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I would like to thank everyone for their concern regarding our new mainsail.

I would also like to assure you all that we have made a few minor adjustments and the sail fits and flies in a pretty damn satisfactory fashion.

 

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9 hours ago, Brian M. said:

I would like to thank everyone for their concern regarding our new mainsail.

I would also like to assure you all that we have made a few minor adjustments and the sail fits and flies in a pretty damn satisfactory fashion.

 

pics or it didnt happen ! 

glad its working well for ya ! paint job for the old man anytime soon ?

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Looking good! Makes me sad she is not in Santa Cruz anymore, but seeing her looking good and sailed well is gratifying.

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How about an attachment for us non-Facebook types?

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good to see her on the water, but imo, that paint job isn't worthy and makes her look a little like an amusement park ride, and the deck house looks like something off a production boat. 

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1 hour ago, 3to1 said:

good to see her on the water, but imo, that paint job isn't worthy and makes her look a little like an amusement park ride, and the deck house looks like something off a production boat. 

I’m fine with the new cabin top, and honestly like it better than the original, but absolutely agree on the horrific paint job. 

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I'm sure my 9 Y.O. granddaughter would like the "My Little Pony" paint job. :D

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5 hours ago, FINS said:

NOPE still not working...

 

Not sure what's up, I just clicked it and it started to play.

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A final chapter was drawn yesterday in Santa Cruz with a Made in Santa Cruz celebration, sponsored by SCYC.  "MISC" began in the overcast and chilly afternoon with Jester and El Toro races down and up the Harbor, its narrow channel constricted even more by large visiting squid boats and two maxi O'Neill catamarans re-entering between sets of a Southern Hemisphere swell.

After 4 races, with Chris Watts winning the Jesters, everyone ascended to the club to view memorabilia and hear reminiscences.  To standing room only, Bill Lee, Ron Moore, and Homer Lighthall all spoke, and there was much laughter, applause, and cheering   Also recognized were the donors to MISC, and to a beautiful bronze sculpture in front of SCYC "dedicated to the designers and builders of ultralight displacement boats who changed the sport of sailboat racing."

We would be remiss not to remember the many hundreds of individuals who helped create and support the MISC industry during the 60's, 70's, and 80's, when the only thing bigger economically in our small beach town was being grown in the local hills.  Laminators, craftsmen (Alvie, KT and Andre,) brokers, accountants, journalists,  truck drivers, a new marine hardware store (West Marine).  Keel pourers (Tom Carr, Doug Brower, and Dave Wahle), sailmakers (Kurt Larsen and Dave Hodges), sparmaker Buzz Ballenger,  and dozens, even hundreds, more, across town and the West Coast..

As long as Santa Cruz built ultra lights surf Pacific swells, smiles will light up and Fast Is Fun will prevail.  We all have our favorite boats and favorite stories from this era.  Favorite boats? 505? Moore 24?  Express 27?  Santa Cruz 50?  A little known piece of Santa Cruz trivia is Buzz Ballenger probably built more boats than anyone: between 40-50 505's and nearly 200 Banshees..  In addition,  Bill Lee delivered 17 68 footers, based on his iconic MERLIN, as well as dozens of SC-27's, 33's, 40's, 50's and 52's, while across town George and Lyn were turning out O-30's, 25's, 29's, 34's and 40's and Alsberg was building Express 27's, 34's, and 37's.  As Ron Moore recalled last night, despite the popularity of the Moore 24, his most famous boat was the winged wonder, the Moore 30, which with a crew of 12 would plane in a whisper or capsize, whichever came first.  According to Ron, his Moore 30 (designed by G. Mull), made the cover of every sailing magazine of the day.

One of my favorite stories briefly lit up Santa Cruz Harbor one Friday afternoon after  crew practice aboard SC-70 #15 MIRAGE.  Owner Jim Ryley was enjoying driving his big sled under spinnaker at 16-20 knots as we approached the Harbor entrance. Our crew of 8 whispered a plot, and as MIRAGE spinnakered in the Entrance, we all slipped below, the spinny halyard tail and lazy guy in hand down the forehatch.  Jim was all smiles as we passed the Crow's Nest and restaurant goers had their noses glued to the windows watching the spectacular entry of an apparent singlehander flying a spinnaker on such a large boat in such narrow confines.  Jim waved and smiled a big grin to the crowd.  But you could hear a note of concern in his voice as the Harbor Bridge approached.  "Guys?"  Hey, Guys!"  "Guys!!!" Just then, as pretty as you please, the halyard was run and the spinnaker disappeared down the forehatch with no one on deck....Jim spun MIRAGE into her slip on F dock, and every appeared on deck, all grins  Only in Santa Cruz.

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I think my good mate, Sol over in PA is going to BDA on Merlin this summer, I am soooooooooo   ENVIOUS!!

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Very nice! We owned Moore 24 #4 - Quicksilver for many years. The only name on there that is out of place is Soverel... Yes, some were built in SC but the FL company built crap when compared to SC. 

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Thanks Sled

That makes me more than a little nostalgic. Amazing they're all still alive. How fortunate a person was to be in SC during the heyday and get to take part in all this.

 

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I can't resist two fun MERLIN tales.  The first was the '79 La Paz Race and MERLIN was having a ding-dong battle with her arch-rival, "DRIPPER."  The conditions were a-typical for October, upwind in 35 off Mag Bay, thanks to the remnants of a passing tropical storm, and both boats were under much reduced canvas.

With each passing wave, a noticeable small ripple was created in flexible MERLIN's deck and would vibrate aft.  And if you weren't holding on as the ripple passed under foot, you would become airborne.

Although warned of the danger, the boat's charterer, an experienced sailor of TERRORIST and WARRIOR fame, decided to go below to use the head.  MERLIN's head was onboard only to comply with the rules, and was mounted as far forward as could be placed, just aft of the bow, in the location of the "cosmic squeeze."

Presently there was a muffled crash and much cursing from below.  MERLIN's head had become detached  and with the charterer in place, had become airborne in the forepeak, landing on a sailbag and soaking the infuriated occupant in blue chemical water.....

The other memory is running hard for the finish of the 1982 Race to Kauai (now the Pacific Cup.) A few hours earlier we had lost steering with the quadrant slipping on the rudder post and the chain-linkage dislocating in the binnacle.  We were attempting to steer with a Mickey Mouse flexible emergency tiller (everything on MERLIN was flexible) while repairs were being undertaken. The navigator was concerned he had not had a Sat Nav fix in 10 hours, par for the era and location.

Viz wasn't very good that morning as we entered the Kauai Channel, apparently headed for the finish at Nawiliwili Harbor. A few hours later I said to the navigator, "kinda looks like the peaks of Kauai we are passing up there to the north?"  Sure enough, by the time we got turned around, reefed down, and #4 set to beat back along the South Coast of Kauai, we were well late for our ETA, which was 4 hours earlier.

The thoughtful Nawiliwili YC had sent out  a small plane loaded with bags of flower petals to drop on MERLIN, and the news was on the local radio station every half hour.  Our VHF wouldn't reach around the corner at Makahuena Pt. as we approached the finish from the wrong direction, from the SW.  Meanwhile, the flower dropping plane was hunting in vain to the NE.

We heard it on the AM radio ourselves, the pilot breathlessly reporting to all listeners, "MERLIN...MERLIN has disappeared!!"

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Merlin at N.E.B today.

Could not resist to include something else.

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28 minutes ago, Tanton Y_M said:

Merlin at N.E.B today.

Could not resist to include something else.

 

 

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Circus Maximus!

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