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Malcolm Farrel
  • 78, Male
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • United States
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Malcolm Farrel left a comment for Richard J. Lawton
"Dick,  Happy to see that at least two of the crew of our time are still alive.  Hope all is well with you and your family. Malcolm"
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When did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
1956 to 1960
How many years did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
4
Were you a member of the Schooner Crew?
Yes
Were you an Officer?
Yes
If yes, please provide position (s) and years(s)
1959 asst. navigator
1960 1st. Lieut.
Did you make any extended voyages? (i.e. Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.)
Maine, Other
If "Other", please advise.
Bahamas, Charleston, SC
Did you participate in "Orientation at Sea" program for new students?
No
Tabor graduation year:
1960
College attended and year graduated:
U of North Carolina 1964
Do you currently work in the maritime field?
No
Current Occupation:
retired
Last time you sailed on Tabor Boy?
Americas Cup Races in the 1970s
Do you own currently own a boat?
yes, Grand Alsakan 60
Favorite Tabor Boy moment
Two exciting ones come to mind:

The Tabor Boy was off the Virginia Capes, on her way back to Marion from Nassau in March or April. We were under power with bare poles, no wind and large long period swells on the beam. The crew was preparing the ship for a gale expected that night. Several of us were up the foremast, out on the yard arm foot ropes, putting extra stops in the squares with the ship taking water onto the decks as she rolled from side to side. We got the job done. The anticipated gale hit as forecast making for an exciting night.

Heading out Buzzards Bay in the early spring with a strong wind on the nose and an out going tide. Short steep seas were dunking the bow sprit. Several of us went out on the foot ropes, no netting in those days, to add new stops to the jibs before they came completely unfurled. Each time the ship rose on a wave, we could see the stem turn aft as the forward end of the keel came out of the water. She would then dive into the oncoming sea burying us in the on coming swell. Got the stops in then went below for a warm shower and change of clothes.

Lessons learned about conquering fear and team work.

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