That was a sad day, but since then, our Chef-Skipper Tommy has been doing a terrific job of caring for Nautica in our absence. And he was recently joined by his own First Mate, Maddy, for a family cruise, in the evening, to see the Blue Marlins as they migrated the countryside. I think you can see from this photo standing in the hatchway, Maddy was pretty enthusiastic about being aboard!
This was Maddy's return to Nautica actually. Her first encounter was filled with anxiety and when Tommy had hoped to have her aboard for a get-acquainted sail, she was just not ready. This time she was energized, the boat, the family, the birds! Maddy calculated her arrival just right that evening and instantly fell in love with Nautica's kid-friendly sailing platform.
With other family members the group took off from the slip and headed toward what is called "Bomb Island," and previously "Doolittle Island,"or more recently, "Lunch Island." The history of this little 12 acres in the middle of the man made lake is worth reading. Try reading it by clicking on this text.
The migration of the Blue Marlins is a regular sensation for boaters on our lake.
Maddy was especially fascinated with the sail and spent her time inspecting everything aboard, as well as enjoying the cuisine Dad had brought her for munchies. She was decked out in her sailing outfit with a white T shirt and pink anchor and her custom couture huggies for the jaunt out that evening.
It is great to have Chef-Skipper Tommy and Maddy aboard Nautica. It gives us a sigh of relief to see Nautica under power of diesel and sail being used and loved in our absence. Even more it is wonderful to share the enchantment of a sailboat with a little girl who appears quite mystified by the lure of the wind and the sea as she peers out over the water to spot the Blue Marlins.
Maddy's Dad brings his enthusiasm for food preparation to the Yacht Club as well by providing great catering to our large events. It's apparent that both Dad and Maddy are striking up a love for sailing that will last way into the future. Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to connect a kid to a life loving the sea. When I traveled to Europe aboard the military Victory Ships in the late 50s I would stand starry eyed watching for ice bergs in the North Atlantic and I could not get enough of the smell of the ocean as it rolled underneath us and spread its blue green waves out with white froth making our way to Bremerhaven, Germany. It was magic to me. I think Maddy may have some of that enchantment from what I see in these photos too!