The 2015 Master Mariners Regatta proved to be an exciting if not a difficult race.  There was a little of the first and a lot of the second with a strong flood ripping through the gate.

MARTHA was fortunate to have a great after guard of local bay talent with our crew member John Callahan,  San Francisco Yacht Club Staff Commodore Bill Melbostad and the respected Skip Allan helping to provide tactical info about wind and current.

There were  8 boats in our class but the two we really had to keep an eye on were ELIZABETH MUIR, start time 12:45  and  PURSUIT start time 13:05.  Meaning we had to reel in the fleet in front and try to keep PURSUIT in range.  Our plan would be to hold her as close as possible on the weather legs and to  out reach her with a Kite and Golly.

Reeling in PURSUIT

Reeling in PURSUIT

We had a great start and stretched out from PURSUIT on the way to Little Harding; but PURSUIT crushed us on the weather leg to Blackaller.  We had a clean jibe set with the chute and it was time to set the Golly; unfortunately we snagged on something and tore the Golly during the set.

With the Golly out of commission we went on the hunt and reeled her in on the reaching leg to SouthHampton Shoals.

PURSUIT  (remember her mainsail was built by Sean Rankins of NorthWest Sails) is well sailed and powerful,  they would not let us over the top and we couldn’t sail through her lee. We had the inside track and rounded just ahead of her and it was quite a sight to see her wind up to weather and step out.

In the end we couldn’t hold her and she sailed to first place.

PURSUIT 2

PURSUIT 2

MARTHA sailed into second place and third place went to ELIZABETH MUIR.

Thanks to the Encinal Yacht Club for hosting MARTHA and the Master Mariners Regatta and to the Master Mariners Benevolent Association for putting on such a great event.

See our Facebook page to view videos from the race.   Remember, you don’t need to be a Facebook member to see photos and videos.

 

PUSUIT 3

PUSUIT 3

In the lee

In the lee

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Where it all began.

The crew from the Schooner Martha Foundation has been working for 19 years to get to the point where MARTHA was ready to return to this event.    All of the volunteer work and support from the community is paying off and MARTHA is here!

In 1996 when the seeds for MARTHA’s resurrection were planted, the goal was to have her ready for a return to her birth place “San Francisco” to race the MasterMariners Regatta.

Well almost 20 years later not only will MARTHA compete in the Master Mariners but has also participated  in a full year of classic yachting events that will culminate in a participation in Transpac .

Martha gets new frames

Martha gets new frames

All of these wonderful things would not have been possible with out the support from so many of our community and the technical and philosophical support of the Port Townsend Marine Trades and the Port of Port Townsend.

Volunteers and Donors Make Restoration Work Possible

Volunteers and Donors Make Restoration Work Possible

It is a great achievement, not only to have restored MARTHA to her racing health but to have insured that she and her mission of Maritime Cultural Education continues into the future as we hand the torch to the next generation.

Sail training programs for youth

Sail training programs for youth

 

 

 

Thank you to Encinal Yacht Club for hosting us and the Master Mariner’s Regatta this coming Saturday.

Schooner Power

Schooner Power

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Point Conception to Santa Cruz

MARTHA and crew enjoyed a rare gift from Neptune, San Diego to Santa Barbara in 24 hours. After a two day respite we made an early morning journey to Cojo Anchorage at Pt Conception.   After resting and checking over everything,  we boogied North to Santa Cruz arriving in 26 hours. We had to motor the distance but […]

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Yesteryear Regatta Report

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Santa Barbara, Channel Island to San Diego

MARTHA is tucked snuggly in at the San Diego Yacht Club after a wonderful adventure to Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Catalina Islands.  It was a trip of full days of sailing, hiking, snorkeling and even a night sail.   It was a pleasure introducing MARTHA to new friends and re-newing relationships with past sailors who […]

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The Channel Islands to San Diego and the Yesteryear Regatta

MARTHA departs Santa Barbara today after a few days of maintenance and provisioning. The Regatta will be May 9th and MARTHA will be dockside  at the San Diego Yacht Club May 5th /10th. After the Regatta on May 10th MARTHA will depart for San Francisco and if Neptune is willing we will arrive in time […]

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Newport Harbor

As we move closer to our Santa Barbara to Channel Islands trips we are busy varnishing, painting and doing the general maintenance that MARTHA deserves and demands. Not to mention getting ready for Transpac which is on it’s way,   July will be here before we know it!   Our visit to Newport Harbor has […]

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Pre Schooner Cup Life line Switch Out

For those wondering about MARTHA’s new Stainless Steel Life lines here’s the scoop. Prior to November of 2014 the US Sailing and ISAF  special regulations that govern safety standards for off shore racing Category 1 prescription years 2014-2016 allowed for Stainless  or Dyneema life lines. And of course we installed Dyneema because of it’s good […]

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A view of the America’s Schooner Cup from MARTHA’s helm.

  The morning of the Schooner Cup revealed an overcast sky with a thick marine layer blanket over San Diego. The forecasts from various sources predicted wind West North West 7 to 10 with one outlier predicting West 12. The decision was made to bend on the Genoa,  MARTHA and crew motored out to the […]

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Silver Gate Yacht Club / Countdown to the America’s Schooner Cup

A huge thank you to the fine members of the Silver Gate Yacht Club  here in San Diego for their warm hospitality. The upcoming America’s Schooner Cup event is not only a wonderful gathering of fine boats, but also a benefit for the Navy-Marine Relief Society. We have been able to repair some stitching on our […]

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