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IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE BEST DAD ONE COULD EVER ASK FOR:
There is one real good reason to get up and leave the orange glowing embers of the camp fire at the waters edge, on a nice, warm, moon lit, summer night up at Kamp Kerr ............
It is to slip on out into the cool dark waters of Chaumont Bay, on the catamaran, for a night sail with nothing in sight but the distant glow of cottage lights and campfires on the far shore .............
Listening to the soft rush of the wind as it slides across the sails and the bright trickling sound the water makes, as it quickly glides along each side the boats twin hulls ............
Sailing along beneath an inky black sky, just packed full of a billion stars and the bright cool light of the full moon, shining down on the water, from above the distant shadowy hills .......
So quiet and so peaceful, while moving along
so fast, in the quiet darkness, with nothing but the awesome raw power
of the steady night breeze ........
What a rush .. I can't believe that all this is still free ....... !
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My Brother Bandana Mike, also has a home page.
So, you ask? What the ?@%&# is a Catamaran ?
And why is Bob so #!*$? worked up about them ?
A Catamaran orHobie Cat is a small beachable sail boat. A boat with no motor and two hulls that just flies across the water on a windy day, at amazing speeds, while one hull flies up in the air, threatening to throw you off and flip the boat over, unless you maintain complete control with steering & the sheets (ropes) & trapeze out off the side of the boat in a trapeze harness..............
I come from a family of Harley riders and I loved to ride em too but those damn cars just kept turning left, right in front of me, knocking me off the bike. I didn't have any choice but to give up the bikes if I wanted to stick around here in one piece for a little while longer...........
My good friend, Ed Magin took me out for a wild sail on his 16' Hobie Cat on Lake Ontario and on Sodus Bay on a really windy day, during the summer of 1983. He had me standing out off the side of the boat, held on by only a trapeze wire and harness, as he scared the hell out of me......
It was a speed thrill with the same kind of adrenaline rush as a wild motorcycle ride but I knew that if we flipped over, I would just get wet and wouldn't get any of that nasty old road rash......
I was hooked and haven't looked back since......
I have just recently been able to identify the parents and siblings of my Great Grandfather,
WILLIAM BLACKWELL KERR, b 08-02-1866
in the Village of Omemee, Emily Township, Victoria County, in Ontario Canada.
William immigrated to Rochester,NY as a young man. There he opened a dancing school & married Fannie Mae Charlton in 06-29-1898. William died in Rochester on 04-05-1932.
I am now trying to find out who his grandparents were. Williams parents were Samuel Kerr and Elizabeth Blackwell of Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. They were both Irish immigrants but I do not know when they arrived in Canada, or where in Ireland they came from. Any help would be appreciated I have information to share on all of Williams siblings and decendants.
Several of the family names, that I have gathered a lot of information about, are listed below:
Charlton / Kerr / Oliver / Ragan / Schultz / Campbell / Wiley /
Wehrle / Watson / Blohm / Zimmer / Zimmerman /Feasel / Grant /
You can view my genealogy information at:
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST KERR:
RILEY WILLIAM KERR
! CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINA & NICK KERR !
OUR FIRST GRAND BLESSING
We were so very lucky to have had the coolest mutt choose our family ! His name was: "TAZ" ! We adopted Taz, from the Humane Society's, LollyPop Farm on May 3rd,1997. Taz left us for a better place, on June 29th, 2007. Our hearts still ache, but our family will be eternally grateful for the time that Taz shared with us here ! We miss him so much !
R.I.P my friend ! Till we meet again !
In April 2008
4 month old Lola
from BlueMoon Meadows, "a Caring Place for Orphaned Pets".
She fit right in has become a most valuable member of our family !
Another member of the family is a Congo African Grey Parrot, named: "Oliver".
He was hatched on November 6th, 1998. He was then hand-fed, hand-raised & socialized by Paul Lewis, owner of BIRDS UNLIMITED. Ollie came to live with us in mid February 1999 and has become a regular member of the family.
He has learned to mimic several human whistles, the telephone, microwave beep, smoke detector, (Thanks Nick !) as well as Taz's squeak toys. Ollie has started to talk but he likes to mutter and mumble more than talk right now, making you think he is talking about you behind your back.
Many years ago, back when I was still just a young hippie, I decided to go undercover and infiltrate the cops..........
I had a great 30 year career with RPD, mostly in the Major Crimes Unit but now I am retired, from the Rochester, NY Police Department.
I was also the Sergeant
Arms for 15 years for Our Police Union, the Rochester
Police Locust Club.
I currently work part time for the Downtown Special Services in Rochester, NY as a member the the "Red Shirts" Saftey Services team..
My main fair weather hobby is Sailing, on my catamaran.
Currently I'm sailing
a Hobie 18, "The Wind Pig" ! I sold my Mystere 6.0XL . (Photo below).
I spend some of my free time, away from my job, (during the spring, summer & fall), sailing with my friends from Hobie Fleet 295 on that Great Lake, Ontario. Several friends and I all sail our catamarans from a nice sandy beach (Lighthouse Beach) on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, about 10* miles west of Rochester,NY (Charlotte) near Bogus Point in Parma, NY. (* 9.4 miles west of the Genesee River) For AERIAL VIEW of beach.
Come sail with us on a nice warm, breezy day and I guarantee that you will probably become hooked on flying Catamarans too...........
I'm now the proud new owner
of a really cool 1930 Ford Model A, five window coupe, hot rod.
This beautiful Hot Rod was built by the father & son team of Sam
and Dave Wilczak, in Darien Center, NY.
The now defunct internet Catamaran Magazine, "On the Wire" , was a cool E-Zine about catamaran sailing, with great articles, how to, tuning tips, humor & graphics. They chose this photo of Jack & I racing on the "Wind Pig", at Canandaigua Yacht Clubs CMOR regatta for there October 1998 cover.
(Photo by: Jay Tovey)
For the best printed Catamaran Magazine, you should check out "Catamaran Sailor".
"Catamaran Sailor" is a NEWS paper that covers any and all news concerning beach cats of all brands and breeds. Published 10 times a year by Mary Wells & Rick White of the famous Racing Clinics & Seminars, as well as authors of several great catamaran racing books. Includes regatta schedules for the year as well as lots of catamaran news, photos & great articles. All for only $15.00 !
You can e-mail me at: Bob@Kerr.net
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