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. His build, almost 10 years old, still looks like new and sails like a witch. Although I sailed with Simon over the course of the day, I could never pick him out of a crowd as he was covered from head to toe with sun controlling clothing. He too, is a designer and builder of exquisite small craft. Equally impressive to the bleeding edge of design were the traditionalists who brought a wide variety of historical designs. Like Rex and Kathy Payne with their Caledonian yawl. There was a version of the classic one-design class, Windmill, only enlarged for more comfort for those of us in more mature years. I called it an “Eldermill.” Then there was Rob Hazard sailing his replica of Nathaniel Herreshoff’s beautiful Coquina class yawl. As the afternoon wore on, many took to the water once again, and the channel between the island and the town was filled with sails. Most were back ashore by 6pm in time to freshen up for the annual potluck dinner held at the Community Center. Almost everyone brings something, but an anchor assortment of salads and sides was accompanied by roast chicken and barbecued spare ribs provided by one of the group. All kicked in a few bucks to cover the costs. The conversation was lively among the informal groups convened around both long and round tables, followed by Matt Layden, who completed the evening with a look at slides of a number of his boats along with his frank and illuminating comments. Sunday morning dawned with the promise of severe thunderstorms throughout the day. Boats blew out of town like falling leaves hoping to get home before the arrival of storms. I am certain there will be the 35th running next year.

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Conch Republic Cup 2019, Key West, FL, April 27 – May 4 Cultural Exchange Through Sport By Karen Angle Executive Director, Conch Republic Cup


he winner of the 2019 Conch Republic Cup (CRC) was Florida Keys resident Capt. Mike Austin of Lunasea from the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo. Fun was had by all during the Cup’s 10th edition of “Key West Cuba Race Week, Cultural Exchange Through Sport.” Over 100 participants were hosted in this year’s

Commodore Escrich in Havana Harbor with the other boats in the nautical parade. Lunasea, a Tartan 30 and winner of the Conch Republic Cup, crossing the finish line at the Torreón de la Chorrera Regatta in Havana Harbor.

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regatta to Cuba. This year also marks the beginning of a new format for the event. It was held at a new time of year (last year, the race was scheduled to be held in January, and winter weather conditions forced cancellation of the race). The race also included the Wreckers Cup Race, as well as a one-way race to Cuba open to racing and participant classes. The time of year change from January to April was welcomed by everyone. Not only was the weather more enjoyable but the regatta begins as the last event in the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a weeklong event in its 37th year. The Schooner Wharf Bar and Grill, voted the “Best Locals Bar” in Key West, is now the official headquarters for all CRC events. The participants started their week on April 28 by racing in the last race of the 34th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Wrecker’s Cup Race Series. April marks the last of the series, which is held the last Sunday of each month, January through April. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key Lighthouse from the Key West waterfront. After the boats return to Key West, the awards party is held later

that day, but the CRC participants continued on from the lighthouse to race to Havana and did not return to Key West with the other boats and were unable to attend the party, although Atlantic Union II, Kokomo, Where To and Delphinus—all CRC racers—won awards for their place in the Wrecker’s Race. Next year, the CRC racers will return to Key West after the Wrecker’s Race and will be able to attend the awards party. They will leave for the race to Cuba the following day. In Cuba, boats docked at the famous Hemingway Marina. The awards party, with a pig roast and live music, was held on April 30. The party was hosted by Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Commodore Escrich presenting the Conch Republic Cup to Capt. Mike Austin and crew of Lunasea. Escrich of Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba (HIYC). Cuban boats in front of the Malecon was well received by While in Cuba, the participants had an opportunity to the spectators along the renowned Havana waterfront. As race with Cuban sailors in front of the Malecon in the there is little to no local boat traffic—due to strict Cuban Torreón de la Chorrera Regatta on May 4. Racing with the laws regulating their ability to even be on the water—the spectacle of vessels was remarkable. 2019 also marks the 500th Anniversary of Havana’s founding. Due to this historical event, Commodore Escrich gained special permission for the participants to enter Havana Harbor in a nautical parade.  Some of the race participants stayed in Cuba for the Our 51st Year allowed two weeks and others departed early. The new format allows the return trip to be chosen by each vessel based on their weather window and convenience. Go to the website for information and a complete list of winners for all three legs of the Conch Republic Cup. Next year will be the 11th Edition of the Conch Republic Cup, held April 25 – May 2, 2020.

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One-Skillet Meals By Bob Johndrow


any people will agree that food tastes better on the water. Sometimes that meal is just a hard-boiled egg and a saltshaker, or some cold, fried chicken with ice-cold beverages. These are some memories I have of eating on a boat as a child, and everything always tasted so good. Our meals have evolved since then. When the boat is calm, meals onboard can be a breeze. What I like now about eating dinner on the boat while anchored is a meal that is simple, flavorful—and leaves us with as little cleanup as possible. Enter the one-skillet meal. Most of my one-skillet meals are cooked and served in a seasoned, cast iron skillet. By chopping ingredients and adding them as needed to the skillet, this is the only pan that will need to be cleaned later. With limited space in the galley, I often like to get outside, do all the prep work at a small dining table on the stern and add ingredients to the cast iron skillet directly on the grill that is mounted there as well. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, look for one at a thrift store or pick one up at any major retailer. With either, you will want to season it by rubbing the entire pan with a blended oil or canola oil, then heat it up for at least 20 minutes and allow to cool. After cooking, scrub it with a little hot water, dry thoroughly, then oil it again. The skillet will become more seasoned with each meal and will serve many memorable events. I’ve become pretty adept at the one-skillet meal, but that was not always the case. When I first started planning and cooking meals on board, I could never seem to remember all the necessary ingredients and components to complete the meal I had intended. I never really followed recipes at home, and on the boat I always felt that I was missing a few key ingredients. I found that by planning to have a few staple ingredients onboard, then picking up the remaining ingredients for the adventure, cooking on the boat could be enjoyable, as well as a pleasure to take care of guests. The first time I actually created a one-skillet meal, I was using up leftover beets and potatoes—that were grilled the night before—in a breakfast hash with corned beef and poached eggs. This was just a way to use up leftovers, but the presentation was so beautiful, I took some photos and knew this would become a regular dish we would serve. Other favorites include chicken piccata, shrimp and grits and shakshuka. Shakshuka originally came from North Africa and has quickly become a popular Middle Eastern dish, particularly in Israel. I hear shakshuka gained wild popularity because it is a simple dish that uses few ingredients. While there are many variations, a traditional shakshuka recipe is basically eggs poached in a spiced tomato and green pepper stew with onions and garlic. Here is my recipe for Shakshuka.


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Shakshuka Shakshuka, meaning “all mixed up” in Hebrew, is so simple. Eggs are poached in a perfectly spiced vegetarian stew of tomatoes and green peppers. Serve it for breakfast or add a salad and your favorite bread, and you can call it dinner. Serves 6-8 olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 green bell peppers, chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin pinch red pepper flakes salt and pepper 6 fresh tomatoes, chopped or 28 oz. can strained tomatoes 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 6 large eggs 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves In a large cast iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, green peppers, garlic, spices, pinch salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar. Simmer until the tomato mixture begins to reduce, about 20 minutes. Make six wells in the tomato mixture with the back of a spoon. Crack an egg into each indention. Reduce the heat, cover the skillet and cook about eight more minutes, or until egg whites are set. Sprinkle parsley and mint leaves over the top and serve in the cast iron skillet. Wrap the skillet handle with a towel or a slip-on, protective handle cover. Bob Johndrow enjoys cooking and boating. He combines years of restaurant industry experience cooking, catering and entertaining, along with the organizational skills necessary to create recipes that are flavorful, yet simple enough to be prepared in a tiny galley kitchen. He has worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years as a cook, chef, writer and marketing director. He recently published Boat Cooking and Entertaining, a guide to cooking simple, healthy meals onboard, and entertaining with style.


