Peter and I, along with our friend Melinda, experienced a rare treat on Thursday. Courtesy of an organization called Sailing Heals (which has partnered with MGH), we were guests on a spectacular vintage sailing yacht, the Mariella (skippered and owned by Carlos Falcone, the honorary Italian Consul to Antigua and Barbuda). Reporter Diana Perez from CBS in Boston was aboard as well, and a snippet of our voyage was featured on the evening news, which you may view if you click here.
After docking, we had lunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, and Peter made himself a fast buck when he won a bet with Tim Dittrich, formerly Commodore of the yacht club and now on the board of Sailing Heals. Two gearheads, they had been discussing cars and the exact vintage of the Mustang Fastback that Steve McQueen drives in Bullitt. Well, Pete was sure it was a ’68, which was quickly confirmed by Google and an iPhone. Tim was a gentleman, and even upped the original bet from a quarter to a dollar, encouraging Pete to use his winnings to invest in an auto journal.
At the end of the day, we bade Melinda farewell and as we drove north to New Hampshire, agreed that the only thing missing from a perfect day was David, who unfortunately was on his way to Singapore for business. A big thank you to Michelle, Trisha, Katie, Carlos, Paneri, and Sailing Heals. Cancer took a back seat that day; we had the time of our lives.