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July 16, 2014

My brother has been sailing since the age of four, inspired by Arthur Ransome’s immortal “Swallows and Amazons” books.  It seems to me that he was a natural sailor, though someone must have taught him the basics.  It may have been a friend and colleague of Dad’s at the lab, who gave my brother his old Sunfish when he upgraded to a bigger and better boat.  First he sailed on the pond outside the cottage, and then in the cove outside the lab.  Eventually, he sailed on the Atlantic. Our parents agreed with Arthur Ransome: “If not duffers, won’t drown.”