Half Lucky Is All Good
After a lovely evening, Diana and I retired to sleep in Julia G, a William Atkins-designed Ingrid nestled beneath an open shed next to Bryan's house. As we slipped below, our hands involuntarily petted the smoothly laminated deck beams, gracefully scalloped fiddles, and finely fit mahogany cabinetry. Although out in the woods with no one near to disturb, Diana and I found ourselves whispering as if we were in a church. And perhaps we were, in a way: a holy shrine of nautical tradition, with such designers as Lyle Hess and William Atkins as the sect's iconic saints, such craftsmen as Sam Morse, Bryan Gittins, and Larry Pardey as its high priests, and such sailors as Vito Dumas, the Smeetons, and the Hiscocks as its early crusaders.