Trade Wind Music


It all started with John’s post on our friend Shelly, whose beautiful voice got us thinking about the connection between sailing and art. I followed that up with a post about our friend Stephanie, who is a very talented painter, and that in turn led me to think about Marcy.

We met Marcy and Michael during our second winter at the City Marina in Charleston, SC. They live on a 1938 Trade Wind motorboat that they had beautifully restored at Rockport Marine.

One of the highlights of our time in Charleston was the visit we made to their boat for a quick private viola da gamba concert that Marcy so generously gave us. Her exquisite playing was perfectly accompanied by the slight rocking of the boat, the beautiful salon varnish glowing in the sunshine, and the lowland scenery shining outside the big wheelhouse windows.


In this case we were the lucky recipients of two forms of art: music and impeccable wooden boat restoration. In an interesting way they seemed all of a piece.

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Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Dick Stevenson Feb 10, 2014, 5:34 am

    Nice observations. I especially appreciated the 2 rowing gigs on side-deck davits in the picture. You do not see that too often.
    Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy

  • Paul Mills Feb 10, 2014, 6:33 am

    Hi Phyllis,

    Music and being on the water just go together; I have such great memories of cruising SW Ireland and also Brittany for classic boat festivals.

    The davits are great. As a young mate I sailed a few weeks on the C&N gentleman’s cruising yacht Hoshi which had them on either side – 2 beautiful skiffs on their sides lashed to the rail (John would not approve…. :). Over the saloon hatch she also has the ‘cooks boat’ – about five feet long, light and nimble – strictly only for the cook to escape ashore in. See , with my beloved Provident in the background.

    happy days indeed!


  • FAIVET DANIEL Feb 10, 2014, 3:28 pm

    le vent en musique ( traduction francaise poetique) complete par une jolie photo
    analogie dans la mythologie grec aux chants des sirenes ( lilliade et l odyssee) d Homer

  • Christian Wojtowicz May 2, 2016, 12:52 am

    Absolutely delighted to see a fellow sailor/viola da gamba player. After a lifetime as a professional musician and cruising sailor I have always dreamed of having a boat to suit my music-making – sadly my Tahitiana, much as she suits me so well sailor-wise, doesn’t quite cut it as a practice studio!
    Fair winds Marcy, calm seas and beautiful music!

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