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Editorial: Rebuilding a Boat By Steve Morrell

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Southern Regional Monthly Weather and Water Temperatures

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

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Racing News: News; Race Instruction, National, International and Regattas in the Southeast

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Short Tacks: News in the World of Sailing

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US SAILING Leadership Forum By Jabbo Gordon

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Buying and Refinishing a Damaged Boat — Gemini 3400 By Gary Dickinson

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Carolina Sailing: Upcoming Charleston Race Week By Dan Dickison

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Book Review: Blue Latitudes — Boldly Going Where Captain Cook has Gone Before Review by Steve Morrell

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Sailing Robots – Autonomous Sailboats to Cross the Atlantic By Steve Morrell

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Southern Regional Racing Calendar

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The Water Pump That Would Not Die By Capt. David P. Hope

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Southern Sailing Schools Section

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Marine Marketplace

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Southern Marinas and Boatyards

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Boat Brokerage Section

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Classifieds

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Alphabetical Index of Advertisers

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Advertisers’ List by Category

Rebuilding a Gemini 3400. Page 34. Photo by Gary Dickinson.

Sailing Robots. Page 44. Photo by Aland University of Applied Sciences, UK COVER PHOTO: Windlassie, an Irwin 43, arriving in Clearwater, FL, from Panama City Beach in February on calm waters in the Gulf. Photo taken from buddy boat S/V Tropical Texan. Photo by Pam Alexander.

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If you enter & compete in both the Regata Del Sol al Sol and the St. Petersburg–Habana Race you will receive a discount for your entry into the Regata del Sol al Sol. See website Documents and Notice of Race for details

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FROM THE HELM

STEVE MORRELL,

EDITOR

Rebuilding a Sailboat Since I was young, I’d always thought about rebuilding an older sailboat. Every time I saw an old, rundown sailboat or a damaged one, it got me thinking. Or maybe I just felt sorry for the boat. After all, boats are the only inanimate objects I know of that people give a personality of sorts to, including giving them names. In the February 2015 issue, we ran a story of Norna, a 10-year rebuild of a 37-foot, gaff-rigged wooden cutter that was damaged by fire. When the couple rebuilding the boat finished her, they sailed her across the Atlantic. That was a serious rebuilt. Today, I can’t imagine taking on something that would take that long. The couple that rebuilt Norna were young. What they did was truly admirable. A little more along the lines of what most people think about when rebuilding a boat is a story in this issue. Gary Dickinson bought a damaged 1994 Gemini 3400 catamaran over a year ago and rebuilt it to like-new condition. The boat had been sunk and sat in a yard for a while before Gary came upon it and purchased it. He wrote about finding and buying the boat in the March 2017 issue (read it in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com). He wrote about the condition of the boat and the process he went through in deciding whether it was worth it to buy it at the final price and fix it up. He took it to his dock at his house and worked on it for year before he finished it. His article in this issue is about what he did over that year: how much it cost, how much work it took and what he ended up with. All in all he was very pleased. He got a boat at a very low price, invested time and money in it, and finished up owning a boat worth way more than the dollars invested in it. He did put a lot of work in it, but he ended up with two big advantages: He became familiar with every

system in the boat; and because he had to replace many of the systems with brand new ones, his boat is better in many other ways, because if he had bought a 1994 Gemini in good condition, most of the systems in the boat, although still working, would be 24 years old. Last summer, I did a book review on Fiberglass Boat Restoration by Wayne Canning. Wayne discusses in his book pretty much what Gary did in purchasing his boat, which was closely analyzing the boat and its potential costs before purchasing. Gary’s project is one of the best success stories of boat rebuilding I have heard about. A friend of mine in Charleston bought a sailboat that was partially sunk and damaged after Hurricane Hugo came through Charleston in 1989. He got it at a great price and brought it back to life and ended up with a boat worth a lot more than the money he put into it. With the number of boats damaged in Florida and the Caribbean from Hurricane Irma, there are a lot of opportunities out there for boat rebuilding. My advice is to get Wayne’s book and read it carefully. Wayne did a seminar on buying and fixing up boats damaged from a hurricane at the St. Petersburg Boat Show in December. The advice he gave was pretty much what is in his book. And one thing he said in his seminar is that it takes several months before the boats damaged from Irma will hit the market, which means they are coming into the market about now. For those interested in buying and fixing up a damaged boat, you might want to think about advice I learned over many years in the construction business about fixing up an older home: You make your money on the purchase price. Probably holds for damaged boats too.

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Southeast Air & Water Temperatures, Prevailing Winds & Gulf Stream Currents – March For live buoy water and weather data, go to the National Data Buoy Center at www.ndbc.noaa.gov

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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CALENDAR

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 • Boat Shows • Seafood Festivals & Nautical Flea Markets • Other Events

LISTING YOUR EVENT

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 www.cgaux.org/boatinged/class_finder. Boating Safety Courses— Required in Florida and Other Southern States Anyone in Florida born after Jan. 1, 1988, must take a boating safety course in order to operate a boat of 10 hp or more. Other states require safety education if born after a certain date. To see the laws in each state, go to www.aboutboatingsafely.com. The course named “About Boating Safely” and “America’s Boating Course (ABC)” both satisfy the requirements. They are marked below with two asterisks (**): **Jacksonville, FL. Ongoing Mike Christnacht. 904-502-9154. mchristnacht@comcast.net. www.uscgajaxbeach.com/pe.htm. Classes at Captain’s Club, 13363 Beach Blvd. $25 including materials. **New Port Richey, FL. Ongoing. New Port Richey USCGAUX Flotilla 11-06 First Saturday of the month. 9am to 5pm. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Communications Building, 3920 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, FL (in Gulf Harbors Yacht Club Parking Lot). Register at BoaterEducation.info

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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 www.ussailing.org/education/teach-sailing. No courses scheduled in the southeast U.S. as of press date. Check the website, since courses are often added late. For learning-to-sail and powerboat handling courses, go to www.ussailing.org/education. Small Boat Instructor Course Level 1 Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX, March 3-4, March 10-11, two consecutive weekends. Contact Marie Wise at sailmom@gmail.com. Instructor Stephen Gay. Edison Sailing Center, Ft. Myers, FL, March 17-20. Contact Stephanie Webb at rpsc1983@aol.com. Instructor Margie Graham. Ft. Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, March 22-25. Contact Linda Wright at fleetcaptain@fwyc.org. Instructor Joey Mello. Privateer Yacht Club, Hixson, TN, March 29-April 1. Contact Steve Sherman at steve@optistuff.com. Instructor Blair Overman. Lake Lanier Sailing Club, Flowery Branch, GA, March 31April 3. Contact Alex Padgett at llscwaterfrontdirector @gmail.com. Instructor Bruce Cattanach.

Small Boat Instructor Course Level 2 Edison Sailing Center, Ft. Myers, FL, March 17-18. Contact Stephanie Webb at rpsc1983@aol.com. Instructor Richard White. Small Boat Level 3 Coach Clearwater Community Sailing Assoc., Clearwater, FL, March 24-25. Contact Stephanie Webb at rpsc1983@aol.com. Instructor Richard White. Basic Keelboat Instructor Evaluative Course Offshore Sailing School, Fort Myers, FL, April 5-7. Contact instructor Paul Chechak at paulchechak@gmail.com. US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar; Course with Hands-on Training; Hands-on Training Only; and Sea Refresher Course (these are separate courses, contact for information) Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX, April 14. Contact Foy Curley fcurley@lakewoodyachtclub.com.

BOAT SHOWS

Trawler Fest, Stuart, FL, March 6-11 This event is sponsored by PassageMaker magazine and will be held at the Hutchinson Island Marina in Stuart, FL. The In-Water Boat Show is held March 8-11 and Seminars March 6-11. Attendees come by boat and stay at the marina, or by land, staying at one of the local hotels. Seminars are held on a wide range of topics, along with demonstrations, discussions, parties, and exhibits with industry representatives. www.passagemaker.com/events.

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2018 Wharf Boat Show, Orange Beach, AL, March 22-25

36th Annual Suncoast Boat Show, Sarasota, FL, April 20-22

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, a powerboat show, is one of the largest in-water displays and exhibitors along the upper Gulf Coast. 4550 Main St. www.wharfboatshow.com.

Power boats, as well as vendors selling gear. Marina Jack’s in downtown Sarasota. www.ShowManagement.com.

33rd Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, March 22-25 Flagler Drive on the water in downtown West Palm Beach. www.showmanagement.com

Annual Southwest International In-Water Boat Show, Houston, TX, April 12-15 A large selection of sail and powerboats with a Discover Sailing program www.southwestinternationalboatshow.com.

9th Annual Oriental In-Water Boat Show & Nautical Flea Market, Oriental, NC, April 13-15 Oriental Harbour Marina docks. www.orientalboatshow.com.

Traditional and Small Craft Fest, Sarasota, FL April 20-22 Small and traditional craft gathering in water and on land. Sarasota Sailing Squadron. www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org

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Charleston In-Water Boat Show, Charleston, SC, April 20-22 This show will be at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Blvd. www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com.

SEAFOOD FESTIVALS and NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS 40th Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL, March 1-4 Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and boating-related items. World’s largest marine flea market. Thursday-Saturday: 9am-6pm. Sunday 9am-4pm. Free Parking. www.daniamarinefleamarket.com.

Island Nautical 24th Annual Nautical Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL March 17 Spaces available for sellers. Shop for bargains, sell your old stuff or browse. JSI parking lot, 2233 3rd Ave S., St. Petersburg. 8 am to noon. Call to reserve space at 727-577-3220.

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Tall Ships Challenge Series, Gulf Coast, April Tall ships will be racing and holding port festivals along the Gulf Coast in April: Galveston, TX, April 5-8; New Orleans, LA, April 18-22; Pensacola, FL, April 12-15. www.sailtraining.org/tallships

8th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival, Kemah, TX, April 6-8 Affordable crawfish and other foods will be served and sold

with new cooking units that plan to cook 6000 pounds of boiled crawfish per hour. Held under the Kemah Bridge at 300 3rd Street. www.gulfcoastfestivals.com.

Waterway Zydeco & Crawfish Festival, Gulf Shores, AL, April 14 Fresh boiled crawfish and zydeco music by some of New Orleans best bands, along with arts and crafts display. East 24th Avenue in the Waterway Village of Gulf Shores. www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com.

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34th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach, FL, April 27-29

33rd Morgan Invasion and 2018 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Regatta, Tampa, FL, April 21

Pompano Beach oceanfront. Held on the beach at the Pompano Pier, featuring fresh local seafood prepared by area restaurants. www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

The Morgan Invasion is now part of the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup. Held at the Davis Island Yacht Club. Go to the “Racing News” section (following this section) for more information.

Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Pensacola, FL, May 4-6

America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Spring Rendezvous, Norfolk, VA, April 30- May 3

The Pensacola Crawfish Festival has a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, along with chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin’ onions, kettle corn, apple dumplings and deep fried brownies. www.facebook.com/pensacolacrawfishfestival

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Educational seminars on navigation and information on the portion of the Loop between Norfolk and the Tennessee River (site of the fall rendezvous), presented by experienced cruisers. www.greatloop.org. Register early as this event is often sold out.

