Steve & Pamela Madeira
2002 Season Champion
2004 Season Champion
2005 Season Champion
2008 Season Champion
2010 Season Champion
When I bought my boat in 1998, I was actually the 5th J/120 on the Bay. Within 6
months, I was the only one - whoops! Luckily, enough people eventually saw the
benefit both of the boats, and of one-design racing. And given the choices available,
there really wasn't anything but us between the bumper boats of the J/105 and the BIG
ticket Farr 40s. With 10 on the line and an 11th on the way, I think time has
validated my thinking.
Many people ask me why I named the boat Mr. Magoo, and there really is no one answer.
But what it really boils down to is that, like Mr. Magoo, we have a tendency to
stumble through life running headlong into precarious situations and somehow, with
the intervention of Providence, coming out all right. In fact, some of our best races
have been those where we faced some bizarre obstacle just getting to the line. And
some of our worst have occurred when we were totally organized and on time. Maybe I
should have called it Mr. Goodwrench so things would have worked out differently, but
then what fun is that?
I have been fortunate enough to sail with, and against, some really great folks. We
have had some very high highs and some very low lows, but on balance - and with the
intervention of Providence - it has all worked all right. I guess I named it right
The Desdemona crew have come together over a couple of seasons to their current cast of rookies. The core crew sailed with John on Fast Lane, a J/35. After winning the J/35 NA's and the SF Bay highpoint series, John got a offer from a Southern Californian to buy the boat, coincidently when a local J/120 was up for sale at a reasonable price. So the whole gang moved over to a bigger boat and have never looked back.
The Desdemona crew has had a terrific time getting to know her and have sailed the entire west coast of the US in 2003. Of all the boats the gang has sailed (J/35, 1D35, Farr 40 and Santa Cruz 52), they love the J/120 the most, not just because of the boat but because the fleet is so much fun.
One night after a lively discussion about sailing a few of us thought it would
be fun to do the Transpac race. After an exhaustive search we found a great boat
that would not only be a good ride to the islands but also a fun boat to race in
San Francisco bay. As it turns out, it’s a great, competitive fleet in an awesome
venue. For a bunch of Chicago guys sailing in the bay it’s a new and exciting experience.
John & Nancy Callahan
Seth & Lauren Neiman
Timo bought Twist in December 2000 and had grand visions of using his boat as a weekend bachelor pad in the city as well as an "off site" office, anchored behind Angel Island. Six months later, Timo quit his job (so much for "off site" working idea) and called his sailmaker to discuss putting together a racing program.
Since then, Timo & Hilari got married (so much for the "bachelor pad" idea), and Twist has been active in the local racing scene, completed the Coastal Cup, went to Long Beach for North Sails Race Week, and has done a few double-handed races as well. Hilari races on the full-crewed events, but thinks that off-shore and short-handed racing is a little nutty.
When Twist isn’t busy racing, Timo & Hilari enjoy taking their friends out for day sails, often ending up in the lee of sunny Angel Island (no laptops, please).
Eric & Christy Chin
2003 Season Champion
2006 Season Champion
2007 Season Champion
2009 Season Champion
2011 Season Champion
2012 Season Champion
2013 Season Champion
When Barry got tired of being wet all the time sailing his Laser II (not to mention the physical abuse of full-on hiking) he thought he would upgrade to a fast racer-cruiser keelboat to parade around the bay and out into the ocean on weekends. Racing?.... well maybe eventually but not right away.
Then Steve M. puts together a J/120 Clinic in early summer 2001 and Barry has a ball going around the buoys and only rounds up.... maybe one or two times. So.... two weeks after taking delivery, Chance does her first race, The Second Half Opener, everybody has a complete blast going out to Bonita and back down the estuary (not to mention the party after) and Barry and Blake (his son) are completely hooked.
So with a lot of help from lots of people in the Fleet, as well as local sailmakers, the Chance racing crew came together and two years later are still sailing together having a ball out on the racecourse. Not a lot of cruising happening yet; there are too many great regattas to compete in for right now!