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Retirement at Sea

Charting a different course

by David Stringer

From the June, 2013 issue

Jim and Angie George are charting a different course. The retired Ann Arbor teachers have devoted much of the last twenty years to photography, traveling by van, and sometimes by canoe, through much of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America, with side trips to France, Spain, Greece, and Morocco. But that was not adventuresome enough, so they bought a forty-two-foot sailboat, spent countless hours (and dollars) getting it seaworthy, and in May were commuting between Ann Arbor and Annapolis, preparing for an early June departure for the Caribbean.

While shopping for boats, Jim blogs, they found one whose owner, according to the broker, was seventy-five years old "and getting too old for sailing." Jim replied, "I'm older than that," and the broker came back with, "You'd better do it soon!" Asked why they are going to sea, they explained that they lived on a sailboat twenty-eight years ago and now they are getting back to it. Friends will follow the travels of Bel Canto--"Home port, ANN ARBOR, MI"--at ;   (end of article)

[Originally published in June, 2013.]


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