Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-07-2012, 12:36   #1
Registered User
Butler's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Boat: Pearson 281
Posts: 678
Images: 18
8 Bells...

8 Bells Captain Eddie Weinberg March 6 1924 - July 2 2012
Notorius by some folks telling and there are those who will tell you that he saved their lives, literally and otherwise.

He certainly saved a few old schooners (Lady Ada, Ranger, Diosa Del Mar and most recently Nefertiti) from an unhappy end. He raced 4 of them that I know of locally here in SoCal including, most infamously, the Diosa Del Mar (67’ and christened in 1898) which in July of 1990 he put on a reef off of Ship Rock, Catalina during the 10th annual Fireman’s Race. He was a great skipper and knew the local waters very well but this time while cutting close around the rock as he always did, a small pleasure boat shot out into the schooner’s path. Eddie had two choices…plough into the pleasure boat and risk killing the passengers or put the schooner over hard to starboard. Of course he chose the later option and Diosa Del Mar hit the rocks and went down.

There are so many great stories; stuck up the Yangtze on a small USN patrol boat when Pearl Harbor was attacked and blasting his way out past two Japanese bases then crossing all the way to Australia, ducking in for fuel where he could. Running a waterfront bar in Oakland called Fast Eddies where he held bare knuckle fights for the local roughnecks while the hoy-paloy dined on gourmet food in the balcony , etc. etc. etc.

But finally, and I believe that Eddie would most preferred to be remembered this way: All of those schooners he sailed and raced in Southern California were, by design, crewed by kids who were down on their luck and headed, like those beautiful boats he saved, for a bad end. There are guys walking around now who wouldn’t be otherwise and who will tell you that it was Captain Eddy Weinberg who changed their lives forever and gave them a new outlook and a fresh start.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	capn eddie Weinberg.jpg
Views:	232
Size:	12.6 KB
ID:	42972  
Butler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2012, 18:09   #2
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,169
Re: 8 Bells...

Good sailors are missed the most. Sounds like a heck of a great skipper.
kind regards,
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:17.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.