Well I'm on the Downeaster Alexa
And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound,
I have charted a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound.
- Billy Joel, "The Downeaster Alexa"
When I was young my father owned a beautiful Tartan 30 sailboat named 'Fire Girl'. Along with his close friends and crew of six, he would race her off the coast of Rhode Island near Barrington and Block Island. My mother would bring my brother and me to the beaches where we would watch his boat sail by. At seven years old it seemed possible he'd hear our cheers and see our waves from miles offshore. Our home had a small corner cupboard that housed a handful of trophies and silver cups from victorious races. Sailing - the boat, the crew, the sea - was an important element of my childhood.
What will your Block Island story be?