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Chicago, IL
About Me:
My two greatest passions are sailing (racing and cruising) and downhill skiing. I also like hiking. biking, and racquetball. I like to travel, visit new places, meet interesting people. I like most things outdoors---especially the mountains. I run and own a design firm, I like photography and art and I don't watch much TV. I chair the Columbia Yacht Club Cruising Fleet, run the Endeavour Owners Forum and C&C110 Owners Group.
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Evanston, IL
Destinations visited:
Most of North America and all of Europe.
Looking to:
I would like to travel more, learn how to fly, go heli-skiing. Sail the North Channel and maybe do some ocean racing. I'd consider living in a different part of the world.

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At 11:07am on March 28, 2010, jage north said…
Hi Paul,

It's a lazy Sunday morning. Wasted time thinking I was uploading some photos to my page, only to discover that I had only changed my profile picture to one I didn't want. Sigh. I wish I were more savvy with this site. I guess I have to upload to my photo album.

Too bad I'm not nearby to take your single handed sailing course. Maybe you can stream it! I consider myself adventurous, but am pretty chicken when it comes to singlehanding. The times I have, have been simple ICW runs. My boat isn't set up very well for single handed sailing I don't think. Also, it seems like so often some darn thing goes wrong and it sure is nice having someone else on board if for nothing more than moral support. Last year I was motoring across the Okeechobee Waterway when the engine died, in the middle of no where, of course, and wouldn't restart. I was able to tow the boat with my dinghy to where a mechanic friend could meet us to help. We had already determined it was the fuel pump (the lift pump). He installed an electric one and we were on our way for two more weeks circumnavigating South Florida. In that instance it sure was helpful having someone along to steer the boat.

So, what boat would you want if you were going to sail across oceans? I belong to SSCA and most of the people who write in are on fairly large, 48+, boats with deep drafts. Here in Florida, over a 4 1/2' draft is a lot. I draw 5 feet and manage, but barely. Thank goodness for unlimited towing insurance!

I made a list of boat repairs/chores yesterday. It was long, and some of the items substantial. It isn't essential for sailing, but I want to take off my bow pulpit and have it straightened. I was coming into the fuel dock last year and a danfort anchor I had hanging from a stanchion got caught on a piling and bent the pulpit. That time having a crew on the bow didn't help! You don't really notice it too but I know it's bent.

Speaking of boat chores...

Jage
At 11:59am on March 22, 2010, jage north said…
Hi Paul,

Sorry to be so long in responding: I'm trying to limit my computer time as it is far too time consuming! It looks like you are even more obsessed with sailing than I am. I identify with your reasons for racing. I crewed on a J-24 when I lived in NH, for social reasons also. I did the foredeck work, which was a joke because I'm not very fast. When I stopped and he got someone else, they started winning!! I agree about learning by competing, in just about any sport.

I looked at the photo on pbase.com. Is it your photo? The boat is gorgeous! How fortunate you are to be able to sail/race on it. The photos on Seaknots are also beautiful. I also hiked the Grand Canyon many years ago with my daughter and we were just talking about doing it again this summer. We also talked about doing one of those rafting trips. One went by when we were at the bottom of the canyon and we said we were going to do one but haven't--yet.

I used to be passionate about skiing as well, even though I never was very good. Now I'm lucky if I get to ski once a year. Once I took up sailing, the skiing took a back seat, I'm not sure why.

I'm not sure what boat I would want to cross oceans in. I'm with you on the upper 30's, lower 40's as a good length of a couple, although I would lean toward the shorter end as it is simply less boat to take care of--and less expensive. I always think fast is good as long as it doesn't compromise the sturdiness. I always though a J boat would be great until I spent two months on a J-42 circumnavigating Vancouver Island. Fast, yes; she would move in no air. But the workmanship was of poor quality. And for me, the accommodation has to feel comfortable as well. I need light! I was on friends' Moody 42 yesterday, which sailed across the Atlantic, and it was like a cave down below. So, it's all very personal, isn't it? What are your ideas?

So,that's enough for now. I'd better get on to some boat chores...

Jage
At 10:46am on March 19, 2010, jage north said…
Hi Paul,

I would sail/cruise most anywhere, but the Mediterranean is probably the most appealing. But it's a long ways from here and one needs a pretty good boat to cross the pond. I'm not much of a racer, but do from time to time. I did the Marion to Bermuda Race in '97 and can claim to be the first woman/owner to compete in that race. Didn't get much credit from the good ol' boys!
At 4:31pm on February 14, 2009, LOLA said…
After seeing your beautiful and exciting photos......so what do you do in your spare time?

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