(Compiled by Stephen van Egmond)
In October, an Air Canada jet assisted in the search for a dismasted boat 300 miles off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. The jet’s captain found the vessel 20 minutes after the emergency beacon had been activated, and the skipper was rescued 16 hours later.
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“It’s the intellectual challenge that I enjoy,” says Tony Parker. “You’ve got hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, strategy, tactics, managerial questions about crew styles… all of this combined makes sailboat racing. How can you get bored doing that?”
Not that Parker would know much about being bored. The 67-year-old Washington, DC, resident juggles running a government contracting company, traveling to top-level regattas, acting as a district governor for the J/24 class association, and working as treasurer for the Republican National Committee. We’re not sure what vitamins he takes to manage a schedule like that, but our interview revealed one outstanding character trait, an important one on the race course: a terrific sense of humor.”
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From Jackie Cattanach, 3rd Rear Commodore, Monmouth Boat Club, a reason to consider ourselves fortunate.
Hurricane Sandy certainly devastated Monmouth Boat Club (Red Bank, NJ). The Navesink River rose 8 to 11 feet, washing away most of our docks and boats stored in the yard. One stack of three docks remains in the yard, one is behind the ice boat clubhouse which shares the same parking lot, one is on top of the marina’s dock next door, and many floated across the river as did most of our boats.
One Carolina boat was upside down in the lagoon but rescued by a number of members including one who donned his dry suit and jumped in the water. The other Carolina boat was right side up and found down the river. The Committee Boat was already on land at a marina and is fine. Most of the missing Optis have been found and many of the boats left in the yard for winter storage floated across the river. The club’s Flying Scots were located and towed back to the club, one still attached to the trailer, a testament to the sturdiness of the boat.
As for the clubhouse, even though it has weathered flooding before, most recently with Hurricane Irene, this time the water was 6 feet deep. The single door facing the water was ripped off the hinges and the first floor was flooded with water and mud. The water made it almost to the second floor and the electrical panel was destroyed as was the ice machine. We were very lucky the building did not catch fire, as transformers popped all across the area. The wiring on the first floor will have to be replaced, along with the furnace, water heater and ice machine. The utilities have been turned off until further assessment can be made.
Photos can be viewed on flickr.
We are a club that depends on volunteers to maintain the facilities and run the operations and many of those same volunteers were adversely affected by the storm on a personal level. Despite the destruction, the members will pull together to restore and improve our beautiful house on the river.