1972 Tartan 34.5 C By Dick de Grasse Cover: Endeavour at anchor in Florida.


e chose a 1972 Tartan 34.5 C (centerboard) because we were in the middle-aged adventurist time of life and wanted an affordable, seaworthy, passagemaking sailing vessel that was workable by a husband-andwife crew. We were convinced that “big boats can mean big problems”—especially for a crew of two during long offshore passages. Just handling sails can be tough work day and night when the boat rolls 20-25 degrees all the time. We’ve made as many as nine sail changes on our Tartan in a single day to keep her on her feet and moving at a promising 5-6 knots. Cruising boat size doesn’t necessarily increase comfort for a two-person crew. Newer boats don’t seem to be any more efficient than older boats, particularly on passages where on-deck work is necessary day and night. Newer all-electric boats’ energy use and the possibility of electric equipment failures concern me. Therefore, we have 10 winches installed on Endeavour to enable us to work the boat by hand in all conditions. We previously owned two O’Day sailboats and a Cape Cod cat. We have sailed something our entire married life of more than 60 years. I joined the Coast Guard out of high school and earned a navigators certificate in the Power Squadron following my term in the Coast Guard. We were ready for a sailing adventure; our two sons had finished colShe has flat decks wide enough to allow for safe walking fore and aft in a seaway. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas



BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW The Tartan has teak cockpit coaming, teak handrails and teak toe rails.

& Stephens’ designs, and to our knowledge, S & S never designed a bad boat. We looked for a Tartan 37, but during our search we discovered an extraordinarily well-equipped Tartan 34.5 C in Buffalo, NY. We bought it. The Tartan 34.5 C specifications are: Length: 34.5’ on deck 26’ at the water line. The self-steering wind vane and anchor chock make the length closer to 36 feet. Beam: 11’ Draft: 4’11”. With all the gear aboard, she’s likely drawing a little over 5 feet with the board up and about 8 feet with the board down. Mast height: 48’. The mast is stepped on a bilge plate in the head and clears 48 feet. Weight: 13+ gross tons. Power Westerbeke 30 hp diesel. The original engine was an Atomic 4 gas engine. Both the Atomic 4 and the newer diesel are located under a settee in the cabin. The fuel tank holds 24 gallons of diesel, plus we carry four 6-gallon cans in the cockpit for passages. The diesel burns about a half-gallon per hour when motoring at six knots, less when charging batteries on anchor. Interior: The Tartan 34.5 has raw teak bulkheads, teak drawers, teak handrails, teak bilge boards and teak trim throughout. Kathy uses Liquid Gold on the raw teak, not teak oil. We installed a red cherry and holly sole over the original cork sole. When time became available we tackled the sole project.

lege and had real jobs. Kathy and I had read nearly all accounts of small-boat sailors around the world and have since come to know several of them. Our friends had a Tartan 30 and Kathy liked it! We believed then—and still do today—that “it’s not the size of the boat, but the size of the commitment” that make successful, uneventful passages. We narrowed the choice to early Tartans, knowing they were Sparkman The Tartan 34.5 originally came with tiller steering. Not bad. But the previous owner installed Edson wheel steering far enough forward in the large cockpit to allow the crew to easily work the four cockpit winches. The tiller became our emergency rudder. 34

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The original Tartan 34.5 was designed to sleep seven! We couldn’t imagine sleeping seven for very long, so we took out the portside pilot berth in the cabin and installed a bookshelf with storage under.

On Deck and Rig She has flat decks wide enough to allow for safe walking fore and aft in a seaway. On deck, she has teak cockpit coaming, teak handrails and teak toe rails. The Tartan 34.5 has substantial below-deck knees built into the hull to support the inboard shrouds and stays. The inboard shrouds allow for sheeting the roller furling Genoa inside the lifelines for pinching up. The staysail stay has a DIY aluminum “I” beam support below deck. All halyards are inboard wire except for the spinnaker. We like wire halyards so long as they don’t have “meat hooks.” Living Aboard In order to comfortably live aboard our 37-year-old sloop, we’ve made several DIY changes to an otherwise very seaworthy boat. The original Tartan 34.5 was designed to sleep seven! We couldn’t imagine sleeping seven for very long so we took out the portside pilot berth in the cabin and installed a bookshelf with storage under. The V-berth up forward was easily made into a queen size double by adding a triangular plywood shelf. LED reading lights we installed for those pleasant nights on anchor. When we have guests aboard, they sleep on the pull-out double in the cabin or in the quarter berth. Everyone who has ever considered a Tartan 34.5 either likes or hates the engine being under the settee in the cabin. We love it for two reasons: Service availability and freed-up space! We can’t count the times we were able to successfully and quickly service the engine under difficult circumstances, like quickly changing the fuel filter when the engine had stopped in a crowded waterway, for example. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas


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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW The important liveaboard DIY changes we made in the starboard galley were to close off the cockpit section of the icebox and re-insulate the galley section, and install refrigeration that is accessible in the cabin galley.

Typical sailboat engine space is behind the cabin steps under the cockpit. We use the freed-up space for the hot water tank, a Dometic refrigeration unit, battery charger, AC/DC wiring, tools, spares and a paint locker. We quickly got used to having the engine where we can easily work on it. Sparkman and Stephens offset the Tartan 34.5 engine enough to allow for propeller shaft removal in case we wish to install a new stuffing box or shaft bearings without removing the rudder! The slight offset does not impact boat handling or our normal cruising speed of six knots. The important liveaboard DIY changes we made in the starboard galley were to close off the cockpit section of the icebox and re-insulate the galley section, and install refrigeration that is accessible in the cabin galley. We replaced the original alcohol stove with a twoburner propane stove with oven by locating two covered 10-pound tanks on the aft deck. One 10-pound propane tank lasts 3-4 weeks with normal use—particularly coffee every morning! We also installed a 20-gallon NAUTA flexible water tank under the quarter berth. This 20 gallons plus the original 30-gallon tank under the starboard settee gives us

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The Tartan 34.5 has raw teak bulkheads, teak drawers, teak handrails, teak bilge boards and teak trim throughout.

enough fresh water for drinking and cooking during long ocean passages. We use seawater for other uses using the galley hand pump. There is no shower in the otherwise well-appointed, plumbing-accessible head. We shower using a solar bag hung in the rigging. We’ve since learned that below-deck showers can be a problem: Where do you drain the shower? The bilge? The holding tank? The Tartan 34.5 comes with storage along the starboard cabin side, storage under the galley, and storage up forward under the double berth. The chart-size navigation station to port has a single sideband and VHF radios in the bulkhead, and a radar display installed above. There is even more storage under the navigation table with access to the engine exhaust system and cabin wiring. Since we completed long passages (like a three-week, 4767-kilometer passage from the Canary Islands to Antigua), we added a DIY staysail to allow for heavy weather sailing (40-plus knots and very big seas) under a doublereefed main and staysail with the Genoa jib rolled up tight. Our Ratcliff wind vane/auxiliary rudder allowed Kathy and I to make two Atlantic Ocean crossings without incident or equipment failure—just lots of hard work 24 hours a day. The Tartan 34.5 under sail and when motoring will keep up with the bigger boats, plus it is easier to handle and cheaper to maintain. She has a shoal draft of 4’11” and a keel-stepped mast height of 48 feet which will clear all ICW bridges. On anchor or on a mooring, our solar panel on the dodger provides about 30 to 50 percent of our daily energy needs, depending on sunlight. To fully charge the batteries, we generally supplement the solar panel and run the diesel engine or our Honda 2000. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas

The chart-size navigation station to port has a single sideband and VHF radios in the bulkhead, and a radar display installed above. There is even more storage under the navigation table with access to the engine exhaust system and cabin wiring.

