Class/Design: Catalina 22
Year Built: 1985
History of the boat:
I purchased Wisper in July 2004 from a trailer-sailor in Fairfax, VA. We launched the boat at the Washington Sailing Marina (WSM), where she has been berthed (G dock) ever since. Improvements since then relate more to safety and convenience than to racing, e.g., roller furling jib, engine replacement with a new Honda 4 stroke; a new engine mount and lift; cockpit scuppers; mast step / unstep hardware.
About the owner and crew:
The ‘678 Group’, i.e., age, in decades, of skipper and crew (although younger crew members are always welcomed).
Mike Clifford I really began sailing in 1994, in response to the baseball strike at that time. First, I took a basic sailing course, offered by the American Red Cross, at the WSM; then, I became a member of the Sailing Club of Washington (SCOW), and participated in many of its activities, including taking pretty much all of its courses (basic, intermediate, spinnaker, capsize, and navigation courses). This eventually led to joining DISC and participating in its Tuesday evening races – first, crewing on various boats, and then, starting in 2008, racing Wisper. I enjoy the races each week and benefit greatly from the wealth of sailing experience aboard, demonstrated by my two crew members, Norm and Ben.
Norman Kruse Norm is a longtime sailing participant at the WSM via his Lightning and other boats over the years, leading up to his current Macgregor 22.
Ben Ackerman Ben is a longtime sailing participant at the WSM on his different Hobies through the years. Ben is also an active Hobie participant in the PRSA races and a mentor in the Special Olympics racing program.