Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meeting Robert Perry

On Friday night I attended a talk organized by the Puget Sound Cruising Cub, given by the legendary yacht architect, Robert Perry - at the North Seattle Community College.

It was on an Islander 32 (one of his designs) that I took my first long distance voyage in 2004.

After the talk, I had a chance to have a quick chat and mentioned that I had previously owned one of his designs, and was able to express my deep appreciation for his work with: "I just wanted to thank you" - and shook his hand.

After the talk, a group gathered at Razzis Pizzeria - and I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy Hinman, the author of Tightwads on the Loose...

From the Amazon description of her book: Everyone dreams of tropical escape. But what happens when you escape for too long? Imagine spending 24 hours a day with your spouse in 31 not-so-square feet . . . for years; crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel; and tossing spaghetti marinara around your living room, then cleaning it up while bouncing like ice in a martini shaker. Tightwads on the Loose tells the story of Wendy and Garth, lured to sea by the promise of adventure. They buy a 31-foot boat that fits their budget better than it fits Garth's large frame and set sail for an open-ended voyage, never imagining they'd be gone seven years, or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless "character-building opportunities." They make a long-anticipated visit to the island where Garth had been shipwrecked as a teenager, only to find it had become a penal colony. An electronic catastrophe in the Solomon Islands leaves them without navigation equipment, which forces them to trade their free-wheeling lifestyle for one that seems straight out of a '60s sitcom: jobs at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. In Asia, they dodge typhoons and ships that threaten to turn their home into kindling. Finally they endure a grueling 49-day nonstop ocean crossing. None of this prepares them for their arrival "home" to a post-9/11 America which leaves them wondering what had changed more, them or the world. Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer -- or anyone afflicted with wanderlust."
Wendy mentioned that she and her husband are building a boat for their next sailing adventure - using cold-molded techniques.

What a great way to end the week, in fellowship with fellow sailors.

Cruise Ships Skipping Puerto Vallarta
"Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Disney Cruise Line have canceled calls this week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, citing recent violence in the resort city."