Sailing/Marine

My Sailing & Marine efforts are all documented on my http://www.go-sail.org website.  I have been a Mariner for 40 years and consider myself very experienced at being on the water.  My marine activities include the following:

  • Racing in my laser sailboat.
  • Doing extensive offshore racing including local events up the coast, and up in the sound and san juans.
  • Running my avon on the columbia river, open ocean, down in cascade locks, and in other areas of the west coast.
  • Fishing and crabbing in my avon.  Charlie and I love to head out to Ft. Stevens and fish for salmon and catch dungeons crab.
  • Running sailboat races.  Not only does this include events down at Willamette Sailing Club, but also out in the gorge with CGRA.  I continue to advance my self in being a highly experienced PRO (principal race officer).
  • Developing junior sailing at VLSC.
  • Develop and maintain a non-profit organization based on sailing boats that gives a broad to people who don’t get the opportunity to go sailing.

Here is a printable copy of my marine resume.

Here I am sailing in one of my old lasers in the 2007 gorge blowout:

gorge blow out 2007

Currently race an all white laser hull #194171.

Mark Boat Duty Moth Worlds 2009

Here is my 18 foot Avon with 90 Hp 4 stroke yamaha on the back.  Its easy to trailer and can be loaded with almost 1500 lbs of people and gear.  If your interested in charter please do contact me.

My Goals/Ambitions:

  • Pacific Cup Double Handed
  • Race a laser the rest of my life
  • Kite Boarding
  • Continued PRO development
  • Extended Cruising in retirement

A brief chronological history of my marine background:

  • As a kid on Thames river over in Groton, learned to sail on knockabouts and my dads balboa 20.
  • Participated in charters with my dad while growing up mainly down in Florida.
  • For three summers sailed in the Junior Progam at Kaneohe Yacht Club.
  • All threw college I sailed on college sailing teams at UofO, OSU, & PSU.
  • Took a couple of summers away from college to instruct (ASA sailing instructor) and work at Island Sailing Club on the Columbia River.
  • Took a year and half off from college to go commercial fishing on California/Washington coast lines, and up in dutch harbor Alaska.
  • After College I continued sailing at WSC, on the Columbia, and up & down the west coast as well as over in Florida.
  • Over the years I have had a Melges 24, Cal 20, Laser, and my 18 ft Avon.

Later in life I am thinking about doing some cruising.  My needs are for a safe stable vessel that would be fairly fast, and easy to sail.

After raindrop won the pacific cup in 2008, and the Mcuddy’s won offshore in 2011 I have been really thinking that a cascade 36 would be a good boat to cruise in.  They are fast, easy to sail, bulletproof, and can be picked up at a pretty reasonable price.

Cascade 36

A viable alternative to a Cascade 36 would be a cal 40.  California Girl is a local portland boat that has raced thousand of ocean miles.

Which ever boat I choose some modifications I will plan on making include making sure it has an on-board diesel heater, hot and cold pressured water.  Size-able fuel and water tanks, and a hard dodger at the very front of the cockpit for weather protection.  Also I would include solar panels, a wind turbine, auto pilot, and navigation items like GPS, nobletec on a laptop, and radar.