Somewhat of a bump...
I have been sailing with Capitan since I was about 11. I would trust going anywhere on the face of the earth with him. One of my best memories was a letter I received that said "Meet me at the "Mermaid Bar in Vava'u". Who could resist that?
Over the past 45 years I have logged thousands of miles with Capitan and seen places I never could have imagined. It has been a blessing and a curse. The blessing being that I have seen the most amazing places. The curse is that I have "swallowed the anchor", and need to get back to those places and beyond. Starting about 4 years ago, Capitan and I have begun bringing his most prized and beloved possession back to California from Panama. He has been around the world almost twice (hence the start in Panama) and I have blogged about the journey. Just the two of us and two summers ago our combined ages were 143. And he had turned 86 - you do the maths.
So, over the course of a number of years, I had expressed my interest that when he retired from sailing that I would love to continue the saga of Capitan's boat and keep his legacy alive. Over the past several years, Capitan has been dealt a cruel hand. He was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue and was successfully treated at Stanford Hospital (that's another thread about amazing treatment). We went to Panama and got as far north as Chiappas Mexico.
Cancer came back so we took another hiatus. Then, North to Mazatlan.
I thought that we would finish the trip when his health tokk a decline. That's when we had "the talk". By that, I mean the serious discussion about keeping the boat's story ongoing. Keeping it alive for the crew who grew up in the boat and kept Capitan amused with our antics. "Expanding the view of the Captain crew like a man just released from indenture"... And so forth.
So, it came to be that I will be bringing Bones back from Mazatlan this summer to where she left in 1990, but under different ownership. I hope that I can keep the vision alive through this at least this generation. Bones is an outstanding vessel and I will trust her to take me wherever I think I am strong enough to go - I know she is.