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June 17, 2024

‘Brigadoon’ Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

This past weekend Terry Klaus, family and friends gathered on the docks at the St. Francis Yacht Club to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the Bay Area’s most revered classic yachts, the L. Francis Herreshoff-designed schooner Brigadoon. She was built in 1924 in Massachusetts and brought west by Sterling Hayden in the late ’40s. The Klaus family has owned and cared for her since Terry and his wife Patti purchased her in 1976!

Brigadon 100th
Family, friends, fans and former crew gathered to celebrate the 100th.
© 2024 John

Brigadoon was, as always, looking magnificent as dozens of celebrants came to honor her long legacy on the Bay under the stewardship of the Klaus family. Her early history up through the ’90s was told in a story by Woody Skoriak in our June 1996 isuue.

Well-wishers gathered from near and far.
A steady stream of well-wishers climbed aboard and gathered on the docks.
© 2024 Woody Skoriak

It’s hard to imagine how many people have managed to sail aboard Brigadoon since her early days on the East Coast, to her time with Sterling Hayden in California, and to the following owners, leading up to the Klaus family. Through Terry Klaus’ 48 years of ownership she has probably taken hundreds of people sailing and participated in countless Master Mariners races, and continues to look far younger than her 100 years of sailing.

Lindsey and Terry at Encinal Yacht Club in 2017. Sadly, Patty Klaus passed away in 2022.
© 2024 Woody Skoriak

Brigadoon has also benefited from the capable hands of Terry’s daughter, Lindsey, who’s a skilled helmsperson, caretaker and supporter of the Master Mariners on the Bay. With 100 years of history to maintain and keep sailing, Lindsey Klaus is a key force in keeping her shipshape and sailing.

Brigadoon’s glistening white hull was out again for the 2024 Master Mariners Regatta.
© 2024 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

If you’d like an opportunity to touch and climb aboard Bay Area sailing royalty, she’ll be ready to welcome all Bay Area sailing fans at the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show, coming this weekend at the Corinthian Yacht Club for one day on Sunday, June 23. She’ll be joined by dozens of other Bay Area classics showing off their varnish and the warmth of wood, though, no doubt, Brigadoon will be the queen of the show. Happy birthday to her!

Two Weeks of the ‘Matthew Turner’ in Seven Minutes

Our friend John (Woody) Skoriak recently shared a video in which he had a small role. No, Woody isn’t moving to Hollywood, but he did take part in a local teen’s video production about the Bay Area’s 132-ft brigantine Matthew Turner. The young filmmaker is Omar Malami, a student at Tamalpais High School (Tam High) in Mill Valley.

Omar is in the 11th grade and takes part in the school’s film program, Academy of Integrated Media Studies (AIM). The class requires him to spend half of every semester creating a documentary on a local topic. Omar chose the Matthew Turner, and with the help of his classmates Stella Lowery, Ashley Townsend and Sam Rumer, he produced what we agree is an outstanding film.

“I made the film over two weeks,” Omar told us. “Went out on the boat once on a Friday night sail and once on a friend’s motorboat, and followed the sailboat during the Master Mariners Regatta for the external video shots. I also took footage from Cavallo Point.”

The film is just over seven minutes long.We hope you enjoy this film as much as we did!

You can sail aboard the Matthew Turner for Summer Sailstice this coming Saturday, June 22. 

The Resourceful Sailor — One Pan to Cook Them All!

When we’re living on our boat, or even just spending a night or two, our thoughts inevitably turn to food. Unless you have the space (and the stomach) for prepackaged, mass-produced (do we even call it food?) stuff, you’re going to want to cook something. This also leads to the question of space, and stomach. The Resourceful Sailor shares one of his onboard meal options. And no, it’s not the sailors’ version of airline food …

What’s a simple and nutritious one-pan dish for preparing on a small boat? Do you have a tiny galley, with abbreviated counter space? Would you rather save your water for drinking than for washing up? Are you in a hurry to get back to your boat projects? Here is one of the Resourceful Sailor’s favorite one-pan dishes.


One head of broccoli (or asparagus, or Brussels sprouts?) suitable to the pan size

One small onion (or as much as you like)

Two garlic cloves (or as much as you like)

One cup of roasted and salted nuts (peanuts, cashews, walnuts, almonds or my favorite, mixed). Roasted and salted sunflower seeds work well too.

Olive oil or butter (vegetable or canola oil works too.)

Seasoning — Salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, etc.

Chop the onion. In a skillet, heat the olive oil or butter over low to medium heat. (Remember, the less oil you use, the easier the cleanup.)

Add salt (I leave this out if I am using salted nuts), pepper, and seasoning to preference.

The Resourceful Sailor's oil heating
Heating the oil a bit so the onions don’t just soak it up on arrival.
© 2024 The Resourceful Sailor

Add the onion when the oil/butter is hot enough to spread over the pan.

