R. Barry Fisher

El Coyote

El Coyote

Barry Fisher is semi-retired 69 year old commercial fisherman who lives in South Beach, Oregon. He began his career under working sail in dorys that were launched off the deck of a schooner out of Boston and Gloucester Massachusetts. When he quit going to sea, he fell in love with the idea of sailing again although he hadn't done it for almost 46 years. Now sailing and looking at magazines and ruminating about sailboats occupies a good part of each day.

He owns a Dragonfly 100 trimaran LOA 33 feet. It is a great ocean boat but its carrying capacity is somewhat limited. Barry goes South to Baja California each winter and he wanted a boat to sail down there, too. So he started to think about getting a smart little performer that could be easily trailed and could also be used at home as a little racer. In 1995 a friend called Barry and said to take a look at the Ultimate 20. He did and this resulted in a convocation of sailing "gurus" from his Yaquina Bay Yacht Club who began to wax ecstatic about the possibilities of helping him spend his money. There was a unanimous opinion that Barry should take a hard look at the U20 so he promptly called Jeff Canepa who sent him literature, gave good patient advice over the phone, and fixed a date to meet at a boat show in Seattle. By that time Barry was hooked.

Barry's first U20 was called El Gringo Viejo (The Old Gringo). He now sails and races U20 # 69, El Coyote, in which he won the Ultimate 20 division of the Eugene Yacht Club's 1997 Harvest Regatta. Barry is an enthusiastic cruiser, and published an article about "An Ultimate 20 in Baja California" in the Autumn, 1996 Ultimatum, in which he described petting gray whales on Magdalena Bay, one of which "gently laid the end of his nose and jaws across the gunwale of the boat." He has promised to write another article, about catching a Chinook salmon from a U20, if he "can figure out how to put on the damn brakes and slow her down to a knot and a half."