I was hooked when my parents return from a vacation
in the Bahamas
and gave me a copy of Lynn Wainwright's "Fish and His Friends," a pre-teen adventure set on Fort William Island. That was 1976, and I was an impressionable 9 year old. two years later I had my own Mirror dinghy
and was exploring the world as defined by the limits of Pittock Lake. I read "Dove" the next year, and was so sail addicted I wrote a book review. I also discovered that girls dig boats. I wasn't sure what the hell to do with said girls, but hey! I was a playa, yo! I was short,, fat, shy, near -sighted, and stuttered, but
And that leveled the playing field substantially.
I simultaneously sported a goofy grin and a perpetual hard-on from May to October that year.... and every year after, come to think of it.
The rest is all preordained.
'scuse me, while I cue up Lyle's "If I had a Boat".