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C.F. Koehler’s 10 meter Sally

If you love old wooden boats like I do, then you’ll love tooling around a boat yard. Koehler Kraft Boat Works, located on Shelter Island, is the hub of wood boat repair in San Diego. The boat works owner, C.F. Koehler, recently hauled out his 10-meter sloop Sally for extensive restoration work to her frames […]

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Common Sense, a.k.a. No Ka Oi

No Ka Oi is hull #1 of the Common Sense class of sailboats designed by Matt Walsh, of which five boats were built. Walsh began building the Common Sense Class in 1932, at the depth of the depression, as a way to keep his men at the Garbutt & Walsh boatyard in San Pedro employed. […]

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A closing thought for the year.

Even though it’s a busy commercial port, and home to the world’s largest military naval complex, there are times when you can be the only one on the waters of San Diego Bay. On a recent morning, my buddies Paul Plotts and Steve Morgan enjoyed one of those rare moments while bringing the schooner Dauntless […]

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San Diego Hot Rum Series, Race 3

San Diego Yacht Club’s Hot Rum Series has always been one of my favorite regattas to shoot. Unfortunately, going into the final race of the three weekend series, the weather report was calling for winds in the minus 10-knot range. Hmmm. Not the kind of conditions that favor rail down, bone in the teeth competition. […]

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San Diego AMSS Herreshoff Regatta

The old saying goes, the small boat makes the sailor. And if that small boat happens to be a Herreshoff, the more fortunate the sailor. Recently, the San Diego Ancient Mariners gathered an impressive fleet of Herreshoffs – including a couple Buzzard’s Bay 12 ½ – for a friendly, competitive day on the water. Originally […]

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Puerto Rico’s Traditional Chalanas

Caribbean regattas are famous for their racing fleets of traditional fishing and working sailboats. Native to Puerto Rico are the high octane Chalanas. Designed over a century ago for the hauling of sugar cane and fishing, these woodened flat-bottomed boats could easily sail up to the beach with their cargo. By the early 1970s Chalanas […]

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24-gun HMS Surprise

The HMS Surprise, a replica 18th century Royal Navy frigate, has been a part of the San Diego Maritime Museum fleet since 2004. Originally christened Rose, she’s best known for her appearance in the film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The filmmakers painstaking desire to recreate a 24-gun Lord Nelson era […]

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SDYC Hot Rum Series

San Diego Yacht Club’s annual Hot Rum Series, conducted over three weekends in the fall, is one of the largest and most competitive regattas for Southern California sailors. Having missed this years first race I dug into my files for some pictures from previous contest. With such a large fleet there’s plenty of opportunities to […]

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Privateer Lynx

The construction of the replica 1812 Privateer Lynx was a labor of love by life-long sailor and student of maritime history, Woodson K. Woodson. His goal was to create a living history museum that brings to life America’s struggle to preserve its independence during the War of 1812. I had the good fortune to sail aboard […]

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The historic Star of India

The San Diego Maritime Museum maintains one of the world’s finest collection of historic vessels. The fleet includes the oldest active sailing ship in the world Star of India. Living in San Diego has afforded me several opportunities to capture this magnificent vessel under full sail. A veteran of 21 circumnavigations, she is a vivid reminder […]

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