Well, it’s that sad time again. Heldeleine was hauled out of the water on Tuesday morning and within the hour was safely ashore where she began her 10 month wait for my return next June. It was a busy past couple of days taking many things apart and sealing soft stuff (pillows, sheets, cushions, clothes etc) into plastic bags. Shutting down systems (toilets, holding tanks, refrigerator, freezer, engine, generator, a/c units..blah, blah..). Also the paperwork (marina, scheduling jobs to be done, bonding the boat while on land). Many thanks to Tony and the Italian Coast Guard for accommodations on their dock which helped immensely removing the Genoa.
A quick word about Tony and Anastasia. There are some people we meet in life who are uniquely wonderful. Tony and Anastasia fit that category and I can not thank them enough for buying me many meals and hosting me in their apartment my last night. If you speak italian I encourage you to read Tony’s real-life story about being shot and nearly dying at the hands of another colleague. This was not friendly fire. I feel very fortunate and honored to meet people like this on our travels.
The flight home was uneventful and now I must resume being a Horn player (“Music’s my Life”, right Richie??).
For me Heldeleine is more than just a boat. Heldeleine represents a state of mind. A place where we can share experiences Together. When the chill winds come this winter my mind will have a place to go that is filled with the warmth of family, friends, beautiful ports, soft water and immense contentment.
My love and thanks to all the crew this summer. YOU are what this is all about and I look forward to next year’s plans. Stay tuned, life is an adventure!