We have been sailing the Santa Barbara Channel since our parents bought their house in 1973. My first sail I rented a Force 5 - a hot little 15 footer which I sailed out of the harbor into a pretty decent swell. After that I tried a sailing surfboard. Even at 30 I didn't have the strength for that.
Then Dad bought the Bali Hai - a 26 foot Columbia. When that was sold we sailed Nancy's Columbia 22. When that was sold we started renting at Santa Barbara Sailing Center.
Here Nancy and I are sailing a Catalina 23 on a typically gentle Santa Barbara afternoon - approaching the bluffs of Shoreline Park where my mother studied for the California bar exam under the shade of its trees. End of an era. - gwc
|Father's Day 2013 - Fordham men|