Selected Images from Sailboat Cruises
I learned to sail in a Rhodes Bantam while in graduate school at Cornell. Almost immediately, I bought an Alcort Minifish to fool around in and practice my skills. Later I bought a Cal T/4 and named it Alpha Carina because it was my first keel boat. Like most yacht clubs, the Ithaca Yacht Club was seriously into racing. The Cal T/4 was supposed to be fast, but it was designed to a specific rating rule and when that rule changed it was not competitive.
Actually, racing isn’t really my thing. I much prefer cruising. I started cruising in 1973 with my thesis advisor and his family. In 1974, I chartered a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands and cruised her for a week. In 1975, I spent a year in Toronto on sabbatical from the University of Illinois and brought Alpha Carina with me, sailing it to and from Ithaca, NY across Lake Ontario.
When I moved to California in 1978, I sold both my Minifish and Alpha Carina. I’m told the Minifish is still in Urbana-Champaign, but I have lost track of the Cal T/4.
In 1988, I started cruising again in small boats. These were all bare-boat charters captained by Glenn Andert, a co-worker at Rational, the Silicon Valley startup I was working for at the time. After leaving Rational, Glenn bought his own sailboat and sailed it to New Zealand, where he is now living. The last sailboat cruise I was on was in Glenn’s boat, Learjet, before he left for New Zealand.