Saving the Dolphin from destruction

On January 8, 2020, Roy Cano of Sausalito came to the Arques School to ask that we help him prevent the historical sloop Dolphin from being destoyed.  The 21ft long Dolphin is said to have been built by Menotti Pasquinucci in the 1920s at his boatyard at the foot of Turney Street in Sausalito. She was built for Syd Foster, an avid racer who worked for many years as the Arques marina’s harbormaster. Syd raced Dolphin for decades out of Sausalito and Alameda. Roy Cano had worked for Don Arques from the 1970s up to the time of Don’s passing. Don had explained to Roy that he too had been involved with Dophin’s construction. Apparently, Don built Dolphin’s cabin. Ralph Flowers, a well-known Sausalito boatbuilder and sailor who was active into the 1980s, told Roy that he had assembled the sloop’s rig. For the last decade or so, Dolphin was stored on the banks of the Petaluma River. Recently, that property was being cleared for new construction.  Roy explained that he had no place to bring Dolphin, nor the means to do so.  After examining Dolphin’s condition, I agreed to move it to the Arques School’s storage yard for the sake of picking up the lines of the vessel by the School’s Design Class and lofting it.  Sadly, Roy Cano passed away in February. His son, Diego, has decided to move ahead with Roy’s plan. Dolphin is now safe at the School’s storage yard and we are currently reseaching her history.  Our hope is that funds can be raised to preserve Dolphin for posterity.

Bob Darr