Bird Watching

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The Bird Boat class is the oldest one-design class on San Francisco Bay. Designed by John Alden in 1919, Jim Josephs' Curlew, hull number 2, was built in 1922. Jim rebuilt the boat in 1995 and joined the Wooden Boat Racing Association on the Bay.

In 2002 Curlew was outfitted with a new main and jib from Pineapple Sails. The giant main on the wooden mast and boom and the small self-tacking jib were carefully designed and built to match the rig, the class rules and the Bay's windy conditions. And the boat sailed upwind as never before.

Jim is this year's Bird Boat Class champion. His victories include first in division in the 2004 Master Mariners Regatta, held annually for traditional wooden boats.

Wooden boats like Curlew demand special sails. And special sails are all we do.


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