Meet the gang…
An Irish immigrant, Ormonde O’Carroll grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma. B.A. Philosophy ’76, Honor Roll student, he first sailed back to Ireland in ’77 on a leaky old 42’ Alden yawl. She was followed by a 47’ Laurent Giles wooden ketch and a 50’ dragger he rigged for shrimping in SC. In ’83 he got his 100 Ton Captain’s license and also the Robert Clark 47’ sloop, Querida. He sailed Querida alone for decades, summered here and wintered in New Orleans via the Windward and the Yucatan Passages. He purchased an unfinished 80’ steel schooner (documented 78’ 11’’ she measures 80’) in ’87, and in the 90’s Ormonde had a hydraulic trailer in St. Augustine, FL, and got his Class A CDL. He sold his ranch in ’01 and bought three more vessels, two 85 footers and another 80 footer with the intention of using them in the Caribbean inter-island trade after rigging them to sail and installing variable pitch or feathering props. Working Sail has been, in a worldly sense, Ormonde’s life’s work. Ormonde rigged all of these large prototypes for sail and made offshore passages with all of them. They exceeded every expectation.
Michael O’Carroll of Dartmouth, MA, was born in New Bedford and is 29 years old. Home-schooled, he grew up in boatyards and at Malario, his father’s sawmill in Florida, a full-size Caterpillar powered mill with a carriage on rails, where he was operating a boom truck swinging around Cypress logs at the age of 10. He also learned to drive in North Florida boatyards at an early age and he knows that Rule One is Keep The Rubber Side Down and Don’t Hurt People or Break Stuff. Mike is officially in charge of Rocco and Wally, the boatyard rodent patrol (see bio below). Mike also has quite a bit of experience with 100 to 150 ton vessels, sail & power. His own sailboat is a 27’ Irwin.
Ted Austin joins Pecks’ Maritime Collaborative as a 55-year part-time resident of Cotuit. Ted has had the good fortune of spending most of his life either on the ocean or in the mountains. Ted attended Trinity College in Hartford CT and then embark on his work life in New York City working for MCI Telecommunications and James River Corporations Dixie Consumer Products Division. Mixing vocation with avocation, Ted then jumped into the ski industry working for resorts in VT, NH, CA and WY in marketing, sales, operations and general management capacities across 25 years. On the water Ted sailed prams, skiffs and Day Sailors via CMYC. He sailed various IOR boats on Long Island Sound between Newport – Bermuda races and delivered boats for Nautor Swan to and from the Caribbean. If the wind is howlin’ you’ll likely find Ted on his windsurfer (yes, he still windsurfs!).
Rocco & Wally
Rocco and Wally joined Pecks’ Maritime Collaborative in the winter of 2020, coming from a home where they were much loved by their human but much envied by a cat with seniority. Their transition to boatyard life was made easy by their assignment to rodent patrol, which has kept them busy and won them the appreciation of everyone who has tried to keep food at the boatyard. They are unusually affectionate and have shown themselves to be not only terrific mousers, but also adept at discovering and exposing lose items that need attention around the store and shop areas.