The Tartan 34.5 originally came with tiller steering. Not bad. But the previous owner installed Edson wheel steering far enough forward in the large cockpit to allow the crew to easily work the four cockpit winches. The tiller became our emergency rudder. We either tow our eight-foot inflatable dinghy or carry it upside down on the foredeck. On long passages, we roll it up and tie it down. In today’s yachting world, a Tartan 34.5 can be a sensible, inexpensive choice—especially for DIY-inclined people. Kathy and I can attest to the fact that the Sparkman and Stephens Tartan 34.5 has stood the test of time, both cruising and passage making. SOUTHWINDS

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The Sunfish Fleet prepares for a start. Sixty-seven sailors competed in the Midwinters, including 13 world champions (and one total beginner).

A Minnow in the Ocean – A First-Time Racer’s Account of the Sunfish National Championship By Emily Wagner Photos by Tom Wagner


started sailing in October and on March 28, I competed in my first class regatta at the Sunfish National Championship Midwinters, March 28-31, at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL. I’m so grateful to my teammates from Davis Islands’ Dinghy Dames who urged me to sign up, and all the competitors who encouraged and welcomed me. I was both totally outclassed—and totally included! Here are just a few of the highlights: • I beat my goal! My goal was to score at least one race. The leaders were fast, and the courses were HUGE, and I had to finish within 30 minutes of the leader in order to avoid Time Limit Disqualification. Well…I scored EVERY race and beat at least five boats in each race—except one where I was over early, a story in itself! • I ate dinner with Jeff Linton and Greg Gust, and got to meet a bunch of top sailors. • There were 13 World Champs at this event. They shared great sailing insights and were just great to hang out with!

So were all my fellow competitors; the Sunfish Class is great! • I got a round of applause.
 • We had a Q&A and I asked a question about how to improve as a new sailor. They asked how long I’ve been sailing. When I said six months, everyone cheered! This is what I mean about everyone being awesome and welcoming. That was an unexpected and touching moment that’s going to stick with me. One day I hope I can do that for someone else. • I got to see my friend and teammate Amanda win Top Female Sailor! 
 • And she cried. And then I cried! And it was extra special because I made the trophies for this event, and she got to keep one! • I competed in a National Championship! 
 • And lived to tell the tale! I looked back at my calendar and counted my sailing lessons and practices. I have now sailed a Sunfish about 25 times. I’m off to a good start! • I became a better sailor in 3 days! 
 Nothing can beat the concentrated experience of a big regatta to boost your sailing confidence. I learned so much. Every race had a specific lesson for me. Race 1 What kind of start line spot a first-time racer deserves. Going into this event with very little experience, I was worried about “being in the way” or “messing up a ‘real’ competitor.” With 67 boats on the start line, my plan was to hang back and stay out of the fray. Then, during the start sequence I found myself with a clear path right up to the line. I went and parked right on the front row. Everyone respected my area. No one sailed up to say, “Excuse me, miss, but you don’t belong up here.” This changed my starting strategy for the rest of the regatta. You have every right to command a decent starting position. So go get your good spot. Boats beaten: Five. Best moment: Three-across photo finish with two other women.

Emily racing in the Sunfish Midwinters. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas

Race 2 How you end up in the protest room. (And when to throw out your sunscreen.) The protest room was the last place I expected to be, but I ended up in there on the very first day! Here’s how. Sailing SOUTHWINDS

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Sunfish on the beach ad Davis Island Yacht Club during the Midwinters. Emily’s boat is on the far left (43909).

upwind, I see that I’m on a collision course with a port tack boat and hail “starboard!” The other boat does not react, so I duck it—and narrowly miss getting a boom to the face. This is not where the protest occurred. I chose to just sail on, no real harm done. Then, minutes later, I’m again sailing full speed on starboard when the same port tack boat slammed me. I didn’t see it coming this time. We were both sailing fast and the collision was very heavy. I had to jump on the rail to prevent a capsize. I yelled “PROTEST!” but the other boat sailed away to the mark with no penalty turns. Okay. Why didn’t I see it that time? I had been splashed in the face and my brand new, very expensive sunscreen was getting in my eyes. It was like jellyfish in my eyeballs! Tears were pouring down my face. It might be “dermatologist recommended,” but it definitely was NOT “ophthalmologist recommended!” I gritted it out until the finish, when I hailed the safety boat and was able to rinse my eyes with bottled water. But I cried all the way to the beach. You better believe that bottle went right in the bin after the race! So back to the protest. I wouldn’t have protested for some minor technical situation, but this one was big and blatant—and there was potential boat damage. In the protest room, I had to fill out a form describing the situation, draw a diagram and indicate the rule number that was broken. Then the other party was notified to come to the protest room. When they made the PA announcement, everyone upstairs went “oooooh”—just like when someone gets called to the office in middle school. The next step would have been arbitration—and then a hearing if need40

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ed—but in this case, the other sailor simply acknowledged the violation and withdrew from the race. So no further action was required and the sailor was scored RET as opposed to DSQ. Afterwards, I got to talk to Carrie Green outside of her official judge capacity. She said that in this case, lodging the protest was the right thing to do. The judges and protest system are there for you when necessary. She also gave me this tip for on the water: Say “protest” immediately and loudly. Say it before anything else. Don’t engage in any back-and-forth with the other sailor and check your boat for damage before lodging the protest. Boats beaten: Seven (even blind and with a collision and near-capsize, dead stop!). Best moment: Three-way tie between: a spectacular start; the moment the safety boat saw me waving and turned toward me; and pouring water in my eyes Race 3 What your ratchet block does and why it’s important to turn it on. As Day 2 began, the first upwind leg was physically HARD. Like, sooo hard. I could not keep my sail trimmed in. My hand felt like it was going to die and fall off. Why is it so hard? I thought, frantically. Am I really this tired? I rounded the windward mark with only one boat behind me. Approaching the gate, I started to sheet in. Something was wrong; the block was quiet as my mainsheet spun through it, no click-click-click-click sound. The block that holds your mainsheet has an “on” and “off” position. I knew that part,

