Good on ya, Hugh. I'd guess you are the "vintage" user of AP. Keep on truckin. Or maybe more like a bicycle, don't slow down too much or you'll lose balance & "fall". (unless, of course, one returns to trainer wheels:-). I'm not so far behind but the gradient certainly steepens thru the 70s.
Speaking of vintage, I still have the Bermuda 40, 38 years this November (48 yrs old) but my relationship has slowed & seems to be at risk of falling. 360 miles round trip to use it plays a role.
Ha! Thanks for checking in, Bob. I'll respond on your log.
The previous owner of Rhodora lived in neighboring Radnor, PA. He kept her on the northern Chesapeake in Worton Creek.
“Sell the house”!…Beth’s determined to stay here til she can’t. I dream of living on a dead end road (where speeders don’t pass). Living on the Maine coast always seemed too far from orienteering and other meaningful activities (incl. Boston). Maine sailing season is about 5 months. I'm more of a woods/hills/pond/lake/stream type than coastal when it comes to living choice.
How much salt is in my blood after living aboard for 7 years. Not sure, not driven to be aboard. I believe Sir Francis Chichester had to be taken ashore when he fell ill at 80 aboard Gipsy Moth. UK and French sailors have always demonstrated particular saltiness, esp. with respect to their solo, nonstop victories in round-the-world racing. Who knows, maybe a saline injection for me in the offing or risk being “all washed up” :-)
Yeah. I'm doing well if I can make 4 mph on trail, and not much faster on roads. Glad to see you are still trying.
Tony: Good to hear from the Federer/Hall dynasty and happy to hear you're still at it. Damn body parts: significant heat intolerance, low hemoglobin, zero testosterone and an aching right hip/leg - a more sensible man would surrender to assisted living somewhere. But lets the three of us not be sensible - that's for sissies.
Bob: Shirtless in Swarthmore - wish I could do it, but don't want to frighten folks. My longest sailing trip was 10 days in a Pearson 36 (very nice boat - written up in Good Old Boat - by me) from Philadelphia to Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard and so forth. Good weather, knowledgeable skipper - but I enjoyed a couple of three day solo trips on my own boat more. OK - don't sell the house. Live on the boat during the Summer when there's little orienteering anyway. Never sell Rhodora - the Bermuda 40. One of the sweetest designs ever.
Beth & I drove the 60 miles to the boat in a great shed (space, light, location) near Portsmouth today, varnishing mostly. I had the topsides polished for first time in years & saw the result for first time. I go from out of sight, out of mind to maybe I should keep the boat a few more years, when I climb aboard as I did today.
The M/F70s, 75s 80s, 85s, even the few 90s at the O-ringens and WMOCs always serve to inspire.