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George Francis and Mimi Dimon from the Metedeconk River Yacht Club in Brick, NJ, drop sail as they head onto the Useppa beach. Gretchen F. Coyle photo.

Cortez Maritime Museum Director Roger Allen of Bradenton, FL, in his own designed and built catboat, Melonseed. Gretchen F. Coyle photo.

had the most fun and chatted the loudest. Dr. Bill Welch of Useppa, who has just written the latest on Catboat sailing, The Competitive Cat, Racing Small Gaff-Rigged Catboats, signed autographs. Old time Catboaters will be shocked to know that all Catboats are no longer white. An aqua deck and hulls of green, black, red, navy and maroon were seen, in addition to Richard Dimmitt’s blue and white sail. Congenial Marshall Marine owner Geoff Marshall and his wife Kristen were “honored” for taking the most hardware and fittings aboard a plane without getting arrested. Each person was given a print of Charlie Chapin’s latest pen and ink drawing as a souvenir. Painted and framed,

some were given as prizes to the race committee and others. P.R.O. Bob Stevens chaired our race committee along with wife Sydney, Craig Spicer, and Spencer Webster. When all was said and done, Paul Gelenitis of Metedeconk River Yacht Club, Brick, NJ, was first with his wife Terri; Bill Welch, wife Sherry and Kristen Marshall were second; Jay Taylor and Gary Alderman of Palmetto, FL, third; George Francis and Mimi Dimon of Metedeconk River YC, fourth; and Dan Crabbe, from Locust, NJ, with wife Nancy, and Gail Corbin of Orcas, WA, as crew were fifth. Looking forward to seeing y’all in 2010, hear? People are telling us they plan to stay for a week!


March 2008