Sailing On The Star Clipper


By Margaret Podlich

Photo of Star Clipper sailsPhoto: Bruce Hancik

Last spring, my husband Steve and I joined 75 of our fellow BoatUS members for a seven-day Star Clipper cruise out of Bridgetown, Barbados — a great break from a tough winter, to a place where Mother Nature uses her entire color palette. Memories of that trip still make me happy. I think back to sailing all night under the stars, and arriving in exciting new destinations every morning. I recall the knot-tying lessons the crew liked to give on deck, and the day we arrived for breakfast to find a "knot board" of the most intricate knots they'd tied for us the night before. I remember when Prabhakar, chief bosun aboard Royal Clipper, recognized us as we boarded after our first day ashore, gave us a huge smile, and said, "Welcome home, Margaret and Steve!"

For seven days of warm hospitality, this soaring, beautiful ship did feel like home, especially for those of us with BoatUS lanyards around our necks. We were boaters who shared the same passions, and so we felt like we already knew each other. Conversation came easily. People of all ages were onboard, celebrating big birthdays, milestone anniversaries, and even the happy end to tough medical treatments — each thoroughly pleased to be together, treasuring the journey. 

Margaret Bonds Podlich is the former president of BoatUS.

— Published: December 2014

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