Craig began his life on the water in the pool back in Delaware. He started swimming at 4 and by 6 was state champ in the
25 yard free (it's a small state!). His dad had a small boat with an out board that they would take to the Chesapeake to
picnic and swim. They also fished and camped off the boat. After moving to California in the early 80's, windsurfing became
his passion. The San Francisco Bay proved to be a wonderful spot to explore and sail. He even formed a windsurfing club
called "Windpower" that did trips over the weekend to different sites. Ten years ago, he started dreaming of owning
a boat. Then his girlfriend, Bridget (and future wife) bought him a Sunfish for lagoon sailing in Redwood Shores in 1991.
The boat would work for an hour or two and then sink. But Craig persisted and shared it with friends and his constant companion
Sierra (his Golden Retriever). Finally the boat would sail no more and was retired. In early 1999, he purchased another
small trailerable sail boat. A homemade dory of 20' that could sail parts of the bay, lakes and sloughs. It has a "505"
rig and can carry three comfortably. The "Hunky Dory" proved to be a huge painting project, but after many hours
of removing the old paint and putting on new, she was ready for first sail in Lake Elizabeth in Fremont. And boy could she
sail!! After a few early capsizes, Craig got her number and sailed the SF bay many times with her. In the summer of 2000,
Craig knew it was time for the big jump. He started scouring Lattitude 38 for the right boat. He contacted his friends Geoff
and Arnie and they decided to begin the hunt. With in a few weeks they had located a potential boat called "Addiction".
She had previously been owned by three guys who bought her to race and cruise the bay. They had done a great job of taking
care of her and after a few test sails and a successful survey she was purchased. As Craig once said, " This is a dream
come true". Over the last seven months, she has been a dream!!!
Pauls Bio -
Moved to California at age 10.
Most recent partner, bringing the percentage of Cal
grad partners to 75%.
Previous sailing experience:
25' McGregor, trailer sailed from Alemeda
18' Hobie Cat, sailed off the beach in Santa Cruz
Tradewinds Sailing School
Most useful information learned at sailing school:
"If you get embarassed easily then sailing's not for
Most Distinguishing Feature:
Almost as tall as Craig. Maybe even taller.
Murray McLeod’s Sailing
I began sailing in Lido-14s (more
or less self-taught) in 1974 after watching sailboats racing in the High Sierra
Regatta at Huntington Lake.
sure looked like a lot of fun, and in such a beautiful setting! I also bought a
Laser sailboat about
1976, and sailed the Laser and the Lido (“Thunder Chicken”) mostly on Millerton
and Huntington lakes, east of Fresno, and for a short stint in Dallas, Texas,
until about 1978.
At that time I decided to
“chuck-it-all” and I moved down to St. Thomas in the USVI where I got a crewing
position on a 63’ gaff-rigged cutter (“Tern IV,” a vintage wooden Claude Worth
design). I sailed around on this
boat for a couple months, exploring the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and
then helped sail the boat down to St. Lucia in the Windward Islands for the
hurricane season. Along the way we
stopped at most of the larger islands in the chain (Nevis, St. Kitts,
Guadalupe, Antigua, Domenica, and Martinique), and this started a long-term
love affair with sailing in the Caribbean!.
I returned to reality in 1979
and sold the “Thunder Chicken” to purchase a 17’ Thistle class sailboat in 1980. At that time, the Thistle was one of
the most active one-design racing classes in California, and we campaigned that
boat (“Screaming Yellow Zonker”) fairly successfully at regattas all over
Calif. Our “high-water” mark at
that time was a second place finish at the Thistle Pacific Coast Championships
in 1982 (with my soon wife-to-be, Linda, as my front crew). Around this time
I started to sail on larger
keel boats as well, and was part-owner of a Merit-22 sailboat from about
1985-1988. But big-boat racing never
held the same attraction of one-design racing, as handicaps and larger forces
requiring more crew seem to diminish the fun factor.
We moved to Madison Wisconsin
in 1989 and the Thistle came along with us. We were quickly assimilated into a newly-formed Thistle
fleet on Lake Monona in Madison.
That’s one of the nice things about being
in one-design sailing; there
is always a group of new friends who sail the same type boat waiting wherever
We lasted three winters in
Madison (did try a little ice-boating one winter!), but then bailed-out for the
warmer waters of Lake Alatoona northwest of Atlanta in 1992. Once again the
Thistle came along, and
the Thistle sailors of the Atlanta Yacht Club provided us with that ready-made
group of new friends.
I also bought another Laser while in
Atlanta, and raced that and the Thistle fairly successfully until self-employment
put a damper on racing activities.
We left the Screaming Yellow
Zonker behind in Atlanta (after 20 years of ownership!), when we returned to
Calif. in 2001. I was in a non-equity
partnership in an Emeryville-based Jeanneau-41 for a while, and in fact, I
lived on that boat, “Chaise á Voille,” (never could figure-out what that
means!) for a few months before buying our house in Vallejo. I then met up
with the great
bunch of guys who owned the Newport-30, “Addiction” around 2003, and have been
a member of that partnership ever since.
I have enjoyed sailing the
Addiction in San Francisco Bay for the last several years, while still racing
the Laser occasionally (I’m now a Grand-Master in that class, by age
only!). Also, I still crew for Fresno friends on Thistles occassionally,
especially at the High Sierra Regatta every year on the weekend when I’m not
sailing the Laser! In between all
that, we have also managed to do a couple bare-boat charters in the BVI on a
Jeanneau-45 and on a Lagoon-38 catamaran in the last few years.
Sailing Motto: Wind that is not filling sails is