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38th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas, March 1-15 This is a cruisers’ regatta that attracts 350-400 cruising boats. Most boats start arriving from the U.S., Canada and other countries in November and stay through March. When the actual regatta days start, the schedule includes sailboat races in Elizabeth Harbor, around Stocking Island, and to neighboring Long Island. There is a variety of on-water and

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on-the-beach events to capture the interest of non-racing cruisers, as well as racers: Vvolleyball tournaments, softball, coconut harvest, bridge, Texas Hold’em poker, beach golf and much more. Opening night of the regatta is a very big event. For more information and exact dates, go to www.georgetowncruisingregatta.com (go to “Schedule” for 2018 schedule).

11th Annual Fort Myers Beach Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, Noon – 3pm, Saturday, April 7 The Town of Fort Myers Beach will again celebrate Cruiser’s Appreciation Day and the success of its 70 mooring ball anchorage from Noon – 3pm on Saturday, April 7. The anchorage has been providing a wonderful sub-tropical destination for waterway cruisers, including easy access to one of the world’s finest beaches. Cruiser’s Appreciation Day will have food and beverages, live entertainment, giveaways, a raffle and more. The celebration will be located at Matanzas Inn, the upland provider for the mooring field. www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov, and click on “Mooring Field” under “Quick Links.”

USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival, Sarasota, FL, April 7-8 Sarasota Sailing Squadron Youth Sailing Sailfest. Contact Alana O’Reilly at sarasotayouthsailing@gmail.com.

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8th Annual West Marine Stand-up Paddle Board Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC, April 18-22 The world’s largest gathering of stand-up paddleboard racers will be held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Over 1000 competitors from the around the world. www.wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/carolina-cup.

34th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, April 26-29 Individuals on the beach throwing a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit local charities. Largest Beach Party in the South. www.florabama.com.

33rd Annual Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March 25, April 29 This series of four monthly races, sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar, commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key and back in five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. All are invited. It is known as the “anything-but-serious race.” First boat back wins. No protests allowed. Rules of seamanship always apply. The race is videotaped and guests watch the race at the bar, along with an awards ceremony, on a big screen TV. www.schoonerwharf.com

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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

Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida, February, March 16-18

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The Melges 20 Winter Series is three events held annually for the large fleet of Melges 20s that campaign in Southern states and the Caribbean each winter. All events are held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club: Event 1 was held in December; Event 2 is the Miami Winter Regatta in February; and Event 3 is the Melges Rocks Regatta in March. After Event 3, Melges 20 racing moves to Charleston Race Week.

To list your race instruction courses in print (free listings for non-profit groups. A $25 fee to for-profit groups): editor@southwindsmagazine.com LIST YOUR REGATTA OR INSTRUCTION COURSE ON OUR WEBSITE With our new website you can list your regatta course yourself on our online calendar for free with more information. Go to swindsmag.com, and click on EVENTS. For US SAILING Courses: US SAILING has seminars around the country on: Race Officers; Umpires; Judges; and Classifiers. Information, prerequisites, and enrollment online available at www.ussailing.org/race-officials/finda-seminar. Check the website, as classes are sometimes created at the last minute—long after our press deadline. One Day Judge Seminar Coral Reef Yacht Club, Coconut Grove, FL, March 31 . Contact Richard Mallinson at mallinson@ou.edu. Instructors Martin Ottenheimer and Richard Mallinson

NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER REGATTAS IN THE SOUTHEAST LISTING YOUR RACE – SOUTHWINDS lists races with date, event and sponsoring organization in the eight southeastern states in the “Racing Calendar” section at the end of the magazine. Listed below are upcoming national, international and other major regattas. Cost to list a regatta with a description in this section is $35/month ($25 for second month) for the first 130 words (text and title) 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 editor@swindsmag.com, or 941-795-8704, around the first of the month preceding publication to list your event or place an ad.

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J/24 Midwinter Championship, Coconut Grove, FL, March 2-4 Hosted by Shake-A-Leg. www.j24midwintersmiami.com, www.shakealegmiami.org

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, Miami, FL, March 4-10 This is an annual multi-class regatta in Miami with teams from countries around the world racing on Biscayne Bay, competing to win the Bacardi Cup and the BMSW regatta trophy. Many consider this to be one of the top ten sailing events in the world. Hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. www.miamisailingweek.com. (SOUTHWINDS found that the website was not active as of press date, although this could be a technical problem.)

Crown Cars Regatta, Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, March 10 This event is now in its 34th year and continues to give participants a great time on the Gulf of Mexico. It is open to all classes with windward/leeward and random-leg courses for different classes. This regatta is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and Gulf Boat of the Year event. NOR and entry forms can be found on the St. Petersburg Yacht Club website at www.spyc.org. You can enter these three races for one combined, reduced rate: Pusser’s Rum Cup, Crown Cars, and Suncoast Race Week. See details on the website.

Snipe Winter Circuit, Florida and the Bahamas, March An annual series of events each winter. Five regattas at three different locations in March. First is the Nassau Winter Series held at the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in the Bahamas, March 1-4. Next comes the 80th Midwinters at the Clearwater Yacht Club March 18-20. The final event is the 51st Don Q Rum Keg Regatta at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, March 23-25. http://snipeusa.com/2017-snipe-winter-circuit/.

Sunfish Master World Championship, Panama City, FL, March 18-20 Held at Saint Andrews Bay Yacht Club. Open to all class members 40 years of age or older as of March 18. Sponsored by the International Sunfish Class Association. www.sunfishclass.org www.southwindsmagazine.com


USSCA (Sunfish) National Championship at Midwinters, Panama City, FL, March 22-24 Held at Saint Andrews Bay Yacht Club. This event will qualify the top three nations (non-previously qualified) to compete at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019. United States Sunfish Class Association. www.sunfishclass.org

Flying Scot Midwinter Championships, Sarasota, FL, March 24-29 Sarasota Sailing Squadron. www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org

RS Feva World Championships, Clearwater, FL, March 30-April 8 Clearwater Community Sailing Center. www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org/regattas

St. Augustine Race Week, St. Augustine, FL, April 5-8 First Coast Sailing Association sponsors this event. On April 5-7, there will be a variety of races for performance and cruiser class boats offshore. On April 5-6, boats 30 feet and

under will compete in the inshore series held in the Matanzas River just north of the Vilano Bridge in St. Augustine. On Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8, the Junior Regatta, featuring Optis and 420s, takes place just north of the Castillo de San Marcos in full view of downtown spectators. The variety of race formats allows boats of all sizes to compete in this regatta. Paddle board and kayak racing takes place in Salt Run on Saturday and Sunday. Race Week parties, music concerts and awards presentations have been moved from the downtown location to the St. Augustine Yacht Club, due to construction activities planned for the Municipal Marina in spring. However, the public is invited to the activities at the club. Competitors wishing to register can do so at www.staugustineraceweek.com. Updates can also be found on the Race Week Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SARaceWeek.

37th Ted Irwin’s Memorial Pusser’s Rum Cup, St. Petersburg, FL, April 7 Hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, this is west Florida’s largest one-day sailboat race. All classes are invited and racing is in Tampa Bay. Courses will be around Government Marks. Pusser’s hats, great food and Pusser’s Rum parties. Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the SPYC website at www.spyc.org.

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40th Suncoast Race Week, Tampa Bay, April 12-15

2017 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup Regatta and 33rd Morgan Invasion, Tampa, FL, April 21

Hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in cooperation with the Davis Island Yacht Club and Bradenton Yacht Club. This event is a long-standing tradition among regattas on Tampa Bay, with three days of racing, beginning with registration and start on Friday at the Davis Island Yacht Club, racing to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. On Saturday, boats race to the Bradenton Yacht Club. On the third day boats race around government marks in Tampa Bay near St. Petersburg. The awards will be at the Davis Island Yacht Club on April 20. This is a qualifier for both the Tampa Bay/Suncoast Boat of the Year, the St. Petersburg Ocean Racing Circuit and the Gulf Boat of the Year. Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the SPYC website at www.spyc.org.

The Tampa Bay Hospice Cup regatta (TBHC) is a major fund-raising event that benefits both LifePath Hospice in Hillsborough County and Suncoast Hospice in Pinellas County. It is hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club and is a club Boat-of-the-Year race. There will be a pre-regatta benefit dinner and silent auction gala to be held at DIYC on Saturday, April 7. The sailing features racing for monohulls, multihulls (catamarans and trimarans) and a “just for fun” race class where the start is from the dock, in late morning and no rating required. www.tampabayhospicecup.com.

Sperry Charleston Race Week, Charleston, SC, April 12-15 See page 40 for an article on this upcoming event.

Wetafest & US Multihull Championship, Fort Walton Beach, FL, April 18-22 Fort Walton Yacht Club. www.fwyc.org

50th Regata del Sol al Sol from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, April 27th, 2017 — Celebrating 50th Year Golden Anniversary Entrants are already signing up for this annual race, which is celebrating 50 years in 2018. Skippers who entered their vessel (and race) in the St. Petersburg-Habana Race and this regatta will receive another discount in their entry fee. For fee and general information, contact Chairperson Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington at Chairperson@regatadelsolalsol.org, or through the website at www.regatadelsolalsol.org, or go to www.spyc.org. There will be seminars and final registration on April 26, 2018. Many pre-race and after-race activities are set that all are invited to, including crew and any others interested in attending. Anyone interested in joining in the fun on the island, but not necessarily wanting to sail, can fly to Cancun. Then, it is a short taxi ride and ferry ride to Isla Mujeres. In order to keep track of the boats and others coming to the island, people can get their regatta hotel reservations and ground transportation through the website using the reservation information tabs on the right side of the home page. There is a secure website page for online entries, or mail the entry in (address available on the website). You can also check out the Facebook page. The main regatta site is at www.regatadelsolalsol.org.

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2018 Women’s Challenge Regatta Returns, Gulfport, FL, April 28 The Women’s Challenge Regatta, formerly known as the Bikini Cup and sponsored for many years by the Windjammers of Clearwater, is back. The current sponsor, Boca Ciega Yacht Club, was forced to cancel the regatta in 2017 due to a conflict with a city event. It is a goal of the Rhumb Runners at BCYC to promote and support women’s sailing. This regatta has a rich history of doing exactly that. Women of the Gulf Coast, assemble your teams, find a fast PHRF-rated boat and start practicing for the 2018 WCR to be held on Saturday, April 28. Registration closes April 20. For Notice of Race and more information, go to www.sailbcyc.org/WomensChallenge Regattta. Or contact the organizational chair, Barb Meyer, at 727-430-7241, or sunnlover@aol.com.

65th Annual Mug Race, Jacksonville, FL, May 5 The Rudder Club of Jacksonville hosts this race, touted as the longest river sailboat race in America. The race along the beautiful St. Johns River has challenged thousands of sailors as they test their skills against the river’s currents, bends and changing winds. Boats compete for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 50 class trophies. All sailboats with masts less than 44 feet are eligible.   This year, the starting line is moving about three miles North to just East of Crystal Cove Resort. This new venue  provides launching, docking, parking, overnight accommodations, restaurant, bar and entertainment—all in one location. We will transport all catamarans by Cat trax from the resort to the Rudder Club.  Thursday night, May 2, Green Cove Springs Marina will again host the Half-Way Party with plenty of food, music, and beer. Registration, skippers meeting, and festivities are at Crystal Cove Marina on Friday evening. Saturday Night will be the after race party at the Rudder Club, with their famous breakfast on Sunday.  Go to www.Rudderclub.com for registration, NOR and updates.

