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In This Issue
Rage Wins LA to Tahiti Transpacific Race
Schooner Creek Adds a New Director of Operations
Lisa Elsey Takes on a New Challenge
Schooner Creek’s Yard Capabilities Grow and Improve

 

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Rage Wins LA to Tahiti Transpacific Race     
 

TAHITI, June 6, 2012 - Steven Rander is a man of the sea. A lifelong builder of boats, he recently put all his experience and expertise to the ultimate test when he and his closely knit crew made the 3,571 mile voyage aboard Rander's yacht, Rage, from Los Angeles to Tahiti to win the fabled 2012 Tahiti Race. The yacht was conceived and built right here in Portland by Rander at Schooner Creek Boat Works in Portland. Rage crossed the finish line May 6th off of Point Venus to win the grueling race in 16 days, so grueling in fact that only one other boat, the renowned Beau Geste, competed.

Most of those aboard Rage were family and friends who have sailed together aboard the yacht for years. The Rage's crew consisted of Rander, who took the helm as skipper, as well as Jim Cullison, Jay Phillips, Alex Krawarik, Dennis Damore, Kevin Flanigan, George Gade, and Leif and Bradley Hansen. The Hansens are the first father and son to sail the race together and Bradley at 16 is the youngest sailor to participate in the race.

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YARD UPDATES
Schooner Creek Adds a New Director of Operations

In February, Chris Bakken joined Schooner Creek taking on the mantle of Director of Operations. Chris brings a broad base of business management experience to Schooner Creek in addition to his family's passion for being on the water. Prior to joining Schooner Creek Chris has been closely involved with the introduction of new battery technologies into transportation applications including marine and yacht house bank battery products.

Nancy Rander commented that , "Steve and I feel that Chris brings an unique set of skills and experiences to Schooner Creek based on his 25 years of experience in diverse business environments and this is combined with his understanding of the needs and desires of Northwest boaters."

Chris reports, "I am excited to join Schooner Creek. Schooner is Oregon's preeminent yard and boat builder and I look forward to helping the team grow and expand our reach in terms of products and services. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to join such a professional group with a legacy that is unmatched."

Lisa Elsey Takes on a New Challenge

Lisa Elsey joined Schooner as an Administrative Assistant in July of 2011. She has grown quickly in her role and expanded her responsibilities. She taken on the full time role of Customer Service Coordinator. In this position Lisa will be one of the key links between the customer and the Schooner Creek mechanics and craftsman. We are very excited about this move and believe that with Lisa improve even more the Schooner Creek customer experience.

"Lisa is a keen observer and has integrated herself and skills into the processes to become an essential piece in the Schooner Creek machine", commented Mike Pittman.

Schooner Creek’s Yard Capabilities Grow and Improve     

Schooner Creek's Yard Manager, Mike Pittman and the Yard Crew Lead Pascal Le Guilly have made significant improvements to the lift capabilities over the past 6 months. Under Mike and Pascal's direction, Schooner Creek has obtained new straps and implemented improved lifting practices with the 35 and 75-ton travel lifts.

The biggest improvement are the new and longer 4 strap set. These new straps have allowed the crew to routinely and safely lift vessels of up to 70 feet in length. This allows Schooner Creek to handle some of the biggest challenges on the River.

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