Category Archives: SoCal Sailing History

SoCal Sailing History: Dennis Choate Introduces his new 44

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A Look Back at SoCal’s Doug Peterson

@DougPetersonTribute Facebook Page

SoCal Sailing History: Doug Peterson

This is the Official Facebook Page Administered by Doug’s Family

Sadly, much of the documentation from Doug’s office was lost after he became ill. Friends tried to help by putting the files into storage, where they eventually went missing.

They are attempting to reconstruct as many of the files as possible, for inclusion in a donation to a major Nautical Museum.

So PLEASE, post whatever photos of Doug’s boats that you might have, any rating certificates, correspondence, brochures, and other documents you may have on their Facebook Page.

Most of all, PLEASE post stories and anecdotes you might have about time spent with Doug.

If you are not a Facebooker, send to me at and I will forward.  Thanks!

Apogee – Milt and Marty Vogel’s SoCal Doug Peterson rocket ship.

Kialoa II Returns to Australia – Sydney to Hobart Race

From Yachts and

By Bow Caddy Media 1 Jan 05:33 GMT1 January 2018

In 1971 Jim Kilroy’s Kialoa II – the second in a string of successful racing yachts bearing that name – came to Australia to compete in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Some 46 years later the restored Kialoa II has returned to the race under the ownership of Paddy and Keith Broughton and – despite breaking her boom barely halfway to Hobart – completed the 630 nautical mile course six hours faster than her Line Honours winning time in 1971.

Kialoa II © Stefano Gattini / Studio Borlenghi / Rolex

Invoking the spirit of her 1970s run to Hobart all of her male crew members sported retro moustaches of that era – also raising money for the Movember charity – and all of the crew wore terry towelling hats.

We spoke to Paddy Broughton just after Kialoa II docked in Hobart to find out how they fared once they had lost the use of the boom and whether they would be back again.

Cover Photo Credit: Kialoa heads south © Crosbie Lorimer

A Look at SoCal’s Robbie Haines – 2018 Breitbard Hall of Fame inductee

From the San Diego Union Tribune

Haines followed father into life of sailing

By Bill Center  Contact Reporter

Sailing great Robbie Haines (right) will be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame this month along with Garry Templeton (left) and Claude Gilbert. (Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Robbie Haines was almost pre-destined for a career in sailing.

His father, Bob, was not only one of the most respected navigators in offshore sailboat racing, he also was a captain of research vessels for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

On one of his trips around the world, Bob Haines built an 8-foot Sabot for his young son on the deck of the Scripps research vessel.

“My dad launched and tested the Sabot in the Suez Canal,” Robbie Haines recalled recently. “When he got home, he put it in the water just west of Shelter Island. I sailed it to Coronado.”

By himself. At the age of eight.

Fifty-six years later, Robbie Haines will be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame during the 72nd annual Salute to the Champions dinner on Thursday.

Haines won seven world championships and an Olympic gold medal during a career that morphed from one-design sailing to long-distance offshore racing.

He’s best known for winning the gold medal as skipper in the three-man keelboat Soling class with fellow Coronado natives Rod Davis and Eddie Trevelyan in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Haines, then 30, had raced with Davis and Trevelyan since the trio were teenagers at Coronado Yacht Club.

“Winning the Olympics was one of the highlights of my career,” Haines said.

Not that his career/life can be confined to one memory.

“Probably the highlights of my sailing career were my 21 years sailing with Roy Disney, the Olympics and my four-decade-plus association with Lowell North and North Sails,” Haines said. “And family. Amy and I celebrated our 40th anniversary on Dec. 30. And there’s always the memory of Dad making me that first Sabot.”

Haines was 16 when he first gained notice nationally while sailing with Davis and Trevelyan in youth championships.

“As a team, the three of us sailed in the Mallory and Sears cups,” Haines said. “Eddie was the only one of us to win a national youth championship while sailing solo.”

But the three-man national youth championships led to campaigns that resulted in two Olympic berths and the 1984 gold medal in the Soling class, which wasn’t as popular in the United States as elsewhere in the world.

“My dad bought a Soling for himself with me crewing when I was 15 or 16,” Haines recalled. “Then I started sailing it a bit, sold it, got a Star and sailed that for a while. Then in 1974, Lowell approached me to crew for me in a Soling Olympic campaign. I was stunned.”

North, who is also a member of the Breitbard Hall of Fame, was himself an Olympic gold medalist skipper and two years removed from his fifth world championship (claimed in San Diego) in the Star Class when he approached Haines about serving on the 20-year-old skipper’s crew in an Olympic bid.

Haines, with North and Rodney Eales as crew, finished second in the 1976 Olympic trials, and Robbie was selected as an alternate to the 1976 team.

