My gig at Elite Traveler offers me ample opportunity to explore many of my personal passions, but while the glimmer of the recent U.S. teamâ€™s Americaâ€™s Cup victory is still vibrant, I can happily report on two particularly apropos adventures I recently had that beautifully blended some of my favorite things: fine watches, luxury cars and outstanding sailing. While I didnâ€™t make it to San Francisco for the Cup races, I did get a little wind-time in, and in a very memorable and satisfying way.
Late in the summer, I wound my superb test-drive Jaguar XKR convertible (get more details on the XKR in the November/December issue) up to Marblehead, Mass., to cover the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge races at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Marblehead is as gorgeous and iconic a New England harbor town as youâ€™ll find, and I know this well since I grew up in and around there. The regatta benefitted the growing Sailing Heals organization (www.sailingheals.org), which dedicates itself to matching up yacht owners and patients struggling with serious illness with the simple and noble goal of providing a much-needed â€œday-offâ€ for patients and their care-givers sailing on the water. The healing energy for the patients is obvious, but the participating sailors I spoke with at the host yacht club (as well as at other participants at Marbleheadâ€™s Boston Yacht Club and Eastern Yacht Club) were positively beaming when they told me about their experiences with the charity. If, like many yachtsmen, youâ€™re just itching for a good excuse to get out on the water, check out the website. A harbor full of gorgeous vintage racers (including the 1970-vintage 12-meter Valiant, rehabbed NY50 vessel Spartan and the overall winner, Black Watch, a classic yawl circa 1938), some terrific wind conditions in Boston Harbor and the proud U.S. public debut of Paneraiâ€™s stunning Regatta timepiece presented by Panerai President Rafael Alvarez made for a memorable long weekend, to be sure...Read More