Sunday, July 25, 2010

Great end to a week

A friend of mine & his wife won a day cruise through the San Juan Islands for him and 18 of his closest friends aboard the Norwester -- a 76' foot long classic wooden boat that was once owned by John Wayne.

She's typically chartered out, but the owners volunteered her up as an auction item at the Center for Wooden Boats to raise money.

Not only did we have a spectacular boat to sail through the San Juans on ... we had a fabulous day of weather (a rare event so far this summer up here) to sail with!  

Mt. Baker kept us land-lovers directionally correct for the day as she seemed to hover over us almost everywhere we went.


And of course, we had some fabulous sailing buddies to hang out with!

An interesting factoid ... John Wayne, who owned the Norwester as his California yacht in the 1950's, was 6'4" tall.  In order to walk around below deck, he had several areas of the ceiling (deck outside) raised, so he could stand upright.  The area that we are all sitting on in the photo is one of those raised areas.

John and I had a GREAT day!

All good things must come to an end ... but what a fabulous days we all had ... thanks so much Brian & Camie for including us!

All the best!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, what a lovely boat - and I bet you had a fabulous time!!


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