The last couple weeks, Martha’s crew has stayed busy getting ready for our next leg down the coast. Among the various projects completed, Martha was rigged with all new halyards! Thank you  to New England Ropes for the discount and support.  In between projects we visited Angel Island and Bolinas Bay and day sailed with the crew of Seaward out of Sausalito. We are currently in Alameda and will be headed back to SFYC on Friday morning.

On Sunday, Martha will be racing in the Leukemia Cup and the Schooner Martha Foundation has set a goal to raise $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To make a donation, click on Team Martha and to learn more about the Leukemia Cup, go to leukemiacup.org

New Halyards From New England Ropes

New Halyards

Martha and Seaward Crew

Martha and Seaward Crew

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Racing In The Bay

It was an exciting day on San Francisco Bay this past Saturday as the Bay filled up with beautiful classic schooners getting ready to race in The Great San Francisco Schooner Cup. Winds  were between 15-20 kts the whole afternoon, with a strong ebb flowing out of the bay. The sailing was fabulous, with a strong showing from the Bay schooners. MARTHA’s new sail plan worked very well. We hit all the design parameters and were pointing very high and footing. Kudos to Sandy Goodall, Sean Rankins of Northwest Sails, Holly Kays, and all the volunteers who helped put MARTHA’s sails together.
The start was staggered, and MARTHA started 35 minutes after the first boat. There were 10 schooners overall and an honorary schooner/ketch chasing everyone. We started catching other boats by the windward mark and were able to reel in the fleet by the bottom of the course. We were able to pass Elizabeth Muir as the boats started climbing back to weather (between Alcatraz and the city front). Local knowledge prevailed on the beautiful schooner Elizabeth Muir and they nipped us by 3 seconds with an exciting gybing duel at the finish. The schooner sailors were impressed with MARTHA’s speed and we think they are going to adjust our handicap.

For some more photos of Martha during the Schooner Cup, Jamie Sherman took some wonderful photos. Here is the link:

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Martha and Elizabeth Muir coming down to the finish line.

 

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Martha Returns To San Francisco

Yesterday, after a five day passage down the coast, Martha passed under the Golden Gate bridge and into San Francisco Bay, marking the end of the first passage of her offshore year. The trip was a complete success and Martha was more than up to the challenge. There was much cheering  as we passed under […]

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Please come

Wednesday evening, the 20th of August,  Doug Jones and Deb Dominici have graciously offered their home to be open for a get-together to wish Martha and crew fair winds for the voyage.    Please join us from 7-10 at 538 Fillmore in Port Townsend We would also like to take this opportunity to THANK ALL […]

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Martha Fundraising Auction A Success!

Our deepest thanks to Ollie and Janice,  Allison, and the crew at the Hazel Creek Barn for all of the hard work they put into organizing and hosting the Schooner Martha Party and Auction on Bainbridge Island last Saturday. Thank you for all of your support!    

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8 Days till Departure for San Francisco

The crew has been busy working around the clock to get the boat ready for departure in a week! As of yesterday, the water maker and High Frequency Radio are both installed and working beautifully. Ryder, the small boat, has received some good TLC from sand paper and brushes, as well as her oars. Martha herself […]

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Count Down Off Shore 2014-2015

July 20th,  MARTHA is in the midst of her Summer programing and in between sailing adventures the crew is busy with maintenance and upgrades to prepare for the August 23rd departure to SanFrancisco. The past trip to the Canadian Gulf Islands ” CRISR” the crew finished the hand work on the Main Stays’yl and it […]

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Classic Mariners Regatta

MARTHA  and crew just finished the 2014 Classic Mariners Regatta and boy, what a hoot. The weather has been strangely warm this spring  and at times we have had an odd wind direction and strange wind shifts. Saturday started light with a East/North/East wind and by the end of the day it was a ripping […]

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Thank You Swiftsure

Just returned from a weekend adventure sailing the Swiftsure International Regatta. The theme this year was “Swiftsure, Always a Challenge” and it certainly lived up to the quote with all of the weather challenges. The regatta committee did a fantastic job of having everything well organized and helpful and seemed to be having a good […]

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2014 SAILING SEASON DRAWS NEAR

Spring fit out has been very busy and MARTHA has a great deal of new safety equipment and rigging upgrades. Our shake down sail went well and we had the Port Townsend school system “OCEAN” class out for the seasons first sail. We look forward to sailing again on Saturday. The new Main sail and […]

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