HMR 2008 Comments from Skipper and Crew of Freedom's Wing
Before the Start > Start > Finish Challenge > Port Aransas > Comments from Skipper and Crew
Left to right: The Crew Tom, Doug, Maarten, Gerry and skipper Jim and of course Joan and Joan who anxiously followed the spot system on our progress: behind most seamen stands a concerned partner. Hidden is the commodore of Lakewood Yacht Club.
Skipper, Owner and Impeccable Host
Jim Steuwe, skipper of Freedom's Wing writes the following comments on this race and the crew:
Real Tough Experienced Officer
Tom Hawley (at the end of the race compare to the picture before the start)
First Mechanical Officer
Gerry Busdosh (reflecting on the eery silence compared to car races)
First Officer Lines, Ropes and Hitches
Doug Byerly (Sailing can be done laying down when all lines are tied off...).
Doug taks about his yachting life starting young: "I have been sailing since the age of 10 and got my first boat at the age of thirteen I didn’t tell my dad until three month later when I need to borrow $30 dollars to pay dock fees. It was a 30 foot Knarr I paid $200 for. I sailed it until the 11th grade and sold it for $8,500. In 1993 I had a 43 Morgan that me and my wife Regina sailed for a year we traveled from Houston to Mexico, Belize Guatemala, Honduras and back to Fort Lauderdale were we sold the boat.
I just started racing; the first race I did was in an Opti and I done a few races in a Laser".
Medical Officer, Photographer and (Antique Manual) Navigator
Maarten van Hasselt (making this an international endeavor with Dutch i.e. Netherlands input)