and I knew it was supposed to be switched on and that you should feed your mainsheet through in the “clicky direction” when rigging. But I didn’t really know the why of all those things. Well, this is why! When it’s on, the wheel spins, and makes the clicking sound when you pull your mainsheet in, but it won’t spin in the opposite direction. That means you only have to apply a little pressure to the line to keep the sail trimmed against strong wind and the block does most of the work for you. When it’s off, like mine was, the wheel spins freely in both directions, giving you very little mechanical advantage. I switched it on with great relief. Not only was I not that tired after all, I was not going to have to endure another leg of cramping hand muscles! I frolicked upwind with my now-controllable sail and picked off another four boats before the finish! Boats beaten: Five. Best moment: Hearing the sweet, sweet sound of the ratchet block Race 4 What a great start would feel like, and what UFD means. My biggest, most embarrassing bonehead moment happened with the entire fleet lined up to see it! I couldn’t get my watch synched to the start sequence. So I thought, it’s okay, no big deal. Just listen for the horn and be ready to go. I went and got a Regatta Chair Lynne Randall (81022), Susan Tillman Berg (81018) and Emily Wagner great spot on the line. Everyone was creep- (43909), trying hard to keep up! ing forward. I could tell the start horn was But I was asking the wrong question. The right question is: coming. The anticipation was intense. BEEEEP! I sheeted in What do the top sailors have that I CAN’T have? And the and shot across that line like never before. I felt how a cleananswer to that is: NOTHING. Physically speaking, we have air start feels. I felt like a pro! I felt…alone. No one else had the exact same wind, waves, currents and boat. We are just started. I had cued on the one-minute horn, NOT the start using them differently. And nothing is stopping anyone horn. I turned a remarkable shade of red, camouflaged from figuring out how to use them better! This realization handily by my sunburn. I dived back below the line but the got me really excited about sailing. If I were, let’s say, a damage was done. We were starting under the Uniform sprinter, I could practice and improve and compete against flag, meaning anyone over the line during the final minute my personal best. But I could never hope to beat Usain Bolt. prior to the gun is automatically UFD; Uniform Flag He has physical mechanics that I will never ever have. But Disqualified. This is to discourage boats from being OCS in sailing, we all start with the same mechanics. There is no and prevent general recalls, not specifically for idiots that limit on how well we can learn to use those mechanics. And go on the wrong horn. Caroline Young and Amy Linton no limit on becoming a better sailor! laughed at me and then gave me a pep talk. Everyone is Boats beaten: Five over early once in a while. Best moment: Looking forward to the next race! Boats beaten: 0 Best moment: Laughing about it! Is it time to sail again yet? Flappy side up! Race 5 What the top sailors have that you don’t. Our final race was in lighter air. I struggled to find the right Novice sailor Emily Wagner began sailing last fall at age 36. She angle, the right tack, the right everything. The leaders flew races Sunfish with the Dinghy Dames of Davis Island Yacht right around the course as I tried desperately to find someClub, crews on the 36-foot racer/cruiser Chamamé and feels thing to put in my poor empty sail. As I watched them lucky to have found a welcoming sailing family at DIYC. You round the windward mark (tiny triangles far away from might currently find her near the back of the pack, but Emily is me!) I wondered: What do they have that I don’t have? Well, having a great time back there! She’s looking forward to more racyears of experience, wind-reading bordering on clairvoying—and working her way up the leaderboard. ance, and they feel developed with tons and tons of practice. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas


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CORA – the Tradition Continues in Charleston By Dan Dickison


f you’ve ever raced sailboats in Charleston, South Carolina, chances are you’re well aware of Charleston Ocean Racing Association. CORA—as everyone refers to the organization—has a long history of promoting and managing much of the racing activity that takes place on Charleston Harbor. And that’s been the case since this organization was established back in 1967. (SOUTHWINDS last featured CORA in its January issue, 2007.) Readers mildly familiar with CORA are apt to identify the organization by way of its long-standing series of Wednesday evening beer-can races, which runs from midMay through early September. But CORA has evolved considerably in recent years and the organization has much more going on than just Wednesday evening racing in the summer. “We just had our annual harbor cruise,” says Jeff Doyle, who took over as commodore of CORA in December. “It was a gorgeous evening on the water. About 90 people attended and everyone enjoyed a great time on board the 80-foot Carolina Belle. One of our members owns that vessel,” Doyle explains, “and he donates the use of it once a year, so we take advantage of his generosity and use the occasion as our monthly meeting for May.” According to Doyle, CORA members still manage as many races each year as they have for the past decade or so—roughly 30 events. Yet the organization’s calendar seems more loaded than ever before. That, he says, is due to the fact that CORA’s leaders have chosen to list events hosted and organized by yacht and sailing clubs around Charleston and the surrounding region. “We’re working closely with other area clubs and we put their events on our calendar so that it’s easier for everyone to coordinate their plans,” Doyle says. An example of this interclub coordination is the Quicksilver Cup, which took place in April. In that contest, CORA members raced offshore down to Hilton Head Island. The event was scheduled so that it served as a feeder race for the Windmill Harbor and DDS&A Cups, which the South Carolina Yacht Club ran the following weekend on Calibogue Sound. Doyle says that SCYC reciprocated by offering CORA members free dockage during the week if they wanted to stay and race in the SCYC events. Only a few weeks later, CORA members worked with the Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston to orchestrate a Speed and Smarts seminar given by renowned racer and sailing coach Dave Dellenbaugh. “That event was great,” Doyle says. “We had a solid turnout, which is nice because it’s part of what CORA is doing to offer more benefits to its skipper members (those who own boats as opposed to the non-owning members of CORA). And Dellenbaugh’s presentation on upwind and downwind tactics was really useful. He’s very good at what


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CORA members trade off doing race committee work to support the organization’s events. Courtesy photo.

he does.” Another thing that CORA’s board is doing to keep their members engaged and enthused pertains to the social scene. “We’re trying to improve our after-race events to make it more fun for everyone,” Doyle says. “We’ve added a music venue for some events, and last year, when we raced down to Bohicket Creek—in the Sheriff’s Cup and the Alice Cup—we changed the races so that we actually raced to the Sea Island Yacht Club instead of the local marina. We held a catered dinner at the club and many of the Sea Island members attended as well. I think we had between 150 and 190 people show up for that. And the members of that club have been very gracious. They even arranged for the neighbors along the creek to let the CORA competitors tie up to their docks. Doing that instead of heading to the nearby marina has turned out to be very popular among CORA members.” Doyle adds that most of the new programs that the

Commodore Jeff Doyle (far left) works hard to keep CORA’s members happy and engaged. Priscilla Parker photo.

A bevy of midsize racers battle it out at the start of CORA’s recent Sheriff’s Cup. Priscilla Parker photo.

board has orchestrated are well received. And, given the fact that the organization’s members recently voted to increase their membership dues (skipper members now pay $200 instead of $150 per year and non-boat-owning members pay $50 annually instead of $35), that’s a good thing. “CORA’s expenses have been increasing gradually,” explains Doyle, “and we’re trying diligently not to dip into the organization’s residual funds. The board voted to increase the dues this past year. I think that’s the first increase in over 10 years or perhaps longer. When we did that, so many members told us they felt it was appropriate. The board interpreted that feedback as, well…we’ve got satisfied customers.” To keep them satisfied, Doyle and the other officers continue to innovate. Not long ago, they implemented a new starting system for their Wednesday evening races. Instead of using the dock at the Carolina Yacht Club as one end of the starting and finishing line, they’re now using two anchored marks. They’ve also found novel ways of dividing up the classes so that the competition is more balanced for everyone on the water. A further innovation that CORA leaders have brought to their members in the past two years is something Doyle calls “skipper-crew meetings.” He describes them as “speed-dating for sailors.” It’s an effort to get willing crewmembers together with skippers who need crew. “We set it up so that we had a gathering at the old Quantum loft, which is now Sailing Inc.,” he explains. “We work with the sponsor to provide finger food and beer and wine, and then invite anyone interested, but primarily it’s for people who don’t normally race. At the event, they get to meet skippers and everyone shares information in an informal setting. We’ve done this on an annual basis and it’s

turned out to be very popular, so we may begin doing it more often.” According to Doyle, CORA and its members aren’t just keeping the sailing scene active in Charleston; they’re making an impact in numerous ways. For instance, this fall’s edition of the local Leukemia Cup Regatta will mark 22 years that CORA members have been participating in and supporting this important fundraiser. And that seems entirely fitting. When you consider that the organization’s stated mission is for its members to “promote competitive sailing…and encourage good fellowship among yachtsmen, afloat and ashore…” it looks like the organization is well on its way to fulfilling that mission. For more information, visit

Commodore Doyle (left) keeping the troops entertained at CORA’s Witches’ Brew Race last fall. Priscilla Parker photo. Cruising & Sailing Florida, The Southeast & The Bahamas


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South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. This is the main site for the racing calendar in the region, which generally has the races from the next two groups (CORA and Lanier). Go to this site for the list of clubs and their websites. Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) organizes many of the regattas in the Charleston, SC, area. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): Black SC: Blackbeard SC, New Bern, NC, ChYC: Charleston YC, Charleston, SC, 44 July 2019 S O U T H W I N D S

