I love it when a plan comes together. I first learned about M/Y Lazy Z’s efforts to raise money for breast cancer research during its yacht hop at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show in early December.
At the time, they knew they were heading to St. Maarten and they knew they wanted to run 100km as a crew.
But they weren’t sure then how it was going to happen.
Enter IYC’s crew placement division.
The staff there found sponsors and organized what they called the IYC Crew and Lazy Z First Annual Limitless Marathon, held at Isle de Sol Marina on Feb. 2. A 1km route was mapped out (basically from the bar to the marina gate), which crew ran over and over, in relays and in teams.
About 80 crew participated, many in pink, some in wildly fun outfits. They paid $10 entry fees (all donated to the cause) and $1 for each km completed. They ran 1,270km total and, combined with what they raised in Antigua, put $5,000 together for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Allow me to give them a little well-deserved credit.
Deckhand Byron Finnerty of M/Y Odessa completed 43km — slightly more than a marathon — in 4 hours and won an Ozone Kitesurf.
First Officer Mark Dorman of M/Y Darlings Danama was right behind him, completing 42km. For second place, he won kite surfing lessons with B2 Kite school in Marigot.
Deckhand Lindsay Moore of M/Y Huntress was right behind him, completing 41km to take third place and winning a shark dive adventure with Ocean Explorers.
Hannah McArdle, also from M/Y Huntress, also completed 41km to win 350 euros worth of champagne courtesy of VSF.
Best costume while running went to the crew of M/Y 4You who won prizes from Trisport and a photoshoot at a location of their choice on the island.
The IYC Crew Facebook page has more than 400 photos from the event. Find them at facebook.com/iycrew.
Congratulations to the generous crew of Lazy Z for dreaming this up and to the folks at IYC Crew for making it happen. Ya’ll make yachting look good. (Those little pink bikinis don’t hurt, either.)
Capt. Paul Preston got married on Valentine’s Day. Part of a county-sponsored event, 31 couples joined in the romantic day held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach.
His bride is Marjorie Keefe from Narragansett, R.I., who flew in at 11 a.m. and got married at 1 p.m. They followed the rather public ceremony with a private reception for friends and family at a nearby Marriott.
Capt. Preston said it was he and Keefe’s fourth attempt at getting married.
“It’s not easy being a captain and fitting domestic events into busy schedules,” he said.
Here’s wishing you a long marriage as lovely as your wedding.
Capt. Paul Canavan has taken over the triple engine jet boat M/Y Diamond, a 116-foot yacht that can go 50 knots. He and his crew are cruising Alaska this summer with the American owner under a U.S. flag.
It’s a corporate job, and throughout the interview process, “not one red flag went up.”
“They’re a classic, elegant family,” he said last month. “I’m pretty happy.”
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