Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

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Star Gazing

Star Gazing

Round about 1980 I spent a full summer day with my father and brother Fran, watching Star boats race on the Tred Avon River near Oxford, Maryland onboard Carpenter, my father's 15' Mako.  Star boats have been an international and Olympic class racer for many years. My father grew up crewing with friends William Myers and Barclay Trippe on numerous races at the Tred Avon Yacht Club. He even raced stars in the 1950's in Cuba before Castro's communism descended upon the island.

Whether this event was either the North American or Middle Atlantic Championship, the racing fleet of around 20 comprised some of the top Star boat sailors in the world. A significant number of sails carried the chevrons under the star insignia representing their having won major championships in their past. I have included a few photos at the start of the first race and the rounding of the windward mark.

Cool Videos about Star boats:

How the star boat originated:  Star: a sailing boat of legend!
US Olympic star boat sailing team training

Brother Fran

The Carpenter returning to Solitude Creek with my mother and father on board.

Wooden SailBoat Builder

Wooden SailBoat Builder

Mystique's Mayaguana Moon

Mystique's Mayaguana Moon