My Dear Wonder,
Leonard and I see in the paper that there will be a sailing regatta in Rockland on Thursday at 4pm…naturally we want to see it. We show up, follow the signs and meet Dennis who tells us the race for the day is over, but he will show us the teams and ships.
We walk down with him to discover that these aren’t just any sail boats, the are called Friendship Sloops hand made originally for Lobster fishing for about 50 years by a man named Wilber Morse in (you guessed it) Friendship Maine. They are fast and beautiful. Dennis also suggested that if we showed up at the captains meeting at 10a.m. on Friday we may get a spot as “crew” on one of the sloops. We did and we did.
We were lucky enough to get to ride on Bill Whitney’s Sloop, With Dennis (Bill’s son) and Sam & William (Bill’s grandsons and Dennis’ sons).
It was a breathtaking day. Nice winds, sunshine and mid 70 degrees. We were invited to a crew dinner at the Friendship, Main Museum.
Bill was also the Commodore of this year’s race. We didn’t win, we didn’t try – we just had fun and got to watch a family enjoy their love of sailing and being together.