In the days and weeks before a boat show, I often dread what’s coming. It means long days on the docks and long evenings in the office creating our Triton Today daily edition.
But then I get to the show and I remember how great it is to bump into everyone again. Here’s some news from some familiar faces I ran into in Palm Beach.:
Capt. Ian and Cici van der Watt are on the 141-foot expedition yacht M/V Copasetic. This isn’t really news; they’ve been aboard for three years. I just haven’t seen them in a while so it was nice to catch up with this world-traveling team that took M/Y Queen of Diamonds around the world. They’re hoping to do it again with a new owner of Copasetic.
Capt. Ron Gonsalves is running the 100-foot M/Y Red Pearl built by MCP Yachts and he’s been moving quite a bit. The yacht makes its winter home at Palm Harbor but had to move for the show, so Gonsalves was strolling the docks to make sure visiting yachts were taking care of the place. (They were.) He spent last summer in Palma, is headed to Newport this summer, and is off to explore the Galapagos next summer. But first, he’s taking a birthday trip to Thailand this month.
Capt. Brad Baker just saw M/Y Golden Compass through a four-month refit and is showing her for sale at the show. He had that same role on the 144-foot Feadship M/Y Kingfisher last year, which sold. He said he’s getting used to working himself out of a job. Maybe there’s a niche there — captains who can sell yachts.
In other crew news away from Palm Beach, Capt. Steven and Julie (Morgan) King have taken over the 40m Jongert ketch S/Y Islandia.
After working for the same owners on S/Y Eastern Sky and S/Y Eastern Sky II for seven years, they took a year-long break to go traveling.
“We island hopped through the Caribbean, backpacked around Central America and did a sort of busman’s holiday on a sailboat delivery from Bermuda to Cartagena, Spain,” Capt. King wrote in recently. “We finished off with a memorable week in Paris.”
Ah. What a lovely bit of time off.
But that’s over now and the couple were in Newport this winter — “not thoroughly enjoying the weather” — but happy to be back to work on Islandia. No word yet where they plan to cruise.
And the latest news from my favorite ubercaptain: Grant Maughan of M/Y Turmoil:
On March 9, he completed a 160-mile running race across the Atacama Desert in Chile, a seven-day stage race where runners must carry all their supplies in a backpack. At night, they slept in 10-person tents and given hot water for their freeze dried meals.
“My pack weighed over 25 pounds at the start until I began to eat my way through my rations,” he wrote in. “We traversed a varied terrain of blinding white razor sharp salt crust, mud, flooded slot canyons, towering sand dunes and mind-numbing gibber desert to all horizons. The sun was merciless and scorching at over 120 degrees F on most days.”
He finished 13th overall from 152 “fellow crazy souls”. His accrued time for the 160 miles was 32 hours, 32 minutes.
But wait, there’s more. After a lengthy application process, he has been accepted to run this year’s infamous Badwater 135-mile ultra across Death Valley in the middle of summer.
“More to come on that one,” he said.
Have you made an adjustment in your latitude recently? Let us know. Send news of your promotion, change of yachts or career, or personal accomplishments to Editor Lucy Chabot Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.