SCYC Log Book, Page 10 – Undated
As it is with being famous, some men are born sailors, some acquire sailing and some have it thrust upon them. For instance, Bob Helen (Jr.), Andy Dixon (Jr.), (as well as Mrs. Jean Sullivan), young Tom Crowley and a host of others that are building yachting history hereabouts, couldn’t help becoming sailors; with fathers like theirs they silly had sailing thrust upon them.
But anytime you hear someone say that only youngsters can learn to be sailors, just point out what’s happening on San Francisco bay. If this keeps up a few years more there’ll be no landlubbers left in this city by the Golden Gate.
First there was Gene Edwards, stepping out of an office building and street clothes to become one of the ranking R-boat racing skippers on the bay. Next comes Cyril Tobin with a yearning for salt spray (and a lot of it he’s absorbed these last two years as anyone will testify who has sailed knee deep in water on the Galetea’s decks); and what does he do but take away another of Southern California’s prized trophies in the fiercely contested six meter division.
And now comes Everett Blanchard to acquire the gentile art of flirting with the vagrant breezes that blow between San Francisco and his country home of Capitola. Of course Blanchard cannot be called a landlubber as he has owned a couple of power boats. But a most sailing men will tell you, this only handicaps one in learning the real art of the sea.
Blanchard has often entertained at his Capitola home yachtsmen who make the annual race to Santa Cruz; and somewhere in the course of these parties has come the urge to join the gan afloat as well as ashore.
About a year ago he took his problems to George Wayland and a few weeks ago at the yard of George W. Kneass & Co., the ship that grew out of months of study took the water. The vessel is a jib headed, staysail rigged 55-foot schooner which Blanchard has named “Rejoice.”
The requirements called for, First, a boat that would last a life-time and be suitable for ocean causing in any kind of weather; and Second, the greatest possible speed that could be built into a heavy 55-footer designed for cruising.
How well both of these requirements have been met, the boat itself answers best. She is 55 feet on deck, 41 foot waterline, 13 feet 10 inches beam and 8 feet draft, and carries 1440 feet of canvas in her four main sails. The planking is 1 and 5/8 inch Oregon pine.
The sail plan was designed by Wayland with the idea of providing a reduced area that would balance, so the ship can be sailed in heavy weather without reefing; and yet wish plenty of places to rig light sails for maximum performance in light weather.
The Rejoice is undoubtedly one of the most completely equipped yachts on this coast, nothing being omitted that could contribute to the comfort of the owner and his guests while at sea. It has a separate electric generating set, the winch, water closet and some of the galley equipment being electrically operated.
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