Well the Adventures of Baggy Wrinkles is now a year along, and this is the 50th posting. I really did not think anyone would be that much interested in an old boat. Except for a few folks. I'm very surprised, and glad that it is a story you can follow. People from the South Pacific to the Northwest Territories to cold Russian places and back. And some who are nearly punctual about following and come back every week.
Yes, People from all over the world have been peering at the story. I say peer, because some peer and never return, and yet others are constantly hitting the site from places I now recognize. Others from remote locations must be sailing vicariously with the Dory. Good to have you as followers.
I guess it figures that the majority of those looking are rather habitual devotees from the USA which has over 2000 views now. But surprisingly Canada, Russia, the UK, Brazil and France, in that order, make up the next tier of viewers and readers. And the site has just lately gone over 7000 page views with some 2200 visits in all. It's an old boat. Really? Who should care?
This digital world is increasingly boring, at least to me. There's a lot to be said for something which still functions quite well after 40 years of use. But there are few of them to find. Taking a lesson from technology, if the Cape Dory had an i-phone type existence, it would be in its 40th version! And the beauty of it is that what she is today is nearly identical to what she was then. Same cleats, same blocks, same worn and weathered toe rail, and a few marks, scrapes and scratches on her hull, but still sound and seaworthy and sails phenomenally although not fast, she's classy.
There are fancy-pants new J-boats and cool clean and shiny sloops with brilliant spinnakers on the lake, but the Dory plies the waters with a standard rig, developed by the Valvolotis brothers who figured her standard rigging and tested her in the waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Roger Winiarski of Bristol Bronze knew the Valvolotis brothers and continues to manufacture period hardware for the Dory which I highly recommend to fellow owners at: ( www.bristolbronze.com ). So, unlike the i-phone, the Cape Dory gets better by remaining the same over time. Don't we like it when we return somewhere and it is much as we left it, and we cringe when we return and cannot recognize a place in which we had so many good times and fond memories? Every time the Dory splashes into the water, she remains what she was 40 years ago. When I look around at other vessels, I cannot say the same is true!
And she's not won any races lately either! But as this chronicle of her life continues, she will look to getting together with her Alumni Association at the Typhoon Nationals on the Rappahannock in June. Check it out:
Should be an interesting gathering of old boats. If the boats could talk, what would they be saying?
The Adventure continues....