Letter to my friends:
Doc Sam Award:
It can be hard to find the words to express one's thoughts on the spot for this tremendous recognition from our community. I'll try here.
Ever since my first time racing on Q with Charlie Erickson, on the Trans, I was hooked. All those years sailing with Charlie, the Bagwan, Braff, Creature, Fatty Matty, Caroline, Bill, Pat, Nancy, Dave, Charlie Brown, Scooter, Gumby, Jim, Chris, Valerie and many others on various boats from the Trans to the Macs to the Fastnet and the ARC were filled with lessons and memories. Owning Q with Dave, Steve P, Eric and Steve R was a great period for the boat and me. We took good care of her and learned a lot. The learning has continued on Chase . . . our group is awesome. As we all know, our home club, WYC, is a remarkable place nationwide for growing in this sport.
This community of ours; passionate, incredibly competent sailors, are our best friends as well as competitors. On Lake Superior, they may save your life. The intensity and complexity of the sport, the risks, the fun create memories and bonds that are more important than results and are hard to experience elsewhere.
I think that is why we are all so dedicated!
My heartfelt thanks.