JAMAICA ME CRAZY By Pete Hill
As a 20 year old sailor, I went to the Norfolk Naval Base Enlisted Club for a beer (or two) with some friends. We noticed a large group of people meeting in an upstairs room, (about 50), and we stood in the back out of curiosity to see what was going on. Enter the Norfolk Naval Sailing Association!
Having maybe a week in port between cruises, I joined up and began training. Having built two power boats while in High School (one me-power (oar), and one a neat 13.5 foot speedster hydroplane, I was already hooked on boating. Sailing a twelve foot training vessel with instructor among the monster Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, and “my own” 721 foot (Nuclear) Cruiser was a little scary, but cool anyway. I had just seen my skipper, the legendary Admiral Eugene Parks Wilkinson bring our 80,000 Nuclear horses up to the pier- and now I was learning how to do it too.
Later, while working in the D. C. Area, another (fishing) boat, and two small sailboats followed.
Finally, at age 72, it seemed time, maybe , for my probably last, and ultimate , sailboat. Reading Spinsheet, one victim jumped out. Enter “JAMAICA ME CRAZY TOO”. Looking over Jamaica, a super hydrodynamic Gary Mull designed Ranger 30, and remembering that a teenager safely sailed around the world in the early 1970’s in a Ranger (23′, I think), Wife Margy and I jumped on it.
Sailing Jamaica can be really exciting! Maximum performance under varying wind conditions is a critical function of all your sail shape management talents- boom placement, sheet car location, topping lift adjustment, etc.. Thanks to Tom R..
Since then, with a few maintenance upgrades,- New motor controller panel, new zincs, hull paint, transmission improvements, etc., Jamaica continues to amaze! We eagerly hope to show off during future raft-ups!// Pete & Margy Hill