Why we do what we do…

A letter we got from an old friend… We think it’s worth sharing!

Dear Anthony and Rich,

Just reading the latest e-newsletter … and realizing that I don’t know the words for how much I miss you both and OCSC … and all the good buddies I made from 1993 onward…

Nearly every day I remember some sailing “incident” and the satisfaction of surviving and learning and laughing with whoever was a witness/crew/mum about the whole thing … from Rick who saw me back a J24, very fast and straight, into the dock behind us to darling Debbie — they both came to Amy’s wedding in 2001 here in Charleston … what a treat to see them … and on and on … Gilly and her hubby John now live in the Puerto Vallarta area and we planned to see them there 2 years ago but the airline (Mexicana) went bankrupt so we just enjoyed the e-mailing and plans…

Having Linda onboard on that dark and stormy day on the J-80 … and helping her re-discover the joy of small boats (the J24s)…

My long and ongoing friendship with Kate and Maria — sailing from one Greek mooring to another to play bridge with our pal Richard…

And my last spring tune-up with Ray (2010) and a couple of very nice guys…

My last real sail was October 2010 with Sharon on her sweet Tartan 37, “Pearl of Oakland” — and it was the perfect birthday sail — out the Gate, up to Drakes Bay, anchored 2 nights, serenaded by the seals on the beach, hiked up to the view point with a picnic and deck of cards … observing the Marin Marine Sanctuary people release 3 mammals into the cove … lovely to watch as they re-joined – tentatively – their compatriots who gently approached and encouraged them to swim on out … and then, around the Farallones … the best-ever Farallones rounding for moi … because, finally! – a lovely whale sighting — her/his beautiful large curved back cresting — what grace and power

Which reminds me of Captain Wayne’s description of helming a big boat — in his Halloween duck suit … that must have been 1993, too!

Goodness…

Wishing you all a fabulous year and wishing me sometime this year to get back out there on the Bay…

Take care, write when you have time and please enjoy what you have created together…

xo,
LTM