• Sláinte Does The Dalles

    It's true.

    Death From The Rear v2 has launched and is headed up river on the 10th anniversary of the Double Damned.

    Living up to the promise he was gonna sail this "Damn Race" one way or another, Paul Sutcheck put the pieces together,
    secured a Cal 20 "Sláinte" or "Cheers" or "to your health" in Gaelic and hit the road. Sort of.

    The boat had no trailer, and it took some searching to find the right sized used one, and when he did find one, it needed work.

    The support beams were toast, there was no mast holder, nor fenders, or trailer plates. The wheels were sketchy.

    But nothing a bit of love and elbow grease could not overcome...

    An then there was the boat itself. Much hardware to replace.

    Glass to patch. Lines to replace. And a new kite. Gotta have a new kite.

    After months of planning, time neared to commit.

    And a week out, forecast looked dismal. Winds were blowing easterly. No bueno.

    But with some last minute change of direction, things looked better. He and work mate Eric Thompson pulled the trigger and headed north.

    "adapt and overcome!
    never trailered a boat this far illegally (no plates) , never been in charge of raising the mast by hand and rigging a boat by memory , being responsible for another's life on the water....
    two hours sleep after 650 miles , mast raised on second try , rigging went well , (we had all the parts ) half way legal overnight tie up at the pump out station... hell they got enough room ! right ? floated a boat off a trailer NOT meant for ramp launching , AND the borrowed motor WORKS !"

    Having never line launched a keel boat before, Paul got most of the pieces together.

    100' of spectra and a forward trailer wheel. Seems simple enough.

    But the chocks. Dammit...

    Rope burn courtesy run away trailer.

    After some advise on where the marina was in relation to ramp, etc, Sláinte makes her way upriver to spend the night in the marina!

    The race has begun. Stay tuned for updates from the 10th Annual Double Damned!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: everybody loves DD's started by PSutchek View original post