Chip and Nan Davison

Boat make: Dawn 48Owners/ admiral and captain: Nan and Chip Davison / Boothbay, MECrew: Sam Scott, Scott Briggs, Jeff Curtis, Charlie Cochrane, Brett KorpellaIt has been a dream of Chip’s to do the Caribbean 1500 and we definitely picked the right year to make the trip. What a sail! One of our goals was to share this offshore
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Boat make: Dawn 48

Owners/ admiral and captain: Nan and Chip Davison / Boothbay, ME

Crew: Sam Scott, Scott Briggs, Jeff Curtis, Charlie Cochrane, Brett Korpella

It has been a dream of Chip’s to do the Caribbean 1500 and we definitely picked the right year to make the trip. What a sail! One of our goals was to share this offshore experience with other sailing friends. We had five crew plus ourselves. Too many for a lot of folks, but pretty standard for us.

The boat sailed beautifully in the heavy weather and the crew loved tuning and steering her; hand steering the entire way. Incredibly, after all those miles, we ended up neck and neck at the finish with Nepenthe. With the lights of Jost Van Dyke and Tortola sparkling around us, they set their chute and glided past crossing the line seconds before us.

Chip, Sam and Scott grew up sailing together with their families. They reminisced and shared stories to no end during the days and nights. To say we laughed a lot would be an understatement.

For Chip and I, this trip was really about friends and the bonds created during a passage like this. We rekindled old friendships and built on newer ones, creating memories for a lifetime. Best of all, Chip was able to cross one more thing off his “bucket list!”

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