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Every Class Has at Least One Clown

Does your class have a class clown? When we look at the monthly race results, usually one name pops out that makes us smile or even laugh out loud. Unlike the names of 12-Meters such as Courageous, Intrepid, Constellation, Defender, Weatherly, Columbia and many other names that connect to sailing’s great traditions, the class clown shakes it up. There are plenty on San Francisco Bay.

For some reason, one of our favorites is Bart Hackworth’s Moore 24, Gruntled. It always brings a smile. You’ll note the Moore 24 class appears to have the highest percentage of class clowns of any class on the Bay. Perhaps that’s the secret to their ongoing success as one of the most fun and active classes in Northern California.

Wylie 39 Checkered Past
One of those names that make you smile and want to hear some stories. Kim Desenberg and Skip Allan sailed Checkered Past in Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco.
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In no particular order, we thought we’d pass along a few more we’ve seen listed in race results, or whose wake we’ve crossed while sailing the Bay.

Can O’Whoopass – Cal 20, Richard vonEhrenkrook
Psycho Tiller – JPK 1080, James Goldberg
Sir Leansalot – Hunter 40, Tom Lueck
Liquid Asset – Ranger 33, John Rook
Pork Chop Express – Express 27, Chris and Charlotte Jordan
Luna Sea – Islander 36, Don Knox
Still Pinchin’ – J/105, Morgan Paxhia
Immoral – Moore 24, John Gray
Mooretician – Moore 24, Peter Schoen
Wet Spot – Moore 24, Michael O’Callaghan
Oxymoron – Moore 24, Tom Southam
Checkered Past – Wyliecat 39, Kim Desenberg
Kwazy – Wylie Wabbit, Colin Moore
She Loves It – J/105, Bill Stuckey
I Love My Wife – Etchells, Craig Healy
Shut Up and Drive – Beneteau Figaro 2, Nathalie Criou
Bad Hare Day – Wylie Wabbit, Eric Menzel
Shut Up and Drive (yes, another one) – J/24,Val Lulevich
Shark on Bluegrass – Olson 25, Falk Meissner

Cal 20 Can o'Whoopass
Richard vonEhrenkrook leads the fleet aboard his Cal 20 Can O’Whoopass.
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Hunter 40 Sir Leansalot
Tom Lueck’s Stockton-based Hunter 40 Sir Leansalot
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Olson 25 Shark on Bluegrass
The Olson 25 Shark on Bluegrass heads home after the almost totally windless Three Bridge Fiasco.
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J/105 She Loves It
The J/105 She Loves It is all smiles in the Corinthian Midwinters
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Other names we’ve heard over the years come with a story. One boat sailing in the Caribbean was called an innocuous-sounding Taboma though we heard it actually stood for ‘Take a Bite of My A@#’! Another story we heard was of a high-caliber race boat named Fujimo. The story we heard was the owner and his wife had an agreement. Whenever he bought something expensive for the boat she would be able to spend a similar amount of money on something she wanted. When he finally decided to upgrade to this high-end race boat she asked for an equal amount of money she could spend. His response: ‘FU Jane I’m moving out’ (FUJIMO).

We know there are plenty more that make you smile. Do you have one to nominate or a story that explains the name of your boat? Email it here.


  1. John McNeill 4 years ago

    ICFIGIN….you explain it

  2. Chuck Cunningham 4 years ago

    Boat names are a great past time when out and about the bay or just cruising the marinas and anchorages. I was a partner in an Express 37 that was named “G U” which was Geographically Undesirable. The Transom had a graphic of a Blond in a bikini stretched out. We were affectionately referred to as the “Bim-Boat” After a year of competing we removed the graphic and just used G U. With a new partner we change name to “Elan” Fast with Class!! Great boat!!

  3. Bill White 4 years ago

    Taboma had a great graphic on its reversed transom that on second glance was an ass with a bite out it. They raced all around the virgins in the late seventies. I was racing against Don Street and Iolaire in cruising class with a Sam Crocker ketch in those years. Both Taboma and Iolare were great sailing boats. We were the boat trailing a fishing line with a cockpit full of ladies having fun “racing.”

  4. Jim Cate 4 years ago

    Best yacht name I ever encountered was on a really rough DIY type steely: “”Rumpledsteelskin”. This was somewhere in the South Pacific IIRC… it was some years back!

  5. Ron Perkins 4 years ago

    I owned a J24 with 3 other captains about 14 years ago named FOG. (Four Old Guys). Racing against fire breathing younger J24 sailors in Marblehead and Beverly MA, whenever we won they’d call us F@#king old guys. Carrying the chute through a squall once, it was Fearless old guys. We hit a navigation buoy once, Foolish old guys…, it seemed to fit every occasion. I sailed on Sorcerer in the Bay Area in the 80’s and have fond memories of those days. Will be staying out there in later February through March and would love a ride in a race, if anyone has a tip on on crew spots out there.

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