Fred Bock

Profile Updated: September 18, 2021
Residing In: Orange, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Carol
Occupation: Retired
Web Page: View Website
Children: Douglas Bock, 1970
Jennifer Bock, 1971

Step: David Wells, 1962


Hannah More…Wheeling, 1995
Nicholas Wheeling, 1998
Ethan Bock, 2003
Addison Bock, 2007


Corey Wells, 1990
Craig Wells, 1992
Member Since:


AMYA Number


Boats I Own:

V32 5094
Soling One Meter 1677
US 1 Meter 272
Schooner Pinky

School Story:

Springfield High School, Springfield, VT - 1958
Purdue, W Lafayette, IN - 1963 BSME
RPI, Troy, NY - 1965 MSME
PE NY and CA

My Sailing Story:

On a Saturday afternoon in late winter 2004, Carol and I along with Ray and Lowrene Hubbard went to Mason Park with and at the suggestion of the Iranian couple with whom we had just had lunch at a Persian restaurant. We sat at the picnic tables at the northwest edge of the pond and saw a couple sailboats on the water. After about a half hour our curiosity got the better of us and we went over and talked with the two guys who were sailing from Shelter 2. I have no recollection as to who the skippers were but we went away with information regarding the V32.

A couple weeks later we went down to see a V32 regatta that OCMSC was holding and, among others, talked with Pete and Bob Blount. Both were very cordial and welcoming. While checking the V32 out on-line I came across the tidbit that the Tri-City Club had been instrumental in having it sanctioned by the AMYA. Tri-City is closer to where I live so I went there to see what I could learn. Not to put too fine a point on it but the Tri-City skippers were not very interested in even talking to me so another trip was taken to Mason Park. Once again everyone was very welcoming and Mark Hibbert shoved the transmitter for his Soling 1 M, that he had on the water for its maiden voyage, into my hands for my first experience with RC sailing. I was sure glad when he took the radio back.

At any rate, having now seen the V32 in the flesh and having sailed I decided to take the plunge, joined the club, got a frequency from Don and ordered a boat from George. Ray and I went to Downey on a Saturday in early April and picked up 5083 and 5094, respectively. Both were on the pond the next day.

While the V32 will always have a special place my favorite boat to sail is the US1M.

I also had some "big boat" experience. Taken in the mid '70s, the picture below is of my son and me on my 14 foot boat in upstate New York.

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Imre, Just read in the Quarterly that you are the 20,000th AMYA member. Congratulations.

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Mar 14, 2015 at 5:33 PM

I read this for Dennis Desprois at Swede's memorial:

Like everyone here, we have special remembrance of Swede and since I am unable to be there with all of you celebrating knowing such a special person as Swede, I wanted to share some of those times.   Over twenty plus years, I remember the time spent at La Perle Place learning how to make a proper suit of sails.  To this day, when I finish a suit, I ask myself "would Swede approve of these?   Especially when they are for our favorite boats, the 36/600 and the US1M.  I remember sitting on your patio at the end of the day discussing what is good and what went wrong with the suit of sails that we had made while having a glass of scotch.  I'll never forget the countless amount of sawdust generated or the spilled resin when I watched (you kindly called it my helping) when you were  building a plug or a schooner out on the workbench on your patio.  Your schooners where works of art .  My favorite was the Chinese junk made out of exotic purple wood.  Each morning when I look at the clock next to my bed, I see the framed picture of you posing next to mini Swede at the tiller on one of the schooners.  Classic!

I have great memories of when you and I and Fred Schenk took the train to New Orleans for a 36/600 national championship regatta.  More accurately, I do remember being on the train for a couple of days but thanks to the bottle of scotch that you had tucked away in one of your rubber boots, am a bit hazy on the details of the  train ride. I do remember that the bottle never made it all the way to New Orleans.  Harry Bourgeois forgot the sails for his and Pricilla's boats and the day before the regatta, you whipped out a perfect substitute for Harry's Orco....of  course, Harry could sail a 2 x 4 with a rig on it and do really well.  

On my shop wall are several photographs of you and the other skippers from Southern California who would  come to the desert to sail in our regattas.  It was special when you would open the back of your van and open the "store" so us skippers in the desert could have Orco parts for our boats.  I also remember that you usually took home a trophy. 

Most importantly, I miss the morning phone call that we had every day for almost twenty years.  I can't tell you how regretful I was when your hearing went south and we no longer could have our morning coffee together while talking about what projects we were working on.      I cherished each one of those conversations and have and always will  think of you each morning at 7 a.m.

We are all privileged to have had you pass through our lives.  I'll forever miss you, old friend.  Good sailing.

Dennis Desprois 3/12/15

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This is me and my son on our Sears Jetwind 14 sailboat on Schroon Lake in upstate New York in the summer of 1975. Not me in the video but this is a short clip of the same boat underway.
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