I acknowledge that it is poor form to use the BB for personal communications. I hope you will indulge one given my 11 years of membership with no such prior infraction!
I've left your sailing fraternity, but have been flattered by recent "private e-mails" to me asking if all is well. Those, I've answered privately but realized that it may have been poor form on my part to leave without even the courtesy of a polite goodbye.
We have decided to sell our boat and move to other pleasures. I'd use the phrase "swallow the anchor
" but I think that is reserved (or should be) for more serious sailors than I ever was. In response to the e-mails, I'm happy to say that all is well, no health, or financial, or emotional issues involved in the decision. I turned 65 this month; my morning runs have gone from 6 to 2 miles, belly from 36" to 38", and attention span from days to mere minutes! It's time to fit all of that into a new scheme of entertainment. We spent a week in London and a week in Prague in the off season and Ireland is "on deck" next, both Oriole Park and Nationals Park are luring to me for day-games (despite the abysmal standings). I like that, and you'd be surprised how much of that can be done as an alternative to keeping a boat afloat, even one as trouble-free as we are fortunate enough to own.
Over the years, I "compiled" (not authored) a couple of things that should remain in your "public domain" so here are their links, both in harmless .pdf:
Chesapeake Bay Eats List
Maine Sail's Polishing Directions
SailNet sailors, You all have always been a source useful information, good entertainment & camaraderie, and thank you, friends, for your interest in me. I'll not lurk the bulletin board anymore, but will reply to any e-mails. Goodbye and please accept the traditional wish of fair winds & following seas.