The Passage

In Hardcover June 1, 2016

 “Solitaire was a classic yacht, and what defines the classic in a yacht is no different than what defines the classic in a woman. There is a fineness and comeliness of line and contour and shape, a sensual upsweeping and swelling of form that portends life and desire and movement, filled with the hope of great consequence and the fear of great peril.”
from The Passage









4 05, 2016

Au Revoir

  • May 4th, 2016

The French have a wonderful way of saying goodbye that seems appropriate for the start of a sailing voyage. It’s not goodbye at all but rather, “until we meet again.”
I write these words late at night in a café in Calais whose lovely and charming wait staff have suffered gladly the use of their facilities and Internet connection long after my moules mariniere were a happy memory. (To be fair, everything French girls say sounds lovely and charming to me.) The Nevermore lies contentedly in the well-protected Calais marina, where the showers are hot and the bathrooms cleaner than those in any home I have ever owned. The harbormaster, Etienne, made sure I was looked after and insisted there was no rush to leave. But leave I must, tomorrow morning, with the tide. The weather and the wind are too perfect not to go. Everything is ready, and so am I. Once again, I recite the words of the […]


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