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⇑⇓ CURIOUS SAILORS NEED TO KNOW The November issue cover is great! Right up there with July's cover photo of the young crewmembers on the schooner Juno. But oh man, I'm dying to know more about the circumstances of the cover shot, as your caption left a lot to the imagination. Who is the guy on the cover. What boat is he on? Where was it? When did it happen? Curious sailors need to know. John Zeratsky Aegea, Sabre 38 Sausalito

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John — We left that basic information out because there wasn't enough room for it in a caption, and because we were confident someone such as yourself would be curious enough to ask. Here's the long version: Bill Lily was in the right Somewhat by accident, in 1985 we place at the right time. bought the Ocean 71 ketch Big O in the then-rather-unknown little French Caribbean island of St. Barth. We fell in love with the place and the people, and as a result kept the boat at or around the island for most of the next 12 years. In the late 1980s and 1990s, we always made sure we were at St. Barth for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, because many of the greatest yachts in the world would show up for the increasingly-popular around-the-island race on New Year's Eve. Because these yachts were typically on charter, they usually didn't have enough crew to race, so they would look for crew on the docks. As a result, over the years we got to crew on the likes of the 135-ft J Class yacht Endeavour, the 92-ft R/P Leopard of London, the 155-ft Vitters Timoneer, and others. Some of our Ha-Ha friends got wind of all this and wanted to be a part of the fun. One of them was Bill Lily of the Newport Beach-based Lagoon 47 Moontide. Because we'd sold Big O by the late 1990s, instead of staying on a boat, we stayed in these funky little places over the water at Auberge de la Petite Anse. The Wanderer and Doña de Mallorca were staying in one unit, while Bill, a past girlfriend, and two potential girlfriends — don't ask — were staying in another, and some other friends were staying in others. The adventure that year started interestingly enough, as de Mallorca found out that Jimmy Buffett was in residence and was going to be playing for fun at La Plage, an upscale beach restaurant on St. Jean Beach, for his December 26 birthday. So the whole bunch of us made our way to La Plage. It was raining torrentially that night, so there were only about 50 people there. Anyway, Jimmy was having a good time playing sloppy rock 'n roll with Papagayo, another St. Barth character, when Jimmy called Catherine Zeta-Jones out of the audience to sing with him. We've never been much of a Zeta-Jones fan, but our mind was changed when she walked to the stage in what we remember as a skin-tight shimmering gown. She looked so womanly! After she and Jimmy laughed and sang a bit, Zeta-Jones went back to her seat next to her husband, ac- Jon Bon Jovi jammin' in St. Barth. tor Michael Douglas. A few songs later, Jimmy called up Jon Bon Jovi. Bill's ex-girlfriend, who hadn't been having the greatest vacation,

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The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.