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Spirit of Freedom...Pamela
Pamela: Wow...where to start? We bought Spirit of Freedom in September 2002 signing the closing papers on my birthday, great present huh? I had been sailing White Swan II ; having purchased her from BJ when I decided my Catalina 25...First Step... was too small and tender for the sailing and gunkholing I wanted to do now that I had the time and wherewithal!
was hesitant at first and not too eager to start sailing. He had sailed and gunkholed with BJ and Tricia on Free and
Clear on two different occasions, in 1997 and 1998, enjoying it, but
deciding that it
really what he wanted to do. So I took off on my own with girlfriends
and spent a couple of summers
sailing in the San Juan
Islands and Gulf Islands
in British Columbia, coming back home for a two or three days via Kenmore Air or
ferry once a month. There were also lots of day sails and weekend mini-cruises
during the Fall, Winter and
Spring with my crew; in between I flew to warmer climes to sail with friends and
did a charter or two.
Spirit arrived from Ketchikan on a Friday, the following day Cliff, BJ, Trish and I trooped over to Seattle to look at her. I liked her a lot, as did Cliff (the head is really comfortable!), and made an offer on the spot. On the drive home we were all thinking of a name for her...and Cliff came up with it, by adding "of Freedom"!
Cliff and I left for a final two week cruise on White Swan II, into South Puget Sound. The picture at the top of the page was taken by me, from White Swan, off of the NW end of Blake Island. BJ, Trish, Mom (Lorraine), Bob and Dianne were delivering her to her new home in Port Orchard for me. It was a happy/sad moment. I was sailing my beloved White Swan (I am still in love with her) and seeing my beautiful new boat overtaking us.
That evening I moved off of White Swan and onto Spirit of Freedom with the help of Mom and Dad. The following weekend Jeremy moved off of Storm Runner (now Anthem) and onto White Swan. Aaron and Julie moved their gear from my J/24, Quicksilver, and took possession of Storm Runner. It is nice having a Family Yacht Club when it comes time to sell your boat...there is always somebody waiting to buy it!
Email Cliff & Pamela at Spirit@FamilyYachtClub.com