Sun, wind, sail


I’ve had this sailing photo for years. It’s quite low quality, but sometimes, in doing a vector trace (Coreldraw) a mediocre photo can become a piece of art – or at least paint by number art. Love the blue. That’s sailing. The position that I’m in – fully extended – is called “hiking out”. The Laser is a board boat with a relatively large sail area. It doesn’t take that much wind before you are having to put your legs under the hiking strap, your toes on the toe rail – hiking out to keep the boat sail more or less perpendicular to the water. The spray of water hits you and it feels SO GOOD!

Going to post just this much and then add a second post in the coming days about my full history with the Laser / Performance Sailcraft and Mr. Ian Bruce, who designed the Laser.  Some times bad things – like losing my rudder / tiller assembly to the depths of Dickie Lake lead to rare opportunities – like meeting someone who designed the top one-design sailboat in the world.  More on that coming in another post.

2 thoughts on “Sun, wind, sail

    1. I thought of it again this summer when I was out sailing – I mean taking my snorkeling gear and seeing if I could find it. But first, what use would a second rudder be to me (maybe $100 on kijiji?) and second, it is much deeper where I lost it than I would want to go (pressure in the deep bothers my ears), it’s cold down deep and it would likely be covered in silt and hard to see.

      Some people pay $200 or $300, maybe more, to sit in an audience of several thousand and listen to Oprah. I walked into the office of the man who designed the most popular one-design sailboat in the world and had at least 10 minutes of one on one, got to see the prototype of the Laser rudder assembly which was inauspiciously placed in a standing-on-the-floor-leaning-against-the-wall position behind the door and I could honestly tell him that I had done a book report about him as a Canadian entrepreneur when I was in grade 7 or 8 (just before the Laser that I would ultimately buy used, years later (as the 4th owner) was being built. And more, I actually sent my resume to Performance Sailcraft, then in Hawkesbury, Ontario to be an International Marketing guy for them (the government was subsidizing that kind of thing at the time) when I went to Montreal to study for my MBA. Mr. Bruce commented to me on why, at that time they were in a precarious financial position and could not have possibly taken anyone on in that role.

      I eventually bought the rudder and tiller assembly from Hans Fogh Marine, next to the QEW near the 427, (referred there by Ian Bruce) but I always feel like I got value for my money because of that encounter with Ian Bruce.

      Thanks for writing a comment, Paul.

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