Welcome, we are Randy and Ruth Webster.
Randy has been in and on the water his whole life. He can’t remember learning how to swim. His first boat was a 12′ Filipino banka, an outrigger canoe when he was 8 or 9. He really learned to sail in the Sea Scout program in Portland during the high school years, at the same time playing water polo and trying to be competitive in spring board diving. One benefit of college was sailing on inland lakes with the largest collegiate club in the nation. In addition to Velic he has had a Sailfish, an International 470, and a Force 5.
Unlike Randy, Ruth started sailing as an adult by enrolling in a basic sailing class, learning to sail dinghies. After gaining basic experience in dinghies and getting over the fear of capsizing, she crewed on larger boats for races (boats less likely to capsize, though more complicated). Racing is a great way to quickly gain sailing experience and meet new people, like Randy. While continuing to crew on friends’ boats, she got an itch to have her own and bought a Santana 22 (larger than a dinghy, less complicated than a big race boat). The 22 was was a great small boat, perfect for sometimes boisterous inland and coastal waters and lots of fun to sail. But Velic is also fun to sail, and – most importantly – is a good, sea-kindly boat, as we learned in 2010 when we double-handed her to Hawaii and back.