I started sailing from repairing hurricane damaged boats in Florida while at Florida Institute of Technology, that led to crewing on race boats at Melbourne Yacht Club. I raced in the Indian River on Sunfish, Lasers, FJ’s, 420’s, Lindenberg 28′, Hobie 16, Hobie Wave, San Juan 21′, FloydBryan-Custom, Baltic 40, and Beneteau 40.7 First.
I raced in the ocean from Ft. Lauderdale to Charleston, SC (408nm); Ft. Lauderdale to Keywest; and Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach. I raced in Florida for 4 years. The majority of the time I was Foredeck. I learned to do all the jobs on the boat, and learned to love cleaning the bottom to win races.
When I moved to California I started racing in an Express 37′ one design fleet thanks to a great mentor Bud Fraze. I have raced on the same boat in San Francisco Bay for 5 years. We have a crew of 10. I have raced the boat in the Three Bridge Fiasco with the captain (only 2) we had 4 spinnaker sets and 2 gybes.
I trim the main on the boat. My goal is to make the boat go fast Upwind and Downwind. Maximize lift, minimize drag, compensate for conditions and work with Bartz driving.
I dabbled in madness with a friend on a Hobie 18′, we went outside the gate!
The Bay sometimes shows you its power.. and you are humbled. When a 65ft mast disappears in the swell.. its on!