Awards & Boats on the Beach in China

By |2021-01-30T21:09:02+00:00November 24, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Sailing Season, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: Quick update on a cold, wet, miserable day in Boston. Friday night, CHARIAD was given the third place award for the best performance for all of Massachusetts Bay in Class B. I was somewhat surprised by the award in light of our slow start for the season. Our early races were not strong as we re-built our team. Several great crew members were not on [...]

Thoughts on November 9, 2019

By |2021-02-01T18:12:16+00:00November 9, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: I am writing this note Saturday morning November 9, 2019. I intend to spend part of today writing my book. Nine of 14 chapters are in good draft form. Before working on Chapter 7, I want to share a few thoughts from today. Berlin Wall Comes Down Thirty years ago today, the Berlin Wall was opened. Over the next months, the enslaved populations of [...]

CHARIAD – Seasons of Change

By |2021-05-11T02:59:58+00:00October 28, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: Our 2019 sailing season started on Cradleskid Lane in Marblehead. The hardy CHARIAD crew walked down Cradleskid Ln into the boat yard in Marblehead. We woke the lady from her winter sleep. Freshened her up. And she splashed into the water for a new summer of sailing – and lots of laughs. We won some races. We did some silly things like dropping the Patton [...]

Sailing from Key West to Havana – Thursday at Boston YC

By |2021-05-11T03:41:59+00:00October 8, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Social|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: My talk, with a slide show, on our Sail of Discovery from Key West to Havana is this Thursday evening. Sail of Discovery - Key West to Havana Date Thursday, October 10, 2019 Time 7:00 PM Location Boston Yacht Club: One Front Street, Marblehead, MA Probably can park in the BYC parking lot. BYC’s Rick Williams and crew from his sailboat CHARIAD sailed [...]

CHARIAD Wins Last Regatta of 2019 Season – End of Sailing Season Party Saturday

By |2021-05-11T04:32:49+00:00October 1, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Sailing Season, Social|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: CHARIAD Wins Last Regatta of 2109 Sailing Season Sunday, the mighty CHARIAD crew won its last regatta of 2019. The Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead sponsored the Chowder Cup in 7 to 13 knot shifty winds from the SE. We had two windward/leeward races. We won the first race over two other boats because we had a strong last spin run to the finish. A [...]

September 11, Day to Remember, Day to Look Forward

By |2019-09-13T16:25:34+00:00September 11, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: I vividly remember the bright sunny morning of September 11, 2001. Getting ready to go to work. Not understanding what was happening at first. Realizing the enormity of what had happened. America changed that day. I visited the site two years ago. The tower’s footprints are now reflecting pools. New structures take our eyes to the sky and to what the future can be. Photo [...]

Halifax Race – CHARIAD Crew On the Water

By |2019-08-05T02:51:32+00:00July 10, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Social, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: I believe the only CHARIAD crew member doing the Halifax Race which started from Marblehead Sunday afternoon is Richard Sides on Elke Backman’s Frers 36 Saraband. They are sailing the race as a “doublehanded crew” just Elke and Richard on the boat. Richard sailed on CHARIAD when we did the race several years ago. And Richard has been our wonderful host at his home for [...]

CHARIAD Update – Havana & Black Holes

By |2019-04-12T18:06:35+00:00April 12, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: OK, spring has not quite arrived. If the cycle of winter followed by spring, followed by summer continues, even in New England, we will soon have warm weather again and sailing. Tomorrow, Saturday, a small contingent of CHARIAD crew are going to Marblehead to survey the boat after her winter sleep and make a list of what is needed to get her ready to swim [...]

Sailing from Key West to Havana & Back – First Impressions

By |2019-08-04T13:42:48+00:00March 5, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: Seven Friends including three of our active racing team just returned from Key West. We had chartered a 45 ft. Jeanneau Sun Odyssey and sailed to Havana, Cuba. Here is a brief overview of our adventure and my impressions. First, spending eight days with this great crew was a wonderful experience by itself. Steve Perry, Chris Hardy, Peter Crawley, Peter Rugg, Kate Jones, and Mike [...]

CHARIAD Wins Claddagh Cup

By |2019-02-27T05:47:52+00:00January 24, 2019|Categories: Rick's Stories, Sailing Season, Social, Updates|

Dear Friend of CHARIAD: I got notification last night that CHARIAD won the Claddagh Cup for the 2018 season. The Cup is awarded to the Boston Yacht Club boat  “to honor the best BYC skipper in BYC events for the year. Of all BYC skippers, and a fine crew, you got the most points in BYC sponsored weekend races, including the Memorial Day Regatta, Beringer, Hodder, and Chowder Cup.” This [...]