Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Monday, July 28, 2014


Wednesday, July 23rd
When we returned to our slip from our last Wet Wednesday Race on Das Boot, we were gifted with a surprise dock party thrown by past and present crew members. It was a joy, full of tears and cheers, toasts and roasts. What an incredible group of strong, smart, supportive and beautiful people. For Trophy Wife and me this was an unforgettable, priceless moment in our life.

Back in March, Trophy Wife and I had proposed to our eldest son that he relieve us of command to this Freedom-38 which we had sailed and loved for one year short of a quarter of a century. We proposed that he select his own crew of experienced and younger sailing buddies and sail Das Boot in the annual 82nm Santa Barbara to King Harbor (Redondo Beach) race. Thence, the plan was that he continue the voyage to his home port in San Pedro. He would find a slip for Das Boot's future home.

JMR, exercised due diligence and consulted with my daughter-in-law and my two grandchildren and accepted our proposal two days later.

Friday, July 25th
Hours before JMR and his crew left Santa Barbara for the race, his prescription sun glasses disappeared off the stern in 16 feet of harbor water. JMR was about to dive for them, but Rick Sanchez and his Salty Dog Dive Service crew responded in the nick of time to rescue the skipper's specs from the murk. Not only that, but Salty Dog also gave our ex-boat their once-over hull cleaning that--no doubt--contributed to Das Boot's wonderful race performance!

Das Boot's 5th and finest King Harbor Race almost didn't happen.

After leaving the slip for the start line, my brand new radar reflector (required by SI's) blew up and sent the spare halyard to the top of the mast.

I got word of this in my car on the way to the club. Raced across town with Sean to the 'other' West Marine which still had the old fashioned ones in stock. Sean assembled the device on the way back.

JMR had already retrieved the halyard from the top of the mast and off they went to the start line.

They made it with five minutes to spare!

And Das Boot got off to a great start. Got some photos of her racing along in soft breezes and flat seas.

And the best part of the story is that they finished at 0546hrs on Saturday morning after 17 plus hours of sailing. That gave them 2nd place out their 8-boat fleet!

This was Das Boot's best performance in five King Harbor races. Even though it was achieved under new management, I am both proud and humbled.


  1. Lots of good news here! It sounds like life is proceeding along nicely ... Congrats on the changes !

    1. Let's just call them for what they are: "challenges"?

  2. Well done. Time to end one phase of your journey and start another.

    What's next? Upgrading to Lasers for you and Trophy Wife? Or maybe a couple of RS Aeros?

  3. May JMR make many new friends and many new great memories with Das Boot. Finale? Not quite. For Das Boot will go on and so will you, Doc. Time for you and Trophy Wife to take a break and refresh yourselves for the next chapter. You can, you know! And what a wonderful sendoff to that future your mates gave you. Great pics. Thanks for sharing them.

    The bit about the glasses overboard reminded me of when my dad slipped off the foredeck of Lido 443 in Santa Barbara Harbor and lost one of his new contact lenses. He dove down to the bottom to search for it to no avail. Being a brat I laughed. He was not at all amused. No friends with snuba gear to help us and of course a contact lens is so small....

    1. Panda, JMR dove off a pier once for car keys Trophy Wife hjad dropped. And he got them! I wonder if it was in the same spot?

      I'm not sure what the next chapter is, Panda. We don't sing, play instruments, travel. I fall asleep in movies and at the symphony. What is there left for me to do besides reading and walking Doberwoman?

    2. By a change in what one eats one can very dramatically increase the options of what one can do! Trust me. I did. And if I can, anyone can. But if you aren't up for that, there is nothing bad about reading and walking Doberwoman. So many in this world would envy those options, no? And rightly so.

      By the power of every moment of your goodness,
      may your heart's wishes be fulfilled.

    3. "Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings, Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come."

  4. Sorry! You don't get out of this fleet alive, unless we jump you out.

  5. Can't believe we won't have you to kick around any more. Wednesdays won't be the same without you.

    1. You didn't do so well last Wednesday without me on the water, Gerry. You and half the fleet failed to finish. Maybe Das Boot took the wind with her when she left?