From: Rutledge, Keith
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 11:11 AM
To: Collins, Darren; Rutledge, Abby; Collins, Janice M; Montgomery, Jackie; Clime,
Subject: What a wonderful trip!
I got to work Monday, and after the morning run of issues, I hit my first daydream
about the trip and quickly looked up Sonata on Wikipedia………...a musical
term for a piece played as opposed to sung. The description continued
with the various forms and propagations of sonatas, and I zoned back
to the weekend for a minute before work pushed its way back in. Next
round at work ended and I started the email slave machine to find
welcome notes from shipmates about the great weekend……a welcome bonus.
Next round, and paperwork done, maybe it's my turn……... I got some
Boat Charterers should have some chatter from past
sailings and the good days that somehow manifest should have some
sort of chronicle lest we forget them.
Being more in tune now to writing memos and briefings, I stretched back to remember what college
English instructors tried to instill in the poor dumb engineers.
Here's my try at both the chronicle of the adventure and maybe something
Bob and Cathy can use (edit as you see fit) on a website or pamphlet
promotion to let others know just how fantastic the La Sonata experience
A piece played
Before you even arrive, you know you are in for a special experience. The request
to come aboard brings a tour of La Sonata that quickly has you marveling
at the spacious efficiency and charm of the vessel. Hosts Bob and
Cathy continue to bring you into the feel of the excursion with their
generosity and patience for those without seafaring knowledge. 'Captain'
Bob and 'Admiral' Cathy set the perfect tone and make sure you don't
forget that the time is to be spent on enjoyment. Breakfast brings
only an inkling of the culinary delights possible aboard when someone
with Cathy's knack for food and entertaining is in control. With the
lines cast off from the dock, the adventure continues as the sights
and sounds of the Annapolis waterfront move astern and the raising
of sails signals the start of La Sonata’s entry into open water.
Making your way into the Chesapeake Bay past Thomas Point Lighthouse
brings the power of the wind being harnessed and motivates you towards
able bodied seamanship with the instruction of Captain Bob. Just as
you might be thinking there must be too much to be done to make the
boat do what it is supposed to do when tasked with conforming to Mother
Nature, you realize you have the whole idea wrong ………. the calmness
and hospitality of Bob and Cathy keep you in place to adapt to what
comes your way. Great food keeps appearing and you keep making your
way effortlessly through the Chesapeake to a destination of your choosing.
What will you remember of the time spent aboard? The good food? The good company?
Maybe the wind, water and texture of the daytime skies? Maybe the star-filled
night or the misty morning on the water away from the city lights and noise.
Or is it the fabulous Bloody Mary's in the morning and whatever is produced
by the Margaritaville® frozen drink mixer for the rest of the day's libations pushing
that relaxation button. Could the realization that the timeless pace this sailing vessel
provides was shedding the modern day stresses from you be whatever comes to
mind? Whatever your desire or expectation at the beginning, rest assured that in
the end, La Sonata can provide. A piece played well.
Alternate Captain Bob ending...and that doesn't suck.