CORA: Charleston Ocean Racing Assoc., CYC-SC: Carolina YC, Charleston, SC, HYC: Hobcaw Yacht Club, Mt. Pleasant, SC, LNYC: Lake Norman YC, Lake Norman, NC, SAYRA: South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. SIBC: Skidaway Island Boating Club. Skidaway Island, GA. SIYC: Sea Island YC, Wadmalaw Island, SC, YCHHI: Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island, JULY 6-7 13-14 13-14 20-21 27-28

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AUGUST 3-4 Open Regatta. CYC-NC 3-4 Rockville Regatta. SIYC 9 Savannah Cup. Charleston to Savannah. CORA 24 Hook Race. Hilton Head to Savannah. YCHHI/SIBC 24-25 Black SC: Blackbeard SC, New Bern, NC, 31 Labor Day Regatta. LNYC

Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): EFYC: Epping Forest YC, EGYC: Eau Gallie YC, Indian Harbour Beach, FL, FPYC: Fort Pierce YC, HRYC: Halifax River YC, LESC: Lake Eustis YC, MYC: Melbourne YC, NFCC: North Florida Cruising Club. PCYC: Port Canaveral YC, RCJ: Rudder Club of Jacksonville, SAYC: St. Augustine YC,

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Summer Doldrums Race. FPYC Double Handed Regatta. HRYC J/24 Fleet 87 Regatta–Florida State Series #1. EGYC Liberty Regatta. SAYC

AUGUST 3 Bikini River. SAYC 16 Full Moon Regatta. SAYC 23-24 St. Augustine Dash. HRYC 17 Full Moon Regatta. MYC 17 Moonlight Regatta. RCJ 31 Herb Elphick Memorial. NFCC 31-1 Old Timers’ Memorial Race. HRYC 31-1 Labor Day Regatta. RCJ 31-1 Labor Day Series. LESC

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AUGUST 10 6 Pack #5 All-Comers. 24 6 Pack #6 All-Comers. Final

The organizing authority for racing and boat ratings in West Florida is West Florida PHRF at For the Tampa Bay Area & Florida West Coast Yachting Calendar, go to the St. Petersburg website at, then “Regattas” and “2019-2020 TB Regattas,” then page down to the calendar. JULY – AUGUST No regattas scheduled

Regional Sailing Organizations: BBYRA Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. US PHRF of Southeast Florida. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): CGSC: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, CRYC: Coral Reef YC. Miami. KBYC: Key BiscayneYC. MYC: Miami YC. JULY

No regattas scheduled.

AUGUST 3-4 Single Handed Race (moved to September)

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

Clubs with regattas listed this month The GYA is the main organization coordinating all races in the area BSC: Birmingham Sailing Club, Birmingham, AL BWYC: Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Bay St. Louis, MS FYC: Fairhope YC, Fairhope, AL FWYC: Fort Walton YC, Ft. Walton Beach, FL GBCA: Galveston Bay Cruising Assoc., Galveston, TX GYA: Gulf Yachting Association GYC: Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport, MS HYC: Houston Yacht Club, Houston, TX LBYC: Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach, MS LYC: Lakewood YC, Seabrook, TX MYC: Mobile YC, Mobile,AL NYCP: Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola, Pensacola, FL NOYC: New Orleans Yacht Club, New Orleans,LA PBYC: Pensacola Beach YC, Pensacola Beach, FL PCYC: Pass Christian Yacht Club, Pass Christian, MS PontYC: Pontchartrain YC, New Orleans, LA PtYC: Point Yacht Club, Josephine, AL PYC: Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL StABYC:St. Andrew’s Bay YC, Panama City, FL JULY 12-14

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Race for the Case. GYC Bastille Day Regatta. NOYC Summer Regatta. MYC Singlehanded Regatta. GBCA FSSA North American Championship. PYC Mixed Doubles Regatta. GBCA Biloxi to Pass Christian Regatta. GYC/PCYC Race for the Roses. PBYC GYA Women’s PHRF Championship. PBYC Birthday Regatta. PCYC Gulf Coast Sportboat Championship. GYC GORR. LBYC 39th Annual Bikini Regatta. NYCP GORC I. GYC Weatherly Regatta. GYC Summer in the Pass. PCYC

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1986 | 45’ | $89,900 Melanie Neale 305.807.4096

2005 | 43’ | $125,000 Kirk Muter 954.649.4679

1998 | 40’ | $159,900 Melanie Neale 305.807.4096

1980 | 37’ | $62,000 Kevin Welsh 321.693.1642



1995 | 36’ | $69,000 Melanie Neale 305.807.4096

1989 | 35’ | $74,900 Doug Jenkins 941.504.0890



2001 | 37’ | $169,000 | Melanie Neale 305.807.4096 GEMINI 105 MC


2011 | 34’ | $119,000 Mike Conley 239.287.7213

1989 | 34’ | $65,000 Kevin Welsh 321.693.1642

2008 | 45’ | $169,900 | Kevin Barber 850.982.0983

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45’ Island Packet Cutter 1996 $100,000 in Recent Upgrades! Barry Lipoff: 941.587.4229 $224,900

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ISLAND PACKET 34’ - 52’ America’s Cruising Yacht

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MANY OF OUR LISTINGS HAVE SOLD. CONTACT S&J YACHTS TO SELL YOURS! F E AT U R E D B R O K E R A G E B O AT S 57 Southerly RS 2010 .................................... $1,195,000 56 Ta Chiao CT-56 1989 .....................................$192,000 54 Southerly 535 2014 ......................................$1,175,000 53 Amel Super Maramu 2001 ..............................$199,000 52 Island Packet 485 2009 .......................................SOLD 52 Island Packet 485 2003 ...........................................U/C 52 Island Packet 485 2003 ..................................$305,000 52 Irwin Cruising Yacht 1984 ..............................$330,000 50 Discovery Catamaran 2010.............................$830,000 50 Hunter 50 2014................................................$324,500 48 Sparkman & Stephens Sunward 1986.............$297,000 48 Little Harbor 48 1990 .....................................$249,000 47 Bristol 47.7 CC 1988 ......................................$130,000 47 Delphia 2017...................................................$448,200 47 Beneteau 473 2006.........................................$199,900 47 Catalina 470 2001 ’01,’04 ............2 from ......$229,000 46 Irwin Ketch 1980 ..............................................$85,000 46 Outbound 2012................................................$495,000 46 Island Packet 465 ’08, ’10..............2 from........$479,000 46 Island Packet 460 2009 .....................................$474,900

46 Hunter 466 2004 .................................................$179,000 46 Hunter 466 2002..................................................SOLD 45 Hunter 45CC 2007 ..........................................$189,000 45 Island Packet 1999 ..........................................$220,000 45 Southerly 135 2012 .........................................$475,000 44 Island Packet 440 2006 .......................................$349,000 43 Hans Christian 43T 1985.....................................$119,000 42 PDQ Antares 2002...............................................$398,000 42 Southerly RST ’09, ’14....................2 from........$342,778 42 Island Packet 420 2001 .......................................$235,000 42 Island Packet 420 2000................................................U/C 42 Island Packet 420 2002................................................U/C 42 Sabre 425 1992 ....................................................$120,000 41 Island Packet PY Cruiser 2007............................SOLD 41 Island Packet SP Cruiser 2006 ........................$279,900 41 Hunter 41 DS 2007 .........................................$136,900 40 Hinckley Bermuda 40 MKIII Sloop 1980.......$279,000 40 Island Packet 40 ’94, ’97 ..............2 from .......$120,000 40 Caliber 40 LCR-SE 2003 ................................$164,900 40 Delphia 40.3 2013 ..............................................SOLD