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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to editor@southwindsmagazine.com. 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 Basically Same Level Since January As of press date in early February, Lake Okeechobee was at 15.21 feet above sea level. This makes the navigational depth for Route 1, which crosses the lake, 9.15 feet, and the navigational depth for Route 2, which goes around the southern coast of the lake, 7.35 feet. Bridge clearance at Myakka was at 49.26 feet. For those interested in seeing the daily height of the lake, navigation route depths and bridge clearance, go to http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml (copy this address exactly as it is here with upper and lower cases).

Zara Davis Sets New Women’s Windsurfing Speed Record In January the World Sailing Speed Record Council ratified a new speed record in women’s windsurfing which was accomplished on Nov. 22 in Luderitz, Namibia. The record was set by 51-year-old, six-foot tall Zara Davis of Great Britain. Her speed over a 501-meter course was 46.49 knots in an elapsed time of 20.95 seconds. Davis broke the previous record set in 2015 of 46.31 knots held by Karrin Jaggi of Switzerland, who also sailed at Luderitz. Davis is no newcomer to the record. She held it from 2012-2015 when Jaggi beat it at the same place. Davis was waiting for the best conditions to try take back the record and those conditions were met when winds were forecast to be strong in November, and were gusting to 45 knots. Zara Davis working at a speed record in November 2013 in Luderitz, Namibia. Photo by She set the new record on her fourth run. Walnut1340. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Davis started windsurfing at a very Unported license. young age and has competed in the accomplishment all the more remarkable — and at 51 sport, along with holding several speed records over the years old. years, but she is not a full-time athlete. She is an osteopath www.zaradavis.co.uk who runs a medical practice in England, making her

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French Sailor Sets New Round-the-World Record

He set another record on his 28,000 nautical-mile trip when he sailed 851 nautical miles in a 24-hour period (averaging 35.46 nm/hour), breaking a previous record, that he held, of 784 miles. He made the journey on MACIF, his 30meter trimaran. The new record makes Gabart the fourth person to hold the round-the-world record. The others were Francis Joyon, Ellen MacArthur and Thomas Colville.

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Francois Gabart sailing on his record-setting trimaran, MACIF. Photo © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Macif. After waiting a couple of weeks for a weather window, on Nov. 4, 2017 Frenchman François Gabart crossed the starting line off the Lizard Point lighthouse in Cornwall England to take on the challenge of the single-handed round-theworld record of 49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds, held by Thomas Coville since December 25, 2016. Gabart would need to cross the finishing line before Dec. 23 to set a new record. He crossed the finish line—the same line from which he started—a little more than six days faster, coming in on Dec. 17 and setting a new record of 42 days 16 hours 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

Doug Fisher, President of Douglas A. Fisher, Inc. recently announced that his Sarasota, Florida-based sail loft will be changing its company name to Doug Fisher Sailmakers. The new company name reflects the full range of services he has been providing the sailing community for over 30 years. The company will continue to bring high performance sail designs to both the racing and cruising sailors paired with onboard services to enhance their sailing experience. As always, sails will be designed and constructed at the Sarasota loft. Fisher’s experience with big projects, such as the 4000-square-foot mainsail aboard the 170-foot schooner, Meteor and the complete refurbishment and new sails for the America’s Cup catamaran, Stars and Stripes, transfers to the projects the company brings every customer. Fisher’s extensive race records showcase the depth of his expertise with Stars and Stripes holding an 11-year record for the Ft. Lauderdale/Key West Race, broke the record in the Ontario 300 on David Fise’s F-27, 6 time Melges 24 class winner at St. Pete NOOD regatta, Winner of Melges 24 Midwinter Circuit, and over 20 class wins at Key West Race Week to name a few. Doug Fisher Sailmakers is located at 957 N. Lime Ave, Sarasota, FL. 941-951-0189.

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US SAILING National Leadership Forum By Jabbo Gordon Photos courtesy Matthew Cohen Photography

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interested and not losing any more to other sports. Other age-old situations revolved around personnel turnover, program consistency, approaches that work, lack of communications, parents, different visions for the future by the host club, its board of directors, the coach, or the sailors themselves. For instance, competition (read racing) is often key to a successful program, but how much of it should a program have? One of the many highlights was US Sailing’s demonstration showing how the organization itself has been changing and how some of its programs have been shifting emphasis. For example, the headquarters moved from Portsmouth, RI, down to Bristol. Meanwhile, the organization has been restructured. There have been staff and title changes. For instance, Stu Gilfillen, who used to run Sarasota’s Youth Sailing Program, is no longer the training director. He is the education director. However, not all of the changes are limited to name changes or semantics. In the last several years, as an example, there has been a noticeable shift away from the so-called yacht club syndrome. Much more emphasis is placed on community sailing programs, mainly because they can attract more people. As with most organizations in the world, growth is the key word. Some yacht clubs have recognized this trend and have started to work together, hoping that collaboration—instead of competition—among clubs will make them stronger. Four people from the Chicago area formed a panel that presented a picture of how cooperation among area clubs would benefit everyone. Janet Baxter, a former president of US Sailing, served as moderator. Key people in a couple of Chicago clubs recognized some approaching headwinds back when the nation was

t wasn’t an attendance record, but 532 people attended US Sailing’s national leadership forum at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg, FL, on Feb. 1-3, and that number certainly ranked in the top five of forums, symposiums and related sessions held in the history of sailing’s national governing body. Of that total, 156 individuals (almost a third) were on their maiden voyage. Most had heard of the event and had wanted to visit but never had been able to attend. They were not disappointed. Many were overwhelmed with the wealth of information—most of which they could take home—garnered from keynote speakers and breakout session presenters or panel members, as well as their conversations with other sailing-minded colleagues, most of whom were old hands at these events. While only a handful of folks have attended every one of these events since their inception, this was not the first rodeo for a majority of the crowd. And there were several sailing enthusiasts who were revisiting the annual event after a few years absence. Nan Walker of Annapolis, who used to run US Sailing’s sailing center in Martin County (Florida)—back when it was a trailer on a causeway—was one. To many repeat attendees, it was the same old song— second, third or fill in the blank verse. Topics covered many areas that have been cussed and discussed over the years. People, especially the newcomers, come looking for answers. And the answers are basically the same although there were a few tweaks. For the most part, it was just a different person saying it in a different venue. It was the first forum for Ned Covel who has recently taken over the youth sailing program that covers Indian Rocks Beach and Clearwater, just a few miles up the road from this year’s site. His concerns included keeping the kids

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Demo day on Friday. Boats were available on the beach for attendees to try out.

undergoing a recession. Sailing was losing some of its popularity and participation was dropping off. Parochialism, either in one’s own club or in a particular one-design class, was causing problems. In a way, a person’s passion was preventing the class and/or the club from growing. Again, that key word. Another area that needed work was making the sport more approachable. One example given was a person who told of attending his first Wednesday night races. “People were yelling and screaming, and I was freaking terrified,” he said. So three people met, identified a few of the problems and arranged to make some changes. They started with a clean sheet of paper, sent out a survey and even held a town hall-type meeting. One design fleets bought into the plan and the Chicago Area Sail Racing Association was formed. Although each of the five clubs still runs its own races, the clubs work together on a calendar and on gathering sponsors. Now there are no overlaps in races and the clubs are working on events that will attract new racers. Communications have improved considerably and concise e-blasts keep all members informed. Furthermore, CASRA has instituted a social media campaign as well as a joint awards celebration. Admittedly, there are still issues such as frustrations of rating systems and the number of boats on any given starting line. However, the group has discovered that working together made various efforts more successful than if they had been tried individually. Collaborate, cooperate and implement is the motto. Another key presentation concerned keeping kids in the sport. Statistics show that seven out of 10 sailors quit by the time they are 13. Other stats say that today’s kids will die five years younger than their parents. Part of the problem revolves around video games and the fact that kids are not moving. Still another problem is that there is a push for specialization, and there are very few multi-sport athletes these days. This causes boredom and subsequently burnout at an early age. The forum’s format was similar in that there were one or two keynote speakers each morning, followed by a series of four or more smaller sessions in various meeting rooms. One big change, though, was that organizers allowed 30 minutes between breakout meetings instead of only 15 as has been the case in the past. Thus, people were able to ask more questions after a session, do a little networking with others in attendance and still have time to make the next meeting. News & Views for Southern Sailors

Next year’s event will be in Jacksonville, FL, in early February, but it will be a symposium, which is more for instructors and directors, rather than a forum which attracted board members, yacht club officers and race committee officials.

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Buying and Refinishing a Damaged Boat

Gemini 3400 The ad must be a misprint; the price is too good to be true! By Gary Dickinson

The 1994 completely rebuilt Gemini—after a year of rebuilding.

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his past hurricane season has produced the opportunity for handymen out there to put their skills to work on a damaged boat, possibly allowing someone to buy their “dream boat.” I did that exact thing just over a year ago and wrote about it in the March 2017 issue (read the article in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com). Readers might be wondering how my “project” turned out. I would like to pass on some advice based on what I learned during the process of restoring Latitudes, the 1994 Gemini 3400 catamaran I purchased in Naples, FL, at the bargain price of $9000. I know it is hard to be objective when you are excited and standing in front of your dreamboat. Obviously, the most important step is to really look at the condition the boat is in. I was lucky enough to have my neighbor Dave go 34

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with me the first time I looked at mine. We spent an entire day getting dirty and writing down everything we discovered as to the current condition of the boat. Taking on a Boat Rebuild There are several things that you need to consider before taking on a project like this. The list we made helped me determine just what needed to be done and helped me estimate how long the project would take. Before you even consider taking on such a project, ask yourself if you have the time and drive to finish what you start? In this case I figured that it would take a year to restore my “new” boat. It took all of that, working nearly full time. From my list, I tried to determine what the cost would www.southwindsmagazine.com


The dinette before work began.

The dinette after.

be to repair or replace those items. Do you have the money to make the needed repairs and replace the damaged equipment on your boat? In addition to the cost involved, I had to take a good look at three aspects: Work I felt I could do myself; work I could do with friends; and what things were beyond my ability. With shop fees as high as $100 an hour you need to take that into account as you go through your list. Be realistic and take an inventory of your skills.

