2 weeks have gone by since we lost our friend Jon Santarelli. This weekend his family laid him to rest during a beautiful mass in Wisconsin, surrounded by friends and sailing family.
Jon died while sailing in a race; a brutal, dangerous race on a body of water that we often take for granted. Lake Michigan gives us so much, but needs to be respected. Anything can happen out there. It could have been me, or my wife, or my brother or my cousins. We were all racing that day. I’m honored to be part of the Chicago sailing community and part of a great group of sailing friends. We are one less now, and we need to look out for one another.
Jon like to sit on the boat after a race or a cruise or a delivery and have a cocktail and rehash the day: the good, the bad, the funny and the fact that the boat made it back to safe harbor.
Today we toast to you, Jonny, you are now in a safe harbor.
Godspeed, Jon, we’ll miss you on the crew.