Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Sailing Science Center News
November 2022
Vol. 6, No. 3
Welcome to the November issue of the Sailing Science Center News! The theme of this month's issue is Health. It may seem odd to be talking about health in the Sailing Science Center newsletter, but I will point out that one of the SSC's seven galleries is Mechanical Advantage and Human Factors. That latter part covers sailing-related topics as diverse as night vision, motion sickness, sleep deprivation, and yes, health. We will delve deeper into it in this month's Leadership Corner, but suffice it to say that being healthy is good for sailing and sailing is good for being healthy.
As it turns out, high performers’ sustained success is due in large part to their healthy approach to living.
― Brendon Burchard
November Spotlight - Rick Waltonsmith
Rick Waltonsmith
Our first encounter with Rick Waltonsmith was the SSC presentation at the St. Francis Yacht Club in January of 2019. Rick reached out the next day through our website, writing that he would gladly staff an exhibit when the museum opened. Little did he know what that meant. It was nearly a year before we rolled out the SSC’s first exhibit at our 2019 gala, and 26 months before the SSC’s first popup event at Call of the Sea. Through it all, Rick has stayed on as one of the SSC’s most reliable supporters.

Rick is retired from a previous life as a Silicon Valley executive in the opto-electronics industry. He grew up in Seattle as an early baby boomer to parents who had been in the military during the war. Rick studied English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at the University of Washington, and narrowly missed being drafted to go to Vietnam. His boating life started with his family, who owned a 26-foot Chris Craft. They took Coast Guard safety classes and would sleep in the boat’s bow after an eight-hour cruise to the San Juan Islands. Rick noted that his father wasn’t very mechanical, but didn’t elaborate on what that might imply on a small boat in Puget Sound…
Rick’s earliest sailing experiences were in high school with a fleet of Geary 18s on Lake Washington. The boats were constructed of wood planks. Their masts would float, which kept them from turtling in a capsize. He got his instruction from Rob Lane, a high school friend who he is still in touch with today. Rob said to him “I will teach you to sail, but you’ve got to come up here and do some work first.” Rob was talking about caulking the seams. It was a good introduction to what boats are all about.
I will teach you to sail, but you’ve got to come up here
and do some work first.
Long distance cruising didn’t fill Rick’s dreams. He satisfied that curiosity by reading Latitude 38 and hanging around cruising folks. Racing wasn’t part of the recipe either, until after his two adopted children graduated from college. But in the late 1990s he was introduced to large catamarans, which piqued his interest in multihulls. Today, Rick sails, and successfully races, a 44-foot trimaran, holding top honors as the 2018 OYRA Multihull Division winner, and finishing first in the 2020 Doublehanded Farallons Race. Rick’s boat is named ‘Round Midnight, after the musical piece by Thelonious Monk.
Rick with a carbon fiber mystery object on his flat-bed truck. He is transforming the carbon curiosity into his latest sculpture, to be revealed at the SSC 2022 Gala and Auction.
That connection brings us to the more artistic themes in Rick’s life, one of which is jazz. Another, which started with wood carving at Camp Orkila when Rick was just 12, is sculpture. Today, Rick has his own sculpture studio, working in bronze, brass, steel, stainless steel, and more recently, dyed epoxy. He also notes his 38 years of happy marriage to his wife, Ann. Ann sails with him, but only in the tropics. Having Rick be part of the SSC has been a real blessing, and although he has been largely behind the scenes, the SSC would not be where it is today without him. Thank you, Rick!
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West
December 10 - SSC 2022 Making Waves Gala
Don't miss the Sailing Science Center 2022 Making Waves Gala!

December 10, 2022
5 pm to 9 pm
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
― Winston Churchill
In the News
SSC Podcast - Charlie Deist & Jim Hancock on
Health, Hormesis, and Sailing
Podcast produced by Charlie Deist
In this episode of the Sailing Science Center Podcast, SSC volunteer and podcast producer, Charlie Deist, has a conversation with SSC president, Jim Hancock about health, hormesiss, and sailing. Charlie is the author of the 2020 book, Hormetics: Physical Fitness for Free People. He also teaches MovNat classes and is a Coast Guard licensed captain. The conversation touches on many unconventional views about health, what it means to be healthy, and how to optimize our health.
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The SSC has partnered with cryptocurrency donation site, The Giving Block, to accept cryptocurrency donations. The first donation has already hit the books. Will yours be next? Click here to donate with crypto.
November 10 - World Class
World Class Logo with Gold Wreath
You Are Not Who You Think You Are - Part 2

In this third installment of World Class, we will delve into the microbiome and why it is at the core of maintaining our health and energy for everything we do. This is an exclusive for SSC volunteers as part of our commitment to give back to the people who are giving their time.

We are privileged to have Krystal Thomas-White and Lars Anderson collaborating to lead this session. Krystal recently completed post-doctoral research at Stanford University and is now a Senior Scientist at Evvy. Lars holds a PhD in biology and heads the SSC Exhibits Team.
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A group of girls play on a sea wall, scooping up critters in a net. Youthful energy and playfulness benchmark our concept of health, while a large array of diseases cluster at the other end of the age continuum. Countering that are the health benefits of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and socialization that can all be found in sailing.
Photo by Martha Blanchfield / Renegade Sailing
Wanted for the Sailing Science Center
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Do you have photos to share? The SSC is looking for shots to use on our website, in our newsletter, and elsewhere. Photographer attribution will be given.

The SSC needs volunteers! We especially need volunteers who can staff one-day exhibitions as docents. Training, lunch, and SSC logo polo shirts are provided.

Direct your inquiries to
Small Stuff
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On the Horizon
Here is a summary of what's ahead. Check our online calendar for the most current information.

November 10 - World Class

December 10 - The SSC 2022 Gala!
Move the Needle!
Leadership Corner - Where There Is No Doctor
We left San Francisco with a large yellow Pelican Case, filled with medical supplies and expensive prescription meds we hoped never to use. We cable-tied it shut, put a dated tag on it, and taped a sheet protector to the outside with an inventory of the contents. Read more...
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The SSC wants to give a big shout to Donna & Joey Ianello, who raised their hands in October to volunteer. We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks.
That's all for this month.


Jim Hancock
President and Founder
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Natalie Corkhill

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