NEW VIDEO: Spraying 2-Part Primer & WetEdge Topside Paint

When Paralympic hopefuls, Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker needed a sweet paint job for their new custom built carbon fiber seat for their Skud 18, Brendan knew just how to attack this very curvaceous seat. Leaving it in its carbon state was not an option because the black carbon fiber would be too hot for crew, Cindy to sit on in the summer months.

The paint job has to be durable to stand up to salt and spray, lots of use and plenty of travel as the boat is shipped all over the globe currently. The 2 ladies are vying for the only US spot on the 2016 Paralympic Skud 18 Sailing Team bound for Rio.  The Skud 18 is a 2 person boat and with 2 US teams competing for the one US berth – every single system aboard has to be top notch and as high performance as possible.

The paint job was an obvious contender for a spray job because of it’s shape. The bottom piece that attaches the seat to the boat (the actuator) is carbon and also needed paint and has even more curves and contours than the seat.

Brendan took it all up to our paint room, a small-ish room with a great ventilation system, a DOOR!  and less dust than the surrounding shop area which seems to make extra.  Watch this new video and see how easy it is to spray paint with the right tools and some great paints. The NEW TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer is due on shelves before the end of 2015 and makes for a great, very solid and high build finish, perfect for filling pinholes and creating a superior substrate on which to apply your finish coat.

Now you might question why Brendan applied a one-part paint over a 2-part primer. They are totally compatible and very durable in their own rights – so as long as the primer was applied correctly and sanded, cleaned and prepped for a topcoat, the very durable TotalBoat WetEdge Topside paint is a fine choice.  We were excited to see how nicely both paints went on with the sprayer and the flat finish of the WetEdge paint came out great.  Check out the video and then please LIKE and SHARE and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

 

Fiberglass Repair – Using Gelcoat Over Epoxy

Nicks and dings in your fiberglass are common to any boat, whether or not it gets used often. Repairing damage to your gelcoat and fiberglass can seem intimidating, but when done properly, can be a simple and even quick repair.

In the video today, we look at a small fiberglass repair being done to the deck of a boat with a thick layer of gelcoat. Often times instructions and advice will indicate that using gelcoat over epoxy is ill advised because the 2 chemicals cannot bond chemically – but Brendan shows us how to properly prepare your surface and execute a repair that will bond and be a lasting repair based on a strong mechanical bond.

Check out our video of the day and dig into why we think a non-structural, cosmetic repair can be easily pulled off with proper preparation and near perfect execution.  Enjoy!

Woman Power: Good Karma Racing’s Uncharted Waters

Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker are a success story long before they even reach their goal of winning Paralympic gold. These two ladies have overcome so many physical challenges that start when they get out of bed each morning. But that does not slow them down or deter them from reaching for the stars. These ladies have overcome their physical challenges and are in love with sailing for setting them free and allowing them to be in control.

This video is a wonderful look into their program, their Paralympic dreams and their progress. TotalBoat has been supporting their efforts since they announced their intentions, and we will continue to support them in any way possible. From lending them shop space and all the TotalBoat materials they need – to moral and sailing support- we think their goals and accomplishments are amazing.  Sarah and Cindy have already won, as far as we are concerned. A gold medal from Rio would just be testimony to their efforts and a major achievement.

You can still support their program by donating to the Good Karma Charitable Foundation, A 501(c)3. Click here to get behind Team Good Karma. Go Sarah & Cindy!

Good Karma Racing to the Paralympics

TotalBoat Show and the team here at TotalBoat are so proud of Team Good Karma Racing after racing their hearts out at the Paralympic Class Regatta in Medemblik Holland.

Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker, whom we featured in our Go Deeper profile and in TotalBoat Show a few weeks ago, just returned from the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The Delta Lloyd Regatta is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup and is held yearly as part of many countries qualifiers for their Olympic team representation. This event is the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands for Olympic and Paralympic classes and Team Good Karma had a great event with challenging conditions. Read this update from skipper Sarah Skeels.

And please take the time to DONATE to their cause so they can get to the Paralympics with all of our support!

SS: “We arrived in Medemblik prepared to work hard on improving on things we learned in Garda.  What we weren’t necessarily expecting were the persistent 12 degree celsius HIGH temps (for easy Fahrenheit conversion, double it and add 30….yeah, without the wind chill).  I wore my down skiing pants and down sweater EVERY day.  The breeze never got below 12k and the sea state was a bit surprising with 3-6 foot waves, especially because we were basically sailing in a lake.

Medemblik is a picturesque Dutch town, full of tidy brick homes, canals, sheep, windmills both modern and old school, sheep, birds of every kind, baby animals everywhere you looked, and did I mention sheep?  As in Garda, our racing occurred just outside of the Regatta Centre, so it only took 10-15 minutes to sail out to the starting line, and like Garda, we shared a starting time with the Sonars. Wheelchair and parking access were always a challenge, but the event was very professionally run and the racing was fair, with long legs and races that were at least 50 minutes long. We had 17 boats on the line, the largest SKUD fleet at a Euro/Worlds event since the 2007 Worlds, if ever!
Take-aways from Medemblik:  Cindy needs a new seat that will help her maximize her abilities, this is our top priority for June.  Sail trim – we are improving but need to spend as much time on the water as possible throughout the summer to continue to work on maintaining steady heel and fast forward speed through the puffs and the big waves.  There is a fertilizer plant near the Regatta Centre from which we sailed, and left shifts were on the odiferous side to say the least!  We also learned that we like USA 074 (our boat) better than the boat we chartered, GBR 045 (which turns out to be 40 kilos heavier than any boat were were sailing against), and that chartering a boat works but requires a LOT of preparation.

