Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend 2005
25th Annual CBYC to DPYC
Around Catalina Island Race

On Saturday May 28, 2005 The Washburn Boys (Steve, Steve, Christopher, Paul and Nephew Tim) along with Tim's schoolmate Sean Wasko raced Gypsy in the short course option of the Around Catalina Race on Memorial Day Weekend. The course of 34 NM took all 26 boats entered in the "Cruising Division" from the start in LA Harbor, out the LA Entrance then down to Dana Point for the finish. It was smooth sailing in an 8 - 10 knot South Westerly for the entire course.

Gypsy took the committee boat end at the start and sailed the light air beat out the entrance where we set the .6 Ayso and took off from the fleet, finishing first on elapsed time a little after 6 in the evening well ahead of the rest of the fleet. We corrected out for a clean sweep of class A and fleet. The Gypsy crew celebrated with a cook your own BBQ Dinner at DPYC followed up the next morning by a huge brunch where the boys took 3+ trips to the buffet! Uncle David came down later on Sunday to pick up Tim, Sean and Chris. Steve, Steve and Paul stayed for the trophy presentation and delivered the boat home ealy Monday morning. All in all a very pleasant and fun weekend out on the waters of Southern California.

Complete Race Results

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Washburn Boys Catalina Trip
May 21-22
4th of July Cove

Departed Alamitos Bay @ 1100 on Saturday. Had a very pleasant sail over to Ship Rock in a 10 knot Westerly via LA Light. Moored at 4th of July Cove and had dinner at the Harbor Reef Restaurant. Hit the sack to Steve's reading of Edgar Allen Poe short stories. Arose to a completely fogged in day. Went ashore for breakfast and a "walkabout" to wait for some clearing. We departed for home at 1400 where we experienced zero wind and 1/2 mile average visibility until 5 miles from the East End of the Long Beach Breakwater where it cleared up considerably. Motored back the entire way.

Paul Washburn on a break!

Steve, Steve, Christopher and Paul Washburn

Thursday, May 19, 2005

First You Have to Row a Little Boat

Sent to me by Chisulo sailor Jenny Paul

"For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze."

- Richard Bode