Eight Bells: Meade Gougeon:
Meade Gougeon, a sailing legend and industry innovator who pioneered the use of epoxies for boatbuilding, all while creating a culture of giving back at his Bay City (MI) business, died Sunday, Aug. 27. He was 78. The cause was skin cancer.
While he touted a distinguished sailboat racing career, Gougeon was perhaps best known for making other sailors and boat builders look good with his special marine epoxy.
Gougeon and his late brother Jan’s home-baked epoxy was their secret weapon when building their race-winning boats in the early 1960s. The brothers kept it a secret from competitors for about five years, but word eventually got out.
The epoxy was born from a relat…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Eight Bells: Meade Gougeon, Editor
Raising the Watch Hill Yacht Club:
The Watch Hill Yacht Club in Westerly, RI wanted to increase the size of their facility, so they raised it 15 ft (3ft at deck level, and 12ft for a new ground floor) during a period of 9 months.
To follow the transformation, 3 to 4 cameras were firing for the entire period of September 2016 to June 2017. Two were on the Watch Hill docks (Kippany area) and two on the floating dock post (no dock there during the winter). The cameras were shooting four pictures per hour during daylight during the whole season.
During the actual raising period, the cameras were increased to fire every 10 seconds. Two additional cameras from the construction company (angle from the club entrance) were in…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Raising the Watch Hill Yacht Club, Editor