Monday, September 30, 2013
As was reported earlier, the Stone Horse, Belle Starr has proven to be an exceptional boat. And as documentation, I was recently gifted some photos taken by my good friend, John Kohnen of the Oregon Coots.
Here comes John with a boat-full of Coots now...
On Sunday, the last day of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, tradition finds the participants on the water for a "sail-by". This year was the first time I've joined the parade in my own boat.
Here she is, all dressed up in tanbark, overtaking the MerrieEllen.
For her first weekend out in several years, Belle Starr looked pretty good. At the helm is Kirk Gresham (AKA Captain Kirk) and his crew is Doryman, shooting photos left and right.
With John's permission, I offer you a sailor's view of the worthy cutter.
People often ask me why I find a strenuous, dangerous and difficult activity like sailing so rewarding. These photos tell it all.
Not looking too bad for an old horse.
After the morning fog lifted, it was another beautiful day on Admiralty Inlet.
Thank you John!
This week will be the last of the season for Belle Starr. The storms that have pummeled the west coast are abating, so hopefully the cutter will get a few more miles under her keel, before she is hauled out for the winter. Please stay tuned!