Race Archives

2005 Honolulu

2005 Transpac Program

How this Newport couple met at Transpac 2005

We met on Transpac 2005 at the Trophy Party at the Ilikai Hotel. Barbara was sitting at a dinner table with a mutual friend, Skip Allen. I stopped by to say hi to Skip, and he introduced us. The next morning, by fateful coincidence, I saw Barbara again, just as she emerged from one of the neighboring race boats, and just as I was walking down the dock with a crewmate, David Stotler (we were on Incredible, a Swan 53.)

Stotler and I were on our way to have breakfast at the Hawaii Yacht Club. A minute earlier or later and Barbara and I would have missed each other.

I asked Barbara if she would please join us for eggs benedict and champagne, and she said, “Yes.”

Then I replied, a bit presumptuously, “Great, then we can plan the rest of our day together.”