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    I'm sorry some of those photos got cut off - cell phone shots plus a slow WiFi connection. I'll try again when I have bigger wires.

    What's the story on SPIKE AFRICA? For a boat designed by Mr. Sloan himself and allegedly built in his Newport Beach back yard, she has stunning lines and appears to be in excellent shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    What's the story on SPIKE AFRICA? For a boat designed by Mr. Sloan himself and allegedly built in his Newport Beach back yard, she has stunning lines and appears to be in excellent shape.
    Ah, SPIKE AFRICA, one of the loveliest vessels afloat. Captain Sloan designed and built her as a working schooner and she had a large main hold amidships for cargo, now converted to cabins. Sloan carried cargo, mostly racing boat sails and delivery gear, up and down the West Coast and Mexico and frequently to Hawaii and return during Transpac.

    Sloan, the consummate working schooner man, loved SPIKE AFRICA. His passing is mourned by schooner people and sailors to this day. Unfortunately, Sloan's SPIKE AFRICA fell on hard times. But she has now been rescued and restored by a wealthy individual in Friday Harbor. This person also owns the Sea Witch ketch in your photos.

    SPIKE AFRICA now does sunset sails, day charters, overnights, and schooner races based out of Friday Harbor. I have seen SPIKE AFRICA several times up in Desolation Sound and Princess Louisa. What a ship! If you can ever get a ride, I recommend SPIKE AFRICA as the real deal. Unfortunately, the light winds of the Pacific NW doesn't do her sailing capabilities justice.

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    Thanks Sled - I figured you'd know something about her.

    At Granville Island (Vancouver BC), we had coffee with SHTP vet and two-time circumnavigator Jim "Haulback" Kellum. He's doing fine and is in the midst of refinishing Haulback's interior.
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    Karl Kruger aboard HEART OF GOLD became the first Stand Up Paddleboard to finish the Race2Alaska yesterday in a time of 14 days. Karl is not a crazy guy, but a good sailor with a well planned and practiced approach to the challenge. It was not easy, especially wind against tide in the 45 mile Grenville Channel.

    Congratulations, Karl. Respect. Karl's other boat is the 50 foot, ex-IOR racing sloop TOMAHAWK at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island.

    Further south, the first EPAC hurricane of the season, DORA, has developed 200 miles off the Mexican Mainland Coast, abeam Cabo Corrientes, and is moving NW. Winds currently near 80 knots. No land is threatened, with DORA forecast to track south of Cabo San Lucas and north of the Revillagigedo Islands (Socorro, et.al.)

    DORA will be short lived, and begin to weaken in the next few days, dissipating in 96 hours. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac
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    WOW!
    14 days on a SUP. Averaging over 50 miles a day!
    STUNNING!

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    Long time friend and famed yacht designer Doug Peterson passed yesterday in his hometown of San Diego. He was 71.

    In the early '70's, Doug's breakthrough IOR design GANBARE revolutionized yacht design. GANBARE ("good luck" in Japanese) was built in 7 weeks on shoestring of $15,000 by Doug Peterson and Carl Eichenlaub. In an era of tortured hull shapes, GANBARE's sweet canoe underbody and hydrodynamic fin keel showed her transom to some of the world's best One Ton class racers in San Diego in 1973 and began the Peterson legend.

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    I had the good fortune to sail on many of Doug Peterson's designs including CHECKMATE, BULL FROG, JURA and SCARLETT O'HARA. They were always sweet to steer, upwind and down, and you knew you were on something special.

    Doug Peterson was a non-conformist from the get-go, sporting a shaggy beard, unkept hair, plaid shorts, and nerdy glasses...Despite the shaggy look, Doug was a fierce competitor and excellent helmsman, having grown up around boats in San Diego and later sailing with the band of San Francisco ragtag hippies aboard George Kiskaddon's 33 foot SPIRIT.

    Doug Peterson's many designs continue to ply the world's oceans with grace and speed and we can be thankful such a talented sailor put his intuitive and visionary yacht design skills to good use.

    Sail On, Dougie.
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    Exciting news for shipwreck aficionados. The storied Coast Guard cutter U.S.S. McCULLOCH has been discovered by a NOAA ROV 3 miles northwest of Pt. Conception where she sank 100 years ago in a collision with the passenger ship SS GOVERNOR. The northbound McCULLOCH, steaming at 8 knots in zero visibility/ fog was T-boned by the southbound GOVERNOR, making 14 knots. Both ships heard each other's foghorn. But it was too late. The McCULLOCH sank in 30 minutes in 300 feet on June 13, 1917. One life was reported lost.
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    Converted to steam from a 3-master, The McCULLOCH was based in San Francisco and considered the largest cutter of its era. The McCULLOCH was capable of 17 knots, as well as breaking ice with her reinforced hull.

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    During her 20-year career, the McCULLOCH cruised the Pacific, enforced fur seal regulations in Alaska waters, served as a floating courtroom in remote areas, and joined US. Asiatic Squadron during the Spanish-American War Name:  Mcculloch 3.jpg
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    Federal regulations apply to the wreck of the McCULLOCH, and no artifacts may be removed.

    Bonus points for naming what other famous shipwrecks occurred in the McCULLOCH's vicinity at 9 pm, Sept. 8, 1923, and the cause. 1) Fog 2) Earthquake 3) navigational error of overestimating speed 4) Following orders 5) All of the above.
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    Honda point disaster.
    7 destroyers.
    Navigational Error.

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    Much thanks to RED ROO of Cambridge for forwarding photos of the recent Tall Ships Festival at Boston Harbor, especially photos of JOLIE BRISE, the first Fastnet Race winner in 1925. And twice thereafter.
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    View of JOLIE BRISE's bowsprit
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    "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the tiller's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."
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    Canada's National Pride and Ambassador and replica of BLUENOSE, her most famous racing ship, Angus Walters, captain. Note main boom length = 81 feet
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    I like the "modern" plumb bow of JOLIE BRISE and the reverse "wave piercing" bow of the U.S.S. McCULLOCH.

    Everything old is new again.!

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