C350IA Bridge Officers
Irish Lady – Hull #413
I was raised in dry Oklahoma, both alcohol and water. This was before all of the beautiful lakes had been built. I loved the water, but had little experience. After college, the Army and some time in even drier New Mexico I ended up in Indiana. Indiana is an interior state, but there was a smaller lake near my Indianapolis home. I started sailing with a Venture 21, then Venture 22, then Hobie 14. I enjoyed every minute of my time on the water.
After I retired my wife, Joan, and I moved to the Panhandle of Florida. The first thing I bought was a Catalina 36. What a wonderful experience! We sailed often on Choctawhatchee Bay and a few longer sails across the Gulf. Finally we said goodbye to the 36 and purchased a 2006 Catalina 350 (sail #413) in April 2012 naming her the Irish Lady. We love it and plan to spend lots of time cruising.
Shore Point Marina, Bamegat Bay, NJ
MakeWay – Hull #207
When I was 14, I had the opportunity to participate in a summer sailing program sponsored by the Michigan City Yacht Club, in Michigan City, Indiana. The program was aimed at introducing teens to the joy of sailing and to provide crewing opportunities. The training fleet consisted of 8 or 9 Lightning sail boats (a 19-ft. centerboard sloop) and a couple of International Star Class boats. I was hooked on sailing after the first few lessons and continued with the MCYC program for a number of years. To foster my interest in sailing, my parents purchased an O’Day Ospray when I was 15. The boat, a 15.8 fiberglass centerboard boat, was light enough to keep on the beach, thus providing quick and easy access to the water. I continued to sail the Ospray until I joined the Air Force at which time I was relocated to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma with subsequent assignments at Wright-Paterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio and Wiesbaden, Germany.
Upon completion of my service we moved to Washington DC where, living within 5 minutes of the Potomac, we purchased a 17-foot O’Day Daysailor II. Sailing this boat with my son rekindled my passion for sailing and resulted to my purchase of an O’Day 27. We kept this boat in a slip near Shady Side, MD, and a perfect spot from which to explore the Chesapeake. The boat was also the right size for my son and his friends to cruise the local waters. Upon assuming a position with a company located in NJ, we sailed the boat from Shady Side to the Raritan Bay. That location was a great jumping off point to explore New York harbor and the Long Island Sound.
After several seasons of sailing the Northeast and a number of offshore courses (Ocean Masters Sailing Academy, Offshore Sail and Gulf Wind Yachting) we started chartering larger (45 to 50 foot) Beneteau and Jeanneau boats to explore the Florida and Alabama coast as well as the BVI. Having sailed these larger charter boats for a number of years, we were astounded by the roominess and comfort the Catalina C350 offered. The decision to purchase MakeWay was made just prior to the 2003 Annapolis boat show. At the show we met the Catalina management team and the newly formed C350IA Board and knew that we had made the right decision. MakeWay was delivered to the Winters Sailing Center yard in January 04 and sailed to its current location, Shore Point Marina, Bayville, NJ in May of that year. MakeWay has made three trips up the Long Island Sound and two trips down the Chesapeake.
Ocean Gate, New Jersey
Makani Kai – Hull #333
I’m not a “river rat” like my predecessor but as a kid in Duxbury, Massachusetts dug quahogs at low tide and learned to sail on a Beetle Cat when the water was in. I’ve owned sailing dinks, a Penguin…Lightning…..Bullseye….Columbia Contender 24….LeComte Medalist…..Catalina 310….and finally our 350 Makani Kai. I’ve crewed on PHRF classes, E-Scows, a Barnegat Sneak Box and enjoyed…as they say… all the thrills all the spills and none of the bills. My wife and I have chartered monohulls and catamarans in the BVI, the Abacos and are scheduled to return to the BVI this coming January. With these varied experiences I have come to truly appreciate the Catalina 350 for her comfort, flexibility and sailing characteristics. I’ve always been hands on and am constantly “tweaking” Makani Kai” inside and out. Tim Ryan and I got to know each other because his “Nora Clare” is hull #332 (yes, I tease him about owning an older boat) and when delivered the boats were next to each other in the dealer’s yard January of 2005. We have since cruised together in club flotillas and have often shared 350 stories. When Tim asked me if I would be interested in taking over the Tech Editor position for Catalina 350 IA I immediately said yes and hope to follow his lead to share with other owners how to make a great boat even better
Association Editor and Webmaster
Bruce MacGregor Whyte
Aussie Mate – Hull #357
My life on the water started at about age 8 years when I was introduced to a one cylinder “putt putt” fishing boat in South Port, Queensland, Australia by my grandfather. He was a keen crabber so we would go crabbing for huge sand crabs and spend time in his shack on the shore.
My first sailing was 4 years later on a 12 foot VJ in Sydney (Vee Jay, Vaucluse Junior skiff, jib, main and spinnaker, skipper and crew, banana board for the crew). We raced on Pittwater with the Avalon Sailing Club, just north of Sydney Harbour. We had probably the heaviest VJ ever built and were accustomed to losing sight of the rest of the fleet between the torpedo test tracks and other boats. This was followed by a family purchase of a Heron dinghy sailing boat that we sailed family style on Sydney Harbour and then some time in Flying Fifteens.
Serious sailing came many years later skippering Alicia, a 23 foot Junior Offshore Group sloop out of Hobart, Tasmania. Raced that successfully for many years in the Derwent River (site of the finish of the annual Sydney Hobart Race) and off the mouth of the River in the Tasman Sea, year round – read as cold as sin in winter requiring suitable starting fluids for the crew and hot as hades in summer requiring cooling fluids for the crew.
Took a break from boats for a number of years until my wife Kathy and I bought Rainbow, a 26 foot Newport that we restored and sailed for 3 years on Lake Lanier out of Atlanta. That was followed by Kakadu, a 34 foot Irwin for 4 years until we bought Aussie Mate, a Catalina 350, hull number 357, in 2006. Initially it was on the coast at St. Simons Island, Georgia but we brought it to the Lake to save the long tedious drives. It is still on the Lake but shortly is moving down to Brunswick, Georgia so we can do some cruising. Hence, we are in the process of outfitting her with the basics needed for comfortable cruises.
Additional sailing experiences have been bare boat chartering in the BVI and the Whitsunday Islands on the barrier reef in Australia. One trip from Reyjkavik, Iceland through Faroe, Shetland, Orkney Islands to the Caledonian canal through to Oban on the west coast of Scotland. The most recent trip was as navigator and crew on the 2012 ARC 1500 Rally from Hampton, VA to Tortola, BVI.
- 2013 – : Neville Edenborough, Niceville, FL
- 2011 – 2013 : Tim Ryan, Westampton , New Jersey
- 2011 : Jeff Blank, Plano, Texas