AmericanBoater
Sharing A Love For The Water

A Pocket Full Of Possibilities

By Mark Wilson
Published: June/July 2013

They came from near and far. The largest fleet of trailerable pocket cruisers ever assembled shared 10 days of winter sailing fun at the annual Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention.

Whistling Dixie

Carl and Sarah Berger, Henderson, Nevada

Photo of Sarah and Carl Berger
Photo: Ben Pierson

When Sarah and Carl Berger began dating five years ago, Sarah had never sailed before. Her husband loves to tell the story of how she fell in love with the sport first, and him later. "I tested her to see if she really wanted to go sailing," he says. "She had to eat a ‘one-pot' dinner holding her plate in her lap, drink half a six-pack of cheap beer, and watch the movie "Captain Ron" in its entirety." She passed the test, though her first sail was in 25-knot winds. "The more the boat heeled, the bigger Sarah's smile got!" says Carl. After getting married, the couple took great pleasure in researching a new boat to meet their mutual sailing interests, and are very proud of their West Wight Potter 19, Bastante.

Photo of Carl and Sarah Berger's Wight Potter 19, Bastante Photo: Ben Pierson

This is their third year participating in HPCC. For their first one, all they intended was to have a winter sailing vacation. "We were thrilled with how many wonderful people we met and the several great friendships that have developed," says Sarah. "We've new friends that stay at our house and go sailing with us, and it feels like we've known them for years."

This year the Bergers added more strings to their sailing bow by participating in the HPCC Dixieland Jazz Band. About six months before the event, one of the regular participants, "Trumpet" Nelson, announced he was organizing a Dixieland band. Carl immediately bought a new set of drums, an instrument he hadn't played for years, while Sarah, an excellent cello player, stepped up to play keyboards.

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