Dear Friend of CHARIAD:

This coming Friday, a gang of CHARIAD Friends are boarding a sailboat in Key West named Real Escape. We will shove off Saturday heading eventually for Havana.

The last couple of months have been exciting and frustrating as we took from a fun adventure idea and created a real Voyage of Discovery. We had to get permission from the US Coast Guard to sail to Cuba. And the Coast Guard was closed for a month. We now have the clearance and are changing dollars to Euros. Friday evening, joined by Paul and Ann Martin, we will make the scene in Mallory Square to watch the sun set and then have dinner at Louie’s Back Yard in Key West. I hope you are picking up on the Jimmy Buffet references.

This is a bidding you farewell note with a couple of pictures from our life here. The first is a check in at the Marblehead Trading boat yard to make sure the Mighty CHARIAD is still there.

She is the first boat next to the big crane for pulling boats out of the water and plopping them back in. You can see the special protective pads on the jack stands to keep from scratching the super smooooth racing bottom.

I dropped by the Landing to make sure they had not forgotten how to make a Dark and Stormy.

Marblehead Harbor sunset photo by CHARIAD Skipper RIck Williams

Sunset on Marblehead Harbor from the dock next to the Landing.

On Thursday, I had a meeting at 28 State Street and captured this image of Quincy Market in Boston.

Quincy Market view from above at 28 State St Boston

I posted this one on Facebook, and my “friends” were speculating which law firm I was visiting. Good guess. It was McDermott Will & Emery. The law firms have  conference rooms with the best views.

I usually record my travels on Facebook. But I probably will be going into a dark zone after we shove off for the Peoples Paradise. We are taking tooth brushes, toiletries, and other basic stuff that the state does not manage to supply. You may have to come to the party in Marblehead after we return to see the images from Cuba.

My best,