From time to time
we like to give attention to one of our members Cheoy Lee's. Don
Townsend sent us some great photos and we just had to share them with
the membership. As you can see Don is original owner, has crossed
oceans, and kept Mon Ami in pristine condition. So enjoy the
photos below, thanks Don. James
"Mon Ami" -
1977 Clipper 33
OWNERS - Don Townsend
AREA OF SAILING - Sausalito, CA
I am the original owner of a 33’ Cheoy Lee Clipper, Luders design,
built in 1977. Her home port is Sausalito, CA
In 1981 I sailed “Mon Ami” from San Francisco to Acapulco, to
Hawaii, and back to San Francisco, a one year journey. On the way back from Hawaii we
hit 35 foot seas in a full gale. Twice she went under for a few
seconds, popped up, and we sailed on.
She has always been maintained in Bristol condition. Over the past 5
years she has gotten a new deck, new engine, and many other
Seven years ago I began a complete restoration process that has become a
hobby which is gotten way out of control. Ha!
Mon Ami may very well be the best restored clipper 33 in the world. New
decks, new Yanmar engine, new standing rigging, new interior, etc….
Thought you guys might enjoy these photographs. Just returned from a
great sail down the coast from Sausalito, CA where she is birthed, to
Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Still Water Cove at Pebble Beach. The photos
have all been sized for the web. If you decide to display these photos
on your sight, please let me know so I can check it out. Thanks!