3 Aug

She was eight years old when she first went sailing. The moist, salty wind that teased knots into her hair, the swaying deck that danced in harmony with the sea’s primal rhythm; this was something to master, to embrace, to cherish…it called to her…


…today, 86 years later, as the waves lap against Bushranger’s hull and a passing wake nudges Bushranger into gentle swaying, she still feels that rhythm…

Carolyn is one of Bushranger’s most ardent followers. At 94, she is not quite as spry as she was ‘back in the day’…and her eyesight might not be as sharp as it once was…but when Bushranger started to dance with the waves, Carolyn’s feet remembered. As her hands trailed along Bushranger’s rails, those clever fingers remembered the silky feel of the teak brightwork.


Throughout the years, Carolyn has followed Bushranger’s labors and loves. Every blog we’ve written, we’ve known that she would read it with interest. She says that she saves them to reread over and over. We’ve treasured her comments…and today we asked her to join our crew as Bushranger’s Patroness.

So, when she arrived onboard, she was greeted with her signal flags flying…


…and a glass of champagne.


We then presented her with the following certificate:


Thank you Carolyn, for being such a wonderful friend to Bushranger and her crew.


20 Responses to “Carolyn”

  1. Paul k August 3, 2015 at 21:35 #


  2. jdepodwin August 3, 2015 at 22:50 #

    Carolyn said to us later “There’s nothing better than being out on the water again.” She was plain giddy and exuberant being able to finally connect with this fine boat and its loving crew. Thank you to the captain and first mate for all their extra kindness in making this day extra special for all of us. It is a memory that we will all cherish!

  3. Heather Rutherford August 4, 2015 at 03:39 #

    How wonderful, touching, and inspiring!

  4. Alex Ertz August 4, 2015 at 08:18 #

    What wonderful hosts you two are! Really know how to make a special memory. Did you “pipe” her aboard with a bosun’s whistle? 😉

  5. Chris August 4, 2015 at 12:06 #

    Many cruise ships have Godmothers — I see no reason that Bushranger shouldn’t!

  6. Kathryn Gatlin August 4, 2015 at 12:40 #

    How very special! But then, you two and your fine ship are pretty special, as well. Missing you this hot summer at Pickwick. We’ve had a steady stream of visitors on the new boat, now officially named “Back On Board II.” We may be overboated, since we can’t seem to put the cruiser on the market. The “little BOB” is still in the family, and the pontoon, too. You called that one correctly several months ago!

    • MrsBushranger August 4, 2015 at 13:09 #

      Have lots of fun with your fleet of boats ! We miss you guys too

  7. carolyn depodwin August 4, 2015 at 14:54 #

    Sent from my iPad

  8. carolyn depodwin August 5, 2015 at 09:30 #

    my dear crrew GThenk you llynne forthe charming description of my laove of he sea and all it as led to. i think i have finally u jinckead my i pad so i can communniacate on my own i still feel themotion of the waves and i have our beartiful framed on my wall where all can seeit Thank you both flr a glorious experience , your proud patroness,

    Sent from my iPad

  9. carolyn depodwin August 6, 2015 at 08:39 #

    a Dear BRA For som horible reason i an not getting uoir curret meessages What does dthe initiall mDear dear MaggaAise tand for

    Sent from my iPad

  10. Barbie Robinson August 6, 2015 at 08:57 #

    Ohhhh so nice of u 2 and so wonderful of her ❤

  11. Pat August 6, 2015 at 11:12 #

    Amazing blog! If there was ever a lady who deserved your tribute, it’s Carolyn. She is living independently with limitations that the rest of us can only imagine. She was the perfect pick for Bushranger’s Patroness!

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