Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Old Friends

Photo: Paula Mayer

The photo is from the 
Spring 1993 edition of The Laser Sailor (newsletter of the North American Laser Class) and was taken at the New Bedford YC Frostbite Regatta. Left to right: Ted Scott, John Mayer, Bob Saltmarsh, Peter Seidenberg, Mark Bear, John Bentley. 

The accompanying article is titled El Cheapo Dry Suit and is about how John Mayer (second from left) is wearing a $40 "dry suit" which is actually a US Air Force Anti Exposure Suit that he bought at a government surplus store. Rubberized nylon in camouflage colors. "Ugly, Ugly, Ugly, but warm and dry."

Aaah. Those were the days.

Old friends, winter companions, the old men 
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun 


Baydog said...

John Mayer looks like the guy who climbed inside my oil tank to inspect it.

And I think I'm changing my last name to Saltmarsh!

Tillerman said...

You could do worse. Bob Saltmarsh is one of the true gentlemen of our sport. Co-founder of the Buzzards Bay Regatta in the early 1970's, he was one of the regulars at all the Laser Masters Regattas when I first came to the US. He must be well into his 80's now but he has still turned out for some of the races at Laser Masters events in recent years.

Pandabonium said...

Another species might just migrate to a warmer clime, but humans think up ways to stay put while being just slightly less miserable in the cold. I'm not at all convinced that this is a good strategy.

Tillerman said...

True Panda. But I do know that animals of the species Laserus Masteropus Frostbitiensis have been known to migrate to warmer climes during the northern hemisphere winter. Indeed, several of the specimens in this photo have been observed as far south as the Dominican Republic and even in Australia.

bonnie said...

I'll take ugly, warm and dry over stylish, cold and wet ANY day.

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