German artist Frank Boelter was fooling around with a milk carton at breakfast one morning when all of a sudden (so the report goes) it occurred to him that you could build a boat out of this stuff. So he did. Using an 1,800-square-foot piece of Tetrabrik – a paper product which is used, among other things, for making milk cartons – Boelter spent just two hours bending and folding to come up with Bis Ans Ende der Welt ("Until the end of the world"), a 30-ft, 55-pound ‘boat’ that cost all of $217. Boelter says the craft will survive a biblical 40 days and nights before it disintegrates into a soggy blob.
The Leukemia Cup, hosted by San Francisco YC, is this Saturday, and is not only a worthy cause, but also tons of fun. First and foremost, it’s a PHRF race but secondly, and more importantly, it’s a fundraising event.
Get this: if you donate more than $1,000 you can share an exclusive evening with Tom Perkins and learn about the Maltese Falcon. There will also be many other incentives: standard YC festivities including a BBQ, and prizes from sponsors, like gift certificates from West Marine, hats and T-shirts from Mt. Gay Rum and a chance to sail with world-renowned sailor and ESPN commentator Gary Jobson (who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003).
Taking it local, Bay sailors Mario Yovkov, who’s father died from leukemia, and Mark Witty are being sponsored to sail and will have some leukemia survivors onboard their 1D35s as crew. You can donate to Witty’s efforts at: www.active.com/donate/leukemiacupgsf/pup.
Bill Nolan and David Joyner are co-chairs of the event and Bill’s son, Campbell, is the honorary skipper. Campbell, who’s just 8 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2005 (what a fighter!). For more information and to sign-up yourself, visit: www.leukemiacup.org/sf.
Congratulations to our very own Kim Desenberg and Bill Erkelens, crew aboard Bustin’ Loose which took first in the Big Boat Series’ Sydney 38 class! This isn’t the first – or last – time these two will be part of a winning team. The long-time friends first met when Bill was just 17 years old and took a summer job at Kim’s North Coast Yachts in Alameda. Now, 25 years later, Bill and Kim, a yard manager at Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Inc., are sailing and working together again – Bill joined the KKMI Team in their yacht sales and project management department last month. Check out what Bill can do for you at www.kkmi.com/BE.htm.
Who says sailing with kids is tough? Here’s what super-sailor Rob Wallace has to say about it:
"This first photo shows me holding my 4 1/2 month old son Cristopher in the cockpit of Dennis Choate’s Carter 60 Gitana in 1987. Fourteen days of changing diapers wasn’t too bad. In the middle of the day, if the weather was good, we’d put him in his car seat and lash it athwartships in the cockpit. As you can see he’s having fun sticking out his tongue and tasting a little salt spray! Arrrg!
The other photo is also probably during that November of 1987 while bringing the SC50 Cipango back from a Cabo Race. As you know Santa Cruz boats have the drink holders built in. You can see baby’s drink and Daddy’s drink. I’m sure I’ll get some letters about that! However, I believe that parents with young children can cruise and be as responsible and careful as they need to be while still having a beer after lunch for crying out loud. This photo hangs in our home today.
My then-wife and I always found cruising with our kids quite easy and enjoyable. The experiences that they were lucky enough to get will benefit them throughout their lives. I encourage young families to get out there and just do it."
Having spent much of the summer in Southern California for a change, we couldn’t help but notice a couple of differences between sailing down there and up in Northern California. The first, of course, is the weather. We haven’t seen 20 knots down there all summer, something we’d typically get almost every afternoon and early evening on the Bay. We miss that wind. On the other weather hand, we haven’t seen any serious fog down south, and haven’t missed that stuff at all. And while it can sometimes get cold along the Southern California coast, even in the summer, it’s often warm and sometimes hot. A couple weekends ago, for example, we had a great spinnaker run from Avalon to Newport. Even though we were moving along in the 10 to 13-knot range, happily leaving some of the huffing and puffing big trawlers in our wake, it was still so warm that nothing more than shorts and a T-shirt was required, and then only for common decency. It was often warm even at night. We enjoyed many a wonderful after-sundown BBQ on the beach at Two Harbors, attired in just shorts and a T-shirt. That’s hard not to like. In fact, if we had to chose between global warming and global cooling, we can assure you that we’d prefer Hades.
Another major difference we noticed is the attire that some Southern California women – perhaps more specifically, some Newport Beach women – wear while sailing. Take, for example, Shannon Green, the star attraction in the accompanying photo. She’s not just a member of a prestigious Southern California yacht club, but an enthusiastic participant in the Ensenada and other races, beer can races, and has sailed on Bill Gibbs’ catamaran Afterburner, the fastest boat in Southern California. She spends many summer weekends crewing on cruising boats to Catalina, and for Labor Day she chartered the sailboat she’s standing on in the photo. Based on her actions, she’s really into sailing.
And like some other Newport Beach women, she’s into what we in the sailing provinces would consider to be some unusually vibrant sailing outfits. For example, if she was seen getting off a sailboat at Ayala Cove in the outfit she’s wearing in the accompanying photo, we’re certain that most folks would assume – rightly or wrongly – that she’s a not particularly sharp ecdysiast. In reality, she’s a successful developer, currently cobbling together a mall or something in Denver. And mind you, she’s not even wearing what we’d describe as ‘the full Shannon’. That would consist of a bubble gum-colored miniskirt, a lime green top, and matching pink with sparkly sequins sunglasses and cowgirl hat. And it’s not like Shannon is the only women sailor in Newport who dresses this way. But we’re open-minded, so vive la différence!
The bottom line is that there are more differences in Northern and Southern California sailing than just the weather.
P.S. Did we mention that Shannon is single and that, if she doesn’t do the Little Ensenada Race, is likely to be at Catalina for the wild and wooly Buccaneer Day festivities at Two Harbors on October 6?