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Perry Rendezvous Port Ludlow, Washington August 24-26, 2007

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:38 am    Post subject: Perry Rendezvous Port Ludlow, Washington August 24-26, 2007 Reply with quote

You are all invited to attend the annual Perry Rendezvous in Port Ludlow Washington August 24-26, 2007.
See http://latitudesailingassoc.org/perry.htm for details.

Once again Judy Nasmith is the organizers. Many thanks to her for all her effort. If you plan to attend, you can contact her at judy@northwestyachts.com

You don't need to even bring your boat.
regards,
Harvey Karten
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Report on the Perry Rendezvous, Port Ludlow, Washington
August 24-26, 2007

Thanks to Judy Nasmith, organizer, this was a wonderful get-together.
Port Ludlow is lovely little harbor on the Olympic Peninsula, about 15 miles south of Port Townsend, home of a major wooden boat festival (Sept 7-9). There were excellent slips, at about $40 per night for a 40 footer, a nicely appointed dock, lawns and a large tent set up for the rendezvous - in case of the very odd event that it might rain in the Pacific Northwest!
Lots of various Perry designs, Babas (30, 35 and 40), Tayanas (37, 48 and 52), Nordic 447, Passport 40, Saga 35, Valiant 37 and several Valiant 40's, and his newest creation, the amazingly fast Flying Tiger 10Meter. Bob Perry was on the docks to take lines of the boats as they arrived. Pretty cool to have the designer help receive so many different models of his elegant designs.

There was a pleasant and relaxed gathering on Friday afternoon, and evening bonfire, and then a busy Saturday. Bob Perry spoke for an hour on Saturday morning, describing the interactions on Sailing Anarchy leading to the final design of the "Boat in a Box" Flying Tiger 10 (FT10). An owner described the performance of the FT10 as simply over-the-top in terms of speed. It is not intended to be a "performance cruiser" - it is an out and out race boat, capable of 20+ knots in a monohull! For optimal performance in races, it likes to have about 8-9 in crew - preferably 'gorillas' to act as ballast on the rail.

In his description of the design process, Bob showed himself to be highly articulate, witty, and very quick with the repartee.
When asked about reefing the huge main on the carbon fiber mast and boom, his response was a coy "why would you want to reef?" This is man who has not forgotten how to design a fast boat. The FT10 is apparently giving lots of J-Boats a thrashing. It is one of the new and exciting one-class racer in those places where groups are already assembling.

Bob also spoke of his other designs, was a delight in every way.
Bob also got a plug in for his forthcoming book, a collection of his essays on boat design, published in each issue of Sailing. (No, not Sail Magazine, just "Sailing" - that lovely large format magazine that makes no apologies for concentrating on complex sailing issues, gorgeous pictures of sailboats, etc.

Brion Toss, the well known rigger from Port Townsend, author of "The Rigger's Apprentice", and equally articulate speaker, then spoke about rigging - standing and running. His theme was the "10 year fuse" - What is the anticipated lifetime (His answer? -'Well, it depends upon a lot of variables'). Also a very gifted speaker, pulls no punches. If I had my boat in that part of the world and was planning a major offshore, I would definitely want Brion to do a rigging survey to tell me the condition of my rig.

Lots of time to chat with Bob and Brion and with the other owners. Several people showed up without boats (ourselves included), but were made most welcome in the best tradition of the Pacific Northwest.
Lots of booze and food, prizes and lovely cartoons of boats by Perry. Winner of the award for the person(s) who owned the greatest number of Perry designs - Tom and Carolyn Beard (Tayana 37, Baba 30, Tayana 52, Panda 40), and lots of other awards, all chosen and announced by the Man Himself, Bob Perry.

Potluck dinner was a demonstration of the skills of boat owners to prepare great food in a small galley (or sometimes, to order in from a local restaurant?!). Great country western music by Bob Perry and his friends. Bob is an avid guitarist, but doesn't mind playing the background, while the singer held central stage. Kurt Bischoff, a Tayana 37 owner for more than 20 years, showed his talents as a fine drummer. Bob's dog (?Mork?) proved endearing.

We had to leave before the planned boat tours on Sunday morning, but even the short visits we made to other boats on Saturday afternoon inspired lots of new ideas for mods to our own Tayana 37 Night Heron.
'Twas a wonderful gathering, and many thanks to Judy Nasmith, Bob Perry, and Brion Toss.
your reporter,
Harvey Karten
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