May I present to you the 1958 bounty sloop Vashti. A racing cruiser, she was designed by Phillip Rhodes and built by Fred Coleman and the Aeromarine Plastics Company in San Rafael, California. At over 40’ long, the Bounty II’s were the largest fiberglass boats built at the time. Vashti was the first Bounty 2 to join the Detroit racing fleet.
In September 1958, she was delivered to John Detweiler, then commodore of the Grosse Pointe Club east of Detroit, and has spent her 60 years virtually conquering the great lakes. She’s won countless prestigious races, including winning her class of the Port Huron to Mackinac race up and across Lake Huron in 1959, again in 1965, and again in 1993.
Being from the Bay Area, she was designed for much more. Tami and I hope to be the first of her stewards to introduce Vashti to the oceans was meant to sail on. The only problem is we don’t know how to sail. Yet.
But we’re going to learn. Everything. And this is our story. Cue the montage.
We’re joining the Detroit Yacht Club and cutting our teeth on their fleet of Flying Scots keel boats. We’re crewing on races and regattas and literally learning the ropes. We’re going under the wings of the experts of Weather and oceanography like Lee Chesneau and Frank Bohlen. We’re learning everything it takes to live aboard a sailboat in the middle of the ocean rom the people that have spent their lives out there, like Pam Wall and Andy Schell. And we’re going to figure out what it takes to make sure we can bring along our best friend, our dog, Tesla. We’ll continue to dig up everything we can find about this amazing old plastic boat, and meet the families of the people who took Vashti to such great heights of racing during her 60 years. Our first goal is a 48-hour sail up to one of the most beautiful group of anchorages on the planet, the North Channel of Georgian bay, something we hope to be prepared to do this coming Summer. And you can see it all right here on our youtube channel, and on our blog at sailingvashti.com
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