Preparation for a Perfect Sail:
1977: Give birth to a son, Joe who has the patience of Job and who has inherited the love of working with his hands.
2001: Joe marries Katie.
2002: Joe and Katie move to Maine so that Joe can apprentice in wooden boat building at the Atlantic Challenge Apprentice Shop.
2008: Joe and Katie buy Robin, a 40-foot ketch that has been badly damaged when “she parted her mooring” in a storm. Restoration of the boat begins.
2009 - 2011: Restoration, rebuilding and refitting continues (and will continue for all time.)
2010: Shelley gets a Southwest Airlines credit card that gives one free round-trip just for signing up.
2011: Shelley encourages Noel to also get the credit card so that he, too can get a free flight. He does.
April 2011: Joe and Katie give birth to their son, Finn. Noel and Shelley have the perfect excuse to use their free flights (as if they needed one.)
Execution of a Perfect Sail
August 2011: Noel and Shelley fly to Maine. Noel spots whole lobster at the store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for $4.99 per pound! He pairs it with corn on the cob. Joe, Katie, Finn, Noel, Shelley, the lobsters and the corn board Robin in Rockland Harbor and set sail for a two-day journey on a lovely, blue-sky day.
|The new little family.|
|We're heeled over pretty well here.|