Clipper at a distance
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Permission to Board? The Liberty Clipper, Boston

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea.”

~ John F. Kennedy, Remarks at the Dinner for the America’s Cup Crews, September 14 1962

The dimensions of Liberty.

The dimensions of Liberty.

At a loss for a place to stay in Boston, our adventurous side led us to The Liberty Clipper Hostel. Docked in the heart of the old town, you couldn’t get closer to the center if you tried.  A few shades off glamorous, but for the price and experience, it was worth it.

We took the discounted sail around the harbor and got to see her crew in action. They were a lively bunch of students in varying degrees of youth, friendly as the dickens.  All of them lived aboard.  Must get pretty cozy.  But what a great way to live out one’s student years. Adventure. Better than a frathouse or a hole-in-the-wall dorm room, for sure.  Reminded me of the summer I spent in Santa Barbara as a kayak guide – meeting interesting folk, learning new skills, being out in the sun, rolling with the wind.

I had a hard time imagining the annual journey down to the Bahamas, but after doing silly day sails all summer it would be a welcome relief to get some real nautical miles under the belt.

Would I do it again? Sure. I hope to be preparing for a far more hardcore version of it when the Clipper Round the World Race #Winleg6 competition concludes next month!



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