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  • About BlackHeron
    Vessel Make/ model
    Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus 35
    Vessel Name
    Barry Duckworth
    Chicago -for now...
    Retired Sailing Bum (former commercial electrician/foreman)
    Sailing, Bluewater cruising, boat repair, heavy weather
    I started sailing as a kid on a Paceship Mouette 19. I was a member of the UW Madison Hoofer Sailing club but got out of sailing as a busy work career made getting out with the Hoofers too difficult due to living out of town.

    A few years back my wife and I decided to get back into it bigtime with the intention of buying a boat and living on it full time and retiring early. (HER idea -not just mine. She came at me with it out of the blue -woohoo!)

    We joined a sailing club/school here in Chicago called 3rd Coast Cruising and I worked my way up the crew ranks until I was eventually a lead and instructing up to a crew of 6 fellow students/clubmembers. All this time I was also working with the club repairing and rebuilding our fleet of 30'+ sailboats as well as singlehanding them to pumpout and helping move them around before/after classes and social sails for other leads/instructors.

    Early in 2016 we purchased our own Bluewater Cruising boat and have sailed it the past 2 seasons around Lake Michigan, and have also hosted many fellow sailors from our club on group sails. As a lead with the club we have both become adept at working with a diverse and ever-channging crew roster and helping to instruct sailors of all levels in the 3rd Coast way of doing things. Heavy weather sailing is a focus among senior members here and we love to take people out on SV Barry Duckworth in the worst of it here to show them what a true Bluewater Boat is capable of.

    During the sailing seasons we have lived on our boat as much as possible (5-6 nights/week) in Monroe Harbor right in downtown Chicago. It is not like living on the hook, but it is as close as we can get until we both are fully retired and have settled our home. Next spring we plan on being on the water for good and heading out of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic.

    I've learned a lot working on the club's boats and finally doing a full refit on our own, getting ready to untie the lines for good.

    I have had some experience working as crew and as a Mate on quite a few charters in the Gulf of Mexico and have crewed once as a Mate to Cuba and back last year. We hope to return someday with our own boat and spend some quality time there if it is still allowed.


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  • Join Date: 20-01-2016
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