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Don’t get me wrong; during the restoration, I did many things that I had never done before. I found YouTube videos and other internet sites are a great resource, and I used them often. Years ago, I built a 26-foot center-cockpit sailboat from scratch, so I felt that I had the skills to tackle this restoration. Looking back, I think it might have been easier building a boat from scratch rather than trying to figure out how and why things were done as they were on my “new” boat. I bought my house as a fixer upper, so I have many of the tools I would need. I had to buy a few and was able to borrow others from friends. That cost was added to my list for the boat. Another consideration: Do you have the space and place to work on your project? I am lucky to have room at my house to do all the work except bottom painting, when I will have to have the boat hauled out at a yard. Yard fees can really add up, and if that is the case, it is one more expense that you will need to add to your growing list. Once you have taken inventory of all of the above and added your projected costs, you can make a realistic decision on whether you should take on a project like this, or save your pennies and buy a boat that is already finished. In my case it made sense, so I jumped in with both feet. Once my “dream” boat was tied safely to my seawall I gave her a good cleaning so the real work could begin. Where you start on your project depends on your priorities. For me, I wanted to make sure that the boat was watertight. Before I bought her, she had partially sunk, and I wanted to make sure that it never happens again. I found several places that allowed water to enter the boat, and it was an easy task fixing them one at a time. There is one spot where I was forced to do a temporary repair because she is in the water. I finished the repair when I had her pulled out to do the bottom job. I approached this restoration by addressing each system on the boat, one at a time. Because of the boat’s condition at time of my purchase, every system on my boat needed to be fixed or replaced. The research on how to fix things took a lot of time. I checked with suppliers, and on the internet, I read boating forums and blogs and watched how-to videos. For my particular boat there are online resources on how to fix things as well as listing links related to that task.

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Galley, starboard side, looking forward before work began.

The galley after.

Taking the time to do the research gave me the confidence to do nearly all of the work by myself and showed me how to upgrade each system as well. Look around your house and think of all of the elements that you take for granted. Electricity, water, heating and cooling, refrigeration. A boat like mine has all these same systems plus many more that I would soon become familiar with. Electrical System Let me start by telling you about the electrical systems on my

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boat. The boat has a 110V system very much like you have in your house. This is probably the easiest repair I did on the boat. Power comes into the boat from shore power and feeds the various wall plugs etc. in the boat. The repair was straightforward and only required replacing wall plugs with new marine-grade ones. Unlike a house, my boat also has more than a dozen 12V circuits which turned out to be much more complicated than I thought they would be. From the pictures, you can see the rats nest of wires I had to deal with. My first task was to untangle those nests and trace the wires to see where they went and whether the circuit was working or not. I know some might find this hard to believe, but over the course of her life, much of the wiring on my boat had been jury-rigged rather than fixing the circuit properly. This is where my multimeter came in handy. One example of the electrical issues my boat had was that the switch for the macerator pump was in the head. The macerator pump allows you to discharge the boat’s holding tank overboard when you are at sea. The multimeter showed 12 volts of power to the new pump, but it did not work. Instead of checking the amps on the circuit first, I sent the pump back to the manufacturer who in turn, sent it back to me saying it was working correctly. I had to replace the wire to the pump from the instrument panel in the aft cabin, through the bilge, all the way to the head in the front of the boat and now the pump works. It would have saved me time and money if, in addition to checking volts, I had switched the meter to check for amps also—another lesson learned. Other electrical upgrades I made were: A 3000-watt pure sine inverter that converts the boats 12V battery power to the 110V circuits on the boat; and a built-in battery charger that keeps all of the batteries fully charged and conditioned. Plumbing System Fixing the plumbing on the boat was one of the easiest jobs. It consisted of replacing the marine water pump, and, of course, using waterproof electrical connections on the 12V system. Next I installed new plastic tubing for the water lines making sure to use stainless hose clamps for the connections. I replaced all of the old sink faucets with new ones including the shower in the head and the shower in the cockpit. The only challenge I faced was trying to find a sink that would fit in the much smaller space on the boat. I also needed to replace the instant hot water, and in the

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process of doing so, I opened a can of worms. Salt water had damaged all of the copper tubing for the propane. I replaced all of the copper gas lines with braided stainless lines. At the same time, I researched online for the original appliances my boat came with and if upgraded models were available. When I replaced the instant hot water, the stove/oven and the refrigerator freezer needed replacing. At that time I installed a gas control solenoid to the system—a big safety advancement. Rebuilding and Refinishing Other Areas In the previous article, I wrote that several of the floorboards were missing. I don’t know how that happened, but it was not much of a challenge making new ones out of marine-grade plywood. The first time I saw the boat, I noticed that one of the hatch covers was missing. I asked at the Counter, port side, looking forward before work began. yard where the boat was stored, and they said they had no idea what had happened to it. That brings me to the missing fiberglass hatch cover on one of the sponsons (hulls). I could not find a replacement cover that would match the three other hatches on my boat, so I decided to try and make one. I went outside my comfort zone when it came to making the 19x32-inch fiberglass hatch cover. Lucky for me, it is a mirror to the cover on the other sponson. I once more turned to YouTube and found out how to make a mold from my existing hatch. By following their directions and getting the supplies and support from Fiberglass Coatings of St. Petersburg, I was able to make an exact copy of the missing hatch, including the non-skid pattern—even the color of the gelcoat was matched. Replacing the lines for the running rigging on the boat was a straightforward task. I found the best price for line on EBay. After cutting the lines to length and whipping and fusing the ends, all I had to The counter after. do was sew the end of the new line to the old lines, making the task of running the new lines through the blocks at the top of the mast easy. I veneer is so thin that you will sand right through it. What sent the Genoa off to be cleaned and re-stitched if needed, worked best for me was Jasco premium paint and epoxy and it came back like new. One more thing off my list. remover. I brush the jell on, and in a few minutes, a wide As can be seen in the before photos, all of the teak inteputty knife will scrape away the previous finish. Then I rior needed refinishing. There are two sections that were lightly sanded the wood and gave it several coats of Star beyond refinishing, and they needed to be replaced. Rather Bright teak oil to protect the wood. than solid teak panels, my boat was made using teak After the initial cleaning and light sanding of the locker veneers. Lucky for me, I was able to find teak plywood and areas, I painted those sections with white Rust-Oleum satin a marine salvage yard in Tampa which matched what the finish enamel paint. The paint matches the look of the origmanufacturer used. As for refinishing the original teak, I inal finish in the lockers, is durable and cleans up well if you discovered right away that you can’t sand the teak. The get the area dirty.

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I have a Bissell upholstery cleaner that I used with their deep cleaning solution and was able to remove 20 years of grime and stains. The carpets in the staterooms were beyond repair. I purchased marine carpet online which I cut to size using the old carpets for a pattern. Next step was to glue the pieces down and that project was done and they turned out great! I replaced the beds with six-inch, cool gel memory foam mattresses. The queen size bed in the master fit perfectly, but the beds for the aft cabins needed to be cut to fit the unusual size on those beds. I have to say that the beds on the boat are more comfortable than the bed I have in the house. The Engine I saved the biggest challenge and expense for last, that being the engine and outdrive. During my research, I discovered that Westerbeke did not make the engine in my boat, but put their marinized parts on a Mitsubishi EL3 engine. My first step on this project was to remove all the bolts from the engine mount and transmission coupling. I disconnected the wiring harness and other wires that went to the engine. Then I disconnected the fuel line, and the engine was ready to lift from the boat. I am lucky my boat is a sailboat. I ran another line from the end of the boom to the mast to help support the added weight that lifting the engine would create. There is already a lifting ring on the engine, so it is an easy task to connect the stainless shackle to that lift ring and use the main sheet to lift the engine. The block and tackle on the boom made the weight of the engine feel more like 50 pounds than the two hundred that it weighed. It was easy to swing the engine and transmission from the boat and place it on the grass in the yard. My next step was to take off the marine parts from the engine and have them re-surfaced. I am still amazed at the number of components in the drive train for this boat. Aft of the engine is the transmission, and then the flexible coupler that goes between it and the outdrive. The outdrive unit can be lifted out of the water to reduce drag by a hydraulic ram that is controlled by a hand pump. To top this off, all of the parts I needed to replace on the outdrive unit had to come from England. That presented its own challenges because of the time dif-

ference, exchange rates, etc. I must mention that the customer service provided by Sillette, the company in England, was some of the best I received during this entire project. When my new engine arrived, those parts would be ready to install, converting the engine to a marine one. I contacted a diesel shop in Tarpon Springs, and they ordered the Mitsubishi EL3 engine for me and put the re-furbished marine parts on it. When I had the outdrive ready, they came and installed the engine, and after a few other minor things, it was done. Finishing Up and Project Completion Once the engine was installed, I made arrangements to have her hauled out so I could do the bottom job. When my boat was on the hard at purchase, I discovered there were not only barnacles on the bottom, but also oysters. I tried several products that were suggested by the yard, but using CLR from Wal-Mart did just as well as the caustic acid that was recommended. Once the marine growth was removed it took no time getting her ready for bottom paint. My sailing buddy in the next canal suggested I use Seaguard ablative anti-fouling coating from Sherwin-Williams on my boat. I had never heard of this brand before, but everyone I talked to said they had excellent results with the product, that it lasted for years, kept marine growth off and was less expensive than some of the other paints on the market. In the last year, I discovered two major advantages of buying this “fixer upper.” I am now familiar with every system on the boat, and through the restoration process have learned how to troubleshoot, repair and replace any component. When the boat was on the hard I had the boat surveyed and discovered that the value of my boat was worth $30,000 more than what I had invested in her. I worked on it basically full time for about a year and invested about $25,000 over the original price of $9000. And all of the equipment I upgraded is new, not 24-years-old like the hull. My happy ending might be the exception to the rule. I believe if you do your research and are realistic of what’s needed to bring the boat back to life—and if you’re willing to invest your time, resources and skills, you will be able to have your “dream boat.”

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Quantity and Quality Sperry Charleston Race Week is one of the sport’s singular events, a status that has been in the making for more than two decades. By Dan Dickison Thomas Sunderland’s winged Flash Mob is one of several boats whose owners seem content with the move to ORC scoring. Charleston Race Week/Tim Wilkes photo.

