After several months and hundreds upon hundreds of hours of work, She Worthy, a 1977 Santana 20, made her debut at Perry Yacht Club! Saturday night, several Sailin’ Sisters escorted the club’s newest addition to its fleet past a crowd of curious onlookers. Driven by honorary Sailin’ Sister John Anderson, she rolled up to the clubhouse in style! Decked out in flowers and feather boas dancing in the breeze, She Worthy was absolutely glorious in her pinkness! Even though she has yet to have her name painted on her hull, Becky Stone cleverly brewed up our own label of She Worthy champagne to celebrate the occasion!
Thanks to all the many Sailin’ Sisters who have sacrificed their manicures to work on her. It was so much fun working side by side together! (Well, most of it was fun. Sanding – not so much!) We even had several gentlemen who were kind enough to lend a helping hand in the grunt work along the way. Thank you to John Anderson, Steve Turner, Patrick Allen, Jim Gutherie, Ben Anderson and Doug McCall. You guys lightened our load and helped make it fun!
We have lots and lots of other folks from far and wide to thank too. Without their efforts and advice, this might never have happened. We want to recognize Vernon Green from the Oklahoma City Santana 20 fleet who found the boat for us and has given us lots of help and encouragement. Paul Fetterman of Weatherby Lake has proven invaluable for his assistance with Santana 20 information on the boat and trailers. Bruce and Cathy Liese of Kansas City Sailing continue to be special friends of Sailin’ Sisters offering advice, seminars, discounts on parts and labor and lots of free sailing gear. John Corkill has also come to our rescue with getting the trailer road and launch ready. The Perry Yacht Club and its Board have been instrumental in approving and encouraging the efforts of women’s sailing at PYC. And last but certainly not least, a HUGE thank you to Teresa and John Anderson of Anderson Automotive. We have taken up way too much of John and Teresa’s time since January. Without the use of their facilities, this boat would have taken more than a year to complete. At it was, we were able to do a complete restoration in a matter of just a few months by being able to work indoors on weekends at their wonderful shop. To all of you, we thank you from the bottoms of our little pink hearts!
There is still a bit of work to be done to the boat and trailer but we are hoping she will be splashed very soon! She Worthy is a PYC asset and we want EVERYONE – whether you’ve worked on her or not – to enjoy sailing her as soon as you have been checked out. It has been an education bringing her this far, but the real fun begins when she hits the water for some serious and not-so-serious sailing.
See what I mean? There have been so many great folks helping us every step of the way! Perry Yacht Club is the greatest place on earth! Now LET’S GO SAILING!!!!