August 22, 2013

Hey, Woodwind is Leaving Without Me!

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Adventurer

Adventurer with Woodwind heading out in the background.

Sometimes, when no one is looking, I escape!  This is the schooner Adventurer, which is owned by Mark Faulstick from Norwalk, Connecticut (my home state).  She was designed and built by the famous designer, John Alden, in 1928.  She has been a highly successful racer in the Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in class B (Woodwind also participates in class A).  The reason I am showing you these photos is to illustrate how detail minded she is constructed and, more important, cared for.  Nothing has been left to chance.   The canvas covers on hatches to protect the varnish is just one small example.  Despite the care, she is not a museum piece.  She is sailed well and hard.

The helm.  The wheel faces aft because it is geared directly to the rudder.  You stand to one side to steer.  This is very reliable and not uncommon.

The helm. The wheel faces aft because it is geared directly to the rudder. This is very reliable and not uncommon. Mark has fashioned a seat to straddle the gearbox.

 

The butterfly hatches are covered with canvas.

Mark, my heartfelt thanks for preserving such a gorgeous vessel.  See you in the fall.

The dinghy is not an afterthought.

The dinghy is not an afterthought.

 

The yachtsman anchor is carefully stowed and at the ready.

The yachtsman anchor is carefully stowed and at the ready.

Her crew are ready to head out (Mark is on the left).

Mark and crew.

Mark and crew.

 

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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