On Saturday morning I attended the funeral of John Harris, father of my good friend Emily Jones, the Director of Putney School, and a wonderful citizen of Dublin. At the service a number of people talked about his love of sailing and how John's boat took him to all corners of the world with family and friends as crew. Right after the funeral I sped over to Dublin Lake to watch our sailing team race against Brewster Academy. Sailing is a beautiful sport to watch as the boat skippers and their crews tack in and out of the wind demonstrating their knowledge of strategy and the depth of their skills. I was impressed with the level of sailing among our student--athletes under the expert tutelage of head coach Loring Catlin. The blend of individual ability and team tactics was fun to watch.
As I stood there on the dock I thought of John's life and the freedom, peace and adventure that sailing provided for him and I thought of how lucky these young sailors were to be learning this sport on a beautiful lake, out of a handsome boathouse, under the guidance of adults so passionate about boating. Many of our alumni have used Dublin Lake as a launching pad to bigger waters and boats in the oceans and lakes of our world. I admire the courage of sailors like John and the students entering their first ever races and am envious of the experience they share on the water and through their lives.