By William Storandt
is the tale of 2 voyages: an Atlantic crossing within the 33-foot cutterClarity
, sure for Scotland; and the demanding voyage of self-discovery that at last introduced invoice Storandt to his lifestyles partner.
Storandt’s account of the journey he had conscientiously deliberate with longtime companion Brian Forsyth and their pal Bob quickly becomes a white-knuckled crusing story, as they come across a fierce hurricane 4 hundred miles from the Irish coast that checks their braveness and all their crusing abilities. the ocean tale, vividly evoking existence in a small boat on an incredible ocean, is interwoven with Storandt’s flashbacks to his past existence. Outbound promises its proportion of pleasure, yet it’s additionally a relocating mirrored image on how circuitous our paths may be, even if the vacation spot is apparent and beckoning.
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Lilo’s ﬁrst whack with the champagne bottle merely knocked the bottle out of her hand. It was my ﬁrst emergency as skipper. My reaction was not promising: paralysis. How dare this ritual not go smoothly? How can we mitigate this omen? Brian, without a second’s hesitation, dove into the harbor, as he has so many times since, when Clarity’s karma has hung in the balance. He surfaced holding the bottle, to applause from the dock. Lilo dashed it to bits on the second try. Looking back on what a gem David was creating, it seems so clear that I should have just acknowledged it and calmed down.
The next day, they all came over to the dome for dinner. Jude was apparently impressed by my gesture of scooping the congealed leftover spaghetti from the bowl and ﬂinging it down the meadow, because she stayed for six years. I told Jude right from the start about my attraction to men. ) I used the same sort of breezy, omnisexual line I’d used with Ginny, though admitting I’d had no actual gay experience. Thus misled as to the grip of my sexual drift, Jude was unfazed; it was just another exotic detail of her new hippie existence.
Peter was the ﬁrst man I ever traveled to spend entire weekends with. Before long, we both knew it wasn’t going any further and agreed to let it taper off, but the simple pleasures of returning to a man, waking up with him, were building in me. On my ﬁrst trip to Montreal, I walked directly from the train to a news- 35 stand for a gay paper to ﬁnd out where the bars were, and there was the headline: 138 arrested in sweep of city gay bars—19 from vermont, 31 from new york. I caught the next train back.