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Episode #4: Paul Dorsey on How to Buy and Maintain Your Racing Boat

This week’s host, Ryan Foland, is joined by Paul Dorsey to chat ninja fishing, racing tips, and his best sailing memories. Paul has over 30 years of cruising and racing experience and owns “Adjudicator,” a Carkeek-designed Fast 40 from the British fleet. Hear how to buy and insure your racing boat, maintain your boat, find the type of racing that’s best for you, Paul’s racing program, and how to have the best time with your family on the water. This episode covers everything from ninja fishing to Paul’s fastest racing time.


Paul Dorsey and Fast 40 racing.
© 2021 Paul Dorsey

Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • Is Paul still a ninja fisherman?
  • What boats has he had?
  • How do you purchase a racing boat?
  • Where did the name Adjudicator come from?
  • What is a program?
  • How do you build a program?
  • What is dry sailing?
  • Tack or Jibe: How fast can Adjudicator go?

Read more about “Adjudicator” at https://www.latitude38.com/issues/august-2020/#84.

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Welcome to the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, hear stories and tips from West Coast sailors on the topics of community, cruising, and racing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 – the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

  • Paul Dorsey on How to Buy and Maintain Your Racing Boat
    • [0:17] Welcome to Good Jibes with Latitude 38
    • [0:22] Ryan Foland
    • [0:39] Subscribe to Latitude 38 at Latitude38.com
    • [0:46] Read more about “Adjudicator” at https://www.latitude38.com/issues/august-2020/#84
    • [1:01] Good Jibes is brought to you by the Safe Boating Campaign, in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council and U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com
    • [1:26] What is a story that shaped Paul about sailing?
    • [2:41] Menlo Park, CA
    • [2:45] UCSB Gauchos (University of California, Santa Barbara)
    • [3:18] Ninja Fishing
    • [4:00] Emeryville Marina
    • [5:33] Olson 25
    • [6:18] Grand Banks
    • [6:26] 32 Catalina
    • [6:44] Catalina Island
    • [6:51] Cal 34
    • [7:28] Is Paul still a ninja fisherman?
    • Paul’s Boats
    • [7:51] What boats has Paul had?
    • [8:13] Has he ever owned a Laser?
    • [9:13] How do you purchase a racing boat?
    • [9:54] KKMI
    • [10:22] Where did the name Adjudicator come from?
    • [10:41] John Wick
    • [11:16] Why is Adjudicator green?
    • [11:36] Gentoo
    • [11:41] Fast 40
    • [12:38] How did Adjudicator come with 42 sails?!
    • [13:13] Was it love at first sight?
    • [13:45] What is dry sailing?
    • [13:47] Epoxy
    • [14:12] Has Paul been able to race her during the pandemic?
    • [15:37] Good Jibes is brought to you by the Safe Boating Campaign, in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council and U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com
    • Paul’s Program
    • [16:24] What is a program?
    • [16:32] Le Mans Car, Formula 1
    • [19:00] How many people are in the program?
    • [21:32] What advice does Paul have for racers who want to be part of a program?
    • [22:48] “Who Are Those Masked Men?” in Latitude 38
    • [24:41] How do you build a program?
    • [26:13] What’s next for Paul’s program?
    • [26:18] Big Boat
    • Tack or Jibe?
    • [26:54] What is Paul’s favorite sailboat?
    • [27:20] How fast can Adjudicator go?
    • [27:45] Nautical Miles
    • [28:07] What is Paul’s cruiser to racer ratio?
    • [29:27] If he could sail with anyone, who would it be?
    • [29:51] What is one race on his bucket list?
    • [30:04] Monterey, CA
    • [30:32] Foil or no foil?
    • [31:21] What advice does Paul have for racing?
    • [32:00] Santa Cruz, CA
    • [33:01] Spinnaker
    • [33:48] Good Jibes is brought to you by the Safe Boating Campaign, in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council and U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com
    • [33:51] What is Paul’s most important safety piece other than a life jacket?
    • [34:46] What is his biggest fear on the water?
    • [35:18] Physics of Sailing by John Kimball
    • [35:48] Does Paul use any special technology when sailing?
    • [36:58] What does B.O.A.T. stand for?
    • [37:50] What is Paul’s program?
    • [41:22] Read more about “Adjudicator” at https://www.latitude38.com/issues/august-2020/#84
    • [41:57] Make sure to follow Good Jibes with Latitude 38 on your favorite podcast spot and leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts
    • [42:19] Follow our sponsor, the Safe Boating Campaign, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @boatingcampaign and use the hashtags #SafeBoating and #RealBoatersWearit. Learn more at SafeBoatingCampaign.com
    • [42:56] Subscribe to Latitude 38 at Latitude38.com
    • Theme Song: Pineapple Dream by SOLXIS
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