PC article, Nov. 2000
By Rish Pavelec
For readers who know me, it will come as no surprise to read my confession of utter and total confusion. Being a man of routine, it has been too much for me to "skip" a month of the Mainsheet and the concept of combining two issues into one (because of the Etchells Worlds), was clearly "too much" for me. Mom was correct, I should have eaten more vegetables! I should never have spit, I should have always worn a sweater and I should never have run with scissors. Now, here I am and I haven't grown up to accomplish anything. Sometimes I think that Irmgard and Neva did this on purpose just so they could test Cissy's premise-the fragility of my mental state. Thank goodness that Laura O was able to grasp the concept and give a great accounting of this year's PC Nationals in last month's Mainsheet.
It seems like ages since I last gave a report. Cissy and I spent the last three weeks in France on another one of our language school and cooking school bicycle trips. We enjoyed our time away as usual. Upon arriving home, we had to continue with our ongoing home "remodel from hell." I admit to having missed out on much of the summer sailing and any of the other pleasurable activities in which I have found comfort in the past, but there is only so much time and so many things to accomplish. Were it not for the fact that I, from time to time, enjoy foul language, the months spent with the construction workers (here at home) would have been a complete failure.
As is always the case with PC Row, much is happening. By now you all know that Celeste, (Doug Holthaus's # 40) is back at the Club and sailing! Those readers who have not seen a properly restored PC should make a trip down to visit her-well worth the time!
A fellow from the Los Angeles area recently bought Hull # 61 and is having her trucked down to Koehler Kraft for total restoration. In the meantime, he has purchased #36 (now under restoration) and intends to keep both vessels here in San Diego for local sailing! This is great news! We will not only have yet another yacht added to the fleet, but can expect to see yet another fully restored PC added to our growing numbers, with another one soon to follow.
As I write, Jack Sutphen is arranging for the purchase/sale of hull # 49, down from Marina Del Rey. This will raise our numbers again! Jack and Bud are also helping with the sale of #66. There are two different buyers interested in this vessel. As I told you before, the PC fleet is like one big rabbit hutch!
Though Cissy and I missed it, I am told that this year's SailFest was another great success with six PCs taking part. Congratulations to our own fleet member, Troy Sears, for another job well done and for putting "another feather" in our collective fleet cap. Our annual "Around the Coronado Islands Race" is scheduled for October 15. With luck and wind, some of the fleet might even see land over that way!
Rish's Mystery Tour:
Well, that's all the news I have from PC row. I enjoyed a terrific day of sailing yesterday in a light 10-knot breeze. I look forward to getting back on track and enjoying the Club and sailing with the fleet. Fair winds to all!