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    Default Come join the 150th Annual Master Mariners Regatta - May 27th

    Come sail the Master Mariners 150th Regatta. One of the oldest and the largest classic yacht boat races in North America. San Francisco Bay, Memorial Day Weekend

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    I'll be aboard defending Champion Vectis this year instead of Lively Lady. Ocean 2 gets a break from me and my winning boat.

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    Thanks for the great photos, Ted. I have to mention, however, regarding the text of the poster, the proper term is "well-found," not "well founded." Sorry, but the nautical grammar Nazi sometimes gets the best of me.

    Also, what happened to the workboats? Are you only accepting yachts these days?

    Somewhere back around 45 years ago, when Bill Vaughn, Kermit Parker, Ed Gibson, Mike Douglas, Jim Norton, and I first incorporated the MMBA and began the modern Master Mariners Regatta, we defined eligible vessels as "Vessels designed or built prior to December 7, 1941, or designed and built in such a fashion as was commonly practiced prior to that time." (Or something very close to that...) I spent a lot of time crafting that that definition. The operative word was "commonly." Bill Vaughn had run the regatta informally as fundraiser for the SF Jaycees' "Maritime Day," (back when the maritime industry in San Francisco was a major part of the local economy,) and it became very popular. When we created the MMBA, we had a lot of applicants with plywood, and even ferro-cement boats demanding to participate. When we denied them admission, they got all pushed out of shape and we were taking a lot of heat for being "elitist" and "arbitrary." (Shades of the WB Forum, no?) This was rather ironic, since we had created the organization and were being told how to run it by people who weren't even members, as if they had some "civil right" to join our club. We carefully selected December 7, 1941 as the pre-WWII "cut off date" because we wanted to limit the participants to traditional vessels of some historical provenance. The qualifier "or such a fashion as was commonly practiced" before the start of WWII provided us with a "rule" to justify refusing to admit plywood and ferro-cement boats. Even though there was some slim evidence of some plywood and ferro-cement vessels before that time (e.g., they even built some cement ships during WWI,) these weren't "commonly practiced" construction techniques.

    The MMBA has come a long way from those early days, and, I suppose, more democratic. The guys who were its founding board of directors are all dead now, except for Mike Douglas and I. I suppose those who have "slipped under the mainsheet" will be watching the race from "the best seats in the house." Fair winds and calm seas to all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Cleek View Post
    Thanks for the great photos, Ted. I have to mention, however, regarding the text of the poster, the proper term is "well-found," not "well founded." Sorry, but the nautical grammar Nazi sometimes gets the best of me.
    Ha! Lifted the text from the MMBA site. You should know that some traditions must continue with a little grammar error as part of the working man lore and narrative.

    Thanks. I do love this photogenic sailing event despite the warts and callouses.
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    If the cutter Freelance sails could you take a photo? Thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    If the cutter Freelance sails could you take a photo? Thx
    . . . and Elizabeth Miur too please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    . . . and Elizabeth Miur too please.
    And all the rest, too, pretty please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Over 80 people attended the luncheon with excellent wine. It takes a lot to pull this event off.

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    The flood was beginning to come in as see on the video

    As you can see there was much more than a regatta but a tradition. It would not be possible without Sponsors. Wooden Boat Magazine has been sponsoring this regatta for a very long time. Without their help and support this would not be possible. Special thanks to them and our generous others.
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    The name tags for the MMBA luncheon at the St. Francis were designed by me and used the artwork that hangs at the Inland Boatmens Union (IBU) in the union job call hall in San Francisco. This picture was painted at the time the Master Mariners Benevolent Association was the only welfare system for mariners and their families. It is the reason the organization was created and spawned the IBU which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
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    Thanks Ted! Wish we could be there this year but we are not able to bread loose from our roofing job in Port Townsend. Is that schooner in the next to the last picture, the LFH "Joanne" aka "Brigadoon"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Greer View Post
    Thanks Ted! Wish we could be there this year but we are not able to bread loose from our roofing job in Port Townsend. Is that schooner in the next to the last picture, the LFH "Joanne" aka "Brigadoon"?
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    She is! Good eye. She is lovingly kept, quite solid and most seaworthy. I have learned to give her room this pat year... Whew!