38 Island Packet 380 1999 .......................................$193,000 38 Island Packet 38 ’88, ’90................3 from........$119,900 38 Island Packet 38 1988..................................................U/C 38 Hunter 38 2005..................................................$98,000 37 Tartan 3700 CCR 2008....................................$210,000 37 Tartan 372 1992.................................................$94,500 37 Island Packet 370 2008 ...................................$249,900 37 Island Packet 37 1996 ....................................$124,900 37 Gozzard 37B 2003 ..........................................$224,900 36 Gozzard 36E 1997...........................................$169,000 36 Beneteau 361 2000..................................................U/C 36 Island Packet Estero 2010...............................$192,000 35 Island Packet 350 ’97, ’99, ’00 ......3 from .....$144,900 35 Island Packet 35 ’89, ’91, ’93, ’94..7 from .......$74,900 35 Island Packet 35 1993 .............................................U/C 33 Nauticat 33 1986 ...............................................$59,000 32 Island Packet 32 1990 .............................................U/C 29 Ranger Tug CB 2016 ......................................$229,000 27-31 Island Packet (27, 31) ..............4 from ........$37,500 MANY MORE LISTINGS

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_________________________________________ 8’ Trinka Sailing Dinghy with all options: Sailkit, Varnished Floor, Oars, Cover. No trailer. $1500. In Elizabeth City, NC. 252-5620885 (8/19)

New RS Aero 13’. Ultra lite hull (66#), Hi-performance, Carbon rig, Modern innovative design. Package special includes Free cover and spar bag. $8995. Call Paul @ Masthead Enterprises 800-783-6953, or 727-327-5361.

Sunfish 2006 for Sale. Good Condition. On trailer, with racing sail, boat cover, sail cover, and anchor. Asking $2,300. Located in Largo, Florida. Call or text: 727-642-3895,

Sunfish - 2 for sale. 1992 & 1993. $795/best offer for either boat. Good condition with good sails. Ready to go sailing. Located Anna Maria Island, FL. Call Brian 941-685-1400. (8/19)

New RS Zest 12’. Save $600 on demo model. Modern stable design, rotomoulded, centerboard, 500 lb. capacity, easy to rig. $3995. Call Paul @ Masthead Enterprises. 800-783-6953, or 727-327-5361.

2016 Catalina 14.2 Expo. Carbon fiber rollerfurling mast Very easy to rig & sail. Trailer, motor mount, deck & mast covers. A good blend of comfortable & performance. $6981. Call Paul @ Masthead Enterprises. 727-3275361 or 800-783-6953.

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16’ Centerboard Lift Keel Self Righting Dinghy. One of a Kind K Yachting Class Cup 16 imported from France. Great sailing boat. Main and asymmetrical spinnaker. Ft. Lauderdale $3900. 404-7230686 (9/19)


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Hunter 17. Roller furling headsail. Ready sail. Located Anna Maria Island, FL. $990, $500 more for trailer. Call Brian 941-685-1400. (8/19)

Lindenberg 17 Trapeze Skiff. New high performance Skiff designed and built by legendary Paul Lindenberg. Planing hull. Custom North Sails feature a full batten square top main, roller furling self-tacking jib, asymmetrical spinnaker. New aluminum trailer, dolly, custom covers, trapeze harnesses. Palm Bay, FL. $7500 OBO. Video shows this boat passing a J/30 in a race. 321-350-7669 (9/19)

19’ Thompson 590 Sportboat. “A Laser on Steriods.” Upwind Mainsail only. Downwind adds an Asymmetrical Spinnaker for unbelievable speed. Lift Bulb Keel, self righting, carbon mast and retractable bowsprit, class and race mainsails, asymmetrical spinnaker. Road trailer with new tires. 800lbs displacement with 350-pound bulb. $7400. Located in Atlanta. Can deliver. email 404-723-0686 (9/19)

1985 Hunter 25.5 Pop Top Sloop with Yanmar 10 and low hours, well-maintained. Mainsail w/cover, Jib sail on Harken RF. Cockpit, Bimini, Shade Canvas, Tiller, 4’6” Draft. Galley, Pressure water, Stove Top, Ice Box, Dinette, Settee. Forward Cabin. Good Storage. Great boat to start with and have fun. Asking $7,995. Call 941-792-9100. George Carter, Grand Slam Yacht Sales

30’ O'Day 1978. Tiller, swing keel, draft 3.57.0. Great Yanmar diesel 15hp. Marine galley and head. New insulated hull-liner, interior decor, battery charger, bottom paint and varnish. Sleeps six. A/C + reverse cycle heat. AM/FM/CD/VHF. Easy to handle. $14,000. 252-717-1681 Washington, NC. Email (7/19)

27’ Pacific Seacraft Orion Cutter 1979. Asking 35,900, Quality Trailerable Pocket Cruiser with custom 3-Axle trailer, Yanmar 2GM20 Diesel with only 341 hrs., Tanbark Sails, Solar Panels, and maintained to a high standard. Call Lee Messina, CPYB: 941-3509020, or,

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

28’ Hunter 280 Sloop 1996. Asking $22,900, 2016 Raymarine Electronics, custom davits, low hour Yanmar 2GM20 Diesel, 2 Spacious Berths & Private Head. Call Lee Messina, CPYB: 941-350-9020, or,

1979 Cheoy Lee 31. Yanmar diesel, runs good with recent overhaul. Garmin GPS, New sails, roller furling. 3’ 9” draft. Needs TLC. Awlgrip hull. $6,000. Call George Carter 941792-9100 for appointment.

Subscribe to SOUTHWINDS 2014 Com-Pac Horizon Cat 20’. Shallow-draft keel/centerboard, sleeps 2, galley & head. Mastendr quick set-up mast. Electric Torqeedo inboard, GPS, VHF, Wind Instruments. Trailer. Excellent Condition. $29,861. Call Paul at Masthead Enterprises, 800-783-6953, or 727327-5361. 52

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


DownEast 32 Cutter, 1979. New Yanmar 30 diesel. This is a classic sailing vessel cruise ready. Main with full battens, batt cars on fast sail track. Genoa and Stay Sail on Roller Furling. Monitor Wind Vane steering, Instruments at helm w/repeaters, bimini, dodger, shade canvas. Marine Air, Refrig, Radar on swing, Propane stove oven and grill. $35,900. George Carter 941-792-9100

34’ Catalina Sloop 1987. Asking $35,900, Cleanest on the Market and meticulously maintained. Newer Sails, Raymarine Electronics, Super Cold Refrigeration and A/C. Call Lee Messina, CPYB: 941-350-9020, or,

Gozzard 36E ’97. Excellent condition & ready to cruise. Its manageable size, flexible cutter rig, modest draft (4’ 9”), robust construction, skeg-protected rudder & innovative interior arrangement are just a few of the attractive features of this vessel. Asking $169,000. Contact Matt Malatich S&J Yachts 843- 872-8080. .


33’ Watkins Sloop 1986. Asking $15,000. Clean and spacious original classic sloop with good bones to outfit to fit your cruising requirements. Ready for day-sailing or weekends; priced under fair market value for this size coastal cruiser. Located in Downtown St. Pete in a transferable slip. Call: Lou Hodac: 727.667.2900,, and

$35,000 2006 Spray 33 Steel Hull Cutter. Beam 12’. Beautiful, professionally built fullkeel bluewater cruiser. Recently refit, new electronics, new rigging etc. Monitor Windvane, Superwind Generator, Vesper AIS Transponder, solar, Jordan drogue, Mantus anchor, watermaker. Aug 2018 survey with Ultrasound. 717-512-461. Details at


35’ Catalina 350 2003. REDUCED to asking just $89k—the best value in her class. Shoal draft, upgraded electronics, genset. Ready to cruise and in a transferrable slip at the Harborage Marina in downtown St Petersburg. Call Kelly Bickford CPYB at Massey Yacht Sales 727-599-1718. Call quickly. Asena will be the next 350 sold in Florida.

