I believe we may have met at the Long Beach Sailboat Show in the late Seventies. I had one of my Acapulco 40's in the show and you were aboard one of your Valiant 40's just a few boats up from mine.
I really regret that I did not take the time to chat with you for a while, as you were always one of my favorite N.A.'s. Your boats always sailed very well. I had raced a couple of your Valiants on San Diego
Bay and was not quite able to stay with them. While the Acapulco had an advanced underbody, for a CCA design of it's type, it did not have the modern underbody of your Valiant 40 and (likely) had more wetted surface. Not the best combination for the light air races in San Diego Bay.
A few months ago I was visiting some friends at Anacortes who spent 25 years cruising a Baba 40, and recently purchased a Grandbanks Europa. You probably know Gary and Bill. While there I noticed one of your Valiants, just a few slips up, that looked ready for a long voyage. Beautiful boat!
I must confess that I am an incurable romantic and the first time I laid eyes on the drawings of the Acapulco 40 design, I knew I had to rescue
it, even if for only a few short years.
I hope you are doing well.
Garry L. Powell