Team Kingsfold In a "Race to Alaska Edition" modified Stevenson Weekender sailboat

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The Sailboat

The line drawings show the stock design. Kingsfold follows the colored shapes.

Modifications made specifically with the R2AK in mind:

  • Added a crown to the deck amidships
  • Applied fiberglass to the inside surfaces of the hull bottom, sides, and transom
  • Built a Riccelli-designed hollow mast (one-piece for the Race, and a second folding mast for routine sailing)
  • Changed the cockpit structure to be self-draining
  • Covered all exterior plywood surfaces with Xynole
  • Enlarged the openings in the cabin bulkhead to accommodate berths extending under the cockpit seats
  • Filled the seat backs with foam flotation
  • Filleted the hull panel seams
  • Gave the cockpit seats parallel edges for sliding seat rowing hardware
  • Installed foam flotation under the deck surface
  • Lifted the cabin roof one inch
  • Made the forward hold water-tight
  • Raised the aft sheer
  • Replaced the bulk of the keel with a Riccelli-designed fin keel and reduced stem
  • Supported the bowsprit with a bobstay and whisker shrouds
  • Used a barn door rudder instead of the stock kick-up one
  • Widened the aft end four inches

Follow the boat's history here:

Team Members

Gil Bahnsen

"When I wore a younger man's clothes..."

Why I Am Racing

Maybe it was the ride in a trimaran on that lake in Salem, Oregon when I was little. Maybe it was the swimming lessons I enjoyed so much that summer way back when. Maybe it was the backpacking trips with the church youth group. For sure it was crewing on Frog's Leap, a 27' Island Packet sailboat, that infected me with the sailing bug.

But between the "maybes" and the "for sure", while I was a boy entering puberty, I received unwanted and abusive sexual experiences that negatively altered my life thereafter in ways I am only now, as a grown man in my fifties, beginning to understand. Statistically, I share these sorts of harmful, damaging experiences with 1/6th of all males.

I am finding help in several places. Online at the website links below is one of them. Building my sailboat to compete in the Race to Alaska is another, I think. Especially as the Race provides me an opportunity to share some good stuff with others.

So now I get to exercise my sailing bug and accomplish positive outcomes for all of us.

The Websites

If you are a man who had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences as a boy, check out and

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  • Get useful information
  • Chat one-on-one with a trained advocate (available around the clock)
  • Participate in an online, anonymous support group facilitated by a professional counselor (meets two days a week)

Male Survivor

  • Helpful information
  • Calendar for 3-Day Weekends of Recovery held throughout the US & Canada
  • Online forums
  • Resource directories

Ed Heyman

"Here is where it all started, in Hawaii 1974. I'm the one with the life jacket on."

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