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Dave Knickerbocker's Akela, O'Day # 67, Douglaston, NY



September 14, 2008 - We are just getting Akela's story - actually, we already had a lot of it but did not recognize Akela's part in it. Ralph Heinzerling (Jack Rabbit) told us of a boat named Akela owned by Dave Knickerbocker that he raced against on western Long Island Sound in the early 1960's. It was an O'Day built bare hull on which Dave had built a wood deck and cabin. Bingo!! We know this boat. She is now in California and has quite a story. Dick Galland who owned Kestrel, which has a wood deck and cabin, told us that he bought his boat in 1972 and her name then was Akela (Rudyard Kipling's Wolf). This boat is now 'Petaluma" and owned by Tim Blair. Click on Kestral to go to her, and " Petaluma" to go to her.

We are tracking down Dave and will try and get more of this story. Until we get an Akela picture here is a more recent picture.

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