35’ Chris Craft 1973 Caribbean Ketch. Just reduced to $10,500 OBO. Sparkman & Stevens design. Heavy duty rigging, good set of sails, new mainsail cover; 4107 Perkins Diesel, runs well. Recent Sunbrella interior cushions. Located in water in Sarasota. Well cared for by owner for 20 years. Call or text 954-294-2168.

35’ Legacy Cat 2013. Do you want an extreme shoal draft cruiser? The price is right, the draft is under 3’. Ready to sail or power away on twin Yanmars. Just reduced $10k to her current asking price of just $179k. In a downtown marina in St Petersburg. Call Kelly Bickford CPYB, Massey Yacht Sales 727-599-1718

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

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

36’ Nereia Herreshoff design Cutter rig. Built 1984 Tortola Trawler Hull is fiberglass over wood. Perkins 4-108. Located Tampa Bay. Disp. 24,000 lb. Draft 5.5ft. Beam 11ft. Water 100 gallons. Fuel 71 gallons. Six sails. Spare parts. Asking $59,000. 813-614-2137. (8/19)


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

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

37’ Pacific Seacraft Cutter 1988. Asking $99,900, Like-new Ullman Sails, 2010 Yanmar 3JH4F upgraded 44HP engine with low hours, 2019 exterior Cetol, 2018 Interior Sunbrella Cushions. Add Electronics and sail away! Call Lee Messina, CPYB: 941-350-9020, or,

37’ Hunter 376 1997. Great little pocket cruiser well maintained, new jib, low hours, refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Excellent massive aft owners stateroom. Reduced $55,900. Alan Pressman, 941-350-1559.

Y-Knot 3 - 1989 38’ Sabre - $80,000 Ryan Daniels - 904-580-0559 -

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

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

Hinckley Bermuda 40 MKIII Sloop ’80. Current owner bought this beautiful & already highly upgraded yacht & invested another $250,000, Ensuring that the beauty and legacy of this classic B40 will endure for a 3RD generation of knowledgeable yachtsman. She will turn your head & fill your dreams! $279,000. Contact Matt Malatich. S&J Yachts, 843-8728080,

2004 Island Packet 370. Original owner. Beautiful, well-maintained cruiser w/2016 electronics. New chainplates and shrouds. New 2018 130 jib, main and much more. $199,000 OBO. Call Steve 251-583-9051. (9/19)

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2001 Hunter 380. Spacious cruiser, aft cabin with queen bed, air condition, large freezer/fridge and shower. 255W solar panel with large battery bank. New davits. $84,999, Cape Coral, FL. Luc Carriere 239-822-4056, (8/19)

40’ Caliber 1992 Asking $89,000. Blue water cruiser, New, Bimini & Dodger, New Main, New Stack Pack, New Running rigging. For more details Contact Jamie Birch 317-7508664.


41’ Morgan Out Island Classic 1988. $79,900 Contact: Melanie Neale at 305.807.4096

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

42’ Tartan 1982. $64,900 Contact: Melanie Neale at 305.807.4096

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

1981 Schucker 436 Motorsailer for sale. Located Jekyll Island, Georgia. Perfect for cruising and/or living aboard. Shallow draft and “short Stick” are perfect for cruising the ICW, The Keys, The Loop or the Bahamas. $69,900 Photos and description are at (8/19)

Island Packet 440 2006. Turnkey, low hours, well equipped & rigidly maintained! Loads of great cruising equipment already on board including 8kw generator w/only 575 hours. New electronics 2017. New dodger/bimini 2018. A/C, Dinghy, O/B. Asking $349,000. Contact Bill Bolin of S&J Yachts, 941-212-6121.

So Bella - 1981 42’ Passport - $77,000 Brad Peterson - 305-481-1512 42’ Beneteau First 1983 Racing boat set up for long term cruising liveaboard. Proven cruiser. Knowledgable professional mariner/ owner. Must See! $64,900. Alan Pressman, 941-350-1559.

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

43’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 2003. $165,000 Contact: Kevin Welsh at 321.693.1642

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

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46’ Island Trader MotorSailer 1981. Asking $120,000. Updated with a bow thruster, new sails, and beautiful spacious teak interior, this motorsailer is ready to cruise to the Bahamas or be content to provide an incredible liveaboard experience. Located in Madeira Beach. Call Shirley Nelle: 727.639.2862,, and SOUTHWINDS

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Outbound 46 2012 One owner boat - meticulously maintained - ready to cruise. Updated interior layout which debuted in 2012 w/ nav on stbd side & larger head aft w/ separate shower. $495,000. Call S&J Yachts 410-6392777.

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

Bristol 47 1988. Legendary quality: thick, solid glass hulls, intact cored deck & beautiful craftsmanship below. Storage abounds. Reliable Hood roller furling mainsail mast with versatile cutter rig make this yacht a dream to sail. Outfitted for self-sustained living aboard. $130,000 Contact Bill Bolin S&J Yachts 941-212-6121,

Sparkman & Stephens Sunward 48 ’86. True sister-ship to Walter Cronkite’s Sunward 48. Beautiful hand carved woodwork & joinery complement stain glass cabinet doors, handcrafted by master craftsman Cabrini. True blue water ketch that is very comfortable to live aboard & cruise. Asking $297,000 Call Michele S&J Yachts. 410- 639-2777

52’ Island Packet 485 2003. Center Cockpit, rebuilt diesel engine, generator, B&G electronics, super aft stateroom, Needs TLC Only Reduced $275,000. Alan Pressman, 941-3501559.

Sunny Side Up - 1985 48’ Mayflower $94,500 - Brent Anderson - 651-528-4198 -

53’ Bruce Roberts Custom Ketch 2011. $149,000 Exceptional strength and capacity. Contact: Doug Jenkins at 941.504.0790

1983 Irwin 52. Spacious center cockpit ketch featuring a four-stateroom, three-head layout, which is ideal for a large family or charter business. Call Kent Little 713-817-7216.

58’ Wind Dancer Ketch 2004. Luxury cruising, extraordinary interior, Center Cockpit 3 stateroom, diesel, generator, furling mainsail. $349,900. Alan Pressman, 941-350-1559.



47’ Gulfstar Sailmaster 1979. Low hours on Perkins 6-354 and Northern lights 9kw A/C, bow thruster, full cockpit enclosure, Garmin electronics, hard bottom dinghyw/Yamaha. Good condition, well-maintained. Wilmington N.C. $75,000 OBO. 912-844-6532 (7/19) 56

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





27’ Albin Double-Cabin Family Cruiser 1989. Perfect for a growing family and economical Coastal Cruising. Reliable 78hp Perkins Diesel, 2 cabins & 1 head, galley, & spacious cockpit with Sunbrella Bimini. $23,500. We will exceed your expectations: Shirley Nelle, 727-639-2862,,

29’ Ranger Tug CB 2016. Almost new condition. Very clean! Less than 300 hrs. Save big $$ over new. Command Bridge package. Kept on a lift since new. Extended warranty on Volvo diesel engine is transferable. $229,000. Contact Bill Bolin, S&J Yachts 941212-6121,,

30’ Mainship Pilot Rum Runner 2004. Single Yanmar Diesel, under 100 Hrs. Bow thruster, large cockpit suitable for fishing, cruising or diving and a center transom door for swim platform access. $69,900. We will exceed your expectations: Shirley Nelle 727-6392862,,

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

1995 Grand Banks 36 Classic. Twin 210 Cummins. Highly regarded aft-cabin trawler that enjoys an unmatched reputation for beauty, comfort and seaworthiness. Call Kent Little 713-817-7216.

