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, and all outside plywood surfaces
- Built a Riccelli-designed hollow mast (one-piece for the full Race, and a second folding mast for routine sailing), sealed to float in the event of a capsize
- Changed the cockpit structure to be self-draining
- Drilled scuppers in the toe rails amidships
- Enlarged the openings in the cabin bulkhead to accommodate quarter berths extending under the cockpit seats
- Extended the coamings to the back of the cockpit, effectively increasing the freeboard there
- Filled the seat backs with foam flotation
- Filleted the hull panel seams
- Gave the cockpit seats parallel edges for Gig Harbor Boat Works' sliding seat rowing hardware
- Installed four-inch-thick 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: http://kingsfoldsailboat.blogspot.com/
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 scars from Adverse Childhood Experiences with 1/6th of all males.
My first emotional wounds came from physical abuse and then abandonment by my dad when I was only a few years old. Lacking a loving father made me easy pickings for the convicted pedophile who was given a leadership position in the church youth group I belonged to in my early teens. Subsequent scars resulted from his unwanted attentions.
This isn’t the place for names of people and organizations. But I was a boy, in a youth group, who was sexually abused. Lots of boys know what I am talking about, no matter what their age is today. Each one of our stories is unique, but they share enough that we can still relate to each other. Having a fellow to talk to about what happened contributes to healing the wounds we carry.
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.
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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)
- Helpful information
- Calendar for 3-Day Weekends of Recovery held throughout the US & Canada
- Online forums
- Resource directories