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Old October 4th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #21
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I have been brought up sailing, wasn't allowed to even step foot on a powerboat until i was 12. I got out of sailing around 14 and got back into it when the old man let me take the boat out solo when i turned 16. I haven't looked back!

I ran a Hinckley out of Chicago for a season (the owner didnt even know how to sail just liked how it looked!) I raced lasers for a while got my ass handed to me because I am to fat.

Raced OPB (other peoples boat) for a while but hated it so convinced the old man to come out of retirement and race his boat had a kick ass time and now sadly he is selling her and buying a motor home, so anyone looking for a retirement boat hit me up killer deal on a 12 year old catalina 380.

I have now moved on and bought a cal 25 off of e-bay raced her in Annapolis for a few years before moving up here to MA. redmosquito1 what Cal did you race on over in detriot? you should look into getting back into them, if you can get over the ugly looks, they are CHEAP fun. for under $1500 you get a cabin to overnight in for up to four people and a big cockpit to sprawl out in and have cocktail hour. plus there fun!
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Old October 4th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #22
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I raced on Elusive, it was my grandparents boat. They kept it docked at the Detroit Edison boat club in the shadows of the 7 sisters for years until they got caught in a shoot out on lycaste. They moved to GPYSC I think after that. I was out every saturday and on major races every summer, best was the Cal25 Nationals up in Port Huron one year. By the time I came around the boat had seen much better days and my grandparents were getting older so we weren't the fastest, lots of fun.

My brother and I have looked into getting one lately but with work you never know when you will have to work on a race night/day and detroit is a ride. Luckily we both work for DTE so we can get a slip at the Edison boat club fairly cheap, and it's a much nicer area than back in the 80s/90s.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #23
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I learned on a Mini Fish at 12 or so, then a butterfly, then finally stepped up to a 18' SolCat (fast frickin boat). I also spent some time on my uncle's 25' Oday and his current 27' boat. After college I crewed on a 30' catalina at a local yacht club in muskegon.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #24
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I don't enjoy it that much unless the weather is really bad. I like adreneline too much to putt around. I love it when water is coming over the sides of the boat and you are hauling ass. I am looking forward to sailing my dads New one he is restoring. It is a 36'? racing boat of some sort. I think it is an ericson but I could be waayy off. He said it is super fast even in low wind. It is built to sleep 8 crewmembers but he has taken some of the bunks out and added more creature comforts since it is usually just him and my mom.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #25
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My Grand father used to sail canoes with the sea Cadets in Mt. Clemens. He was involved with the building of the DN60 Ice Boats.
My dad built a scaled down Lightning in his garage during the late 60's. It started back then as we would sail any chance we could. I got out for 15 years or so before buying a laser. Sailed on Big boats with my Brother. Nix, a Catalina 35, Quix after that, when the yard burnt down the owners bought Jayhawker, been on that and Carinthia both J120's.
After my father passed away I decided it was time to teach my son how to sail. I bought a 1978 Chrysler Buccaneer from the original owner.

Unfortunately, I've only been out a half dozen times this year.
So my son, is the Son of a Son of a Son of a Sailor!



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Old October 4th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #26
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I grew up sailing and racing sailboats. Both big and small. I was born 1 mile from Lake Erie in NY and my dad had his big boat there. I raced Lasers, Scows, Lightnings, and did some sail boarding. My entire family races sale boats. One of my brothers worked / works for Harken. He sails all summer and races ice boats all winter. I have done a few Port Huron to Macs, raced the Queens Cup this year on an all carbon fiber Farr 50. We made it from Milwaukee to South Haven in 8 hours with 9 knots of wind. This boat hauled ass. I have a 28ft Soverel on Lake St.Clair, I raced it once this year, but it needs some updating. Thats where my brother and Harken come into play.

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Just walked out and took a few pictures of my dads latest project. This thing was a complete pos when he got it last year. He has an unbelievable amount of time into buffing this thing. It was the color of chalk when he got it. He has a lot of interior pieces built he is just waiting to install them until he gets the dirty work done. He is thinking that he will have it done and sailable (and out from under my lean-to) by next spring.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #28
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Forgot to mention that my solcat and wayfarer are currently for sale.
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I sailed this boat across LK Erie with Mr Green, his dad and a family friend...that would be the last time I step on this boat It was tons of fun and hope to do another big trip again
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Old October 4th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #30
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Nice old ericson your dads re-doing there. The old gel coat is very resilient when buffed out. Looks like he has an old winch farm there as well on board she will sail fine!

So what's the name of the Farr 50' I am so bummed I missed this years queens cup!! Where does your bro work for Harlem over in WI? I am friends with a few of the Harlem folks. Great group of people to know!

I am shocked so many people on here sail I never would have guessed!
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Old October 4th, 2012, 08:39 PM   #31
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Harken not harlem!
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I'm sure I'll have to learn on a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31. My dad will be pretty old when he's done restoring it.
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Old October 4th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #33
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Wow stupid auto correct! Harken. Nice old wood boat great to look at even better when someone else is footing the bill on the upkeep
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Well since people are adding family, my brother has been racing for over 40 years. Everything from Hobie's to Tartan 10 & others. He's been a member of CSYC for at least 20 years. He races mostly Lake St Clair but has done a couple of the bigger races but prefers single/double handed stuff. I would guess he has raced 2-3 times a week for at least 20 years. He's had a variety of titles (which I don't have the exact terminology for) which have included the grand pubah of the St Clair & Lk Huron race coordinator & a bunch of other crap where they get all dressed up to go to events.
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So what's the name of the Farr 50' I am so bummed I missed this years queens cup!! Where does your bro work for Harlem over in WI? I am friends with a few of the Harlem folks. Great group of people to know!
The Farr 50 was Pinball Wizard out of Chicago, it used to be named Ragamuffin. Yes, my brother lives near Milwaukee, heused to work at Harken in technical sales, now he has a small company that does all of their prototype water jet cutting. He is friends with Peter and Olaf and alot of the guys at Harken.
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That boat is listing badly, you should redistribute the weight.
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My brother has also done many Mac races from both side.
He is officially an Old Goat this year. (And he sailed in his 25th Port Huron Mac )
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That is a great pic. Is that you hanging on for dear life?
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Here is my San Juan 21 that I sold last year.
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