Dear Sailing Friends,
I have been racing sailboats since about 1954. In 1965, my first ‘ R Buoy was an Ensign Class in which I made all the NRYA regattas at the various yacht clubs around the bay. In 1970 I bought my Morgan 34 (same name in honor of my 4 daughters) and began racing it in the Twenty Hundred Club races, not particularly successfully as I recall. In 1987 I purchased my present ‘ R Buoy, a Carroll Marine Frers 36, modified for cruising with a 6 foot draft and a mast 2 ft shorter than standard. I added a 500 pound bulb to the boat as it originally was too tender.
I have had great fun with this boat, cruising it to Maine and racing it Wednesday nights in Mt Hope Bay and in longer Twenty Hundred Club races. As Twenty Hundred Club members will attest, the boat and its crew has performed very well over the years. This year we won the Fall race in Cruising Canvas I with an average speed around Prudence Island of 6.5 Knots. We also won the Mount Hope Sailing Association Regatta in the Cruising Class.
My wife and I are both 85 years old and while we still are able to sail the boat on nice afternoons by ourselves we feel the time is fast approaching when we should downsize to a day sailor. The boat is well equipped for both cruising and racing. It has rather complete electronics (no radar), an excellent engine (Westerbeke 21), bunks for 7, full cruising gear, and lots of sails. Cosmetically its teak needs work.
I’d like to see the boat still competing in Narragansett Bay. I hope to continue racing myself as crew for Bob Dixon who is planning to bring his F-3 into the bay. I haven’t established a price for the boat but am interested in talking with anyone who would be interested.
My phone # is 401 683-1858: my Email is JFBrady@aol.com
I look forward to hearing from you.