by Larry Brandt

Every time I cross the bar I learn something important.


We met Wind Walker, a Catalina 36 Mk I, which was enroute from Portland, Oregon to Puget Sound with a delivery crew. Had a nice bottle of wine and key lime pie (turned out to be a good combination) on board High Flight, chatting with the delivery gang.

Sailors occasionally ask questions about the seagoing capability of the Catalina 36. We all realize that the C36 was designed to be an outstanding coastal cruising boat, and that it has achieved that status with renown; there's no debate about that. But in the hands of a capable skipper exercising good judgement and top notch seamanship, the Catalina 36 has proven itself on long ocean passages, as well. In fact, C36IA Member Craig Mortensen, owner and skipper of the S/V Patriot, a Catalina 36 Mk I based in Portland, Oregon, has been inducted into the Catalina Yachts Offshore Cruising Hall of Fame for his circumnavigation.


Tranquility. What an appropriate name for a sailboat sailing on behalf of breast cancer patients!

Like other C36 owners sometimes do, Sandy Bes, owner of S/V Tranquility, donated a cruise on her boat as an auction item to support a charitable organization. Generosity of this kind wins a thousand or more dollars for the charity, and is an unselfish way to leverage a love for sailing into help for others. With her guests, Sandy was sailing off the auction prize when she was met on a neighboring buoy at Blake Island.

Ralph Heingardner and Marcia Gowing, owners of s/v Lirella, a 1996 Mk II, hull # 1565, are photographed as they dock at Gig Harbor, WA. Both were wearing their PFDs, a sure sign that the docking procedure would turn out to be professional. It’s a pleasure to watch good close-quarter boat handling.

George Meredith, owner of s/v Caranda, stands proudly beside his boat and his dogs. Based in Seattle, he and his wife often volunteer during the high demand boating season to help marshall marina traffic at Tilicum Village, on Blake Island in central Puget Sound.

Helmut and Delores Kellerman have owned Felicity, hull # 2112, since new in 2002, and were met recently while visiting Olympia, Washington. They were in the Capitol City getting together with long-time friends.

by Scott St Germain
Side Bar #1296
Saucier, MS

These predicaments I get myself into is what my wife calls ass moments (Another Scott Situation). I rebuilt our Universal M30, took it for a few test runs, and felt it was ready for a short trip to Chandelier Islands, about a 60 mile trip from our marina.


by Steve Frost
Cephius Dream #825
San Francisco, CA

One I like to recount is from my early sailing days. It was over twenty five years ago now.


by Chris Savage
Tacuba II #1703
Devon, England