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We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Sailor Spotlight series, telling the stories of LGBTQ sailors from around the world. If you would like to share your story, click the button below.
Age/Name/Years on the water/location
54 Day G. Fire Starter 52y on water and 62 Chuck Barrow 10y on the water Puget sound
What was the first boat you ever sailed? What was the experience like?
My first time sailing was At 6 years old with my college aged brother on his slow 28’ wooden boat. I clearly remember the moldy smell of canvas in the bilge. But I LOVED it. She was a drop keel with a 10 horsepower engine. Rigged as a cutter she was designed and built here in town by a first time boat builder. She was made of one inch marine plywood and glassed. Built in 1958.
Chuck is relatively new to sailing/boating; He has learned all those Sailor Man things very quickly, and now proves himself to be a most trustworthy Sailor. Day on the other hand grew up, from the very early age of 2 in, on, and around boats and The Puget Sound boating experience. Our first boat together as a couple was a sweet little 1968 Coronado 25; that we purchased from one of Chuck's coworkers. We called her the Daisy Mea, after Day's mother. The Daisy Mea was a restoration project that we both much enjoyed. Once we finally launched her, we both very much enjoyed the overall sailing experience. Soon we both realized however, that 25 feet was simply not enough. It was then, that S/V Magnolia came into our lives. After one more restoration boat project, Columbia 50 S/V Magnolia, sails again.
What about your first race? What kind of boat did you sail, what was the experience like?
Neither of us are really much into the racing thing.
What we do enjoy very much however; would be sailing for pleasure along the thousands of miles of shoreline of The Puget Sound. Eventually, once we both retire here in the next 2 to 3 years, we will be doing more extensive sailing cruises. Day would love to get back up to the Alaskan waters just one more time; But the overall plan is to head much further South into warmer waters.
What made you fall in love with sailing?
In Chuck's words, " I have just always been interested in it. Nature, travel, and being dirty for days on end." That's my Charlie ...
But as for Day...
Day is the sort of fellow who through many certain life experiences, tends to march straight into his fears. Day's boating life history has consisted mostly of power cruisers of many sizes, from 22 all the way up the scale. In sail craft specifically, Day does not have a lifetime of experience, but does have some tales to tell. After losing a Catalina 38 as a youngster during a violent storm at the age of 14, Day literally did not step foot on board another sailcraft until the purchase of the Daisy Mea. "This was a relatively scary experience for me, " says Day; "To board a sailboat after so many years had passed since losing the Water Music. I never did even mention it to Charlie, until after Daisy Mae had been launched." Day still gets a little nervous at times while sailing, enough on that....
What are you currently doing within the sport? IE teaching, cruising the world, racing etc. tell us about your current/ planned adventure.
Currently as a couple, Day and Chuck are getting to know Magnolia more by sailing the Puget Sound. At this point in our lives, we really don't have all the time we truly desire, in order to be off dock for nearly as long as we really want to. Both our careers still keep us tied to land far too much for my desire. However, such is life, and it's really only a couple of short years before we can cut lines.
What is/was your favorite boat to sail on, and why?
SV Magnolia since she sails so beautifully well and with such ease. Tacking is a sweet dream with her. Day has quickly learned he can bring both the huge high cut yankee jib and the staysail over to tack simultaneously while Charlie handles the main. We have been told by onlookers time and time again just how gorgeous it is to watch Magnolias sails all just move over to tack all at once. Magnolia really is a pretty sweet and easy and comfortable boat to sail.
What is your biggest achievement in sailing? This can be anything from buying a boat, to rebuilding the engine to your first major race/cruise.
As a couple, I would have to say that the monumental task of making SV Magnolia seaworthy again would have to be both of our largest sailing related accomplishments. Too many projects to even list here. Replacing 6 feet of her foredeck, for instance? We have done 100% of the work ourselves, excluding the new engine install. But that's another story.
What would you like to tell inexperienced/younger sailors or someone on the fence with trying?
Start out at the very youngest age that you possibly can.
Look at it as your singular major hobby and expense.
Trade up, and then trade up some more....
Just do it!
Learn to enjoy ALL the potential and even probable aspects of it.
Currently, as full time liveaboards, there are and always will be challenges. However, you get used to all that and after a while it just becomes your lifestyle where you just roll with all the punches and enjoy all the more those really sweet times. Embrace it, and it will embrace you ...
What's something you would like to impart on veteran sailors?
What might I please learn from you kind sirs ?
What do you like to do when ashore and not working on sailing things? IE biking, cooking, scrapbooking, gardening etc.
In Day's words, " I get land sick when not on board, or at least on the docks. It can be terrible. dizzy, nauseous, and yes there have been dry heaves. I kinda just don't like being off board. Been that way all my life. And yes! Sometimes I even get seasick!”
But despite that, Day does enjoy sitting at the table of one of his favorite establishments filling his belly with good foods and enjoying a glass or two (or three) of a nice red wine.
How do you identify? Anything else you would like others to know about you? Website/FB link to share? An interesting fact about you?
Day is a professional estate gardener by trade; In his off work time both he and Chuck enjoy walking around the marina and Port Peninsula, cooking, sipping a bottle of red, a really nice cigar, single malt Scotch, the rare occasion they get to get on their bikes, reading, suning on a sandbar at low tide somewhere, swimming, and need they mention sailing? They both enjoy bringing along on board guests for some sailing. Day says, "I really enjoy bringing some of my clients out for a luncheon and/or dinner cruise. A few things are at play here I guess. For one; just spending that kind of time with the people I work for, entertaining with good food, good times, and good spirits, and then just being able to say to them, "Thank You, Thank you for keeping me running, Thank you for making my/our lifestyle possible, thank you for helping to make Magnolia possible in our lives. Just giving something in return far beyond the service I provide."
There is a Fb page
Instagram is SV_Magnolia
Website is SVMagnolia.Com
And there is a blog which at this point is rarely tended ; 2Men&ABaot!
All of the above are links on the Fb page.
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