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Sailing Adventures of the Irish Rose

In 2009 Dave Perdew purchased the Irish Rose, a 42 ft Custom Bob Perry cutter, in Washington USA with the intention of exploring the Pacific Coast of Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington. She was a real project, and over the next five years she was almost completely overhauled – only the keel, hull and mast remained the same. 
 

The Pacific Northwest Coast is a challenging area to navigate successfully.  The landscape of mountains and sea, carved by glaciers leads to tidal differences of up to 30 ft and tidal flows of up to 25 kts in the narrow channels of the fjords. This combined with the fact that most of this wild, remote area poorly charted or uncharted entirely heightens the challenge greatly.  To be able to sail successfully through with a crew of novices many times was extremely rewarding.
 

For the first two years, the crew aboard was limited: there would typically be about three people, Dave with some close friends. As time went on, Dave started inviting more people to come and join the adventure. By 2014 he was hosting 12 strangers per season, many of whom had never stepped foot on a sailboat before.
 

“It was a great adventure to have a varied group of people with different backgrounds and languages sailing through a spectacular area, showing them my intimate knowledge of the area.”
It was through these journeys that the idea of the Liberty International Sailing Club was born.

Lituya Bay Gulf of Alaska

Icebergs in Tracy Arm fjord Alaska

PAST VOYAGES

Past Voyages With The Sailing Club LISC

We want to thank Jojo Aigner for Vlogging his time on the LABORA as we make preparations and sail the boat from Denmark to the UK, over a 5-month timeline.

During this time the majority of the crew, had little to no experience sailing, as they joined the vessel their level of skill and seamanship gradually rose to make it possible to sail from the Baltic Sea, Kiel canale, north sea, and down the coast of England handling the boat in both rough weather and nighttime navigating.  
 

The LABORA was built in 1939, she was a fishing boat until the mid-seventies when she was purchased and redesigned into a sailing Ketch, but unfortunately, she sat at the dock for the last 25 years. She is in good shape but still needs a lot of servicing and upgrades to be done over the next few years.  

Sailing Adventures of the Irish Rose

In 2009 Dave Perdew purchased the Irish Rose, a 42 ft Custom Bob Perry cutter, in Washington USA with the intention of exploring the Pacific Coast of Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington. She was a real project, and over the next five years she was almost completely overhauled – only the keel, hull and mast remained the same. 
 

The Pacific Northwest Coast is a challenging area to navigate successfully.  The landscape of mountains and sea, carved by glaciers leads to tidal differences of up to 30 ft and tidal flows of up to 25 kts in the narrow channels of the fjords. This combined with the fact that most of this wild, remote area poorly charted or uncharted entirely heightens the challenge greatly.  To be able to sail successfully through with a crew of novices many times was extremely rewarding.
 

For the first two years, the crew aboard was limited: there would typically be about three people, Dave with some close friends. As time went on, Dave started inviting more people to come and join the adventure. By 2014 he was hosting 12 strangers per season, many of whom had never stepped foot on a sailboat before.
 

“It was a great adventure to have a varied group of people with different backgrounds and languages sailing through a spectacular area, showing them my intimate knowledge of the area.”
It was through these journeys that the idea of the Liberty International Sailing Club was born.

Icebergs in Tracy Arm fjord Alaska

Lituya Bay Gulf of Alaska

Liberty International Sailing Club

 

 

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