Competitor's Detailed Information

"Absolute - USA 16826"

Registration Information:
Owner's Name: Donald Hinckfoot & Art Mason
From: Macomb Township, MI USA
Representing Club: North Star Sail Club
Registered Crew: 9
Racing Class:
Entry Status: Application Incomplete
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Rating and Other Information:
Skipper:James Hodson
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Boat Information:
Sail Number:USA 16826
Boat Type:Peterson 37
Mfg. Date:1982
Hull Color:Blue
Spinnaker Colors:Wh/Blu

About Absolute...

In September 1999 Art Mason and I (Don Hinckfoot) purchased the sailboat Absolute, a Peterson 37, built by Wiggins’, Ontario Canada in 1982, for scrap value. Absolute sat in dry dock for over 5 years uncovered and none of the plug hardware was pulled in the bottom to allow rain water to drain and the water was over the engines oil dip stick. We spent the next two years repairing the deck and transoms fiber glass and balsa, replaced a number of the oak stringers along the bottom and up the side of the hull. A new 3-cylinder diesel engine with an angled transmission was installed on new oak motor mounts. The major renovations were completed in late May 2001. Absolute was purchased without sails and used sails had to be bought and re-cut for racing. July 2001 Absolute did its first major race, the Bayview Mackinac Race - long course (South Hampton). A used re-cut main was delivered late Friday night the day before the big race. This turned out to be Absolute’s first race and shake down since its purchase in 1999 and it finished 15th out of 18 boats. In the 2002 Bayview Mackinac Race Absolute finished 5th out of 20 boats in its class and in the 2003 Bayview Mackinac Race Absolute took a 1st place in its class. Absolute has done two Chicago Mackinac Races 2007 and 2008 (100 Th.). Absolute and the crew are looking forward to doing the 2009 Chicago Mackinac Race (101 St.) and continuing on for the 2009 SUPER MAC to Port Huron. Then turn around and compete in the 2009 Bayview Mackinac Race (85 Th) doing the old traditional long course the Cove Island Course ORR. Absolute is a great sailboat and since the time it was built in 1982 for racing it has loved to race. Art and I take great pride in Absolute and we’re proud that we were able to salvage Absolute to keep it racing.

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