Yea, I know it’s not the Express 34, but my friend Greg Taylor gave me this Express 27 Nationals poster before he passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 2015.
Greg worked for Alsberg Brothers Boatworks back in the 1980s and helped construct the 27, 37 and 34. He told me the team that made the mold for the 34 was brought in from Europe and were detailed oriented and very secretive. He had nothing but good things to say about the 34 and all the boats coming out of Alsberg Bros. He enjoyed his time there and eventually married his wife Judy, had two beautiful children, Lindsey and Jordan. Greg and the family moved up to San Juan Island where he started a construction business and bought his pride and joy ‘Spikenard’, an Express 37. He crewed for me on a couple of occasions. A great sailor and a good friend. My wife had the poster framed for me for Christmas. A very special gift.
It depicts an Express 27 flying a spinnaker going over the roller coaster in Santa Cruz, CA. Notice the yellow visor is flying through the air. Nice touch.
Bottom left says, “In memory of Jay Collins”. Bottom right says, “Michael Abbey – Visual Communications”
All the best to you and yours in 2017. Tell your friends and family you love them often, sail as much as you can and be safe.
Greg S. – Wailana – Express 34 Hull #1