We named our sailboat for our two daughters, Beth and Jean. We explained to them that by so doing we would have them near us as we traveled. Not surprisingly, over our four years of cruising, Elizabeth Jean helped connect us to her namesakes as they pursued their distant and separate paths. At the same time, Elizabeth Jean became alive to us, possessed with her own personality: solid, steady, comforting. In a word, beautiful. As we thought of what would be our final passage together, we thought of these characteristics. Too, we thought of Beth and Jean. Beth, who found her voice on the stage, abandoned her inherent shyness at “showtime” to deliver one remarkable performance after another. Jean, always the most coachable member of her many athletic teams, always followed her coachs’ advice to “finish strong.” Thus, for our passage from the Bahamas to Chesapeake Bay we elected to take the 700+ miles in one long six day at-sea passage, rather than a series of shorter hops. Now, it was show time. We intended to finish strong.
Albatross scopes out the passage from Great Sale Cay, east of Florida, to Chesapeake Bay (shrouded in clouds above Cape Hatteras).
Beth and Jean, together this past winter, always in our hearts.