At this point, it’s a good idea to open your galley hatch and companionway, to vent the onion smell and water vapor. And close your cabin doors if you have them, (Sampaguita doesn’t) to keep the flavor out of your bedding.

These take the longest to cook, therefore are the first to the pan.
© 2024 The Resourceful Sailor

Chop the garlic and add to the onions.

Chop the broccoli to suitable size while also keeping the onions and garlic stirred to avoid burning. I like to make it bite-size. Too big and it doesn’t cook all the way through quickly enough, and is difficult to eat. Too small and it takes too much chopping time and the flowery bits get everywhere.

When the onions are suitably cooked to your taste (some people like to caramelize them, but I don’t typically put in that much time), add the broccoli, stirring often. No need to cover. We are just sautéing the broccoli enough to warm and soften it all the way through. This gives the digestive system a break so it doesn’t have to process the broccoli from a raw state, but doesn’t cook the nutrients out. (Also, to avoid gas associated with raw broccoli. But maybe that’s just me.)

Today’s improvised ingredients are …
© 2024 Joshua Wheeler

Add the nuts for the last minute or so. These will soften and roast a touch more.

“One Pan To Cook Them All” — It’s one big party.
© 2024 Joshua Wheeler

Eat from the pan. (If you’re feeling more civilized, the pan is Teflon coated, you are serving guests, and/or you like doing dishes, plates or bowls will do.)

I took the civilized approach so the Parmesan didn’t muck up the big pan. One extra dish to clean, but still easier.
© 2024 Joshua Wheeler

The images here are from a meal I made while traveling from San Diego, California, to Ensenada, Mexico, this past November. On this particular occasion I used almonds. The Resourceful Sailor is big on improvising, so I substituted rosemary, clipped from the neighborhood plants while I was in Seattle, for the Italian seasoning. I had some lemon too, so I spritzed a wedge into the skillet after I added the broccoli. I’ve been adding cheap parmesan to my salads, so I put some of that on once in the bowl. They all added good flavor to the dish.

This is a low-carb dish, high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, and texture. If you are so inclined, have some bread afterward. Mop up the dishes with it to add flavor and get a head start on the cleaning.

Remember to keep your meals safe and prudent, and have a blast!

One-pan (or -pot) cooking is a must on our boats. What’s your favorite one-pan dish while afloat?

Keeping Up With West Coast Circumnavigators

We haven’t added many names to our West Coast Circumnavigators’ List over the last several years and are wondering if there truly are fewer people sailing around the world, or if something else is going on. Keeping up with West Coast circumnavigators has always been a difficult task, although with today’s modern communications, it should be far easier. Maybe that’s not the case. We were facing a similar challenge in a March 21, 2008, ‘Lectronic Latitude where we asked for help identifying photos of unnamed West Coast circumnavigators.

Who's this circumnavigator?
Who’s this circumnavigator?
© 2024 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Latitude Archives

According to renowned voyager and author Jimmy Cornell, there has been a general decline in circumnavigations since around 2010. He’s been tracking statistics since 1987, with one metric being the number of boats going through the Panama Canal. His initial stats show 1177 boats going through the Panama Canal, declining to 919 in 2022. Much of global cruising was sharply curtailed by the pandemic and has yet to recover. This is likely the main reason few names have been added to the West Coast Circumnavigators’ List.

Could it also be the internet age? Are people updating their personal blogs and Facebook pages but not reaching out beyond the circle of friends following them? With electronic navigation and numerous other improvements that make circumnavigation far easier and more comfortable and convenient, you’d think more people would be doing it. Perhaps all the comfort and convenience has raised the price, making it unaffordable for many? Or is it their greater perceived danger?

April 2008 story on circumnavigators.
In our April 2008 story on circumnavigators, Andy Turpin wrote the history of West Coast circumnavigations.
© 2024 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Latitude 38 Archives

Andy Turpin’s April 2008 story highlighted many of the West Coast’s renowned circumnavigators, including the first West Coast solo circumnavigator, Harry Pidgeon. Pidgeon built his engineless 34-ft yawl on an L.A. mudflat and set off on a westabout solo circumnavigation in 1921. He did it again in 1932. The story also includes John Guzzwell, Karen Thorndike and many others.

A couple of our recent additions to the list are people who circumnavigated years ago. We’ve added Stephen and Margo Wolf, who circumnavigated on their 24-ft Piver trimaran No Name from 1971 to 1979, and Warren Hollybee, who sailed around the globe from 2018 to 2022. And we just added Tom and Liz Morkin, who went around from 1999 to 2012 aboard their Spencer 51 Feel Free.

If you’re from the West Coast and have “been around,” let us know so we can add you to the list. And we’d be interested in hearing in the comments section below why you think fewer people are circumnavigating. Or email us here.