That's Bruce, my friend of over three decades, at the tiller of Spartina, my home built John Welsford-designed Pathfinder yawl. We were on a six day sailing trip in North Carolina in the Fall of 2007. I shot this photo sitting back on the transom leaning backwards right next to the mizzen mast. We covered about 100 miles in six days of sailing. Just a great trip. I admire Bruce for being adventurous enough to give it a try. He had never really done any sailing before, let alone spending days and nights on boat a 17 foot 4 in open cockpit boat. We had lots of wind, no wind, nice breezes, sunshine, thunderstorms and bright blue skies. Chuck from Duckworks was nice enough to publish an on-line story about the trip. You can read the story here.
The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, for our trip were the mosquitos. I think we have figured out how to deal with them. We'll be doing a trip this Spring in North Carolina. Defeating the mosquitos will greatly add to our enjoyment. That's why I'm calling the trip The Skeeter Beater 126.