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    It is Joann/Brigadoon of Boothbay, but with a main topmast rig designed by Murray Peterson, I believe. I'm not sure exactly when she got the Murray Peterson rig, but I believe she had it back when Stirling Hayden owned her. The brokerage I worked for sold her to Dino Valenti of the band, Quicksilver Messenger Service. (At the same time, we sold Quisset (Murray Peterson's Coaster II IIRC) to his band-mate, Gary Duncan. Terry Klaus bought her from Dino and put a ton of money and time into a complete rebuild and has maintained her impeccably since then.

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    Glad to see the trophy I made (with the Bliss taffrail log) is still in circulation and not gathering dust in somebody's garage! The same goes for the "Deadeye" trophy. Ed Gibson snagged that deadeye at low tide from the hulk of a doghole schooner on the Sausalito mudflats back when. I believe the "fish" on the Lyle Galloway trophy came from Bill Vaughan's "stash," as did the Bliss taffrail log. Lots of old history there. Thanks for the memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Cleek View Post
    Glad to see the trophy I made (with the Bliss taffrail log) is still in circulation and not gathering dust in somebody's garage! The same goes for the "Deadeye" trophy. Ed Gibson snagged that deadeye at low tide from the hulk of a doghole schooner on the Sausalito mudflats back when. I believe the "fish" on the Lyle Galloway trophy came from Bill Vaughan's "stash," as did the Bliss taffrail log. Lots of old history there. Thanks for the memories!
    Those Trophies are really something special and highly coveted. The St. Francis has a special display case for them. It is always a big deal to get them. If there is anything you ever made Bob that was so coveted, it is those trophies.

    When i joined the organization years ago, i did get a chance to spend time with Bill Vaughan at MMBA get togethers. He and the others men and women have told me wonderful some backstories over the years. And later I learned a bit more for you. The folks today that run the organization are fine people and have good intentions but a bit different from when when it was younger. I got a chance to see what this was and understood the history behind the organization and the reconstitution of the club form this motley collection of people. This past year, i did some deep research into the MMBA from the 1860-70s as well as followed the trail on the race until the late 1890s when steam killed the sailing competition. Those mariners and families really did count on this race as a small insurance policy for themselves. Everyone wore their finest company clothes and women making dresses which match their boats colors. Bill Vaughan knew this as i am sure you did. This regatta was everything. Things are different now - it is run on Memorial Day weekend as it was set up in the 1960s rather than the 4th of July. The MMBA spirit over these 150 years flickered but still is quite strong. One of our best friends and kindest hearts, Patty Henderson, passed this year leaving us heart broken. She was our club mother for decades. She is the one who encouraged me to stick to tradition and hold the history for new members as well as welcome those who loved these old boats. Me and many others miss these great people long gone who were quick with a story, freely giving time and materials to make our boats work and warm stew to keep us late into the night. They all sail with us this year.

    Patty Henderson



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    Dennis was a NAVY veteran and served four tours in Vietnam. After his service his wanderlust took him on many international adventures. He completed advance studies in Chinese languages and culture. Later, back in the Bay Area he returned to his farming roots. Dennis and his second wife Andrea began farming organic lettuces, greens, and herbs first for Alice Waters/Chez Panisse, and later in SoCal for Wolfgang Puck/Spago and expanded to sell at farmers’ markets and to many high-end restaurants and hotels. He later turned his business over to his son Nate. All his lifeDennis and his brothers had a love for sailing and he lived most of his life on the water. In recent years he and his brothers raced Bluenose actively in SF. In SoCal he was involved with Bloodhound for many years, and recently restored Mayflower.
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