My 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.
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.