The Dickerson Owners Association (DOA) celebrated its 45th Anniversary in Oxford two years ago. It was a very special occasion as SpinSheet Senior Editor Ruth Christie joined us. Ruth had become a dear friend of many of DOA members and while we knew that Ruth was really a power-boater it didn't stop Joe Slavin, the DOA Sampson Post and me, the 2010 DOA Commodore from constantly cajoling her into join us. And in June 2011, she finally relented.
I had offered her a position aboard Crew Rest, to lead a parade of arriving classic Dickersons. She perched up at the dock on time and in style--carrying two bottles of delightful wine--it was going to be great parade. And it was--she trims a pretty nice sail to boot.
That evening, Joe Slavin had promised her a gourmet meal aboard his Irish Mist along with fellow DOA members and friends from New England. Of course Joe delivered and so did Mother Nature in the form of a thunderstorm and gust front with 76 mph winds.
Ruth was a great sport, and super editor, and a dear friend. We wish her great happiness in retirement.