At long last, I had a chance to sail on Dave Cochran's 38 foot Bénéteau, the Southern Cross. It is a gorgeous boat with dual helms and electric winches for nearly effortless sailing. Since this was the second Bénéteau I'd sailed this year, I looked into the company a bit. In 1884 Benjamin Bénéteau founded his boatyard in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France just off the Bay of Biscay, back when most boats had sails. Initially, the company concentrated on shaping fast working boats, because fisherman who sailed back to port first got the best prices for fish. In the 20th century, the company took a tack and focused on recreational boating. It wasn't until 1976 that the company opened a subsidiary in Annapolis, MD. Ten years after that, a U.S. plant opened in Marion, South Carolina. Since then, the factory has nearly doubled in size to about 250,000 square feet. Dave toured the plant before he bought his yacht.
Getting out on Santa Monica Bay almost invariably lifts my spirits. Dave hosted a party on the water this day, with the stereo pumping and wine and beer flowing. Good fellowship and cheer were shared by all. Still, seeing the shots of me has reinforced my desire to get into better shape this August. Getting down to a good weight is a key to reverse aging. As of this writing, I'm rededicating myself to the precepts of daily diet and exercise set forth in my anti-aging documentary “Reverse Aging Now.”
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