Spring 2017 Articles

As you read this, the new Matthew Turner — named after a famed local shipwright and shaped like his most famous vessel, Galilee — is being tranformed from Alan Olson’s long-cherished dream of a purpose-built wooden sail-training ship to a 132-foot reality floating in San Francisco Bay.

How long cherished?  The idea started to come into focus for Olson a little over three decades ago, when he was sailing his 70-foot brigantine Stone Witch around the Pacific with a crew of paying trainees.

Those who have labored together in the circumscribed world of a sailing vessel, working her through all weathers and hours, bent to the wind, navigating the wide ocean together, become knit together in a team...

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James Crockett operates the traditional Carriacou sloop Good Expectation out of Rodney Bay Marina, the yachting capital of St. Lucia. During the winter tourist season, his “Jus Sail” outfit conducts a variety of top-reviewed charter sails. In the summer, when business slows, the sloop is used for youth training programs designed to revive the island’s maritime culture by teaching youth to sail and helping them gain employment within the yachting and tourism industries.

Marlinspike: Tell us about these Carriacou sloops, and about your boat, Good Expectation.

James Crockett: Good Expectation is a Carriacou sloop, built in 1984 by Zepharin McKlaren, the master shipwright who built the Mermaid of Carriacou, the boat that won the Carriacou Regatta for however many years in a row. He was very well-respected shipwright and I think she was one of the last boats that he built...

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