Our neighbors in the Boat Basin, Valerie and Jeff Du Mars, also list the Fourth of July among their New York favorites. The couple can bicycle from their apartment to their 1970s Hunter 28, Fadade, which translates roughly to "touched by fairies" in Provençal, Valerie's native French dialect. Jeff, a French-speaking American, even transported Fadade's new mainsail to the Boat Basin on his bike! They enjoy city living but also the respite that Fadade provides from the bustling streets. "It's a good way to escape the stressful life of New York without going too far," says Valerie. "When you sail here, you feel the town differently. You go back to the roots of the town, which is a port." The couple sails whichever way the wind blows them, heading up the Hudson River or down through New York Harbor. For farther travels, they charter—and how! Jeff and Valerie recently completed a passage around Cape Horn, crewing aboard a small sailing vessel based in Ushuaia, Argentina. "It was an amazing trip," says Valerie in an understated way. For a local adventure, they plan to explore Long Island Sound aboard Fadade.