Bridget, CD26

Bridget is a 1986 Cape Dory 26, Hull #50. Her home port is on a star dock in Montrose Harbor, Chicago and she enjoys sailing along the beautiful Chicago skyline.

She was purchased new by my father from a dealer in Waukegan, IL. When my Dad departed for the big yacht in the sky, he took his love of sailing and lessons learned over the years with him. Having had such fond memories of being on the Lake with him, I decided to keep the boat. One thing I always wished was on board was boat log. It would have been nice to read through his adventures, thoughts, and to know a bit about what his last sail was like.

Being a fair weather sailor, having a boat like a Cape Dory, is both a joy to sail and her classic lines are beautiful. Bridget’s been a fresh water boat all her life and her captain is always learning something new. In the winter, she makes her home on the south branch of the Chicago River and each Spring we make the river run, mast down through the Chicago locks at Navy Pier to her home port. I’ve replaced the outboard (ours is in a well) and a couple of batteries. Other than that, everything is in original condition. I’m looking forward to making improvements in the future and I can see this web site will be a great resource.

We welcome hearing from other CD owners. Should your travels bring you to the Chicago area, we would enjoy meeting you.

Fair Winds,
Debbie & Tim

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  1. Debbie and Tim,
    We have a CD27 (Spindrift) that we keep a short walk from our home in Douglas (Saugatuck) Michigan. For 30 years, however, we sailed a Cal 25 (Rainshadow) from a Montrose Harbor star dock. We raced it in the Corinthian YC Wednesday night and weekend events.
    Now we’re in the autumn of our years and thinking about Spindrift’s future. All of our five children are avid sailors and we’re thinking of doing what your father did with his “Bridget”. Your story is inspiring.
    Hopefully we’ll be able to sail Spindrift back to Chicago and Corinthian YC sometime soon. We’ll let you know if and when we do.
    John & Charlaine

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