Two years later, Haines reunited with Davis and Trevelyan to mount a Soling campaign for the 1980 Olympics. This time, the Haines-led team won the 1979 Soling worlds and the Olympic berth, and was a heavy gold medal favorite — only to be denied a trip to the Olympics when the United States boycotted the 1980 Games.

“I remember receiving the Congressional Gold Medal with other members of the Olympic team from President Carter,” Haines said.

The Coronado trio vowed to return in 1984, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. Davis and Trevelyan were sailing in the 1983 America’s Cup when Haines won his second Soling worlds with Vince Brun and Robert Kenney.

“In 1984, Rod, Eddie and I weren’t that consistent leading up to the Olympics,” he said. “We weren’t the favorites we had been in 1980.”

But they claimed the gold medal off Long Beach without having to sail in the final race of a very competitive series.

“My career changed after 1984,” Haines said. “I was burned out. I wanted to get a real job. I got a job as executive director with the North American Yacht Racing Union. Dennis Conner then lured me away to be involved in America’s Cup effort as the tactician on his ‘B’ boat.”

But while the Stars & Stripes team was training in Hawaii, North called Haines and offered him a position running the North Sails loft in Huntington Beach.

That opened the door to the most enduring part of Haines’ sailing career.

“I was sitting in my office one day, and Roy Disney called and said, ‘Can I meet with you?’” Haines recalled. “At that time, I was sailing just with North Sails customers. I had a feeling he was coming in to say I’d like to buy your sails.

“I remember him saying, ‘I want to switch my boats to North Sails and I want you to come aboard.’”

Haines spent the final 18 years with Roy Disney as the project manager and sailing master for the late Disney’s series of Pyewackets. Later, he served in the same capacity for Disney’s son, Roy Pat Disney.

Together, Haines sailed in 13 Transpac races from Los Angeles to Hawaii with Roy Disney. They were also together for 30 international races into Mexico, two Pacific Cups, two Newport-to-Bermuda races, a Trans-Alantic race, two CORK Race Weeks, one Sardinia Cup, one Chicago-to-Mackinac race, two Miami-to-Montego Bay races and one St. Tropez race.

Pyewackets won races and set elapsed time records.

“Roy loved being out in the middle of an ocean with his boat and his crew,” Haines said.

“My relationships with North and Roy were so great. I was aligned with North Sails for 41 years. Roy always wanted his boat to be able to win the Transpac race.”

Haines and his wife live in Coronado near their two children — Brian and Molly — and four grandchildren.

Center is a freelance writer.

72nd annual Salute to the Champions

Thursday: 5 p.m., Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

2018 Breitbard Hall of Fame inductees: Claude Gilbert, Robbie Haines, Garry Templeton


Godspeed Warren Miller

Warren A. Miller, Oct 15, 1924 – Jan 24, 2018

Warren A. Miller, who rose up from a Depression-era childhood to become the world’s foremost ski filmmaker and a beloved spokesperson for the sport, passed away January 24, 2018, at his home on Orcas Island, WA. He was 93 years old.




SoCal Sailing History – Checkmate (Of Hollywood) Down Under

Checkmate launches Aussie Assault at Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

From YachtsandYachting,com

SCSN Editor’s Note: Originally designed by Doug Peterson and built by Carl Eichenlaub for Los Angeles’s Monte Livingston, this gorgeous cold molded natural finished head turning beauty is starting a new chapter in life in good hands.

by Jeni Bone 1 Jan 07:32 GMT2-9 January 2018
Checkmate sailing © DA WOODY.COM / Dennis St. Onge

Owner, Ray Roberts and crew of the iconic US-built Peterson 50, Checkmate are looking forward to launching the vessel’s Australian racing career in the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta, which starts Tuesday 2 January.

Inclement conditions during delivery to Sydney from the Gold Coast resulted in damage that put the yacht, renamed Checkmate of Hollywood, out of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

As Michael Spies, seasoned sailor and long-time friend of owner Ray Roberts, explained: “We were pretty devastated not to make the Sydney Hobart, but with the adverse weather during delivery, we just weren’t prepared in time.”

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Stan Miller Yachts Company Founder Passes Away

God Speed Stan Miller


Stan Miller Yachts is sad to share the news that company founder Stan Miller has passed away at the age of 91. Mr. Miller passed on Friday, November 17th, in Palm Desert.

Stan’s great loves were sailing, music and his wife, Carolyn, who passed away in 2013. The pair enjoyed a robust retirement, living at times in Astoria, Oregon, and ultimately moving to Palm Desert.

Stan founded Stan Miller Sailboats in 1955, but his love for the water arrived long before then. In the mid-1930s, Stan spent his summers sailing an eight foot dinghy in Newport Harbor. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Stan returned to his love of sailing and became heavily involved with racing, rigging and repairing sailboats.

