“On my watch, [I’m most proud of] rebuilding our wonderful porch better, brighter, and no longer having to worry about it trembling during large gatherings.”

Skye, Sabre 38 MKII
Interview with the Commodore — Past Commodore Ken Adam, Corinthian Yacht Club

On the Corinthian Yacht Club

How would you describe what makes the Corinthian Yacht Club so special?
Many things, but first and foremost our membership, CYC’s family friendly culture, the Club’s commitment to its members and their interests.  

What are you most proud of that happened at Corinthian Yacht Club during your watch?
Knowing that the Club has prospered by meeting its vision and stewardship goals, and that successive leadership teams and a strong membership have kept this true.  On my watch, rebuilding our wonderful porch better, brighter, and no longer having to worry about it trembling during large gatherings. 

On the Boat

Why did you choose to buy a  Sabre 38?
My wife Julia and I had for many years owned a C&C 36.  In moving to the Sabre 38, 15 years ago, we achieved a bit more room, a classic interior, good sailing characteristics, and a boat that appealed to our eye. 

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this model?
Coming from a C&C we decided a cruising oriented boat in the 38 to 40 ft. range would be right for us and quickly settled on the Sabre that ticked the most boxes. 

How did you come to find her before purchasing?
After looking at boats throughout New England and on a Chesapeake Bay trip, we found Skye in Stonington Conn. 

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
I was hooked by family friend, Capt. Fred Lawton.  Fred was a storied skipper (Bolero) and sailing master on Columbia (’58) and advisor for Nefertiti (’62).  I got to hang out on Nefertiti’s escort boat King Tut during the summer of the ’62 America’s Cup trials. 

What boats have you previously owned?
I learned to sail on my first boat as a teenager, a 17 ft. National One Design (like a big Snipe).  As a young couple, Julia and I had a Duxbury Duck, (18 ft. knockabout), that we raced for a couple of years out of the Quannapowitt Yacht Club.  There were about eight boats in the fleet.  We then moved to the active Daysailer class, followed by our beloved Rhodes 19 Adam’s Rib.  We raced the Rhodes actively for ten or so years and #1137 remains in the family, although not sailed as actively as we would like.  

What are the features you like most about your boat?
Skye is a sweet sailing boat, comfortable for cruising and day sailing.  She is well suited when cruising with another couple, generous aft cabin/aft head.  The forward master cabin includes a very useful vanity sink. 

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
Early on we added a below deck autopilot, upgraded electronics along with continuous improvements/maintenance year over year.  Recent performance improvements include a stowaway main with extended roach and longer vertical battens.  Because I single hand a lot, a 100% jib was added this past season.  We most always sail with main/jib.  For powering there is a three blade Flexofold prop. 

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
We afternoon sail often and enjoy overnights.   Maine is the favored annual cruise destination, but we also enjoy the Cape and Islands, Narragansett Bay / Long Island Sound. 

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
I enjoy looking after the boat doing as much as I can, even enjoy varnishing.  Otherwise Marblehead Trading Co. takes good care of Skye’s needs. 

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
My Dad was a Scotsman.  The Isle of Skye is the largest of the wonderful spots among the Isles of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland that we have visited. 

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