Monday, November 11, 2013

Family Week With The Crew Of S/Y Marie

The ladies of Family Week (me on far right)

Spending time in Rhode Island with the crew of S/Y Marie was an experience that I will always treasure. Each and every member of the crew is delightful - bright, intelligent, personable, and interesting. They were so warm and welcoming that I felt like royalty.

The high point of the week was seeing S/Y Marie, a 180’ ketch. She is without question the most beautiful boat that either of us has ever seen. And, not because she is big and expensive, but because she is a true sailing yacht,  custom-built for a sailor and with an elegant interior. Sleek and stylish, Marie is truly in a class by herself.

Restored interior in one of the antique yachts

Captain Jim knew that Mike would enjoy theHerreshoff Marine Museum so a trip to Bristol was one of our first activities. I’m not all that interested in the history of sailing or the America’s Cup, but I really did enjoy seeing the antique yachts in their collection. It was the first of many fun excursions we would enjoy. 


Newport is home to wonderful restaurants, interesting shops, and several vintage clothing stores which I especially liked visiting. Walking through the streets it seemed that there was a surprise around every corner, like this Columbus Day Parade.

View from Castle Hill

Other highlights of Family Week were: a luncheon at the Castle Hill Inn, dinner at a Japanese steak house, and an evening at the Firehouse Improv Comedy Club. It was an entire day of great food and entertainment in the company of Marie’s crew and family, some of the most interesting and fun-loving people I have ever met.

Tami and Mike at Wellfleet Oyster Fest
On the weekend, we were joined by my daughter, Danielle, who flew in from Seattle. We drove to Cape Cod twice, visiting with my daughter Stephanie and spending a few hours at Oyster Fest in Wellfleet. It was, all in all a most memorable week.

Thank you, Tami, Jim, Gioia, Tom, Ross and Emma! Each of you contributed to our wonderful experience and we enjoyed every moment with you. Your warmth and hospitality  made us feel like honored guests and we will never forget you.

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