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ou don’t evolve to become the most popular multiclass event in the U.S. without carving out a niche that ultimately informs your identity. And that’s just what the organizers of Sperry Charleston Race Week have done over the past 22 years. Widely recognized as a mecca for sportboats such as the J/70, Melges 24 and VX 1, this mega regatta is also renowned for consistently reinventing itself. Let’s take a quick look back to better understand what that means. In its early years in the late ‘90s, Charleston Race Week was largely a local championship with some regional participation from Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Wilmington, NC. While still in its infancy, the event was moved from a July weekend to an April one to take advantage of more consistent winds and the potential to attract boats that customarily migrate north in the spring moving from events in the Caribbean to those along the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern coast. This gamble was readily rewarded. Almost immediately the event began to increase in size. After the 2001 edition of Race Week, a reporter for the website SailNet wrote: “For PHRF racers and a cadre of one-design keelboat enthusiasts, Charleston Race Week—now six years old—is the apex event along the Carolina coast. Just a toddler among established regattas elsewhere, this annual affair has nonetheless begun to resonate for sailors in the surrounding region, attracting a contingent of racers from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina to compete against the usual suspects from around the Carolina Lowcountry. Joining them last year were competitors hailing from as far away as Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and California, which prompted a nice uptick in the statistics—a 20 percent increase in out-of-town participation over the previous year.” A few years later, in 2005, the regatta’s organizers implemented a little reinvention by partnering with the now defunct South Carolina Maritime Foundation. The foundation would manage the event and proceeds would be used to help support its programming and its tall ship, the Spirit of South Carolina. Both factions wanted the event to grow in stature, so they 40

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worked on a long-term strategy to establish Race Week as one of the premier regattas on the East Coast. The following year, entries came from as far away as England, Canada, Michigan and California, with more than 70 percent of the competitors arriving from out of town. The story was much the same in 2007 and 2008, with increased numbers of participants each year. The regatta grew by an average of 15 percent in those years, and ultimately evolved to become the largest keelboat regatta in the Americas. But, as any economist will tell you, there’s growth and then there’s development—and they ain’t the same. One is measured quantitatively and the other qualitatively, and the first really isn’t sustainable without the second. This is something Race Week’s organizers have grown to understand through the years, and it’s why innovative programming sits as a hallmark of this event. “Innovation,” says Race Week’s veteran event director Randy Draftz, “that’s the true watchword for this regatta. We spend a lot of effort trying to keep this regatta fresh and relevant for our participants. That means we scrutinize and reevaluate our programming in the off season, tweaking aspects and adding new ones from time to time.” For 2018, the big innovation will be something the organizers have dubbed Open Course Format (OCF). This new twist (for offshore competitors only) combines the best aspects of distance and buoy racing. Draftz explains that it essentially expands the typical course format to put as much emphasis on navigation and weather routing as typical around-the-buoys courses put on boathandling, rules knowledge and tactics. “This is something we’ve had in mind for some time,” he says. “A number of us have wanted to see the offshore boats racing neck-and-neck down the channel back into the harbor and finishing right in front of our event venue at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. With the adoption of OCF, this could be the year that happens.” Another twist the organizers have devised is the addition of a new one-design class—the Flying Tiger 7.5 (new to the www.southwindsmagazine.com


Offshore entries will be treated to the new Open Course Format concept the organizers have devised. Charleston Race Week/Tim Wilkes photo.

event). A fleet of 10 of these Robert Perry-designed, Chinesebuilt speedsters is expected to materialize in Charleston. The 7.5s are being brought to the Lowcountry by the National One Design Sailing Academy out of Oakville, Ontario. Teams that chose to charter a 7.5 for Race Week will not only enjoy the three days of racing, they’ll also have the chance to spend two days beforehand getting accustomed to the boat and being coached by North U’s Bill Gladstone and his team. (Single person options are also available.) “That’s just one of the ways we’re keeping this event fresh and competitor friendly,” said Draftz. “We’ll also be bringing back two popular aspects from last year—the Pro-Am Regatta and our fourth inshore racecourse. The Pro-Am was hugely popular, and it only makes sense to do it again. And since Race Week draws some of the sport’s top competitors, there’s always a good group to choose from for the pros. These aspects of the programming we do—along with our educational emphasis— go over really well with our customers.” Draftz’ certainty about the contentment of Race Week’s competitors isn’t misplaced. Just ask Steve Vincent who will be towing his B-25 up from Tampa, FL, to compete. “Race Week is really the only away regatta that we go to,” explained Vincent, whose team ran the table last year, posting all bullets in the

inaugural ORC sportboat class.“It’s definitely been a bucket list event for our entire crew. Now, we’re coming back so that we can defend our title, but beyond the racing, we also had a great time in Charleston. It’s a fun town by anyone’s standards. That, coupled with challenging sailing and a professionally run regatta mean that Race Week is still on our bucket list. The regatta is twice as large as any other event we’ll race in throughout the year. But it’s not just size that’s appealing, the before and after sailing events on shore are some of the best we’ve experienced.” And there you have it. Quantity and quality. Now that’s the basis for an enduring identity. Sperry Charleston Race Week runs April 12-15. For more information, log onto www.charlestonraceweek.com.

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BOOK REVIEW

Blue Latitudes — Boldly Going Where Captain Cook has Gone Before By Tony Horwitz, 2002 Review by Steve Morrell

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hen I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure about it: with a subtitle paraphrasing a Star Trek slogan, you can never be sure. But it turned out to be quite a surprise—in a good sense. It’s a history book with an update of the history—very unique. For those who don’t know much about Captain Cook, let me summarize his most famous exploits. Cook was an 18th Century British explorer, mapmaker and navigator who was the first European to make a recorded contact with Australia and Hawaii. He also did the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand, where he left an indelible mark. He is often hailed as one of the great sea explorers of all time. He made three voyages into the Pacific, going almost everywhere. Wherever he went, Cook left his mark—and it was not always good and not always bad. Even though today’s society often paints a picture of early European explorers as honorable people who opened up the world and brought civilization to every stop they made, history has often proven otherwise. Even though the intentions of these explorers might have been honorable, the road to hell is

often paved with good intentions. Horwitz’ book tells you the good, the bad and the ugly of what those places that Cook visited are like today. It’s not only a tour of the South Pacific, Hawaii, the northwestern coast of North America and Alaska, it’s a bit of history of the opening of those areas. Horwitz, who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting (worked for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and has written several books), has a unique style and the subtitle of this book should give you a hint of what it’s like. It’s serious with a taste of lightness and a smattering of humor. Educational for sure. When I came upon the book, I was interested because sea explorers of the past have often interested me. I read a review of a previous book of his where the review said this: “Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights”—and that’s exactly what you find throughout this book. Horwitz pulled off a unique way to tour the Pacific and other far away places—and pay for it. He toured many of the places Cook visited and explored the evidence and influence from the explorer’s visits—and wrote about it in a

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book that became a bestseller. He starts in Australia (Horwitz, who is from the northeast U.S., is married to an Australian woman) where he did his research on Cook’s visit to Australia and further travels. From there, on his first journey following Cook, he and a friend flew to Tahiti, which Cook visited in 1769. One thing about Horwitz’ travels is how he travels, and his visit to Tahiti sets the stage for his unique style. He gets right down to the nitty-gritty, including talking and interacting with the people from all levels of society. He also has a flair for the dramatic. He wanted to recreate Cook’s landing, so they went to the exact bay, with Cook’s journal in hand, donned wigs from a costume shop (the closest to the originals they could find, since they couldn’t find 18th century naval hairpieces), carried a Union Jack (flag) and waded offshore so they could come ashore as Cook did. They then proceeded to walk to some of the natural landmarks Cook wrote about—all while reading Cook’s journal on the landing. They had some surprising looks and conversations with locals who probably thought they were a little crazy. And Horwitz, to the benefit of the reader, is a little crazy. As they toured Tahiti, Horwitz recounts bits of history, mainly from Cook’s journal. For instance, it was Tahitians who beat a comb dipped in juice into their skin to create what became known as a tattoo, from the Tahitian word tat-tow. Cook’s men were the first Europeans to adopt the practice of putting tattoos on their skin—a practice that became a “badge” of seamen ever since. Horwitz writes a lot more on Tahiti and talks about how that original landing by Cook affected succeeding generations of Tahitians and their society today—which is much more of

an influence than I ever imagined. And that influence was not all good. Tahiti is typical of the rest of Horwitz travels, which—to name just a few—go to such places as Bora-Bora, New Zealand (where both Cook and Horwitz spent much of their time), more time in Australia (including Cook’s wrecking on the Great Barrier Reef), Niue (an island country in the South Pacific), Tonga, Alaska (Cook spent considerable time in Alaska) and Hawaii. Horwitz even goes to North Yorkshire in England, Cook’s homeport, to learn what he could about the explorer’s home. Horwitz ends his journey where Cook ended his, in Hawaii. Many people think of Hawaii when they think of Cook, since he was the first European there—“discovering” it, as some say. Plus Cook was killed there, an event that Horwitz spends a lot of time covering, in detail. It’s still a mystery. Reading this book you learn not only a lot about Cook, but about how he looked at the places he explored and how those whose lands he went to, looked at him—both then and today. The reader learns a lot about history and the current state of these places today. Some of the current residents—descendants of those who Cook met—believe he brought nothing but problems. Some have adapted, some continue to fight the changes Cook instigated, some are still trying to figure out what happened. This book was a great read, and as I said in the beginning, a nice surprise, as I didn’t know what to expect. I never read a book like this. Makes me want to read another of Horwitz’ books. His style is unique—and educational, with a smattering of fun.

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Autonomous Sailboats? Sailing Robots to Cross the Atlantic By Steve Morrell Photos by Aland University of Applied Sciences, UK

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think everyone who sets out on a cruise offshore on their sailboat likes to think they are autonomous, but here, autonomous means much more—with no humans onboard, and no one directing the boat from shore. And since it’s an autonomous sailboat, that means no engine onboard either, although they do have a solar-powered motor onboard to run a mechanical operation like the rudder or sails. Autonomous sailboat racing has been in the works for many years, but the idea of an autonomous sailboat crossing the Atlantic was first conceived of back in 2005 by Dr. Mark Neal of Aberystwyth University in the UK and Dr. Yves Briere of the Institut Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Tolouse, France. The goal? The fastest autonomous sailboat to cross the Atlantic (in either direction) wins. But it’s turned out that the winner will be the first one to make the crossing. The race is known as the Microtransat Challenge and its first race was supposed to be in 2008, starting from Portugal. But that was delayed until 2010, and the start was moved to Ireland. There have been attempts every year since, but it’s turned out to be easier said than done. These are not remote-controlled sailboats. These boats are designed to be completely autonomous, meaning an onboard computer is programmed to take the boat somewhere—across the Atlantic in this case. The boat needs to autonomously adjust the sails and rudder to the winds and currents as it crosses the Atlantic. On top of that, it needs to be able to handle extreme weather and ocean conditions. There are rules to the Challenge. For example, the maximum length is set at 2.4 meters (8 feet), and all boats must

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have an obstacle/collision avoidance system onboard. University teams and private businesses make up the teams that are working on the Challenge. In many cases, private businesses have helped in funding the university programs. The ultimate purpose of the Challenge is for ocean research, since the cost of an ocean research manned vessel can be $20,000 a day—an amount that would pay for a robotic sailboat for months of work. The Challenge has also become a very good educational tool. Teams have been working on the crossing for years and the attempts made rarely get far from home. It’s turned out to be a real challenge. In 2017, three teams entered in the Challenge: Offshore Sensing AS, a private company that has used boat drones, some of which are sailboats, for ocean research; US Naval Academy; and Philip Smith of Cambridge, UK. None of the boats crossed the Atlantic. The US Naval Academy (sending the boats east) had two boats entered. One lasted two days, the other 39 days. Both were picked up by fishing boats (one was named Aboat Time and the other, Trawler Bait). The Offshore Sensing boat made it the longest to 68 days. It too was picked up by a fishing boat, as was Philip Smith’s boat, which lasted 6 days. The latter two set off from Europe, heading west. You can view the tracks on a map of the 2017 boats (go to transat.org/tracking/index.php and click on “Google earth”). Although one US Naval Academy boat got almost half way across the Atlantic, the other barely got off shore, as did the two that set off from Europe. All the boats’ tracks look like bugs crawling across the ground, regularly turning www.southwindsmagazine.com


in different directions, meandering. To help in this challenge, the World Robotic Sailing Championships came about as a spinoff from the Microtransat. The 2017 Championship was held in Norway on a fjord (with calm waters) and the boats had to recognize markers and round them in a traditional racecourse. Other competitions included were virtual anchoring, where a sailboat had to stay in one place for five minutes, and another was to detect and avoid an obstacle. Another regatta is the International Robotic Sailing Competition, known as Sailbot. The 11th annual Sailbot was held at the Naval Academy in 2017. www.sailbot.org Several teams around the world have joined in robotic sailing research, not only to be able to cross the Atlantic but to learn how to make these boats sail themselves and go wherever someone wants them to go. One of the teams that has entered is at Aland University

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of Applied Sciences (in the UK), which has been developing robotic sailboats for several years (see attached photos) and entering in competitions since 2013. Although they did not enter the Challenge in 2017, they did purchase a rigid “wing” sail from a Swedish aircraft manufacturer and have mounted it on their 2.4m boat. They hope to enter it in this year’s Challenge. You can learn more about robotic sailing by going to www.microtransat.org, www.roboticsailing.org, or just Google “robotic sailing.”

