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Sail On

Sail On

An
icon, Woody
Brown
, passed away last week. They don’t make them like Woody any
more. A genuine pioneer in the field of Naval Architecture, Woody created
from scratch the first modern catamaran. He drew on his experience as
a glider pilot in World Ward II and from the knowledge that the Polynesians
had gleaned from over a thousand years of Ocean voyaging when he crafted
his first boat. From the beach in Waikiki Woody introduced thousands of
tourists to the wonders of the Ocean in Hawaii and to high performance
sailing with his hand built catamaran "Manu Kai". Flying off
the waves and racing the "Malolo" (Flying fish) across the giant
ocean rollers that run just off Diamond Head during the 90 minute day
sails. Woody was smiling ear to ear with each wave that picked up Manu
Kai and drove her down the face of the waves at the tender age of 70 when
he taught me how to handle the boat as an apprentice to him in 1982.

Woody became a well recognized icon of the Hawaiian Islands was one of
their finest watermen when he and Fred Hemmings surfed giant Makaha (Oahu’s
West Side) in the Mid 1950s and turned surfing into a house hold word
almost over night in the United States. There is a
thread
on our forum if you are interersted.

Mark
Michaelson