This was my third year performing for the annual blessing of the fleet in Inverness, California, now very close to home since I moved to Forest Knolls in west Marin County. I led the procession of clergy and Inverness Yacht Club members from St. Columba’s Church, down Sir Francis Drake Blvd, around the YC yard, and out to the end of the pier where the blessing ceremony takes place. I’m always invited to lunch and made very welcome. Thanks to Jim, Dudley, and John who have been so gracious and kind.
This year, I found that an old high school friend, Sam H. is a member. I visited with him and Sarah, his wife. It turns out we have mutual friends elsewhere in Marin. One thing led to another and I was invited to crew in races on their International 110’s a fast boat design with a trapeze rig for crew to suspend far outboard – very exciting. Thanks to Milly B., Annie L, and Chris L. for showing me the ropes, so to speak. It’s a fun boat and the people just wonderful!