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SOUTHERN REGIONAL RACE CALENDAR For Racing News, Race Training, and National, International and Major Upcoming Regattas in the South, see “Racing News” section.

LISTING YOUR RACE – SOUTHWINDS lists races with date, event and sponsoring organization in the eight southeastern states. To list your regatta with a description in the Racing News & Regattas section in the front of the magazine, go to that section for information on how to list it, including placing an ad for the regatta at reduced rates. The below listings are free. Just email editor@southwindsmagazine.com with date, race/regatta name and sponsoring club. No other information needed (or wanted). LIST YOUR REGATTA ON OUR WEBSITE With our new website you can list your regatta (with more information) yourself on our online calendar for free. Go to swindsmag.com, and click on EVENTS.

Club Races Not Listed Local weekly and monthly club races not listed. Contact the clubs. Generally, any sailboat is invited to club racing. Yacht Clubs Listed Below/Yacht Club Directory Clubs listed below are the clubs that have regattas listed this month or next month. For a complete list of clubs in the Southeast, go to www.Southwinds Magazine.com and go to the club directory. To add your club or edit the listing, create an account on the online directory. You can then add additional information about your club: Location, regattas, club racing, cruising, activities, general information, etc. Note: In the below calendars: YC = Yacht Club; SC = Sailing Club; SA = Sailing Association.

Race Calendar 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. www.sayra-sailing.com. Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) organizes many of the regattas in the Charleston, SC, area. www.charlestonoceanracing.org. Lake Lanier, GA: http://aiscracing.weebly.com Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to clubs for local club racing schedules): AYC: Atlanta YC, Atlanta, GA, www.atlantayachtclub.org BYSC: Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Beaufort, SC, www.byscnet.com CSC: Columbia SC, Columbia, SC, www.columbiasailingclub.org CYC-SC: Carolina YC, Charleston, SC, www.CarolinaYachtClub.com LLSC: Lake Lanier SC, Lake Lanier, GA, www.llsc.com SCYC: South Carolina YC, Hilton Head Island, SC, www.scyachtclub.com MARCH 17-18 BYSC Santa Elena Regatta 17-18 Y-Flyer Midwinters. AYC 30-31 J/24 Easter Regatta. CSC APRIL 1 12-15 14

J/24 Easter Regatta. CSC Charleston Race Week. Go to page 40 Open Regatta. LLSC

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mat)—if the pixels are there. For pixels, we need at least 1700 pixels wide and 2200 pixels tall, so set your camera to the highest level of quality/resolution (most modern smartphones have enough pixels). We pay $65 for a cover photo. Email (or for questions) to editor@swindsmag.com. Please do not mail in printed copies of photos taken with digital cameras. We want the digital photo.

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Atlanta Cup One-Design Regatta. LLSC Snipe Women’s Nationals. AYC Classic Boat Rally. BYSC E-Scow National Championship. CYC-SC MC Rebel Rouser. LLSC Bare What You Dare Regatta. KSC Windmill Harbour DDS&A Cup. SCYC

Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to clubs for local club racing schedules): EFYC: Epping Forest YC, www.efyc.com FYC: Florida YC, www.theFloridaYachtClub.org IRYC: Indian River YC, www.iryc.org LESC: Lake Eustis YC, www.lescfl.com LMSA: Lake Monroe SA, www.flalmsa.org MDYC: Mount Dora YC, www.MountDoraYachtClub.com MYC: Melbourne YC, www.MelbourneYachtClub.com NFCC: North Florida Cruising Club. www.nfccsail.com RCJ: Rudder Club of Jacksonville, www.RudderClub.com SAYC: St. Augustine YC, www.StAugustineYachtClub.com SYC: Smyrna YC, www.SmyrnaYachtClub.com TSC: Titusville Sailing Club. www.sailtitusville.com MARCH 3 Trans-Monroe Regatta. LMSA 3 St Johns Spring River Regatta. NFCC 4 Spring Forward Women’s Race. SAYC 5 Zenda U training/MC Scows. LESC 6-7 Zenda U training/MC Scows. LESC 8-10 46th MCSA Mid-Winders Championship Regatta–Triple Crown. LESC 10-11 Flying Scot Space Coast Invitational Regatta. IRYC 10-11 River City Regatta. RCJ 16-18 Orange Peel Regatta. FYC 25 SC45 Regatta. IRYC 25 Sine Metu Race. LMSA APRIL (*See Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 5-8 St. Augustine Race Week. SAYC* 7-8 65th Annual Sailing Regatta. MDYC 13-15 Lipton Cup. SYC 14-15 Spring Big Boat Regatta. MYC 21-22 Spring Small Boat Regatta. MYC 28 DuPont Cup Regatta. EFYC 28-29 2nd Annual Women on the Lake Regatta. LMSA MAY 5

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Coral Reef YC. Miami. www.coralreefyachtclub.org Castaways Sailing Club. www.castawayssailing.com Key BiscayneYC. www.kbyc.org Miami YC. www.miamiyachtclub.com Palm Beach Sailing Club. www.pbsail.org Shake-a-Leg Miami. www.shakealegmiami.org Southern Ocean Racing Conference. www.SORCsailing.org

MARCH (*See Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 1-4 Snipe Nassau Winter Series* 2-4 Etchells Midwinters East Regatta. BBYC 2-4 J/24 Midwinters Championship. SALM 4-10 Bacardi Cup. Miami Sail Week* 9-11 M32 Cats. CGSC 11 BBYRA One Design #7. KBYC 15 SORC Havana Race. SORC CRYC 16-18 Etchells Coral Reef Cup. CRYC 16-18 Melges 20 Winter Series* 17 5th Annual Blue Regatta. PBSC 23-25 Annual Don Q Snipe Regatta. CGSC* 24 BBYRA ORC #7. MYC 28-30 Lightning Midwinters. CRYC APRIL 6-8 7-8 10-15 14-15 21 28-29

M32 Cats. CGSC Annual Sunburn Regatta OD#8. BBYC 2018 Star Western Hemisphere Championship. BBYC Spring Fling including 420s. CRYC Miami to Key Largo. MYC Fellowship Cup. CSC

Race Calendar 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. www.keywestsailingcenter.org. Upper Keys Sailing Club (UKSC), Key Largo. www.upperkeyssailingclub.com. Go to the Club website for regular club racing open to all. MARCH 2-4 Moths US Nationals 3-4 Blackwater Sound Regatta 17 Commodore’s Regatta.

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SOUTHERN REGIONAL RACE CALENDAR For Racing News, Race Training, and National, International and Major Upcoming Regattas in the South, see “Racing News” section.

Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to clubs for local club racing schedules): BCYC: Boca Ciega YC, www.SailBcyc.org BYC: Bradenton YC. www.BradentonYachtClub.com CCSC: Clearwater Community Sailing Center, www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org/ GCSC: Gulf Coast SC, www.gulfcoastsailingclub.org CMCS: Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society, www.cmcs-sail.org CYC: Clearwater YC, www.ClearwaterYachtClub.org DBC: Dunedin Boat Club, www.DunedinBoatClub.org DIYC: Davis Island YC, www.diyc.org IYC: Isles YC, www.islesyc.com NSYC: Naples Sailing & YC, www.theNSYC.com PGSC: Punta Gorda SC, www.pgscweb.com SAMI: Sailing Assoc. of Marco Island, www.SAMISailor SSS: Sarasota Sailing Squadron, www.sarasotasailingsquadron.org SPSA: St. Petersburg SA, www.spsa.us SPYC: St. Petersburg YC, www.spyc.org TSS: Tampa Sailing Squadron, www.Sail-TSS.org VYC: Venice YC, www.VeniceYachtClub.com MARCH (*See Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 1-2 Thistles. SPYC 2-4 MC Scow/Melges 14 Regatta. SSS 3 Full Moon. SPSA 3 Pass-a-Grille Run. DBC 3-4 Conquistador Cup. PGSC 8-11 Fireball and Friends. DIYC 8-11 Mutineers Midwinters. TSS 9-10 Windsurf Mid Winters. CCSC 9-11 Crown Cars Regatta. SPYC 10 Pot O Gold Regatta. SSS 10 Spring Regatta. GCSC 16-18 One Design Midwinters. SSS 17 Around Egmont Classic. BYC 17 Shrimp Festival. CMCS 17 J/24 St. Patrick’s Day Race. DIYC 18-20 80th Snipe Midwinters Clearwater. CYC* 24 Hillsborough Day Race. DIYC 24 Flying Scot Midwinters. SSS 24 Leukemia Cup. IYC 24-25 Charity Regatta. GCSC 23-25 Lightning Midwinters. SPYC 23-25 Clearwater Junior Sailing Open. CCSC 25-29 Flying Scot Midwinters. SSS 30-April 1 Laser Gulf Coast Championships. SPYC 30-April 1 Admirals Cup 30-April 8 RS Feva World Championshps. CCSC APRIL (*See Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 1 Laser Gulf Coast Championships. SPYC 3-7 RS Yachts Regatta. CYC 6-8 Pusser’s Rum Cup. SPYC* 7 Shark Tooth’s Regatta. VYC/SSS 7-8 Sailfest SSS Youth Sailing 7-8 Bud Light Regatta. SAMI 7-8 Ladies at the Helm. BYC 12-15 Suncoast Race Week * 21 Clark Mills Regatta. CYC 21 Tampa Bay Hospice Cup/Morgan Rendezvous. DIYC* 21 Ladies Event. SAMI 27 50th Regata del Sol al Sol. SPYC* 28 Messmer Cup. NSYC 28 Women’s Challenge. BCYC* 28-29 J/24 Rodeo. DIYC

