The Cal 40
In August of 2017 while in Hawaii preparing to deliver a Santa Cruz 50 back to the mainland it came to my attention that there was a well appointed Cal 40 for sale in the same marina. In the midst of all the work that goes into preparing a crew and boat for a 2000 mile, often upwind, trip I looked at the boat and put in an offer. About 800 miles offshore I found out via satellite phone that we were the new owners of a fine specimen of an offshore racing classic. I was both elated and not looking forward particularly in delivering another boat over 2000 miles back to the mainland in what is considered the end of the same season. Fast forward and the two transpacific deliveries and 2 week long cruising classes in three months and the summer was over and the work was just beginning. The dream of building a program that could prepare people for this bluewater bucket list experience that I have learned is shared by quite a few people share is now on its way to reality.
Captain Rhys Balmer