This is Von Grey’s modus operandi. He doesn’t wait for sailors to come to him; he goes to them. “It’s a sickness,” Von Grey says, and there is at least a tinge of obsessiveness about him when it comes to promoting the Northwest 505 fleet. He’ll help you find a boat, fix it, rig it, tune it, and teach you the finer points of crew work and technique. He caught the 505 bug decades ago in California, and over time has become a bottomless well of assistance for Pacific Northwest 505 racers, who beat a regular path to his garage workshop on Whidbey Island.