Sailing attracts characters. Maybe it’s the fresh air. However, some stand out in the crowd, and if you have sailed some of the popular small one designs in Southern California, you have likely met Stu Robertson. A former Marine, Stu is a no nonsense guy, and couldn’t care less if his clothes or attitude don’t blend well with the yachties.
My favorite Stu story comes from a regatta where we were tent camping, and me and my buddies were up a bit late, making a bit too much noise, enjoying a few too many adult cocktails, and doing it all a bit too close to Stu’s tent. Stu never said anything that night, but early next morning, I awoke to Stu slamming two enormous frying pans against each other, just inches above my head. Totally Stu.
Here is another Stu story from the Thistle Midwinters West, held Feb. 5-7, 2009 on the ocean in San Diego:
“Stu ripped his spinnaker in race one and needed a replacement. Even taking a high speed motor boat ride back to the club would take too long so Stu got creative. With his crew sailing his boat as close to the beach as they dared Stu dove out of his boat and swam through the waves to the beach. He walked 1/4 mile back to Mission Bay Yacht Club and then back to the beach with a replacement spinnaker under arm. He bought a boogie board from a surfer, laid the replacement spinnaker on the board and paddled through the surf back out to his teammates sailing patiently in and out of the waves. He missed one race but made the third race and sailed well enough to still finish 5th overall.” -- http://www.northsailsod.com/class/thistle/thistle_whatsnew.html#61
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