The final take-away?  Cindy and I love sailing and love sailing together.  We had a number of breakdowns and a few tactical errors that kept us out of the top 6, but we now know that we can pace with the top boats and this is encouraging and motivating.  We loved having coach Lee Icyda on the water with us, providing expert tactical advice, as well as having her awesome spirit and energy.        This summer?  BACK TO THE GYM, new seats, lots of time on the water.  Anyone want to come sail a SKUD against us?”

 

Good Karma Race Team on Track for 2016 Paralympics

Of course with a name for a sailing race team like “Good Karma Racing“, the positive attitude and can-do character of the skipper and crew cannot be overlooked. Sarah Skeels and her crew Cindy Walker are both physically challenged but they attack life and paralympic sailing with a smile and determination that is truly World Class. Team Good Karma is ranked #1 on the US Sailing Team and all of their positive energy is being put towards getting to the Paralympic Games in 2016.

We recently featured Sarah in our summer 2015 catalog (page 21) and on TotalBoat Show in our GoDeeper section. We are so proud of the work Sarah and Cindy are doing. It is so fun to follow their Good Karma campaign and it is such an honor to have them as Ambassadors for TotalBoat.

Check out our story about Sarah and Cindy and GoDeeper into their awesome campaign and soak up some of the Good Karma!

 

Good Karma Racing

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Here is an update on Sarah Skeels, Cindy Walker and their Good Karma Racing Team who is working hard to get to the 2016 Paralympic Games in their Skud 18. Sarah and her then new boat, spent a few weeks in our TotalBoat Workshop last Spring and we are so proud to have Good Karma Racing as part of our TotalBoat Advocate network putting the products to the ultimate test on the race course and on the road to a full season of racing and qualifiers for the 2016 Games.

We spoke with Sarah who gave us the following update after the announcement that Sailing has been excluded from the 2020 Paralympic Games:

SS: We are very disappointed in the final verdict, and will always be advocating for increased participation of P-class sailing (and sailing for those with disabilities in general) in all regattas.  Does this change our focus?  Heck no, it only drives us to work harder!  We think there might be an increase in competition in the US SKUD-18 fleet for 2016, and welcome it because being pushed by great sailors will make all of us better.  As athletes, we need to focus on the things we can control:  training and competing on and off the water as much as possible.   The rest?  Well, we can hope to influence future decisions by being good ambassadors to this sport that we love, and do what we can to increase participation in adaptive sailing in the US.  It’s like my favorite Kierkegaard quote (for which our boat, Soren, is named): “Be with what is, so that what is to be, may become”. And the one every sailor knows by heart: “you can’t change the wind, but you can always adjust your sails”.  Words to live by – but always keep sailing! 🙂

TBS: How does the 2020 decision effect your desire to continue competing? Which events will be big ones after the 2016 games?

SS: Cindy and I love to sail, and as much as we enjoy competing together, we also enjoy sharing this passion.  Sometimes, you can give a “never-ever” the sailing bug by getting them out on a boat and cruising around.  The smiles you get to share during this process almost give you the same “high” as competing.  If we have the honor of representing the US in Rio, we hope to perform well, and return home with a mission of getting more people with disabilities out on the water in boats.  As far as the big regattas after the 2016 games?  In the US, it will probably be the tried and true regattas on the current circuit: the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, the C. Thomas Clagett Memorial Jr. Regatta,  the North American Challenge Cup, the US Sailing Championships, and the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.  From a “world” perspective?  I imagine the World Disabled Sailing Championships will become very important.  It can’t hurt to build the base if the sailors can do anything to influence the decision of bringing sailing back to the Paralympics.

TBS: Tell us a little about the immediate future and your fundraising efforts:

SS: We became a team in September, 2014 because we realized that in order to catch up to the world, we needed to train as much as possible.  Since we live close to each other and the Narragansett Bay and Sakonnet River, we train here when it gets above 45 degrees (consistently).  Otherwise, we are in Florida.  This winter, we spent a few long weekends and 1 full week training in Miami and Clearwater.  Because I teach and do research, my work schedule is a little more flexible than Cindy’s, and we both spend a lot of time training off the water at “Bridge to Fitness” in Middletown.   I like to be with my husband and daughter when I can, but this isn’t always possible, so we REALLY appreciate our family and friends who are stepping up to support us in all aspects of our training!
Our current 2015 schedule: May 2-11 Garda, Italy;May 21-31 Medemblik, Netherlands; Clagett regatta June 26-28; Newport Regatta July 11-12; training as much as possible after that.  The trials still haven’t been confirmed, but probably ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami at the end of January, 2016 and an undecided international event (either a test event in Rio, or a Eurosaf regatta in Hyeres or Garda in April/May of 2016).  The 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio is early September, 2016!  After Rio?  You’ll see us out on the water with each other, our sailing friends and newbies!

We’d like to thank JD for their support of us with the Total Boat product line; US Sailing Team Sperry for performance, coaching and product support; MTI for their awesome red-white & blue life jackets; Bridge to Fitness for off the water training support; Newport Physical Therapy for keeping Cindy’s body a well-oiled machine; and my husband, Brian Skeels for everything that he does to get us and keep us on the water – we don’t go sailing without his help.

A Skud 18 is a two-person racing dinghy that is designed to be sailed by people with disabilities. This is a modern, high performance boat that would be a challenge for any sailor and has become the International standard for Disabled Sailing. It is the official two-person boat for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.

Sarah Skeels has been on the US Sailing Team since 2009 and placed first at the 2013 US Disabled Sailing Championships. Jamestown Distributors is proud to support Sarah and Cindy and the Good Karma Racing Team on their bid to the 2016 Paralympic Games.

DONATE HERE to Help Sarah and Cindy with their campaign. Every dollar helps!