HOWB 079 – Interview | Korie & Tupper Griffith, Wooden Boat Lovers, Owners of Sharon L

by admin on March 21, 2013

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Today’s featured segment is an interview with Korie and Tupper Griffith and their son Owen, of Port Townsend, WA.  The Griffiths have a rich history of sailing and wooden boats.

Tupper grew up in Eugene, OR and learned to surf in CA while visiting relatives.  After high school, he moved to San Diego, CA and became heavily involved in surfing.   He also started cutting his teeth at sailing as crew on the 1928 Alden Schooner Kelpie .  Next was a stint in the USCG at Tillamook Bay, OR where he served as crewman on ’44 motor life boats.    In 2003, Tupper was invited to crew on the Schooner Martha by his sister Holly (wife to Captain Robert d’Arcy of the schooner Martha).   Shortly thereafter he moved to Port Townsend and met his now wife, Korie, who was Captain of the Adventuress.

Korie was raised in Wisconsin and did very little boating as a kid.  However she dreamed of moving to the coast and experiencing the ocean someday.  During her college days, she spent one summer in the  Florida Keys working at a Boy Scout adventure training (thru boats) camp.   And then later, went back for a full year of work at the Camp – and loved it!  Next it was on to grad school in chemical oceanography during which time she learned about the Tall Ship programs.

In Long Beach, CA, Korie became involved with the Spirit of Dana Point schooner directing educational programs and experienced her first blue water cruise.  While earning her Captains license, her sailing destinations included the east coast, the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas.  In 2003 she Met Wayne Chimenti (Captain of Adventuress) at Long Beach who called on her to be a relief mate for Adventuress.  Then in 2006, Chimenti brought Griffith on to replace his as one of the Captains of Adventuress.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview and all the fun facts about Korie and Tupper.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

Korie, Owen and Tupper relaxing in PT.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Korie, Owen and Tupper relaxing in PT. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Sailing in San Juans

Sharon L on leisurely cruise. Photo courtesy of Korie & Tupper.

Sharon L under prior owner Miles McCoy.  Photo courtesy of Korie & Tupper.

Sharon L under prior owner Miles McCoy. Her lines are phenomenal!  Photo courtesy of Korie & Tupper.

Sharon L anchored in Watmaugh Bay.  Photo courtesy of Korie & Tupper.

Sharon L anchored in Watmaugh Bay. Photo courtesy of Korie & Tupper.

 

Thanks Korie, Tupper and Owen for doing the interview.  Best to the 3 of you with your wooden boat adventures.

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