Our Friend Howie invited Frank (dh),Franky(my son), and myself on a wonderful day of sailing off Mystic Seaport. It was a picture perfect day! For me it was also a lesson in overcoming a longstanding fear of mine.....sailing! Silly as it sounds ~ I feel now that my kids are grown I have the freedom to take risks again. If I die ~ I know they will be okay. Now come on ~ I know other Mom's must know what I mean! We went out to the spot where the water from the Atlantic enters the Long Island Sound. Suddenly the waves became a good 3 feet and boat was tipped clearly on it's side. It was GLORIOUS! I wasn't scared! YIPPEE! Of course Howie is the guy you would want to be at the helm! He started sailing with his grandfather at a young age and has vast knowledge on sailing. His grandfather happens to be Hervy Garrett Smith who wrote many highly acclaimed books on boats. His book "Marlin Spike Sailor" is a must have for all sailors. Thank you Howie for a WONDERFUL day !!!