Friday, April 25, 2014
sv Lilly Maid
Speaking of the characters of Classics week, we had a chance meeting with his Lordship and Captain of the s/v Lilly Maid. Now he isn't really a Lord but he shared a very funny story about his yacht and a case of mistaken identity leading us to address him as "Your Lordship."
s/v Lilly Maid was built in 1904. That is 100 years ago! Michael (his Lordship) has owned her for 42 years. He and his wife have cruised the world on her and raised 6 children aboard. The last of whom looks to be about 13 and thus is still living aboard with his parents. At this point we didn't know what the Lilly Maid looked like. For some reason I suspected she might be bulky, old/worn out looking with tons of liveaboard "stuff" everywhere on deck and below. We cruised by the next day in our dinghy to check her out.
I was so wrong. She is spectacular. Lean, sleek and sexy....and 100 years old. WOW! We immediately pledged our allegiance to her and crew, vowed to cheer loudly from the bluffs onshore.
She raced fantastically each and every day and won her overall vintage class with style, grace and grit.