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Clubs with regattas listed this month The GYA is the main organization coordinating all races in the area BYC: Biloxi Yacht Club, Biloxi, MS FWYC: Fort Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL FYC: Fairhope YC, Fairhope, AL GBCA: Galveston Bay Cruising Association. www.gbca.org GYA: Gulf Yachting Association. www.gya.org GYC: Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport, MS JYC: Jackson Yacht Club, Jackson, MS HYC: Houston YC, Houston, TX. www.houstonyachtclub.com LBYC: Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach, MS LYC: Lakewood YC, Seabrook, TX. www.lakewoodyachtclub.com MYC: Mobile Yacht Club, Mobile,AL NOYC: New Orleans Yacht Club, New Orleans,LA OSYC: Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, MS PBYC: Pensacola Beach YC, Pensacola Beach, FL, www.PensacolaBeach-YC.org PYC: Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL, www.PensacolaYachtClub.org StABYC: St. Andrew’s Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL SYC: Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA TYC: Lake Tammany YC, Slidell, LA MARCH 3-4 Alfonso Sutter. Laser D14 Champs. GYC 10-11 Performance Cup. GBCA 10-11 J/22 Circuit. HYC 16-18 J/22 Midwinters. GBCA 18-19 Alfonso Sutter. Laser D14 Champs. GYC 18-20 Sunfish Master Worlds* 22-24 Sunfish National Midwinters* 24 Two Against the Lake. TYC 24-25 Dogwood. FYC 24-25 Northshore Cup High School Regatta. PontYC APRIL 5-8 6-8 7 7-8 7-8 7-8 7-8 7-8 14 14 14-15 18-22 18-22 21 21 21-22 28 28 28 28 29

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Excellent Tanzer 25. 1980. 34” draft, 9.9 Honda. Sailed throughout Bahamas. 9-foot Achilles with 5 HP Nissan. Motor hoist. Awl Grip, all new instruments, radio, and autopilot. GPS 7” Garmin. EPIRB. Refrigeration, solar power, propane stove. Composting toilet. Added 2 hatches and 2 opening ports. Recent sails and bottom paint. Asking $14,950. Insured agreed upon value at $33,000. Dan 305-8663354, dholder@the-beach.net (4/18)

Catalina 27 1978. Excellent starter boat. 2burner propane stove w/oven; New Bimini, companionway doors; 30 HP Atomic 4; Dualaxle trailer. Docked in North Myrtle Beach, SC. $7450. 864-901-1847. (4/18)

Baba 30 Hull 64. Freshwater vessel. New Harken Roller Furling and Headsail, Engine needs rebuild. Will help with delivery. Motivated Seller $18,000 OBO. Pics at: http://tinyurl.com/Baba30 .Contact austin salley@live.com. Austin (803) 397-9448. Central South Carolina. (4/18)

30’ Cape Dory Cutter 1982. Owners third Cape Dory. Yacht club condition. Opposing Settees. Bulkhead table., all original! 20hp Volvo. 4’ 2” draft. $20,000. Stewart Marine, Miami. Marinesource.com. 305-815-2607.

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32’ Hunter 326 2004. NO STORM DAMAGE. New Refrigeration, New 16KBTU AC, New Electronics, Davits, Wind generator, In-mast Furling. Reduced to $50,000. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Pete. Contact Joe Zammataro, CPYB, 727-527-2800. Joe@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

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34’ 2005 Mainship Pilot 34 Rum Runner II. Downeast styling, quality construction, great performance and functional versatility. Twin 240 hp Yanmars with just 1,220 hrs, 2014 electronics, 5kw generator, 12000 BTU AC with reverse cycle heat, 2017 bottom paint. Call for a list of recent service and upgrades. Asking $139,000. Matt Malatich 843-8728080, matt@sjyachts.com

34’ Pacific Seacraft. Bill Crealock classic bluewater double ender, New fuel tank. St. Pete Slip Available. Motivated Seller Reduced to $72,000. Contact Bo Brown, 727-408-1027. Bo@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

34’ Gemini 105M Catamaran 1997. Recent interior renovation. New hatch lenses and windows. 27hp Westerbeke diesel with new oil sump and motor mounts. New halyards, bottom paint, batteries and charger. Rebuilt pivoting centerboards, 18” draft boards up. Location St. Pete, FL. Asking $88,500. Contact Greg 813-240-5094. (4/18)

NEW In Stock 2018 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349. $185,048. Excellence trim, performance pack and electronics pack. Fully loaded ready to cruise! Call Dunbar Yachts today to schedule a test sail. 800-282-1411, or email for more information sales@dunbaryachts.com

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35’ Willard Cutter, 1976. Crealock lines, full keel, 4’8” draft, 50hp Perkins, 5KW Westerbeke, 110 fridge, propane with oven, AC, wheel and emergency tiller. $30,000. Stewart Marine, Miami. 305-815-2607. www.marinesource.com

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1993 Gib'Sea 362 - keel/centerboard with twin rudder, 2' 7" up / 6' 10" down, can sail anywhere, 3 cabin, 2 double/2 single berths, Yanmar diesel, furling main & genoa, electric winches, 4.2k generator, air conditioning, windlass, bimini top, $49,937. Paul at Masthead Enterprises, 800-783-6953, or 727327-5361, www.mastheadsailinggear.com

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37’ Valiant Esprit. Bob Perry Blue Water Cruiser, Motivated seller, New bottom paint, hull & deck buffed. Asking $65,000. Contact Rick Meyer, 727-424-8966. Rick@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

1988 Mainship 36 Nantucket Fast Trawler. Twin, 160hp D3 Volvos, Two Staterooms and two heads. Recent awl grip and bottom paint. New galley appliances, windlass, electrical and plumbing. Spacious Fly Bridge for Helmsman with Bimini Canvas. 5.5KW Panda GenSet. Great “Looper Boat” Cruise, Liveaboard, or just look good at the dock. Asking $64,990. George Carter (941) 7929100. If your giving up sailing you don’t have to stop boating.

1979 Tartan 37. Furling in-boom mainsail, 2speed electric halyard winch. Full complement of Raymarine electronics: Chart plotter, Radar, wind, Speed, and depth. Well-maintained. Call Gregg Knighton, 941-730-6096. Greggwys @gmail.com. www.windsweptyachtsales.com

1996 Sabre 362. Like new sails w/spinnaker, all new electronics w/radar, low hours, dinghy davits, draws only 4’8”. Professionally maintained. REDUCED $124,900. Alan Pressman. 941-350-1559. alanpwys@gmail.com, www.windsweptyachtsales.com

Puffin - 1996 37’ Island Packet - $139,900 Jane Burnett - 813-917-0911 - jane@curtisstokes.net - www.curtisstokes.net

2012 37.2 Delphia. High-quality performance cruiser from Europe. Thinking Hunter, Jeanneau, Beneteau? Take a look at Delphia. Air Conditioner, good electronics, autopilot, Volvo Diesel, professionally maintained. Two staterooms. Priced to sell. REDUCED ONLY $99,990. Alan 941-350-1559 AlanPWYD@gmail.com. www.windsweptyachtsales.com

38' Aerodyne. Proven sailing Machine and race winner. Details and more pictures at PreferredYachts.com. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027, Bo@PreferredYachts.com

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40’ Catalina 400 2006. Fast, twin helms, centerline berth. Motivated owner. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. Contact Bo Brown. 727-408-1027. Bo@PreferredYachts.com

40’ 2015 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409. Excellent short-handed performance cruiser in “like new” condition. Well-maintained and never chartered. Three cabins, two heads, furling main, bow thruster, fold-down transom and shoal draft (5’ 1”). Asking $200,000. Matt Malatich (843) 872-8080, matt@sjyachts.com

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

41’ Morgan Out Island Sloop. 70HP Yanmar Turbo Diesel Very Low Hours, Custom Aluminum Dinghy Davits, Center Cockpit, Aft Cabin, Forward Cabin, Each With Private Head And Shower, Shoal Draft 4’ 2”, Located In Fort Myers. $39,000 Mike 239-938-4267 (4/18)

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2003 Catalina 42 - $139,000. Two cabin with a center-line captain’s cabin. Comfortably cruise the coast or confidently cross oceans in this excellent example of a Catalina C42 MKII. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF CATALINA 42’S IN STOCK. Contact Dunbar Yachts at 912-6388573 or sales@ dunbaryachts.com

420 Hunter 2003. New 2016: Electronics, Batteries, Bottom Paint, Running rigging. Asking $129,900. 720 Hrs., A/C, gen, davits, full enclosed canvas. Located Riviera Beach Marina. Contact owner Doug 786-473-6933. (3/18)

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The Sailboaters Alternative to LR Cruising. 1996 42-foot Grand Banks Classic Trawler FG. Two Staterooms. Galley up. All Teak interior with parquet floors throughout. Twin 3208 Cat N. 210hp each. Bow Thruster. 10-foot Dinghy with 15hp Honda. Maintenance & Mechanical Logs aboard. 2017 Survey – New Bottom Job. $235,000. rrags53@aol.com. 713-249-0351. Osprey, Florida (5/18)

42’ Island Packet 420. Asking Only $250,000. Low hours, upgraded electronics, Motivated seller. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro. 727-560-0220. Joe@PreferredYachts.com

42’ Catalina MK II 1999. Reduced to $125,000. Excellent cruiser/liveaboard. Located at Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. For details and more pictures. Contact Joe Zammataro 727527-2800, Joe@PreferredYachts.com

42' Jeanneau Center Cockpit 1997. Rare center cockpit version of a very fast cruiser. In great condition. See pictures at www. PreferredYachts.com/brokerage. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center, St. Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro. 727-5272800. $100,000. Joe@PreferredYachts.com www.southwindsmagazine.com


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2006 Beneteau America 423. Like new. Low hours. Beautiful. Almost every option offered: bow thruster, two AC units. 8KW generator Shoal draft model! If you are looking for a new ocean proven boat at a used boat price call to see this incredible vessel. $175,000. Gregg Knighton. 941-730-6096. Greggwys@gmail. com, www.windsweptyachtsales.com

Now in stock NEW CATALINA 425! Winner of Cruising World Boat of the Year and SAIL best boat 2017. This is a MUST SEE! This beautiful boat has all the things you love about Catalinas and more! For full listing and our boat inventory, visit www.dunbaryachts.com, or call 912-638-8554

43’ C&C Landfall 1984 $99k. 2-head, aft queen, center sleeps seven-plus, Freshwater 10-plus years, new dodger, new non-skid, new varnish, upgraded Westerbeke 71hp, AC. 2 Seafrost units 1@engine driven &1@12volt. Recent Bimini and enclosure, 3-blade Campbell prop, ST60s instruments, recent headsail. Ready for cruising or liveaboard. Many extras, well-maintained. 404-432-9975 (4/18) News & Views for Southern Sailors

1989 Targa 44 (Fast Trawler) Two State Rooms with centerline berths and ensuite head and shower. AirCond, Inside and Fly bridge Helm Stations, Twin 3208 Cat Diesels, Full galley, great saloon, covered sundeck. Great live aboard or “Looper.” $59,000. MajCarter (941) 792-9100

45 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey. 3 Cabins. Motivated Sellers. Asking $90,000. Details and more pictures at PreferredYachts.com. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. Contact Jamie Birch 317-750-8664, Jamie@PreferredYachts.com

45’ Liberty 458 Center Cockpit. Jack Kelly, Peter Hoyt design. Motivated Seller. Solid, go anywhere cruising yacht. No Teak Decks! Fuel Tanks Replaced. Asking $119,000. Located Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center. Contact Bo Brown, 727-408-1027. Bo@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

45’ Hunter Center Cockpit. Asking $125,000. Spacious aft cabin, Easy to sail & Great Value. Fresh Bottom Paint Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Pete. Contact Bo Brown at 727 408-1027. Bo@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

