Chuck's Summer Breeze among a small forest of masts
on the beach in front of the Island Place Hotel.
|Chuck and Sandra Leinweber of Duckworks Magazine fame, towing the two Summer Breezes behind their Caprice on the way to Atsena Otie key. We look like a mama duck and her ducklings. (they towed well)|
|Two Breezes and Jim Michalak's Caprice. Chuck has a taller mast and a "higher aspect" rig originally designed to use an oar as a spar. This didn't work out well, so the yard is a stick and it is a loose footed standing lug, with a salty looking reef tied into it.|
|Of course the great air was yesterday, when no one had a camera out. Wish we had a shot of Julie and I and Mocha blasting out to the island Saturday afternoon. If any of our fellow "mess abouters" happened to get us on camera let me know.|
|Chuck and David tweaking the leeboard and engrossed in discussing the pros and cons of lead... an insight from Chuck is that a leeboard relying on friction, rather than weight, is best mounted on the port side. The reason is when the board tilts up when hitting bottom the wing nut loosens rather than tightens, as it does on the starboard side.|
|Let's go find some air!|
|Let's go grab the other Breeze and joust!!|
|We are graced with a visit from the Lizzie G. a traditionally built Cedar Key sharpie, complete with cotton sails! Mocha is trying to fetch their anchor... Here's an article on her and her skipper builders. More pics of her at last years meet.|
|Enough of gorgeous historically accurate boats... on with the joust!!||What's that? Is he firing over our bow?||Prepare to be boarded!|
|Are you looting or pillaging?||Hmmm...pillaging I think? Trim your ship! You look like the front half of a Featherwind!||Oh yeah? Well I will lounge decadently and steer with my feet, you willy wivered wout!|
|Two can play that game you grog guzzling... muffin head!||Running out of pirate insults are we?||We've got a little loot left, but we're fresh out of pillage and insults.|
|Aaargh... I hate it when I run out of insults. Mime jousting anyone?|
(A sneak peak at the stretched double ended twin masted Summer Breeze schooner!)
|OK, I give up you win, let's go see what the Gals are doing.||Race you to the beach!|
|Always announce "the race is on!" when you're way out ahead.|
He's overtaking me in the last 50
Oh the old wind shadow trick is it?
(I'm being followed by a wind shadow, wiiiind shadow wind shadow....)
|The Breezes wait for us to pillage a picnic....|
The sea trials were a smashing success. Julie loved the lounge space, the leeboard making the whole boat a roomy cockpit. She also found the inwales perfect for tying all our gear and provision bags. Summer Breeze handled wind and waves well, sailed responsively and generated a lot of fun conversations.
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