I remember being a kid and looking at the boats at McKinley Marina in Milwaukee. When I was 8 years old my parents signed me up for sailing lessons at the Milwaukee Yacht Club. At the time my Dad enjoyed fishing and we had an old Chris Craft that wed fish from. Little did I know that sailing would play such an important role in my life. I learned so much from sailing over the years. Most importantly, that you constantly have to adjust to the weather and conditions around you. Sailing is one of those sports that builds great teams and offers tons of lessons.

 

Over the years, Ive tried to sail as many boats as possible. Its amazing how every boat is different. They each have their own character. My first boat was a C-Lark, a 14 sloop built by the Clark Boat Company. I also owned a Laser that I raced until college.

 

My first keel boat was a Gary Mull Mini-Ton. This boat was a lot of fun as we raced this boat quite a lot on Lake Michigan. The most memorable experience on this boat was finding the NOAA 007 buoy with a knotstick, calculator, chart and a compass. Then I bought a J-22, Special F/X, that had a scaffold truss mast. We hauled this boat to several MORC regattas and did quite well in our local fleet racing.

 

The first Sailor Bandido was a Mirage 338 built by Ken Fickett of Mirage Manufacturing. This boat was a great all-around boat. This boat was always a top finisher in every event we entered. The second Sailor Bandido is a Quest 33 built by Barrett Holby at Holby Marine. This Rodger Martin design is an exceptional boat. One of the great characteristics of this boat is how quiet it is going through the water. The boat just has great lines going through the water.

 

Hijo Del Bandido, is a J-80. Very similar to the Quest 33, this is turning out to be a great boat! I remember looking at this boat when it first came out in 1993. It is a very clean, easy to sail and well built boat. Im looking forward to participating in some class events.

 

Each year we plan to do at least one major event as our schedule permits. Hopefully we will see you on the water!

Sailing Background

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Captain, Chris Palabrica