DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN THEY CAME DOUG AND KATIE AMES, PALISADES, COLORADO THE AMESES ARE LIFELONG BOATERS who sail one of the larger pocket cruisers at the event, a Seaward 25, Shadowfax. Katie grew up in England, sailing dinghies with her family, while Doug grew up as a powerboater. “For many years we enjoyed powerboating on Lake Powell,” says Doug, “but as Katie’s interest in sailing returned, and retirement neared, we looked at sailing as a less expensive and greener way to enjoy boating.” They purchased a Catalina 18, which they brought to their first HPCC four years ago, looking to escape a Rocky Mountain winter and explore new waters. “We arrived a few days early, and found wonderful sailing conditions,” says Katie. “That really helped build our con- fidence and enjoyment of the sport.” “At our first event we learned so many new skills and met so many wonderful people that it proved to be life-changing for us,” Doug recalls. “Our entire outlook on sailing changed 180 degrees. Instead of viewing it as an afternoon activity, we envisioned a lifestyle of long summer cruises on Lake Powell and spending extended time living aboard.” They quickly realized that heir Catalina 18 wouldn’t fit their soon-to-be-retired lifestyle, and after looking at the vast variety of trailerable boats at HPCC, decided on the
Their HPCC connection continues year round.
“We now have plans to join a San Juan Island flotilla
cruise with other HPCC members, as well as hosting
our own Lake Powell flotilla this fall,” says Doug.
“Even if you don’t have a boat or don’t want to tow
THE HARDENED PROS
in winter, there are always open spots on boats. You
don’t need to be intimidated if you have limited
experience, because there will always be people
with less experience than you and an abundance
of people willing to help you rig, launch, and sail.”
JEFF AND BEV DERE, RENTON,
WASHINGTON, AND SAN
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