A brief message from Jim Trandel, owner of Second Wind.
“This is a picture of my 1983 CD Typhoon Weekender moored at Monroe Harbor in Chicago. I’m retired and spending most of my free time on the “Second Wind” my first sailboat. The Second Wind is from Vermont – Lake Champlain. She was not sailed much according to the three previous owners and was kept in pristine condition. Even her cushions are in excellent condition and the original sails are still crisp and stain-free. It was a great find and worthy of the 34 hour trek to get her to Chicago. I have replaced the running rigging and plan to replace the standing rigging and seacocks when she is on the hard this Winter.”
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.
Debbie & Tim
Mike Raehl sails Roberta Jane III, his 1979 CD27, out of Belmont Harbor, Chicago. He and his wife moved up to the CD27 four years ago after parting with a 1984 Cape Dory Typhoon.