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Article on a boat named "Chiquita?"

I'm not sure if this post belongs here or in the Off-Topic forum, but I am trying to find an old article that appeared in an issue of "The Favored End" (newsletter? magazine?). The article is about the capsize and sinking of a Venture 23' of Newport named "Chiquita." Does anyone here have an electronic copy of that article? It was supposed to be accessible at a site on Yahoo Groups, but you need to be a member--and my membership application has gone unanswered.
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http://www.bbyra.com/newsletters/JanFeb05.pdf

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not a bad article, by the way
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Haha, thanks! I can't believe it...can you guess how many times I tried google and never got that hit? Perhaps I was looking too hard and needed the extra set of eyes. Thanks a million, AjariBonten!
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No Problem, it was on the third or fourth page of hits
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Weird. This boat has been popping up all over recently- in the latest issue of SCA, and also in the Durabak thread in the "Gear" forum here.
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Weird. This boat has been popping up all over recently- in the latest issue of SCA, and also in the Durabak thread in the "Gear" forum here.
That's probably because I got laid off last month and have been spending my time playing on the computer instead of looking for a job! Bad time to get laid off--I can't sail because the ice is 3ft thick and I can't afford to go where it's warm. Bummer!

I put the full article about Chiquita's sinking and some others in the Macgregor 23 Knowledge Base: MacgregorOwners.com - 23
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Whoa! Hey! Imagine that, you go asking about a guy's boat, and then the owner pops up and replies to your message thread! Glad to meet you, Heinzir! I just found that full article on sailboatowners.com. How is your boat doing? I saw in an issue (date?) of "the Favored End" that your boat got hit by a drunk boater (and I cringed at the sight of the picture, too). Did you get the damage all repaired? Beautiful boat, by the way. How long have you owned her?
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Thanks, Mike,

Nice to meet you too. I see that you are in NY. How did you originally hear about my article in "The Favored End?" It is a local newsletter of the White Bear Lake Yacht Club here in Minnesota. I had never heard of them but a guy I worked with is a member and he asked if they could run excerpts of the original article in "Great Lakes Sailor."

Chiquita is as good as ever. I have owned her for over 30 years but she is still a "work in progress." The dismasting took about a month out of my (already too short) sailing season. I replaced the mast and lived with the cosmetic damage until the fall. I redid and repainted the entire exterior that year and tackled the interior the following season. I'm pretty happy with the results but there are always new ideas to try out.

How long have you had your V222? I think the interior layout of your boat is the same as mine. They are reasonably comfortable boats, given their size. We used to trailer to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan every year but are now content to leave the boat on her mooring a couple of blocks from our house.
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Were the hatch boards in place? The picture indicates that the hatchway is large. And in any kind of seas they should have had it closed up. And then possibility they may not have sunk.
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