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Old 29-08-2009, 20:04   #1
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Sailing Story from Ted Kennedy Mass by John Culver

This is a totally wonderful story about a young man's introduction to sailing at the hands of Ted Kennedy -- no matter what your affiliation politically, if you are a sailor, you will laugh really hard at this wonderful story. Total play time is about 20 minutes, and it is just a classic.

Part 1 - START at 2:30 into it to bypass to start of the sailing story

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Thank you for that, windsaloft. What a delightful story from a dear friend of the late Senator Kennedy.

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Thank you for pointing this out. A great story about a great man--we'll miss him!
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That's a good sea story.
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Old 29-08-2009, 22:42   #6
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Sailing w/ Ted...

My father, who passed a few years ago, was always a teller of tall tales.

I grew up in Newport, where for a time my Dad also lived. He always bragged, among some of his other crazy sailor stories, of sailing with Ted Kennedy. It was one amongst his many unverifiable yarns.

On one fine day he and my cousin were biking in Newport when Ted Kennedy came out of a car in Washington Square. On seeing my dad he instantly addressed my Dad, "Kevin McCarthy! How are you?". They exchanged pleasantries and the senator went about his business. My cousin $h1t himself, so he claims, and couldn't believe my father wasn't bs-ing all that time. Apparently Ted, like many of the best ole Tammany Hall-style Irish politicians, had that amazing gift of memory. He remembered my father, though it had been quite a few years. It had probably only been once or twice that he had joined Mr. Kennedy on a yacht in some bay race, but he still recognized my old man.

I was out sailing on Narragansett Bay the afternoon Ted died, and wasn't aware of his death. I was remarking how heavy the winds were (and they were strong seemingly without explanation) when one of my guests told me Ted Kennedy had died. I suppose I have my own belief as to why they had picked up so string, so fast. I'm sentimental like that.

Not a political person whatsoever, consider myself Conservative, but I believe the sea reclaims her own. Godspeed Teddy.
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Great video. Reminds me somewhat of my first trip.
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very nice! Thanks for the post
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i like it and you are right, it is indeed a wonderful story. :-)
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Coming off the farm, and never having been on a boat before; I sure know exactly where he is coming from. My first time in the Atlantic was out of Charlestown Navy Yard in 1955, going to Newport. Lost my breakfast right away. Remember asking myself,"What did I do this for and how can i get out?" I didn't get out and i learned to deal with my digestive system. Nice post.
Oh yes this would have made a great stand up . Really funny.
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