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Twenty four hours on Nantucket

Last week Pete, David (freshly home from Singapore) and I took a prop plane out of Logan for a twenty four trip to Nantucket. We were the guests of Officine Paneri, hosts of a gala to celebrate the official launch of Sailing Heals and also the opening of the Opera House Cup Regatta.

David was immediately felled by a double punch of jet lag and latent food poisoning, but Pete and I attended the aforementioned cocktail party on the Nantucket Lightship with our friends Greg Vrettos (a fellow lung cancer survivor and patient at MGH) and his wife Janet. This was followed by dinner and an educational film about the history of the America’s Cup and all things sailing at the Nantucket Yacht Club.

Not only was this my first trip to Nantucket;  now for the second time in one week (and ever)  I found myself at a yacht club. Lily Pulitzer frocks and Nantucket Red chinos abounded. My own attempt at ‘nautical’ included metallic gold boat shoes I’d found on clearance (and in my size, woohoo!).

As I scanned the room, a young man caught my eye; rose colored chinos, blue blazer with a pocket square, mildly wrinkled shirt open to mid chest, and a head full of sun kissed curls. Obviously a Ralph Lauren model on holiday.

While on the island, Pete and I also embarked on a field trip to find our buddy Hannah Blount’s  jewelry line (carried by Hepburn in Nantucket). Hannah, a Nantucket native, is Jemesii’s close friend and an amazing artist. Her ‘Ruthie B.’ collection was inspired by the ocean (her father is a commercial fisherman and has a trawler named after Hannah’s mother) and includes a wee hand crafted skate egg pendant and barnacle encrusted turquoise and coral necklaces. Lovely!

And then, David feeling a bit better but sad that he’d missed the festivities, it was time to return to reality. Thanks again to our gracious hosts!

Like a dream

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.