View Full Version : Mast up first time since 1991

Rich VanValkenburg
07-25-2008, 08:33 PM
It's not much of a photo, ignore the telephone poles, but it's nice to see it there for the first time in a lot of years. Making some progress. Too late I turned off the date thing on the camera.


07-25-2008, 08:35 PM
Looks awesome (not a word I use lightly).

That's quite a mast dolly they have there.

Are you going to fly the clot this weekend?

07-25-2008, 08:40 PM
That is fantastic. She looks so beautiful, Rich.

O.K.. Photos of her sailing are next. Can't wait.

Mickey Lake

Rich VanValkenburg
07-25-2008, 08:41 PM
The mast dollies are welded together surplus bomb carts. I still have running backstays to install, and a half dozen other small things to do. Should be out next weekend.

07-25-2008, 09:40 PM
Wow. Looks like a fast one.

07-25-2008, 09:45 PM
Fabulous! My boat's been out of commission since '91 also so I think I have some idea how great that must feel.

07-26-2008, 03:52 AM
Congratulations! Keep up the progress and the photos!

- M

07-26-2008, 06:10 AM
Rich, that really looks great! and real fast too!
A major accomplishment:)

07-26-2008, 06:16 AM
Gorgeous! Wow! I bet you can't wait to get that speed demon out on the water for a spin!

Gary Bergman
07-26-2008, 06:35 AM
that's great, mate!..Seems to be a real rocket......

Russ Manheimer
07-26-2008, 06:44 AM
Stunning Rich. Can't wait to see her rail down, crunching chop.

Congratulations on another milestone.


Paul Pless
07-26-2008, 06:54 AM
What everybody else said. She's beautiful!

Where do you keep her and sail her?

07-26-2008, 06:55 AM
Very shiney!

Jay Greer
07-26-2008, 01:29 PM
Thirty Square Meter? Thank you for the priveledge of seeing a truly extrordinary boat! And equally extrordinary work!

07-26-2008, 02:28 PM
Since Rich seems to be sailing, it's a 22 square metre, and he keeps it in Michigan. I don't know how close to Port Huron Rich lives, but there is the only real fleet of square metre boats in North America at the Port Huron yacht club. There is also a small fleet of 6mR's at this same club and they race together.'

It has long been one of my goals to get up to Port Huron and Sarnia and see the square metre boats. A ride would be even better :). I have a calender on my office wall of photos of the 30 squares taken during races at PHYC. They are indeed, beautiful boats.

Mickey Lake

07-26-2008, 02:29 PM
There is another 22 square for sale in this month's WBM. I think that they are asking around $45K US.

Mickey Lake

Rich VanValkenburg
07-26-2008, 08:09 PM
I'm about thirty miles west of Port Huron. This boat is down on the Detroit River, across from Belle Isle. We might even make it up there this summer.

I don't think Sonja will approach the speed of the 30mē Viking from Sarnia. Looks fast but I have old sails.

John B
07-26-2008, 08:57 PM
Great to see Rich, look forward to a sailing shot or twelve.

The Bigfella
07-26-2008, 09:07 PM
That sure is a beautiful reincarnation of a tree or two

Ed Harrow
07-27-2008, 08:58 PM
1991. I had no idea it had been so long. I still have a chance.

Oh, and totally gorgeous.

07-27-2008, 09:02 PM
Hey Rich, is there a sister ship to Sonja on Casco Bay? We crossed tacks yesterday with a lookalike. :)

You must be so stoked.


Rich VanValkenburg
07-27-2008, 10:10 PM
There's a guy named Ted Lameyer from Castine who owned a 22mē with the sail designation S-203 that was a near copy of Sonja. I met him five years ago and it's possible that he's had time to either do the work or have it done. It was in tough shape when I saw it but still a beautiful boat.

07-27-2008, 11:45 PM
I wish I had taken a picture. Oh, well, I'll just have to keep a lookout for her and have the camera always at the ready.


07-28-2008, 07:03 AM
First thought that came to mind,"Good Lord, that thing's gorgeous". Second and third thoughts similar. Have fun sailing, do please post photos. THANK YOU

Peter Malcolm Jardine
07-28-2008, 08:40 PM
More photo"s please :):):)

07-28-2008, 09:18 PM