A chat with the Skipper.
Cardinal Puff: I’ll start by giving you a bit of back story on myself, the crew and the boat.
The boat I purchased in early 2016 from Bill Chittendon who along with Derwent Marine did a fantastic job of both restoring her and bringing her into the modern day at the same time.
For me it was love at first site when I saw the boat 3 years ago. I had just purchased the boat Sea Breeze from Geoff Newman at the time but always lusted after Cardinal Puff. Then the opportunity came along so I didn’t hesitate to strike a deal with Bill to purchase her.
I myself have spent most of my life on the water being born into a crayfishing family. I was a cray fisherman for several years before taking a job on land. Missing the water and having done a little sailing with my father in law Ian Begley I decided to buy a yacht.
Festival of Sails: What is your best memory/achievement sailing on this boat?
Cardinal Puff: For both myself and the crew or Marc Cowlishaw and Cory Bauer I believe our greatest achievement came in the last race of last years summer series with a second place in the McAllister Trophy. It was the first time on the new boat that everything came together for us. We felt like we knew the boat and each other well by this stage and the weather did the rest for us.
FOS: What do you love most about your boat?
Cardinal Puff: What I love most about the boat is the traditional shape, build and feel of her. I have grown up on timber cray boats so it feel natural to me. I guess the biggest thing for me is that the boat feels like it has a history and not a manufacturers number.
FOS: How many times have you sailed in FOS?
Cardinal Puff: Our first FOS was in 2016. Unfortunately we broke our main halyard at the start of the passage race and limped home. The next 3 races were great fun however even managing to be competitive in a couple of those races.
FOS: Why have you chosen to compete in FOS 2017?
Cardinal Puff: Even with the broken halyard I knew we were going to come back in 2017. We all loved the spectacle, the competitiveness of the races, the social interactions after the races and just being around likeminded people all wanting to have fun. We have entered again this year and we look forward to seeing what we can do with a more reliable boat.
FOS: Do you have your crew confirmed? If so, mention them here!
Cardinal Puff: Geoff has been fantastic in teaching both myself and my also new crew of Marc Cowlishaw and Cory Bauer the basics of competitive sailing. Between Geoff and Ian my father in law it was a crash course in sailing that has served us well. Ian and Geoff are still great mentors. Geoff has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things sailing.
This year we have a new crew member of Tyler Capon also who has fitted in really well and gone some way into filling the hole of Geoff having purchased his own yacht. Obviously we are very new to sailing but what we lack in experience we make up for in desire to compete and learn.
We consider ourselves the youngest sailer on the oldest boat.
We wish Cardinal Puff and Skipper Jeremy Capon the best of luck! Cardinal Puff will be competing in the Classic Yachts division.