Gryphon

Yesterday I became aware of a new competitor out here on the great Atlantic race course and that is a gentleman named Henrik Masekowitz. Henrik is from Germany and is attempting to break the same record as I am- 137 days around the world, solo, non-stop, unassisted for a monohull boat 40' or less. Henrik started from France two days before I did and is sailing a Class 40 Akilaria RC 1 named "Croix du Sud", whereas as I am sailing an Akilaria RC2. Both boats were designed by naval architect Marc Lombard in France and built in Tunisia by MC-Tech- Henrik's in 2007 and GS2 in 2011. Pretty darn similar boats. I believe Henrik's web site is: http://www.soloceans.de and he is also on YB tracker at http://yb.tl/hmsailing.

So it is "Game On" sports fans... we have a race on our hands, which is I think is what both Henrik and I were hoping for in both originally trying to do the Global Ocean Race, which is no longer happening.

So here we are- completely unexpectedly- joined on the race course around the world- but he coming from France and me coming from Newport. I think the mileages are pretty similar and we will meet up at the equator and then sail the same course around the bottom of the globe- leaving the five great capes to port and Antarctica to starboard- and ultimately around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America and then back up to the equator and then splitting paths, with Henrik back to France and me to Newport.

Henrik's record attempt is also being reviewed by the World Speed Sailing Records Council in England as my attempt is. It's quite ironic, isn't it?

Upon reflection, I do think it’s pretty cool... as long as I win. :) However, if I break the old record but lose to Henrik, that could potentially suck... but let’s not go there girlfriend.

I know for a fact that this will sharpen my competitive instincts and cause me to push even harder, while remembering that you can't win unless you finish safely.

So, Henrik- I wish you safe and fast passage... just not too fast pal... and for the first leg... I'll wager you a bottle of fine French champagne I get to the Equator first- even with your two-day head start!

Best to all-

Joe aboard GS2- 28'21 N X 56' 14 W on 11/20/15

P.S. - A summary of the first week will go out this weekend. In the meantime see the photos, videos, and latest updates from onboard GS2 here: https://www.facebook.com/GryphonSolo2-235552776555708/ as well as at http://www.gryphonsolo2.com

At our club sails it would nice to have some kind of identification for new members as to where we are meeting for the sail. Many of our new members would not otherwise recognize the members of our club. This would take away some of their frustration in finding us. It would also be nice to identify our gathering to people passing by. Who knows we may inspire interest in our club. To do this we would need some sort of identification which is large and very portable. The solution might be to create a couple of bow flag banners similar to that pictured below.

These flags are a grand thirteen feet tall. They are quick to assemble and easily pack into a small carry bag. We could anchor the flags with either a stake  or a water ballast base.  

The flags could add to festive fun at club meetings, party gatherings, in front of after the sail restaurants, the banquet and at Strictly Sail. Indoors, we could place a fan under them to create a movement which draws attention and added festivity.If we print up some of these bow flags the orientation should be as in the illustration. Most of our summer breezes come from a more southerly direction and we mostly meet at the lake front of Lake Michigan. The fabric being white and the movement from the wind resembles sails on our boats.  -Jim Mueller

 

 

Since we have no more comments, I would like to see us make up the three banners pictured. I think Gary’s comment about “come join us” is more Invitational to both boat owners and people wanting to try sailing. My original “experience sailing” seems to be more invitational to people wanting to try sailing.

Berry has good point. A horizontal banner is more appealing A horizontal layout is more suited for indoor use and where a supporting wall or some other sort of structure is available. Besides, I want to see how Berry sets up this horizontal banner on an open paved surface.

For Sale: 1982 MacGregor 25
$6000

Eric Mueller
Cell: 815-275-7254

Boat ForSale EricMueller

 

This boat is in excellent condition other than the interior cushions are aging.

Includes:
3 sails: Main sail, Working Jib and 150 Genoa. CDI roller furler, Raymarine Autotiller
Mercury 7.5 hp long shaft outboard, Compass, Running lights, and a dodger to enclose the poptop and a porta-potty

Since I bought the boat I have replaced the furler , tabernacle, porta-potty and added the autotiller.

Also, included is a MacGregor trailer.  Most of the working parts have all been replaced. Including surge brake actuator, brake lines, hubs, bearings, brakes, wheels, lights and jackstand.

CatalinaPicture 4in 72ppi AnderssonCATALINA 25
RETRACTABLE KEEL 1982

All specifications are listed on separate sheet;

Propulsion;  9.9 HP Mercury with electric start and extra long shaft

Accommodations; V-berth, aft berth, head, ice box, dinning table, sink, solar ventilator on forward hatch. All newer interior custom cushions

Electronics and Navigation; boat speed and depth gauge, mounted compass. New Standard Horizon DSL marine radio with MMSI number, dual battery switch, FM radio with CD, new marine radio antenna, dockside electrical cable

Deck Equipment; Danforth anchor in forward locker, sail cover, fenders and lines, navigation lights

Sails and rigging; manual backstay adjuster, boom vang, jib roller furling, all sails reconditioned in 2016, all lines lead to cockpit, tiller

Extras; Lifesling, fire extinguishers,winch handles, tool kit, boat hook, extra hand holds mounted on interior on main hatch

Custom trailer with tongue extension

I will e-mail pictures at request

Contact;  George Andersson             Price  $ 6,500.00
              847-912-1023  cell
              847-746-1964  home
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Debbie Garrity is not selling her boat. This is posted for a friend, who also owns a Cape Dory (great condition!) I look forward to sailing with NWSA members this season. For more information about this boat go to Larsen's website at  http://www.larsenmarine.com/

CapeDory27

 

 

 

 

 

27' Cape Dory 27

  • Year: 1979
  • Current Price: US$ 19,900
  • Located in Waukegan, IL
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel

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I can not seem to add any more pictures in the prior post so I started this second post.

Larry H. thanks for the blow picture of Joan B. at Crowley's. Joan thanks for being the beautiful model.

 

 

So far we have whispered for attention. Would it not be more advantage to S-H-O-U-T  !!!  for attention like in the photo below?