Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Columbus Day Weekend 2008 Photo Rendezvous
Chip Ahoy and Malacass
October 12-13, 2008

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Whoa, Ford -- never mind the photos, watch out for those lobster trap buoys!  (Oct. 12, 2008)

Whew, no harm no foul -- or is that no foul no harm?  That was a close one, too close!

Heading in at the end of a beautiful mid-October day rendezvous.

The parting shot -- just before John's outboard problem.  (Oct. 12, 2008)

Day Two -- Second Rendezvous and Photo Shoot
October 13, 2008

The next day we did it again.  The weather wasn't as nice -- much more overcast and cooler, but with slightly better wind though out of the northeast.  (Oct. 13, 2008)

Finding Malacass out there was a bit more difficult.  When I first called John on our cell phones, he reported his location as "just off West Beach" off Misery Island.  I had to do a lot of tacking to get out of the harbor and up Salem Sound directly into the NE breeze so it took Chip Ahoy awhile.  I kept an eye on the Beverly shoreline for a Catalina 22 between it and Chip Ahoy, but saw nothing resembling one.  (The photo to the left captured John playing "Human Whisker Pole" as they sailed Malacass wing-and-wing!)

Eventually I called John again, learned he was heading past Bakers Island toward Eagle Island, well to the east of where I expected Malacass to appear.  He updated me that he was heading back toward Misery Island and back toward our harbor.

A little while later I thought I spotted a C22 in the distance crossing from inside Bakers Island toward Misery, sailing wing-and-wing.  I called and he confirmed that was Malacass, John, and his buddy Craig.

We soon met up at about 3:00 pm and headed back to our home harbor.  Here's Malacass with Great Aquavitae Ledge daymarker in the near background.

 Malacass heading toward Naugus Head, Marblehead on its portside and Salem Harbor between us.

Malacass off Naugus Head.  (Oct. 13, 2008)

Chip Ahoy approaching Malacass earlier in the day, the following photos by John Graichen.  Childrens Island, right, and Eagle Island are on the horizon.  (Oct. 13, 2008)

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Taking advantage of a late-season weather gift!
Sailing Season '08 is coming to an end

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