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 I am sailing in one of my old lasers in the 2007 gorge blowout:
Currently race an all white laser hull #194171.
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.
- 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.
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.