from Jeff’s San Juan 21, theirs is often the
most exciting boat to watch during the 150-
plus boat “Parade of Sails.” They skillfully
weave their way downwind through the flotilla, dodging unyielding ferryboats, laughing,
waving, and taking pictures. They seem to
accelerate and decelerate at will, just barely
avoiding trading gelcoat with other boats.
Their noticeable talent comes from years
of sailing together. Growing up in Palo Alto,
California, their father brought home a 14-foot
sailing dinghy from Sears when they were in
junior high school and this became the focus
of family vacations and camping adventures.
When they were old enough to drive, they
frequently set out on their own to sail in a
variety of waters.
For work- and school-related reasons, they
both ended up in the Seattle area where Jeff
decided a small, trailerable sailboat would
give his family the most opportunities to sail
different waters. Trailering Jeff’s San Juan,
they recently explored the Barkley Sound area
of Vancouver Island and presented their trip
as part of HPCC’s “Sailing Gems” seminar
series. Bev, wanting to live aboard and take full
advantage of the vast cruising area of Puget
Sound, opted for a larger boat, a Brandlmayr
32. Aye Aye was her home for 19 years, during
which time she and Jeff frequently cruised the
San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound areas.
She still sails Aye Aye, but doesn’t mind down-
sizing for HPCC. At this year’s event she took
out several less experienced all-women crews.
“I really felt good about sharing some of my
sailing experience and knowledge with other
women and helping them feel more confident
at the tiller,” she says.
For Jeff, the annual meeting gives him the
opportunity to explore new winter sailing
destinations and check out other trailerable
boats. “I even won a sail-building kit last year.
It took over our living and dining rooms for
several months, and I really enjoyed learning
how to sew a new main and genoa.”
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