As a young boy growing up in Rochester NY, sailing on Lake Ontario was a frequent past-time. A friend of the family had a sailboat and we were regulars among the crew. If you have spent any time on the water, then you know that it can get seriously under your skin. After moving away to goto college and then graduate school, I really wanted to get back to the water. Luckily, I met a fantastic woman who also loved the water. Renee and I bought our first boat shortly after I started at Verizon. We kept it on the Western Shore of the Cheasepeak Bay, driving out from our Washington, DC house most weekends to enjoy the water and wind.
A trip to the British Virgin Islands in December, 2000 convinced us that interest in our 5-year hobby was not fading. So we decided to upgrade to something more substantial.