OT: What do you look like?


teaktart wrote on 2/29/2008, 12:57 PM
riredale :
Very glad you didn't go overboard. We lost a local boat owner (SC50' "Octavia") in 1990 off Pt. Conception area. Same situation as you with big seas and the owner on deck while the crew was below. Got catapulted off the boat and lost at sea. Can't imagine the agony of the crew searching in the fading daylight to no avail. Coast Guard found the body a day later.
If only....we were all more willing to wear harnesses back then. Changed my attitude about that, and the racing rules now require harnesses while on deck even though they can be a PITA sometimes.

JJKizak :
On my first delivery back from Hawaii in '78 on a Vega 27' (at the wrong time of the year October) , we got hit with a gale that lasted three days. Huge seas, higher than the mast when in the troughs. Rolled the boat three times, got blown off coarse 250 miles under bare poles and instead of making landfall in Santa Cruz found ourselves off Santa Barbara.
I DID kiss the ground when we finally got there, very glad to be alive. One hell of an initiation to offshore sailing. Wrote it up in a very early edition of our local favorite rag "Latitude 38" May 1979 issue if I remember right.

After that experience the next 45,000 miles at sea seemed mellow!
Serena wrote on 2/29/2008, 5:53 PM
OK, I admit it -- I'm a sailor! I was introduced to it in 1965 sailing around Tasmania in a 56 foot ketch "Euteka III", built in 1923 of Huon Pine (beautiful timber which is now quite rare and protected). First doco with my new 16mm Bolex (9.5mm up to then), but not much sailing after that until the 80s when my husband-to-be introduced me to small boat sailing. On a boat he transmogrified into Captain Bligh, so I soon got my own Hobie 14. Now regularly race a Hobie 14T and continue to make sailing docos. I do enjoy the occasional day with friends owning big yachts (one couple have a business of delivering yachts around the world as well as competing in long ocean races), but my own endeavours (and courage) is pretty small. Very much so against the accounts above.
johnmeyer wrote on 2/29/2008, 7:13 PM
Wow! You guys (gals) have seen some rough duty.

johnmeyer wrote on 2/29/2008, 7:51 PM
Johnmeyer, get you guys pickup the boat in Suttons Bay?

I don't remember where we boarded, except that it was at the southern most part of Traverse Bay. That bay splits into two, and I think we were in the eastern half of that split when we started. That's thirty-three years ago, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details.
Harold Brown wrote on 2/29/2008, 9:34 PM
Another old guy.

QueenGeek wrote on 3/1/2008, 6:07 AM
Another old guy.
Hey, getting old ain't bad. Consider the alternative... :) Besides, with age comes wisdom, or at least we can keep telling ourselves that. LOL
Chienworks wrote on 3/1/2008, 10:46 AM
Ummm ... until we start forgetting how old and wise we are. ;)
QueenGeek wrote on 3/1/2008, 12:14 PM
I can't remember... what were we talking about? ;)
mark-woollard wrote on 3/1/2008, 2:07 PM
Here I am.

(No, not "the only livin boy in New York")

Looks like it's through a fisheye lens, but you get the idea.

navydoc wrote on 3/1/2008, 2:57 PM
I'll play. Here I am as I looked about 20 years ago. Probably the most recent pic of me I have.

In the mid 80's I owned and lived on a 1946 Stephens 33' sedan cruiser similar to this one.

Mine didn't have a flying bridge. During the week I had the marina pretty much to myself...nice and quiet. On weekends it was party time. People would come to their boat, hoist the cocktail flag...and never pull out of the slip.