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Bump's World - November 2019
November 12, 2019
The single most import part of a sailboat race is the start. There are many different starting techniques. Most have some logic to them. One of the more popular is the Vanderbuilt start. Vanderbuilt owned a few J Boats of the 1920s that were about 130 feet long. He sailed with a professional crew of about 30, mostly from Sweden. He defended the America""s cup several times. He was famous for sailing 5 minutes away from the starting line with ten minutes to the start. After 5 minutes he would turn around and sail back to the starting line expecting to arrive at the second the race started. At 130 feet and over 150,000 lbs, maneuvering was not easy. Hard to speed up or low down.


Bump's World - October 2019
October 7, 2019
When I was growing up my dad wanted me to be a sailor. When I was 8, dad bought me a very cheap, plywood copy of an optimist. It was called a Sun Bird. I have never seen another one of these. My brother, Rick, and I sealed the joints and painted her. We installed oar locks for auxiliary power. Named her "Bumpa"


Bump's World - August 2019
August 23, 2019
I first worked for Baltic Yachts in the marine industry in 1979. The sweet spot for Baltic was the 39. The 39 was the perfect size for a family to cruise and do some racing. The 39 had a single enclosed aft cabin, which we called the owners stateroom, even though the owner almost always slept in the bow. It had hot & cold pressure water and a shower in the head. Gas stove and oven and built in ice box. It also had a full navigation station with a VHF, Loran C, and radio direction finder. By 1985 in the nav station had a Radar screen.


Bump's World - May 2019
May 10, 2019
I have done the Crocker Cup about 8 times and I have won it 6 times including last year. This was also on 6 different boats. I really like pursuit races and the Crocker is a good example of a pursuit race. The race is very well attended with often over 60 boats.


Bump's World - December 2018
December 12, 2018
I have been racing sailboats all my life. In the beginning as crew, I would see my skipper occasionally try to make his case before the race committee. Both times, when either he was protesting or was being protested, I saw a lot of emotion and not always the result he wanted.