Murray Davis, Cruising World's founder, died last December at 80. Murray and Barbara Davis launched CW 35 years ago with a mission to foster, as Murray wrote in the first issue, "the safe enjoyment of cruising under sail." In his February 2009 Editor's Log, John Burnham, then CW's editor, noted that Murray saw cruising as "a developing skill, an art that has no finishing line, only degrees of competence and endless rewards." John understood that Murray's vision for the fledgling publication was one of shared learning: CW would be the forum for sailors exploring the path toward informed and skillful cruising. John extolled CW's bounty of "stories of mastery in the making." He said he was reading one of these, about "a cruising couple who'd reached a stage in their first major cruise when they realized all that they'd accomplished and how much it meant to them," when inspiration struck: To further Murray's vision, he asked readers to describe their own moments when the meaning or magic of their efforts to cruise under sail really became clear. We'd publish them, in tribute to CW's founder, John said, as "Letters to Murray." And here they are.