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The PDRacer community and Duckworks have grouped together to collect small amounts of money to bring me to the USA to go to various "messabouts" (messing around in boat weekends) as well as the Intergalactic Championships of the PDRacers in Georgia in October.
They will host me at different houses and organise lifts between different places as much as possible - a real shoestring tour.
My aim it to pay back people's generosity by doing anything that they want me to (within reason!!!). So talks, discussions, Q and A, boat setup clinics, sailing lessons, boatbuilding workshops. All is fair game!
My itinerary is looking something like this.
Arrive LAX around the 15th unless I can find a cheap way to stay in LA to catch a couple of museums/galleries.
Train or Bus to Oregon
Sept 18 to 20 Coots Timothy lake – Oregon
Plane to Salt Lake City - $90
Hosted by Chuck and Sandra from Duckworks
Sept 24? to Oct 5? Jim Thayer's Kokopelli cruise – Lake Powell, Utah
South East by Road to Texas with Chuck and Sandra.
TEXAS! (maybe side trip to Florida to see cousins and Paul Riccelli PAR and others - funded by Storer)
Hopefully get a lift from Texas to Georgia with one of the Duckers.
9 to 11 October - Georgia PDR 2009 World Championship
The location is the Victoria Campground on Allatoona Lake near Atlanta, GA. Here is a link to details about the campground: http://tinyurl.com/m4meuo
17 to 18 October Texas Messabout.
NE (Maine, NY etc - need to check with contacts - don't have any messabouts or events set up yet).
Storer Wooden Boat Plans subforum on UBeaut Woodwork Forums
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At Lake Allatoona near Atlanta you'll be about 300 miles from the coast--and me. Maybe I can plan to bring Cosmos Mariner up there.
The "Cosmos Mariner,"My Goat Island Skiff
Starting the Simmons Sea Skiff 18
Maine in mid October definitely is a great time to be on the water! I don't think my GIS will be done, but we have Dana up here and an MSD rowboat and a Goat and another rowboat under construction. That'd be fun. I would love to say I could have my GIS yawl done.
It would be SUPER GOOD to get a Goat there! A goat makes any lake a prettier place.
And I think a lot of the PDRacer people would be really interested to see it.
Any chance of Clint getting his rowboat into the mix as well?
Too far North for him to get down to Texas I think. Maybe I can go north. A little bit of boating happens around New York and Maine, I believe
Clint, I am looking for a good excuse to come to Maine ...
Fantastic news Mik those merican boaties sure are nice people. The trip will be a great experience a bloke couldn't ask for more travelling around hanging out with boats and boating types.
I am a little concerned however I'm not sure they can handle a visit from a Wild Dingo and a Boatmik in the same year.
Ummm Manchester by the Sea? 55 minute train ride to Boston, 1.6 km from
the beach and harbor. Lobster anyone?
Sounds like a great trip MIK. Pity you won't be making a stop in the Bay Area. Be sure to take a bunch of pics, and post 'em up here when you get home.
We're glad to hear you're heading this way! We're in Portsmouth, NH, on the tiny New Hampshire coast right on the Maine border. And the GIS we started recently ought to be sailing by then! We'll post pictures soon. If you need a place to say in New England, you're welcome to stay with us!
Will and Frank Clarkson
Hi Will and Frank,
Dana's boat is also in Maine and Clinton Chase who built the first birdsmouth masts, for Dana's Goat, is up there too.
I am planning it all .. so will see how it all fits in. Really want to get up to the NE.
I was delighted to hear from Clint that you may make it to New England in the Fall. I know that Clint made you an offer of a place to stay and -- without trying to steal his thunder -- I'd like to make the same offer. In any event, I do hope you can make it to Maine or New Hampshire. Late Fall could well be be the best time of year.
I have booked my departure from the USA to be from Boston on the 4th of October. So it looks to me like I have to make it!
I am working with Clint to organise a talk at his workshop.
So looks like I am locked in!
Here are the talks I will be doing
Michael's Schedule: NOTE: Michael would like to give as many talks and workshops as he can while over here. If your club or organization would like to have him come to your meeting and speak, please contact Tim Cleary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Sept 16 - David Graybeal's shop - Oregon
7:00 PM - Michael will give a talk titled "How to make our boats better"Sept 18 to 20 - Timothy Lake Messabout – Oregon
All Weekend - Sept 25 & 26 - Lake Powell Messabout - Utah
Friday and Saturday - a talk has not been scheduledSept 27 to Oct 2 - Jim Thayer's Kokopelli cruise – Lake Powell, UtahOct 9 to 11 - PDR 2009 World Championship - Georgia
7 pm - Scott Widmier's Sail Club Racing Rules WorkshopOct 10
9 am - Michael Storer's Rigging & Tuning Clinic11:15 am- Skipper's meeting11:30 am- PDR World Championship Races5 pm- Fun RaceOct 11
9am- Lake CruiseOct 17 - Lake Conroe Fall Messabout - Texas
Michael's Talk TBALater - North East US ?? (this is Clint's slot and anything else that turns up)
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