In 1954, Stan realized he could transform his love for working with sailboats into a full-time business. In 1955, Stan Miller, along with his brother Jim Miller, established Stan Miller Sailboats.  Construction began in Seal Beach, where masts, rudders and leeboards were built. This two-level building would later become the Stan Miller Sailboats & Hardware store. Close friend and sail maker Lowell North, who was in the process of developing and growing North Sails, was located upstairs. In 1960, Stan Miller Sailboats became the first tenant in the newly constructed Marina Bazaar in Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay, where the business provided seafaring vessels to sailing enthusiasts and Hollywood celebrities.

Stan’s love of sailboat racing continued, and in the early 1970s, Miller and his partners bought a New Zealand-built sailboat RAGTIME. In the following years, Miller would captain RAGTIME to racing victories, with two wins of the Transpacific Yacht Race, racing from Los Angeles, Calif. to Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additional trophies were earned at the Mallory Cup, the California Cup, and other regional sailboat races.

Stan Miller Sailboats continued to flourish and began branching into motoryacht sales, with the company being re-named Stan Miller Yachts to reflect their growing market. In 1976, John Buettner joined Stan Miller Yachts as a Licensed and Bonded broker. He and his brother Brad Buettner had met Stan in 1965, when their family moved to Huntington Beach and purchased their first sailboat from Stan. John remained a broker at Stan Miller Yachts until 1983, at which time he was joined by Brad and the two became partners with Stan Miller until Miller’s retirement in 1989. After his retirement, the Buettners took full control of Stan Miller Yachts and grew the company to be an industry leader for new and brokerage yachts.

Reflecting upon the beginning of their business partnership, Brad Buettner stated, “After graduating from the University of Southern California, Stan and Carolyn Miller asked me if I would join them for lunch at the Long Beach Yacht Club to discuss a business opportunity in the marine industry. It was at this lunch that Stan and Carolyn proposed a partnership at Stan Miller Yachts with John and myself as equal partners with Stan. It was an opportunity to join an industry leader that could not be refused. Over the years, both Stan and Carolyn Miller demonstrated virtues such as kindness, friendship, and enthusiasm for the marine industry that have been instrumental in my development and will have a lifelong impact on me. I will be forever grateful to them for their graciousness and willingness to allow me to be a part of the Stan Miller Yachts legacy.”

Stan is remembered by the entire team at Stan Miller Yachts, his family, friends and the sailing and boating communities of Long Beach, Calif. and Astoria, Ore., as well as the many lives he touched.

Brad Buettner and Stan Miller meet with representatives of Coast Bank at the Stan Miller Yachts showroom, 1987. Pictured, Left to Right: Brad Buettner, James Lynch, Jim Wulschleger, Stan Miller



Bruce Golison driven to be the best skipper in the world


 Nina K. JussilaNovember 9, 2017

Local sailor placed third in the J/70 North American Championship.

Bruce Golison, member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for about 40 years, has a passion for competitive sailing and a strong desire to be the best in the world.

He just recently returned from the J/70 North American Championship on the East Coast, happy to have placed in the top three after having only raced in the class for less than two years.

“I love sailing in very competitive classes. That’s why we are in the J/70 class,” Golison told The Log. “Right now, it’s a big class and a big fleet.”

Bruce Golison skippered his boat, Midlife Crisis, along with crewmembers Peter Kinney, Erik Shampain and Steve Hunt; they placed third among a fleet of 53.

He has sailed into first place at other East Coast and West Coast competitions.

Golison was the winning skipper in his class in the NOOD Regatta in Annapolis, Maryland earlier this year and overall in San Diego last year.

He qualified for the 2016 NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands, but said he was not able to compete due to scheduling conflicts.

“Probably the two things that drive me are I’ve never gone to the Olympics, and I’ve never won a World Championship,” Golison stated. “I’ll never go to the Olympics, but the World Championship is still high on my bucket list.”

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2017 Lipton Cup – SDYC Takes the Win

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October 27-29, 2017 – San Diego, CA



From the SDYC Event Website:   The final day of the 103rd Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup began with a postponement while breeze filled in from the South. Race Committee was able to get the first race off at 1:45pm setting a shorter, 3 lap course across the bay which was key in achieving all 3 races needed today to complete the regatta. The sun was just breaking through the clouds at the start of Race 10. Chicago YC was OCS, St. Francis YC won the boat end, and Larchmont YC had a great start at the pin; but was soon rolled by San Diego YC. Chicago YC recovered from their start moving into third at the first windward mark rounding. With lots of lead changes throughout the 6 leg course, it was anybody’s race. Cal YC found themselves in great pressure sailing deep on the second run. They were able to keep that momentum and secure the top seat in the first race of the last day. Larchmont had an impressive race as well, finishing second; their best race of the regatta. This morning, main trimmer, Chad Corning, talked about going into the final day, “It’s a hard regatta, the Lipton Cup, to stay consistent. So today we just want to get some good starts.”

Lipton Cup History