Friday, September 14, 2007

Caltopia 2007...

This past weekend, more than 25 vintage Cal boats assembled at our Encinal Yacht Club to celebrate the second annual Caltopia - a celebration of the boats built by one of the West Coast's great boat building collaborations: Jack Jensen and Bill Lapworth. Even Lat 38 picked up on the story.

Most boats arrived on Friday, and were treated to an evening of blues and folk music provided by Cal 39 owners Mike Serpan and Craig Tyler and friend Ted Tinson.

Saturday started with the EYC Fall Flea Market and Cal boaters were active buyers and sellers. A day of seminars - Kame Richards on sail trim, Mike Serpan on cruising the Cal 39, and Steve Seals on building boats at Jensen Marine in Costa Mesa - judging for the Concours d'Elegance and a fun all-Cal Regatta followed. The most fun, of course, was checking out other people's boats and getting to know each other.

The evening brought a barbecue by the EYC pool, followed by presentation of awards and an evening of jazz provided by my own group, Article 19. The Cal 39 Grimsby (one of only six Corinthian models built) won "Best of Show" in the Concours d'Elegance, and the Cal 40 Azure took first overall in the Regatta.

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