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Yucca Sails On

In 2017 Yucca is celebrating both her 80th birthday and a new ‘caretaker’ to follow Hank Easom’s 53-year stewardship. Among the good news is that the new owner, Bay Area resident Mike Zolezzi, will keep her close to home and sail her from the familiar waters of the Sausalito waterfront.

Partners in time. Yucca’s half-century caretaker, Hank Easom (right), is passing the baton to Mike Zolezzi to write the next chapter in her 80-year story.

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This past weekend Yucca was lined up along with about 40 of the Bay Area’s finest gleaming wooden classics at the Master Mariners’ Boat Show hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. Built in Newport Beach in 1937, Yucca has been a familiar sight in any gathering of the Bay’s elegant ‘woodies’. But unlike many of her compatriots, Yucca has also been a regular on the racecourse, collecting a warehouse full of trophies. Despite her weekly racing regimen she also took home the Stone Cup Trophy for ‘Best of show/Restored vessel’ with restorer being none other than Hank Easom himself! 

It may be a bit daunting to take on such a legacy, but we know Bay Area sailors and Yucca’s many loyal crew will just be happy to have her continue to grace the Bay and will be there to support her future sailing adventures. We look forward to seeing Mike, Yucca and her crew on the Bay.

She’s not sailing into the sunset — just starting a new chapter in her storied life.

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Kennedy 12 months ago

    Rip Hank,enjoyed seaing you sail by Alita on that sharp sloop Yucca…

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