We have introduced our dog in the last blog, find it here, now we would like you to know a bit more about the sailboat, Alsager. First of all, it is made out of steel. Which I think is awesome. It makes me feel more secure simply because it’s less easy to destroy than wood or fiberglass.
” Alsager “, formerly ” Cepheus III “. 1968, built in Holland in Corten steel (Rabbit II design).
The Captain was in correspondence with the daughter of Dick Carter and had the honor of exchanging Emails with the builder Frans Maas, who sadly has passed in a capsize of his yacht during the Light Vessel Race, Belgium this year. Deepest sympathies to his family!
Your yacht is a Dick Carter design, better known as RABBIT II. Fastnet winner overall 1967.
Rabbit II was built in 1967 yard Job No 190.
We built two sister ships: CEPHEUS III Job No 208, the owner was J.Sheppard Poor-USA. At that time he was living in Paris and worked as banker for Chease Manhatten Bank
FER FLEUR Job No 212 owner Mark Wallenberg- Sweden.
J.Sheppard Poor sold Cepheus as she had to much problems with the draft in Chesapeake Bay. Second owner unknown.
Dick Carter draw the lines- and sailplan. I did the steel construction plans and the interior- and deckplan.
At the photos she is looking in very good shape. I think it is CHEPHEUS III
I went through old files of the Cepheus and I found some information.
The LOA of the hull is 41’ 6”, LWL . 30’ , Beam 12’6” , Draft 6’ 9” Displacement 19842 Lbs
Lead ballast 6613 Lbs Steel keel 1543 Lbs
The racing boats for RORC rule were built very heavy as the rule favoured heavy scantlings.
The mainsails where measured for 100 %, the headsails for 85 %.
Result: Mainsails too small and head sails too big for easy handling.
A longer boom and bigger main work much better, with the head sail shorter in the foot.
Thank you all, for the likes and great comments, after we spilled the news about our plan to sail towards Mexico. Please keep them coming, especially since crazy things are happening everywhere. We will be careful and I trust the Captain and his experience!
Preparations have started and this might give you a little idea, what is going on in my head … 😀
Here we are, planning a new adventure. This one is the biggest one for me, Mats and our dog Noah just yet! The Captain has done it before. Sailing South. Towards Mexico. Since the Captain has quit his job in the Bay area for now, there is not necessary a big rush coming back. We might just stay the winter in Mexico. Go kiting, snorkeling, fishing, learning to make Sushi and checking out the main land.
A big achievement is, that we have found someone, who wants to join us for the ride. He is a good friend from Canada and an experienced Adventurer, Sailor, Surfer, Fisher and fluent in Spanish. He is easy to get along with, a cool guy who just went on his first Burning Man and he is also Giant! 😀
We are very excited, with some mixed feelings for the unknown on my side. Since I am usually up for an adventure, I am also just very curious.
We will try to let you join the craziness as much as we can. It might not be easy due to none-existant coverage, so there will probably be longer periods without any updates. You can always check our Facebook page or best subscribe to our youtube channel to get the latest clips. Thanks for sharing the experience with us! ❤
We had a really nice visit from the Captain’s cousin with some of his Family from Hamburg and we all went sailing on a gorgeous windy day. We sailed towards the Golden Gate Bridge and like many other summer days, thick fog was rolling in. In addition to that, we were fighting a strong flood trying to get out the gate. There were a lot of boats around us this Saturday, but no whales to be seen. We turned around and decided we wanted to sail back into the sun and did a nice loop around Angel Island. Hope you like our video clip as much as our visitors enjoyed the sail.