Association Personality Profiles...
Jack Gray (Deceased 2017)
I have been an officer for IC30A since 2003.
Our Catalina 30 Mark II, is a 1987
Lake St. Clair is a great sailing area near
wife, Joanne, and I bought our Catalina 30, Bon Vivant, (SR. Hull # 1983) in
1981. We lived in Michigan and sailed Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and Lake Erie.
In 1983, I was transferred to Southern California and a new sailing opportunity.
Yes, I moved the boat back to California. I started racing the boat in the
Newport to Ensenada, Mexico International Yacht Race. This year’s race will be
our 20th run down the coast. I participate in races, cruises and yacht club
events whenever possible.
Father of five children, two grown and three at home, I am interested in all activities boating offers. The Catalina 30 offers more room and flexibility than many boats much larger. Since taking an early retirement several years ago, I have been a much more active racer and cruiser. I look forward to this year’s Nationals to again sail in Michigan.
racing ULDB's the past ten years I decided it was time to join the ranks of the
serious cruisers/racers. Without much
hesitation the Catalina 30 was the boat of choice. After a long
and exhausted search we found our boat in Dana Point, Ca. The day was
dark, the rain was coming down and reports of small tornadoes were being
broadcast over the radio. We ducked
into an alley for shelter and ran across a broker with an office the size of a
knew of a boat and she turned out to be "the one." Thus the
name of our 1983 C30 Standard Rig "Alley
I sail out of Santa Cruz, Ca. and am blessed with consistent winds, good friends and warm weather.
After purchasing our boat just this last April, and with over 25 Catalina 30's in the Santa Cruz Harbor, it seemed natural to start a local Catalina 30 fleet. With encouragement from our local Catalina 30 owners we have a new Catalina 30 Fleet #44 in Santa Cruz, Ca.
I got involved with the national association in 1992 when I attended my first National Championship Regatta in San Diego. I have attended every one since! In 1998 I won the Standard Racing Class award. I sailed to a second place in both 1999 and 2000. You can see the pictures of all my hosts on the Regatta page. Unfortunately, I have yet to sail my own boat in a Catalina regatta ! The picture is from my own Southern Maryland Sailing Assn. July Screwpile Regatta. Yes, it is usually very light air!
I sail the middle and upper Chesapeake Bay (around Annapolis and
Solomons, MD) in my 1981 C30 Tall Rig "SHERMAX". The name is a
combination of my wife Sherma and my first names, originated by a very young
friend of ours.
Currently, I call Drum Point on the Patuxent River my home port - near Solomon's Island MD. If you are in my area, give me a call and we'll go sailing and maybe racing.