36’ Marine Trader Europa Trawler 1982. Recently rebuilt economical 120hp Lehman diesel. Come see this classic walk-around trawler as she won’t last long! $42,000. We will exceed your expectations: Shirley Nelle, 727-639-2862,,

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

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

39’ Mainship 390 Trawler 2000. Well-maintained with many upgrades & turn-key. Great for the loop or an economical cruiser. 2018 Canvas & Vinyl Flybridge Enclosure. We will exceed your expectations: $115,000. Lou Hodac, 727-667-2900,, SOUTHWINDS

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42’ Grand Banks Classic 1988. One of the cleanest GB 42s we’ve seen this vintage. Solar, diesel generator, twin Caterpillars, clean boat with spacious aft stateroom, forward VIP stateroom and dual helm; pilothouse and flybridge. Reduced $159,900. Alan Pressman, 941-350-1559.

44’ Hatteras 1970 Tri-cabin. Classic beauty, above average condition. Hull, engines excellent condition. Many upgrades. New AC, electronics, water system, bottom job, batteries and charger/inverter, etc. Twin Detroit 8V71. They don’t make them like this anymore. Call Lee 631-335-2747 (9/19)

45’ Sitka Spruce Mast. Good condition. Includes hardware: mainsail track, spinnaker pole track, masthead hardware - everything but rigging. 14-foot boom, spreaders & attachment hardware. 727-389-0361, call or text. (8/19) _________________________________________ Perkins 4-108 Diesel Parts. Cav Fuel Injection pump, Rebuilt, Never used. $875. JABSCO Raw Water pump $250. More Perkins parts available. Call for details. 727-365-0943 (7/19) _________________________________________ Fortress Guardian Aluminum G-7 Anchor (4 Pounds). 17-22 foot boat or stern anchor. 4 feet 3/16” chain and 2 shackles. $35. Call John (Stuart, FL) 772-285-4858 (7/19) _________________________________________

46’ Marine Trader Fast Trawler 1991. Over $80k in upgrades since 2016. T/Cummins 6BT-250hp diesels, 8.5 Onan generator. 4 new fuel tanks, bow thruster, stabilizers, new electronics. $149,000. We will exceed your expectations: Shirley Nelle, 727-639-2862,,

Rule 1500 GPH 12 Volt Bilge Pump. New in box. Made in USA (newest stock made in Mexico). $85. Please call John (Stuart, FL) 772-285-4858 (7/19) _________________________________________ Gailrider drogue for sale. Never used. $195. (7/19) _________________________________________ I buy boat, marine, and nautical stuff. I come to you and pay cash. The Nautical Trader 941-704-4828 or _________________________________________ Free 50 sqft Storm Sail for 25’ to 34’ sailboat. Luf 17’, Leech 13’, Foot 8.5’ LP 6’. Pick up in Cape Coral, FL. (8/19)

43 Marine Trader Tradewinds 1987. T/Perkins 200HP Turbo Diesels. Teak interior, large galley, convertible dinette, lower helm, large salon, 2 staterooms & 2 heads. Wet bar and wing doors on aft deck. $69,500. We will exceed your expectations: Shirley Nelle, 727639-2862,,

48’ High-Star Sundeck 1989. $109,900 Beautiful Solid Teak and Corian Counters! Contact: Kevin Barber at 850.982.0983

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


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THE TRIP from page 62 and lower fracture in my pelvis. I asked him to look into my additional pain in my abdomen. He ordered a CT scan, which confirmed a double hernia. But it also discovers a more important matter: A tumor was hiding in my abdomen; apparently it had been there awhile and had grown to the size of a tennis ball. I was schedule for another CT scan and a visit with a surgeon right away. The new surgeon confirmed the tumor and scheduled me for surgery on Feb. 15. The surgery went well, but I had difficulties with the recovery—but I made it! It's been five weeks now and I feel gratitude everyday in all that I now do. If you were wondering if it was cancer—yes, it was. A G.I.S.T. tumor and I am happy to say that my doctor did get it all! At this point I am very fortunate to be cancer-free. He explained that this kind of cancer could return, so I am on the defense: Positive thinking, more love and gratitude, eating better and living a better healthier lifestyle is now my focus. Ok, here is that “Aha!” moment…If I had never had the boating accident, as painful as it was, I would not have discovered the tumor, and my life may have certainly been cut short. I am a very thankful man. So my "Bucket List” is now developing, as well as a new outlook on life.


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The Trip that Saved My Life When you receive that “Aha!” moment By Brian Newton


recently had a first-time sailing experience that I really need to share because of the amazing outcome of the accident I encountered. For those who know me well, they know that I hate to pass on an adventure. So from time to time, I pursue a new adventure—or one will present itself to me in order to create a new spark in my life. In November 2016, I flew from my home state of Washington down to Texas to join up with my brother Scott on his newly acquired 1995 37-foot Island Packet, Aurora. Scott hired a captain, Danny Blankenship, to help him move his boat across the Gulf from Kemah, TX to Cortez, FL, and he invited me along to take advantage of the experience and get some sailing lessons along the way. The plan involved a 10-day voyage. We ventured out about 33 miles offshore. We had a few days and nights of warm weather. Dodging tugboats with barges, large container ships, old oil derricks and pumping stations kept everyone on point the entire time. Our captain noticed a weather change moving up through the Gulf that he did not intend to battle. Although it would cost us additional time, we opted to get off the Gulf and move into the safe passage of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which parallels the coast. We passed through locks and headed into the Mississippi for a short time. The weather pattern forecast a break, so we opted to return to the Gulf to make up on lost time. The weather was better than before and we pushed on, motoring, staying a few miles offshore, hoping this would help minimize the roughness. As another day and night passed, a new storm once again surrounded

Brian on the Aurora. us. We were being pitched up and down, and 30 degrees in a side-to-side motion. These rough seas triggered motion sickness for me on a daily basis. I was prepared with the "patch" behind my ear, as well as taking Dramamine every three hours just to maintain—oh what a feeling. I realized that Dramamine could make me sleepy, and although we were all sleep deprived at seven days in, I chose to take the pill over puking every minute of the trip. The next morning I took a break after three hours at the helm. I ascended below deck, hoping to try and relax. I was exhausted, holding on tight to the back frame of the couch when I unexpectedly passed out for what seemed like a split second. I suddenly awoke, very confused and startled. I was in the air towards the top of the cabin and suddenly realized I was about to be slammed down onto the cabin floor. I attempted to brace somehow, but I couldn't. I hit hard on my left buttocks. Did that hurt! I felt that I had strained every

muscle in my inner thighs and groin area, as well as broke my butt. I was hurting beyond any point that I can recollect. I collapsed on the floor feeling crushed. Scott came below, but he did not see what had just happened. He helped me by placing pillows around me, throwing a sleeping bag on top of me to help me stay warm and from going into shock, as well as giving me pain killers and water. It was another seven hours in those seas before we could get off the Gulf and back into the safer waters of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). We motored on this waterway for a couple of days. We were now content to stay on the ICW instead of battling the Gulf, regardless of the extra time it would take. A day or so passes, and the captain spots a bridge on the map a little ways ahead that was too low for the Aurora to pass under. This meant that we had no choice but to head back out into the Gulf again. At this point I was still hugging the floor in survival mode, every movement was painful. I strapped my legs together so that I could move myself in the cabin if needed. We headed out into the Gulf and pushed on through rough seas with the winds against us. Let me tell you, it was a real shame to be on a beautiful sailboat and having to run the engine 24/7 because nature is against you. It was another five days in the Gulf. The weather gradually improved as we pushed on toward Cortez where I could get off the boat and to a medical evaluation. I would then get back to Washington on Dec 1. On Nov. 14, I saw a doctor who confirmed I was dealing with an upper See THE TRIP continued on page 60

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