2008 Jeanneau 45 DS. Loaded $229K. Richard at 727-387-2278, R@Yachtmann.com. Yachtmann.com

2002 Hunter 466. Beautiful, well-equipped, and versatile. 3-cabin layout has all the amenities to easily sail in comfort. Featuring bow thruster, new icemaker and new Bimini. Tampa, FL. Contact Dale 972-529-8017 or Hunter2002sailboat@hotmail.com (5/18)

2002 Hunter 456. Extensively equipped, maintained to an excellent standard and is ready for long term cruising, living aboard or would make the ultimate coastal cruiser as she is so easy to sail short-handed. $170,000. Contact Dunbar Yachts 912-638-8554. www.dunbaryachts.com

46’ Passport 456 CC 1999. $299,000 Melanie Neale 305.807.4096 Melanie@EdwardsYachtSales.com www.EdwardsYachtSales.com

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47’ Beneteau 473 2002. Asking $162,000. Priced low to sell fast. Motivated seller. Never Chartered. Desirable 2-Cabin Owner’s Version. Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center. Contact Jamie Birch, 317-750-8664. Jamie@PreferredYachts.com, PreferredYachts.com

2015 Jeanneau 479. Three-cabin yacht configured with nearly every box ticked. Over $120,000 of optional equipment added. Electric winches, bow thruster, generator, full electronics & more. $402,000. Contact Dunbar Yachts at 912-638-8573, or sales@dunbaryachts.com

47’ Dufour Nautitech Catamaran 1995. With lots of new updated equipment, including new Twin 55hp Volvo Diesels, Refrig and Freezer, Generator, Chartplotter, Washer/Dryer, Watermaker, Windlass, 4 State Rooms w/en-suite head and showers. Spacious Catamaran capable of extended passages. www.GrandSlam YachtSales.com. Offered at $279,000. Call George Carter 941-792-9100.

2005 Sea Ray 52. Super Clean in Miami. LOADED with options, all the toys & enclosure. Call Denny Perez at 407-434-1801, or D.Perez@Yachtmann.com, Yachtmann.com

53’ Bruce Roberts Custom 2011. $159,000 Harry Schell 412-692-0639 Harry@EdwardsYachtSales.com www.EdwardsYachtSales.com 48’ Liberty. Offshore Center Cockpit Classic designed by Jack Kelly. Asking $145,000. Details and more pictures at Preferred Yachts.com. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-4081027, Bo@PreferredYachts.com

2015 Jeanneau Yachts 54. Long distance cruise-ready. Many bespoke customizations. Lightly used, comprehensive equipment. Go around the world in superb style and comfort. $739,000. Contact Dunbar Yachts at 912638-8573, or sales@dunbaryachts.com 49 Jeanneau Deck Salon 2008. One owner boat. 3 cabins, awesome condition. Never chartered. Asking $275,000. Details and more pictures at PreferredYachts.com. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-2800 bo@PreferredYachts.com

1999 Princess 71 M20. Turn Key ready - lived a life in a covered slip in St. Pete. Good survey in November, 2016. Huge Price Drop $409K. Call Capt. Z at 727-999-4716 or Capt Z@Yachtmann.com, Yachtmann.com 1987 47’ Bristol – $172,500 – Barbara Burke 904-310-5110 – barbara@curtisstokes.net – www.curtisstokes.net

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51’ Formosa Ketch 1974. $195,000 Kevin Welsh 321.693.1642 Kevin@EdwardsYachtSales.com www.EdwardsYachtSales.com

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________________________________________ Sailboat CAPTAINS needed in Miami. P/T day charter operation in Miami, FL. Must have a USCG 50Gt MASTER license or better. Sailboat experience required. Part-time only. More online at (4/18) www.MiamiSailing.net/careers. _________________________________________ Yacht Sales Person Needed Preferred Yachts, located at the beautiful Harborage Marina in St Petersburg, has an opportunity for an experienced full time yacht broker or we will train you. We are a unique boutique yacht brokerage with a large brokerage display center that attracts buyers and sellers from around the world. Preferred Yachts is one of only 50 Certified Professional Yacht Brokerages in the US and hold to the highest standards of professionalism, knowledge and integrity. With 38 years experience, we know how to help you be successful and our clients to achieve their dreams. For more details, Contact Joe Zammataro, CPYB Call: 727-527-2800 or Write Joe@PreferredYachts.com _______________________________________ Brokers Needed – S&J Yachts with offices from the mid-Atlantic to Florida is seeking experienced full-time sail & power boat brokers in FL, GA, SC, NC, VA and MD. Boating experience and team player a must! Friendly, professional working environment. S&J Yachts sells new and brokerage quality boats. www.sjyachts.com. Enquiries confidential. Contact Matt Malatich 843-872-8080 info@sjyachts.com _________________________________________ Edwards Yacht Sales is expanding! Several openings for yacht brokers in Florida. Looking for experienced broker or will train the right individual. Must have boating background and be a salesman. Aggressive advertising program. Come join the EYS team! Call in confidence, 727-449-8222 www.EdwardsYacht Sales.com Yachts@ EdwardsYachtSales.com _________________________________________ Doyle Sails Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg, FL. Seeking Outside salespeople to sell sails in the Gulf Coast region. Take your sailing hobby, make extra cash, or turn it into a career. Doyle Gulf Coast is the second largest Doyle production sail loft in the U.S. We are seeking outside salespeople to sell sails in our region which includes the entire Southeast. The position involves being able to measure a boat, price sails (we will assist with quoting), install, and follow up with customer. Please contact robert @ islandnautical.com, or call 727-800-3115.

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30' Catalina 1992 MK III Wing Keel. Excellent condition. Cruise-equipped and ready. 25 HP Diesel. Walk-thru transom. Pod-mounted instruments. Heat/AC. Full Bimini, dodger, Cockpit, cabin cushions. New bottom paint and professionally detailed. Sacrifice for health. Fort Myers Beach, FL. Many extras. Best in class. Price negotiable. tedleman@gmail.com, or 239-850-2038.

50' Aluminum Expedition Sailboat. Completely redone 2016. New engine, mast, sails electronics and everything else. Beefed up hull for ice. This sailboat will take you anywhere in safety and comfort. Call garry [owner] 843-340-1487. Located in Fort Myers, Florida. (5/18) SOUTHWINDS

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WATER PUMP from page 62 FedEx lady arrived, delivered the new pump and presented the invoice. I, in turn, coughed up the $50.28 and headed to the boat with the brand-new $$$ Surflo water service pump. Now to install it. Of course the installation area was a very tight space. Would the new pump fit and would it fit the old foot print? It looked as though it might fit the old footprint, but would definitely need a right angle thumbscrew fitting to attach the input hose to the pump. Well, it’s now 4:30pm. Will Standard Hardware be open and will they even have a marine, right angle, water pump fitting? What do you think? Camilla Googled Standard Hardware and they had closed at 4pm. A very good friend and professional boat captain stopped by to see how the project was going. He said that he thought he had the exact fitting that I needed and wanted to know how much money I had, kidding of course. He brought the fitting to the boat and it was correct, thread size and all. By now I chose to not tempt fate and wait one more night and start fresh in the morning to make the installation. That poor old worn out water pump had to suffer through one more night and morning of use before it could officially retire. After taking the dog for a short walk this morning, I climbed down into the engine room to make the new installation. The right angle wing nut fitting was snug, but perfect, and the rest of the installation went smoothly. At last, I climbed out of the engine room and approached the water pump circuit breaker for the initial test. I flipped the switch and the pump purred quietly, pumped out a strong flow of water and shut off on its own when the faucet was turned off. One last test; I climbed back down into the engine room with a bright flashlight and very happily found no leaks. I am going to bronze the old pump that would not die. Capt. David P. Hope sails on S/V Southern Heat. He is the author of Summer Heat, available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Read David’s article “Dog Onboard? Know What You are Getting Into” in the January 2016 issue in Back Issue’s at www.SouthWindsMagazine.com.

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The Water Pump That Would Not Die By Capt. David P. Hope

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e arrived in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the Bahamas, on Dec. 6, 2017. After sitting at the dock for a few days, waiting for pleasant weather, it was time to visit a few of the out islands such as Elbow Cay, Lubber’s Quarters, Little Harbour, and Great Guana. All are fantastic places to visit. A few evenings before we left the dock at Harbour View Marina the ship water supply pump made a strange sound when a crewmember turned on the faucet. Not good. The very reliable Surflo pump continued to make a strange sound when in use and seemed to be not quite as strong as it had been. Shortly, the pump would not shut off upon turning off the water flow from the faucet. Before departing the dock, I hiked to Standard Hardware and National Marine in search of a new pump. No luck at Standard Hardware, and National had only a wash-down pump for at least twice the amount it would be in the U.S. We sailed to Elbow Cay anyway as we enjoy Hopetown and the entirety of the island, and I wanted to get off the dock. The Surflo continued to be unhappy. I decided to go on line while moored in Hopetown harbor and order a pump. My pump, a 2003 model, doesn’t exist anymore, so some amount of research was in order. Eventually, I located another Surflo pump at West Marine which would

reasonably replace the sick pump. These pumps are capable of running several faucets simultaneously and can run dry without burning up. I have had many good experiences with West Marine and several other large marine supply centers. Unfortunately, this time, my order was slow in getting sent out, plus it had to be sent to my mail-forwarding service in Florida before it would come to me in the Bahamas. I checked online daily with the mail-forwarding service. Over a week went by and still no pump. Finally, the pump arrived, and I instructed the mail service to send it international FedEx Priority. Who knew how long the old pump would last. It was getting weaker and weaker. We would have to turn off the circuit breaker after each use to stop the pump from running. Shipping was $$$$. Finally, the pump arrived in Nassau where customs had great fun with the VAT (value-added tax) and import duty. Sounds like double taxation to me, but hey, we aren’t in the U.S. According to FedEx, the pump was to arrive at Marsh Harbour Dec. 27. Ha and ha again. Strong weather arrived, but not the pump. FedEx then said the delivery date was undetermined. Wow, what does that mean? Ultimately, it was determined that the pump should arrive in Marsh

Harbour on Friday Jan. 5, 2018. The old pump was now down to a trickle and—by the way—supplies the fresh water to the head. I need that pump. The nice lady in the Harbour View Marina office called the local, one-person operation, FedEx office repeatedly for me. She made contact at 3:30pm. Mr. FedEx said that he had two pallets of boxes to process, and if he found my box, he would bring it to the marina that afternoon and would bring it to my slip, #27. At 6pm, a drink at Snappa’s seemed to be in order. Now there was no chance in getting the pump until Monday, Jan. 8. I was at the marina office at 9am, opening time, and called the local FedEx office repeatedly. I left a message after each call. No response. Please...old sick pump, please hang in there a little longer. You don’t really realize how often you use water until using water becomes an issue. At 3:30pm, I finally got a human being on the line at the local FedEx office. I explained to the lady my issue and concerns and she put me on hold to determine if the pump was actually at their site or not. She came back online and said that she would meet me in front of the marina at 1600, 4pm with the pump, and that I owed the government $50.28 VAT and duty. Ok, whatever, I’m just happy to get the pump. Promptly at 4pm, the

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