I was introduced to sailing by my father at a very young age. I remember the time he would take us out on the San Francisco Bay on the first boat he shared with my Uncle Jim. It was the first CYGNET and it was a unique ketch-cat. A 20' sailboat with a mainsail, mizzen, and no jIb. Those of you that know sailboats can attest, this yacht must have been an oddity, to say the least.
1981 - San Francisco Bay
Fast forward to 1975 when I headed to GOLD ARROW CAMP for the first time. I actually went to summer camp to ride horses, but my hand went high in the air when asked who wanted to go sailing. The next thing I knew, I had forgotten all about stables and ponies and all I can think about was getting on the water. Starting with the famed High Serria Regatta on Hunnington Lake in 1976, my sailing, racing, and marine life began.
Upon returning home and after my Mom and Dad asked, "how was horse camp?" I laughed and said, "oh, all I did was sail!"
With that one comment, Dad changed the Denebeim household in a single moment. He bought a NEW boat that became the ISLANDER 36, CYGNET, that we all spent the next 30 years enjoying!
The B.K. Denebeim family the day the CYGNET was christened. 31 March, 1977