back then

So I rarely post anything like this, but my dear friend Gary Swenson just sent this picture of myself and Dave (Deke) Klatt standing on the bow of Windward Passage, circa 1975.  I believe I am posing in that shot – apologies!
We had won first overall in the MDR to Puerto Vallarta race on the mighty Ranger 33, Hornblower, and the race organizers were cool enough to moore us between Passage and Ragtime.
Talk about a dream come true! I used to drool over those boats as a kid, reading about them in Sea and Yachting Magazine, and here I was, standing on Windward Passage, drinking beer and I believe we are wearing Windward Passage t-shirts! Seventeen, and on top of the world!
It goes without saying that it has all been downhill since! – ed. Title inspiration from Mike Jones.