Hull #13 "Javelin"

Javelin 13
Hull #13, "Javelin"

Hull #13

The following is courtesy of Bob Lee who crewed on "Javelin" for most all the races from 1963 - 1966 except June of 1966 when he got married and the Javelin raced in the Lightship race. He also says that "Javelin" was not known as a "good feeder." Apparently, one Lightship race, the crew lunch consisted of a sandwich made with two slices of raisin bread and raw sliced hot dog covered with thick avocado. This combination along with a substantial Pacific swell made keeping it down a chore. This was aided by a large chocolate brownie.

Originally "Javelin" was an inventory boat belonging to the "Seafarer" dealer who was located most likely in San Rafael, California. The dealer had sold a Seafarer 45, but unfortunately there were delivery delays. To avoid losing the sale, the dealer let the customer use "Javelin" until the 45 was delivered. This ultimately left the dealer with a used Javelin 38. George H. "Bert" Estabrook purchased the Javelin, trading in a Windward 33 sloop.

Bert sailed "Javelin" from Sausalito, Ca. under the Palo Alto Yacht Club burgee and home port. He raced "Javelin" in the San Francisco Bay Yacht Racing Association (SFYRA) Summer Series Handicap division class "D" (Cruising Club of America handicap rule), using a fairly consistent crew of primarily small boat sailors from the Palo Alto Yacht Club and a couple of guys he picked up off the dock in Sausalito. Occasionally the sailmaker Allen "Punkey" Mitchell would sign-on as "sailing coach." This effort resulted in class championships in 1964 & 1965.

"Javelin" raced not only in the bay, but also in ocean races. The most noteworthy was winning the then most prestigious "Buckner" race in 1965. The Buckner is a fierce boat-pounding, crew-exhausting tour from San Francisco to Tomales Bay, followed by a rounding of the "Light Ship" offshore and a return to the bay.

The only structural problem was "Javelin's" tendency to "oil can," causing the forward bunk boards to separate from the hull. This problem was solved by the glassing in of some rather large "hat sections." The engineering for this solution came from some engineers at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. The boat always had the smell of curing resin even prior to the "solution."

After the racing crew wandered off and got married etc., Bert sold "Javelin" and purchased a Grand Banks trawler. The crew got together one last time when Bert skippered a Cal-40 in the 1969 Trans-Pac Race, again sailing under the Palo Alto Yacht Club burgee.

"Javelin's" red hull was painted white (although you could tell it had been red) and was berthed at Coyote Point Yacht harbor on San Francisco Bay while the new owner prepared for a Pacific Cruise which took place after two or three years.

The next time "Javelin" was seen, she was in the Seattle area (in the mid 1970's) under new ownership and possibly a name change.

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