My (past) Pearson 39′ centerboard yawl, Natural Habits
Half way between Key Largo, Florida and Bimini, Bahamas
Click the image to enlarge. That’s me with my Peterbilt jacket and Coors hat and you can see my (then) wife’s legs.. She’s on her back looking up.. And another couple.. Sails were almost perfectly set.. The after edge of the two big sails (main and jib) should be parallel. Long wake behind the boat, we were maybe moving at 8.5+ knots.. That’s pretty good.. The boat sailing with us, Ticket, owned by Pat and Sue Segraves, had to run their engine occasionally so we could stay together. They took the shot. Key Largo to Bimini was about 109 miles.. 12 – 13 hrs across the Gulf Stream to clear customs, drink some beers, lots of snorkeling, watching for coral heads and Jimmy Buffet music! About 1980 or so ..
I owned 5 sailboats in five years. A pre-owned Venture 21 (Mandala), a pre-owned Santana 21 (Lobo), a new Ericson 23 (Solution), a new Pearson 28 (Natural Habits) and then a 2-year old Pearson 39 (Naturals Habits also) in 1976. I almost called the 39 Barracuda after the Wilson Sisters song Barracuda that was particularly hot at the time. Solution came from a Stevie Wonder song and Natural Habits came from a Michael Martin Murphy (Austin Hill Country musician) song called Good Ol’ Natural Habits about skinny-dippin’ and swinging from a tire swing into the creek. Natural Habits, of course, had to do with communin’ with Nature, Innate Intelligence, God, Source, the Cosmos, etc.
I remember moving the 39 down the Inner Coastal from the Chesapeake to Key Largo (5 weeks) during my 26th birthday. Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet was a hot song at the time! Goal setting and harnessing the subconscious mind ..I was way ahead of the game! PS I barely got out of high school and no family money. Nada, zip Meditating and goal setting!
Key West Varadero Cuba Race
In 2019, I ran across an article about the Key West Varadero Yacht Race that suggested the race began in 1997, ran for several years and was recently renewed “with tension easing” between the US and Cuba. I offered comments to that article suggesting the race was actually first run in 1978 and for which I participated in 1979..
As I remember, 1979 was the 2nd year the race was run… I sailed my Pearson 39 centerboard yawl to a third place finish in Cruising Class A with a 6th place arrival position (11th corrected) in 12:58min. Seems our start was around 4:30pm and we arrived at 5:28am attempting to sail around an imaginary island to the finish line in the dark… I believe I was the youngest skipper at 28.. I remember talking to Zurich American Insurance in some highrise somewhere and convincing them to insure my boat for which a number of other boats suddenly had insurance! 25 to 30ft seas, we were lucky to hit the finish line dead on 🙂 Ted Irwin sailed Razzle Dazzle and came in 2nd at 12:10min.
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PS All of the above is a product of what has become a lifetime of meditation, goal setting, harnessing the subconscious mind and following one’s nose.. Most lately, I am studying the mechanics of the source of intuition and the part it plays in reality creation.
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