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"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." -- Michelangelo Buonarroti

131: California--Mistress Gets Patriotic
@ CherieSpotting     Jun 04 2003 - 04:48 PST
cherie writes: "Mistress" is a 53 Swan owned by my good friend, Tom. Tom, Dustin, Greg, Stan, Chuck, Claudia and myself decided to take her on a day sail and see how she fared against Dennis Connor's "Stars and Stripes." "Mistress" had a lot of ammentities that "Stars and Stripes" was lacking, namely an engine.

We outperformed the world class race boat and had a beautiful day sailing in the sun. Just kidding, it was actually quite a gloomy day (weather-wise,) but the smiles of the crew on the Mistress brightened everything up!

To brighten things up even further, I "colored" some of the dreary gray sky blue. (I'm just learning how to use Photo Shop!) It is amazing that nowadays, you are able to preserve memories the way you wished they could have been. In this case, I made a few of the pictures "sunny!" These days, seeing isn't believing.

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My dad Stan at the helm of Mistress.

My dad Stan at the helm of Mistress.

"Mistress" with "Stars and Stripes" slightly ahead in the harbor.

"Mistress" with "Stars and Stripes" slightly ahead in the harbor.

Sailing is the perfect father-daughter sport.

Sailing is the perfect father-daughter sport.

How can you get a wrap on a self-tailing winch?

How can you get a wrap on a self-tailing winch?

Greg, Dustin and Tom.

Greg, Dustin and Tom.

Dustin.  At 23-years-old, he is the youngest licensed captain I know.

Dustin. At 23-years-old, he is the youngest licensed captain I know.

Claudia, Chuck and Stan.

Claudia, Chuck and Stan.

Tom, the owner of UK Sails, Southern California.

Tom, the owner of UK Sails, Southern California.

Stan and Chuck.

Stan and Chuck.

Mistress and her beautiful teak decks.

Mistress and her beautiful teak decks.

Stan on the bow.

Stan on the bow.

Stars and Stripes.

Stars and Stripes.

Tom's Mistress goes to battle with a...battleship!

Tom's Mistress goes to battle with a...battleship!

Sailors have to quench a hearty thirst!

Sailors have to quench a hearty thirst!

Dad behind the wheel.

Dad behind the wheel.

Sailing is the sport for those who love to lean.

Sailing is the sport for those who love to lean.

Chuck, Cherie, Dustin, Stan, Claudia and Tom.

Chuck, Cherie, Dustin, Stan, Claudia and Tom.

Two UK Sail fans!

Two UK Sail fans!

Down the hatch. (Is he an Admiral?)

Down the hatch. (Is he an Admiral?)

Where's the jacuzzi?

Where's the jacuzzi?

Lean into the turn!

Lean into the turn!

It is impossible to sail by seals without mimicking the seal sound.

It is impossible to sail by seals without mimicking the seal sound.

Chuck and Stan.

Chuck and Stan.

Tom and Dustin, hamming it up!

Tom and Dustin, hamming it up!

Even if the weather didn't cooperate, it was a beautiful day on the water.  (I just painted the sky blue to show how it was in my mind!)

Even if the weather didn't cooperate, it was a beautiful day on the water. (I just painted the sky blue to show how it was in my mind!)

You couldn't tear Stan away from the helm.  Now there is a true sailor at heart!

You couldn't tear Stan away from the helm. Now there is a true sailor at heart!

"Stars and Stripes" being dragged out for a day sail.  Being towed by a dinghy is the price you have to pay for not having an engine!

"Stars and Stripes" being dragged out for a day sail. Being towed by a dinghy is the price you have to pay for not having an engine!