Life After Windbird, Day 67: Eleven Glorious Years
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Weather: Indian Summer; High 74, Low 64 degrees F
Location: At Home at The Studio, Falmouth, MA
Eleven years ago today, friends Kevin and Claire threw us our lines as Windbird left Shipyard Quarters Marina in Boston headed for ports around the world.
By October 18, 2006, we were in the Kingdom of Tonga. On October 18, 2007, we were in New Caledonia. By October 18, 2008, we were sailing from Belitung, Indonesia, to Singapore. In 2009, we were at the end of a visit to the US for the births of two grandsons, Ziggy and Jonah. On October 18 of that year, we were actually walking with Kevin and Claire on Myrtle Beach just before our return to Malaysia to continue our trek. October 18, 2010, found us sailing from Madagascar to South Africa. And by October 18, 2011, we were back home on Cape Cod preparing for living aboard in cold country. October 2012 found us readying to sail south for the winter. October 2013 we were tucking in for another New England winter at Fiddler’s Cove Marina in North Falmouth. On October 2014 we were anchored behind a little island in Morehead, North Carolina, headed to the Bahamas. And then on October 18, 2015, we were meeting with Jed’s cousin James Emmerling, who crewed with us on our final sail south. Today, October 18, 2016, I find myself without my Captain, but with such glorious memories of our life together. So I celebrate October 18 as a very special day in my life.
And speaking of glorious, this gift of sunny and warm “Indian summer” weather this week has been delightful. Today was so warm I had to go back to wearing a tank top and shorts. I love it. But the winds turn to come from the northwest on Thursday resulting in significantly cooler weather for the weekend. I will be in New Hampshire this weekend visiting with friends Detta and Tom Porat. And I’m sure we will not allow the cooler weather to curb our activities.