We begin the year with this new boat, a '72 CS22.  We're planning a summer sailing vacation in the North Channel - comparable in beauty to the Greek Islands, we've been told.  Cruisers who spend the winter in the Caribbean return to these cruising grounds every summer. 

(This was Jan. 3rd, at 9 degrees! I was in a T-shirt all day...)

This was our 1973 C&C 25 Redline, "Pieces of Eight". We sailed it for three summers. 
We entered the C&C Regatta for two of those summers, and took away the Cruising Division trophy for both years! 
Previous boats:
    I just had to get into sailing...after all, we live just minutes from the lake.  Ernie Olivo sold me this old home-built Glen-L, a 17' design that Ian Gatehouse built as a 19' (not a bad idea, it heads up quite well).  Ernie didn't charge me much for it.  But the first step was to repair a leaky drop keel (that's a wrecking bar in my teeth, I'm not a real pirate...),

and the second was to give it a fresh paint job.  Angolans will recognise the inherent pun in this Ovimbundu name.

Finally, I got to sail her:

I sold her four summers ago, and last year the new owner donated her to the Sailing Yacht Canada Restoration Project. I'm sad to see her go, but at least she's going to serve a good final cause. It's a great enterprise.
This is a smaller craft that I tried to master.  I'm not very good, but it's fun.  I'll keep trying.

This is the Lomar II.  It is a steel cruiser, 40' long and a shameful waste of money.  I had to give her up in July of '99...I dreamed of cruising in her, but realistically, I will never have the time a boat like this needs for maintenance and TLC until I retire.  Every year I seem to get busier, in an expanding sphere of interests and activities.  I agonized over the decision for weeks, but finally, the boat had to go.  In any case, while I owned her, I learned that I prefer sail over power...it's slower, but more peaceful, and time has a different meaning when you're on the water.

Deborah's tastes are for classier boats:

so I'm on the lookout for the right 30 - 34 footer these days...

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