Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Westsail Rendezvous 2009 - Report To The Fleet."
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Westsail Rendezvous 2009 - Report To The Fleet.
The Northern California Westsail Rendezvous October 2-4 at San Leandro Yacht Club and Harbor was a great success thanks to the work of organizers Greg and Christy Johnson and Randy Leasure.
We also appreciated the financial support of the WOA.
San Leandro Yacht Clubs' - Rear Commodore Julie Brooker hosted the event and her husband Shane Brooker overcame the high winds to barbecue the dinner. Also assisting were Michelle and Bob Haynes and Fran Moon? they all worked very hard and provided a great meal Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The San Leandro Harbor staff and facilities were also very accommodating. We are looking forward to the deeper channel and harbor after the winters dredging is complete.
The Saturday night program included, a pre dinner movie and slide show of the work and repairs on several boats including WS 32 Pygmalion and WS 32 High Cotton. After dinner, Julie and Jim Focha shared with us photos and stories of their 2 year cruise in Mexico aboard their WS 32 San Francisco.
Persons of fame who attended:
Bud Taplin? Godfather to the fleet
LaDonna Budak? Editor of Latitude 38
Vessels and owners/crew in attendance were:
WS 32 Tortuga? Randy Leasure and Daniella, Randy was joined by several family members for Saturday dinner.
WS 32 Shoestring? Dennis Flick and Carmincita Valerio
WS 32 Pygmalion? Jay Bietz, Alen Jackson and Javier Kim
WS 32 Freestyle? Rick Morris and Dan Jenter? Rick stopped by on his 3 year cruise starting in Homer Alaska July 3, 2009 and is headed next to San Diego and points south and then west into the Pacific.
WS 32 Dharma Bum - Benjamin Boblett and crew.
WS 42 vessel name not known? Terry, Lauria, Edan and Casey Winkler
Owners in attendance w/o boats were:
Julie and Jim Focha? WS 32 San Francisco? just back from Mexico
Greg and Christy Johnson? WS 32 Finally? under major refit
Jim Brown? WS 32 Mandela? minor refit
Alan Jackson? WS 32 #36 High Cotton? under major refit
Bob Knoblich? WS 32 Soltero? Newport Beach, CA
Hugo and Cynthia Landecker? WS 32 Alexander? San Rafeal, CA
Gill Wright? WS32 Bobo? Emeryville, CA
Potential Owners: Bill Rosasco? was by for a short time and toured several boats.
Unfortunately, I missed writing down at least 2 other owners? names. If you were left out please email me and advise.
Thanks again for all the hard work that went into making the 2009 WS Rendezvous a success.
I will be announcing the dates for the 2010 Northern CA Rendezvous as soon as I have a confirmation from the San Leandro Yacht Club that we are on their calendar. Presumably, we will meet October 1-3 2010.
Westsail Rendezvous coordinator 2010.
Jay, good report but one small correction. Our boats name is Worldwind, not San Francosco.
OOPS -- I'll correct in my notes but missed last nights send to the group.