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Frank “Hobie” Sutton

WHO SAYS I DON’T FLY! SUMMER 1982

By Frank Sutton
     Here’s a few photos of some Hobie Cat Memories that were hanging on the wall in our home.  As you can see, I was a natural born Sailor before being a US Navy Sailor!
     You may find the newspaper article interesting!  It was quite an adventure sailing from Morehead City, NC into the Chesapeake Bay via the Atlantic Ocean side of the Outer Banks (both times), especially considering I didn’t carry a cell phone or radio onboard my Hobie 16 (Desperado II).  I was on my own, for good or bad!  Looking back now, I don’t understand how my Dad let me do this but I’m very grateful that he did!
     The original Desperado was a Hobie 14 which I sailed for a few years and sold to help pay for the Desperado II in 1979.  I had a trailer and used to travel with my Hobie Cat friends as far south as Daytona Beach, FL and north to Virginia Beach, VA and all beaches in between whenever and wherever a sanctioned Hobie Cat Regatta was scheduled during the summer!  We had so much fun, I really miss those days!  I’m sure without a doubt, and very far in the future, Alex will think extremely fondly of his days flying at Mission Bay with SEFSD Pilots in the same way I think about my old sailing days!  That is the original reason I began taking photos for the SEFSD Pilots, to preserve the great memories not just for Alex, but for all the SEFSD Pilots!
     All the other (paper) photos (and film negatives) from those old sailing days are stored somewhere in our garage, buried in photo albums and boxes along with some of the old regatta trophies that weren’t lost or destroyed when moving from home to home or in storage over the many years.  I’m not in shape enough just yet to go out to the garage and find those photos, but these few photos are enough to share with the SEFSD Pilots!

     Now you may understand why Aviator Alex is so adventurous and loves to fly, it’s something in our family genes I believe!  He loves aviation as much as I love sailing!

NC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP & CAPE LOOKOUT RACE TROPHIES
CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES ARTICLE 1983
CAPE LOOKOUT LIGHTHOUSE AND HOBIE CATS ON THE BEACH 1982