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6 October, 2007 - This a more-detailed view of the 2007 Seawind West Coast Rally held on Catalina Island 23-26 August. I extracted the following photos from the CD sent to me by Kurt Jerman, the Seawind rep.
Obligatory group photo with our Rally t-shirts.
Joe Weathers graciously hosted the shrimpfest aboard his stretched SW1000 Sea Ya.
Beach BBQ group photo.
It wouldn't be a family event without the ever-present kids!
Here are a few photos of the boats which participated in the non-spinnaker fun race - a light-airs beat to the tip of the island and then a run straight down the other side in freshening conditions.
This photo was taken soon after the start of the race. I was happy to see KatieKat pointing with the best of them, despite towing the SeaCycle, the bicycle on deck, and the ancient (25,000nm) sails.
Island Time. SW1000 with a few go-fasts.
Gosh, they look serious about this racing stuff!
Bula. Stretched SW1000, also with a bowsprit.
Trying to distract the other skippers with the girls on deck.
SeaYa. Stretched SW1000, with lots of go-fast hardware, sails, and a VERY experienced skipper (Joe Weathers).
Victory Cat. Seawind 1160. Luxury afloat.
Barramundi. Seawind 1000 with a huge roached mainsail.
Steve Ellsworth also made the very nice t-shirt logo and signs for the Rally.
KatieKat. Stretched Seawind 1000, no bowsprit. Hey, we finished the race second overall!
Gee, wish I'd been allowed to fly at least one of my spinnakers... this was the first time I tried barberhauling the jib to the pulpit rather than the first stanchion (last photo).
Raftup on the other side of the Isthmus.
View of our happy group from the masthead of Victory Cat.
Joe Weathers (on the left) receiving his much-deserved trophy for winning the race - he worked hard for it!
And the party continued ...
FLASH - I just received a nice writeup of this event from Steve Ellsworth. Here it is as a PDF file.
Finally, here's the list of participants from memory... please send me any corrections -
Bad Buoys - Joel and Pam Huston (??)
Barramundi - Steve and Pam Ellsworth
Bula - Ken McLaughlin joined by Gary Oelize and Celeste from Sol Surfin
Island Time - Larry and Nancy Robertson
KatieKat - Kathy and Joe Siudzinski joined by Steve Wendl and his son Torsten from Yang Fan
Sea Ya - Joe Weathers and son and...
Sugar Magnolia - Scott Leonard and family
Victory Cat - Tim and Ruth Henning joined by (??)
Also Joining in were John and Patsy Peterson of Sea Esta which is presently in San Carlos, and Ralph and Helen Marx expecting a new SW1160 Moon Drifter III
All-in-all, a fun event! If any of you would like to include more photos or make some corrections, please send them to me here. Joe Siudzinski
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