The original Sister in
Hallberg-Rassy in Marigot Bay, St Lucia
From Possum Grape to the Sea
dream coming true
During Sister's life she was a Daughter, a Sister, Wife, Mother,
Aunt, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. To her Mother, Father, brothers,
sister and others who loved her in and around Possum Grape Arkansas, however,
she was always Sister. That's how they knew her and that's who she was.
Sister left the
rest of us November 11, 1998. She didn't make a fuss, she fell, she slept for a
few days then left early in the morning. Her ashes were spread off of Asilomar
beach, her favorite beach in Monterey, California. People who loved her spread
the ashes over the water handful by handful. Music played, then, after the
final handful off ashes were on the sea, a school of dolphins came as if to
escort her away. It's the truth.
Since April 1999, We (Andy and Chuck) have
taken delivery of not one but two sailboats, from the Hallberg-Rassy yard in
Sweden. The first boat was an HR
46 which we took delivery of in April 1999 and sailed in Scandinavia, Northern
Europe, Portugal, Spain, The Canary Islands, across the Atlantic to St. Lucia
up through the Caribbean then on to Charleston, SC where we delivered the boat to her new owner
in May 2000.
The second boat is an HR 53 which we took
delivery of in June 2000 and sailed up the west coast of Norway,
across the North Sea to Shetland, Orkney, mainland Scotland, through the
Caledonia canal (and beautiful Loch Ness), down through the Irish Sea, around
the corner to Southampton, England where we put her on a ship and shipped her
to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Subsequently (2001) we took her to Key West, Cuba and the Bahamas.
Currently we are cruising approximately half time. We plan to continue
this lifestyle for the foreseeable future with trips back to Cuba, down the
western Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and beyond.
The Table of Contents to the left contains
links to pages that document our experiences. You can find out about the boat, including probably more
details than you wanted to know, the company that built the boats, the crew,
and our plans.