Friday, August 05, 2005

Where We Go One, We Go All

As a few readers accurately guessed, yesterday’s quote was from the movie White Squall – a Dead Poet’s Society meets Master & Commander – type flick that is, despite it’s obvious flaws, one of my all time favorite movies. Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon, played brilliantly by Jeff Bridges, is addressing his new complement of students before setting off for a sail halfway around the world aboard the brigantine ship Albatross. I’m sure many of you have seen this film and not everyone will be as enamored as I…as mentioned there are some flaws, notably the protracted and painful ending…but I think it stands as one of the best in its genre. In other news the Rockville Regatta – famously described as NASCAR meets Wimbledon - is happening in South Carolina on Bohicket Creek this weekend – I wrote about it a while back when I was down in Kiawah Island for a wedding. For fans of tall ships, etc check out news of the annual SAIL Amsterdam festival. From August 17 to the 22nd, the Dutch capital city hosts one of the biggest maritime events in the world…over 500 “heritage” vessels will join. It’s safe to say that Dutch sailors know how to party – Amsterdam makes the San Francisco waterfront at its most Barbary Coast decadent look like a ladies tea party. It even smacks modern-day New Orleans down like Mike Tyson (before he became a washed up, ear chewing freak). Happy weekend! Hope you go sailing.

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