As we were making final preparations for departure, we learned that our life-long friend John Eills had passed away. All the Eills have been an important part of our lives, and it was their scheming that introduced Laurie and me almost 30 years ago. Along with my mother and Weld, John and Nancy were instrumental in cultivating my interest and love of cruising which has resulted in this trip.
The last time Laurie and I sailed through NYC to Long Island Sound was with John and Nancy. The last time we were on a boat on the Hudson side was for their 50th anniversary cruise. So, as we embark on this cruise, and prepared to sail down the East River, around the Battery, and up the Hudson, we'd like to dedicate this adventure to John Eills.