Clover's Original Sail Plan vs. Current Dimensions
True to our vision for her restoration, Clover is returning to a gaff-rig. In the 1970's she was converted to a Marconi masthead rig; 14 feet of Douglas fir was added to her mast, and 3 feet was taken off her boom.
Her original sail plan as shown in a 1938 issue of Britain's Yachting magazine looked like this:
Her resultant plan today, given that we have shortened the mast and retained the boom as altered in the 1970's, would look like this:
A number of issues present themselves. First, the resultant sail area is 100 s.f. less in the mainsail. This has the combined effect of driving the lateral Center of Effort farther forward and slowing the boat down, giving her a large amount of weather helm; how much is difficult to project. The boat has a 50 ton displacement, which requires the sail area to drive her. On the other hand, she has a long full keel to counteract a large amount of lead in the Center of Lateral Effort, and may do just fine with a reduced sail area.
Also of interest is the difference in the staysail stay, which results in a loose footed staysail with an offset between the tack and the forward end of the staysail boom. Clover's samson post came later in her life, which accounts for the shift in the position of the staysail.
What to do? It will be interesting as we look into this further to decide whether to take the current dimensions of the boat or to make further adjustments to get her closer to her original configuration.
Recently the good people of Westpoint Harbor and the Demere Family hosted WBFV’s Board members in celebration of OCEAN QUEEN V becoming the flag ship of the harbor. Over 100 guests came out to celebrate. It was a gorgeous day of getting to know each other, touring OQV, and other beautiful boats that call this lovely harbor, Home. They even had a special craft beer created just for the occasion!
All of us at WBFV are so happy to have OQV and all involved in her care, in support of our programs to bring the beauty, peace, and therapy of wooden boats to veterans.
2021 At a Glance
44 Veterans Introduced to the Sport of Sailing during a year of COVID restrictions
1,420 volunteer hours
1 Trip offshore to the Farallon Islands
4 Sailboats Added to the WBFV Family
1 Sailboat added to WBFV via Vessel Donation
I Veteran scholarship awarded for Sail Training
1 Veteran Recommended for acceptance into IYRS School of Boatbuilding
Here are the many accomplishments this wonderful foundation was able to complete this year on its journey toward a national sailing and restoration organization for veterans:
Finish Deck for D-Day Event
Mast Re-shaped and Repaired
Basic Electrical begun - schematics and AC/DC design
Cockpit Improvement Phase begun
Boat moved to Richmond to facilitate stepping the mast
Cockpit Phase completed
Schematics and Parts List
Carl Moyer Grant Application Submitted
Stepping the Mast; Beginning the engine re-power; rigging the boat
Mast stepped in Richmond and boat moved for re-power.
8/21 Board Appreciation Get-together aboard CLOVER
Metrics and Scorecard Established
Drafted Business Plan and Funding Plan
2020 Tax Filing
2022 Budget Planning
Present 2022 Financial Plan
Created Cmte Charters
Complete Board Skills Matrix
Report ofSkills Gap Analysis
Added 4 Members on Cmtes
Created Outreach and partnership overview plan
6/6 - D-Day Event
Latitude 38 Article
8/26 - Chamber Event in Fairfield
10/3-10 Fleet Week
10/13 St. Francis YC Speaking Event
10/23 - Gold Star Family Event
11/13 - Veterans Day Event
$2500 milestone in Giving Tuesday
6/19 - Bay Sail (Rascal)
7/21 - Farallones (Rascal)
8/8 - Bay Sail (RASCAL & SUNDA) with STP
8/28-9 Receive SUNDA and bring her to her new berth
9/11 - RASCAL & SUNDA sail
9/25 - SUNDA sail
10/9 - Navy Fleet Week (RASCAL)
10/16 - Jessica Cup (St. Francis YC) - Cancelled
11/12 - SUNDA sail
11/13- Annual Fundraiser
Here are the Goals for 2022:
We envision a bright and impactful future for Wooden Boats For Veterans. Our location in the Bay Area can grow with additional boats that can be donated and refurbished by veterans. These boats and their crews of veterans can be deployed for more missions of service and workforce development. The quality of life for more veterans in the bay area and Delta can be a reality. This can lead to additional WBFV chapters in other areas of California with bays, rivers, and lakes.
WBFV will continue to build impact and deliver valuable service in the following ways:
Thank you for your support of our mission to give back to the veterans and future veterans who have sacrificed to defend our nation.
Terry founded WBFV in 2014 to build a community of veterans and their families around wooden boats.
Service, Sailing, & Community