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Team Tartan Sails into the Sunset

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First things first.  Thanks to our many many donors over the years, Team Tartan has raised $404,661.61 since 2012.  We actually started sailing in 2009 on flying scots, but our major fundraising started only when we moved up to the big boats.  We sail in honor of my mom and Ann Myers, both of who were blood cancer victims.

Here’s a breakdown of our fundraising through the years.  We were the number one fundraiser in the DC Leukemia Cup every year we sailed (including this year). FWIW, the cup is yours again! For two years we were #2 in the entire country, and one year we were #3.

Special mention must be made of donor Phil Venables, who, though he did not participate in 2021, was our top fundraiser seven times running, donating a total of $247,000!  Holy cow.  Thanks Phil.

You can read about our various adventures on the water here:

 

Which brings us to 2021, our last year on the water.  This year Team Tartan took the cup again, raising $38,600 (so far…feel free to donate here).  We appreciate each and every one of the 110 donors who participated this year!  Together we have made a real impact on blood cancer research.

Hiatus

We sailed Hiatus this year instead of Rebecca.  And we were rusty.  And perhaps out of practice.  And Esther was on shore.  But we did have the best snacks and the most chill crew!  That’s it…snacks!

Oh yeah, and covid.  We took quick covid tests before intersecting our pods on the boat.  Cora is only three and not yet vaccinated.  Are you?  GET VACCINATED.

Eli (snack cup in hand)

 

Captain Chris

 

Romey

 

On the water (and very likely way behind). LOL.

 

Captain Esther stayed with Cora on land

The races went something like this.  Last place and last place.  It was a long day, but we had some fun.

Why are all those other boats in front of us?

 

SNACKS for the crew! Dark and Stormy.

 

Even Stretch gets snacks.

 

We did celebrate

 

Go team tartan!

 

And thank you again. Fair sails all!

 

 

Arashiyama

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Autumn in Kyoto

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Return to Fushimi Inari (Kyoto)

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Four years is the blink of an eye for this Shinto Shrine in Kyoto since it has been here for over 1300 years. A previous visit was pre-Fall in 2015. This visit happened at the height of Fall in Japan.

Senso-Ji Tokyo

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Though the weather was gray and drizzly, the temple was beautiful.

(Bits from a previous visit here.)

Meiji Jingu and Peace

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This Shinto Shrine in Tokyo is an oasis of peace in the bustling, teeming city.

Ginkos in full turn.

Sailing in New York City

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Sailing was just what the doctor ordered on a sweltering day in the city (90 degrees in mid May!). Gorgeous and fun. Amy captained the boat under sail as we cruised up the Hudson.

 

Jack took the helm at the top of the ride.

 

 

 

Champagne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Barley at the helm.

 

 

 

 

No fun was had!  No fun at all.

 

 

 

 

Best Graduation Present Evah

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The Graduate

The Graduate

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

St Croix Underwater

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Thanks to Haley Hendrickson of N2 the Blue Dive Shop on St Croix for the instruction and the incredible pictures.

Eli and friend

Eli and friend

Newly certified

Newly certified

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Dad and son

Dad and son

The family expert

The family expert

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle two

Be the turtle two

The boys

The boys

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Amy

Amy

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Going up

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OK with Eli

OK with Eli

Night crew

Night crew

Diving St Croix

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Thanks to N2 the Blue Dive Shop for some personal, friendly, and impeccable diving. Of our massive two shop sample of St Croix, N2 the Blue is superior in all ways. (Our experience with Cane Bay Dive Shop was much looser, chaotic, and more random with a small chance of accidental death.)

Eli emerging from the depths

Eli emerging from the depths

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The diving in St Croix is great (and relentless when you are with Eli). Our dives:
The Pier – excellent life and a great dive
Sprat Hole – turtle
Swirling Reef of Death – coral farm working on stag’s horn coral
Shallow Wrecks – three big boats
The Pier
The Jungle (north side) – a nice deep wall with Cane River
Pavilions (north side) – wall and coral garden with Cane River
The Pier at Night – wild in the dark
Armageddon – nice pile of debris with associated wildlife
Little Mill Point – shallow wall with much coral (turtle)

Haley Hendrickson

Haley Hendrickson

Captain K and Haley

Captain K and Haley

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We’ve seen all sorts of everything: turtles, sharks (eating lion fish we killed), eels of all kinds, two kinds of lobster, many angel fish, crabs, seahorses, an octopus and more.

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More about St Croix here.

The Cottages by Sea

The Cottages by Sea

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