Friends come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. My mother's best friend, Peg Eberle (left) has been my mother during the last 32 years. She now lives in a retirement home in Ft. Meyers and unfortunately had a lot of damage to her home on Sanibel Island during Hurricane Charlie in 2004. Dave and I visit her in the fall when we attend the International Boat Show in Ft. Lauderdale. Joining us is her son, Bob, who went to high school with me.
Here is a picture of our Botanical Gardens Bridge Club. It was taken in 2001. Since then several members have moved and we lost our dear friend, Ros, (2nd from left) in 2004. Although replacements have joined us, this is how I fondly remember our group.
Darrellyn Morris (under the bridge group) is a special, zany, artistic friend who lives now on Stinson Beach outside of San Francisco. She has a wonderful home on the water and visiting her is always a treat.
Susan Demaris, former attorney to Gov. Cumos of N.Y. joins Kathy, co-owner of Psipsina - a lovely charter yacht, on Jonelle's porch with quite a spread.
Another party in Jonelle's garden has the gang - Val, Karen & Carter. Val is an international delivery skipper and journalist, covering the America's Cup twice; Karen & Chris own BVI Yacht Sales and are old friends. Carter was the Commodore for seven years before David. One big happy family!
You will notice that a lot of our pictures have to do with sailing. On the left you will see my crew for the Annual Virgins Cup Race, helmed only by a woman. This was a great year as I not only won the award for "The Senior Virgin Skipper" but the crew won for their "Male Virgin Costumes". What can we say? Actually, this crew excells not only in racing but professionally. Laura, on the far left, is the Head of Crewed Chartering for the Moorings Charter Company, Caribbean. Next is Peter a retired British Airways exe., then yours truly. Dave is next and at the time was the Caribbean Charter Yacht Brooker for Moorings
International. On the far right is Gene, an attorney and owner/sipper of a Bavaria 47. This was a wonderful day for us as we raced a fast Antrim 29' and really led the pack. Days like this are why we continue to live in the Caribbean!