WEEKEND CRUISE: Cundy's Harbor

An afternoon sail on Casco Bay

I thought I might simulate a mishap or two while out and about on Lunacy this past weekend, just to maintain the theme that has developed here of late, but I was enjoying myself too much to bother. The boat and its systems (thankfully) performed flawlessly, and the weather was fabulous. We enjoyed a nice light-air reach across the breadth of Casco Bay on Saturday afternoon, then pulled into Cundy's Harbor and picked up a mooring for the night.

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C&C LANDFALL 38: Cruiser With a Racing Pedigree

C&C Landfall 38 under sail

The Landfall 38 is one of a series of four Landfall models designed by Rob Ball and produced by C&C Yachts in Ontario, Canada, from the late 1970s into the mid 1980s. Unlike most C&C boats, which were designed as straight racers or racer-cruisers, the Landfalls were conceived and marketed as performance cruisers. They were a bit ahead of the curve and were not as commercially successful as they should have been, as many cruising sailors at the time still favored heavier more traditional designs.

The Landfall 38 was the most successful boat in the Landfall series--about 180 were built from 1979 to 1985--and today it makes an excellent choice for both coastal and bluewater cruisers looking for an older boat that is fast, comfortable, affordable, and well built.

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INSANE CLOWN POSSE: Is It Art? Or Is It Voytec?

Voytec photo

I was most gratified when one of my Facebook friends, Wojtek "Voytec" Wacowski, who is both a serious sailor and an avid photographer, jumped at the opportunity to visit the Friedrich Petzel Gallery last month after I blogged about the Sean Landers exhibit there. Apparently, the gallery was empty when he got there, and he just happened to have a camera and a tripod and a selection of striped shirts with him. The rest, as they say, is history.

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NEW HEADSAIL: Code 0 or a Jibtop or a Screecher?

Sailing in the fog

We had a fine July 4th weekend aboard Lunacy, and sailed from Portland over to Popham Beach, at the mouth of the Kennebec River, to visit friends. Conditions, however, were pretty light. Sailing both west and then east back and forth across Casco Bay, we ended up mostly close-reaching in less than 10 knots of wind. These were perfect conditions for the new headsail I want to fly from Lunacy's new bowsprit. Except, of course, said sail does not exist yet. Fortunately, I had already scheduled a meeting with sailmaker Doug Pope to see about remedying this situation.

I met with Doug aboard Lunacy yesterday and together we scoped out the new sail's particulars. At least I know what I want: a large flat-cut lightweight headsail that furls on its own luff and can fly at apparent wind angles between 45 to 130 degrees. What I don't know is exactly what to call such a sail.

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DEAD GUY: Edgar Thomas Cato

Edgar Cato on Dorade

I only met Edgar Cato once and spent but one day sailing with him, back in the summer of 2007, but he made a large impression on me. It helped, of course, that the boat we sailed on was Dorade, the famous 52-foot yawl that Olin Stephens first made his reputation with way back in 1929.

But it wasn't just the boat. Cato himself was the nicest, most unassuming extremely rich guy I ever spent time on a boat with, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. It hardly came as a surprise, given his age (86), but I was truly saddened when I learned yesterday that he died last week (on June 21) at his home in South Carolina.

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DOWNWIND ADVANTAGE: The New Nose in Action

A-sail tacked to bowsprit

The bride and I spent a night and a day aboard Lunacy this past weekend, sans offspring, and (thankfully) sans mishaps. The wind Sunday, after the fog finally lifted, was light, but steady, so I was anxious to try flying our asymmetric cruising spinnaker from the new bowsprit. Previously, we'd always flown this sail with the tack held to the forestay with an ATN Tacker (essentially a plastic collar that fits around a furled headsail). With the tack four feet forward of the bow at the end of the sprit, we had a distinct advantage sailing deep angles downwind.

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VARIOUS MISHAPS: First Sail of the Season

Lunacy at Maine Yacht Center June 2011

After several delays the crew at Maine Yacht Center finally splashed Lunacy last Thursday. I then spent much of Friday and Saturday getting her ready to sail. Of course, I was very curious to see how she looks afloat with her new nose and was struck by how the angle of the deck's sheer line and that of the sprit seem a bit incongruent. When the boat was out of the water the sheer and sprit seemed to run on a single line, with the former flowing smoothly into the latter.

A minor aesthetic quibble, to be sure. On the whole I was pleased. I was also anxious to go sailing, which was accomplished Sunday, with all the family in tow.

In retrospect I can only laugh at all that went wrong:

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