The beautiful Lady Lynsey slipped through Christmas Cove at eventide. Usually the Ritz-Carlton’s catamaran transports the cocktail crowd at this hour, meandering through the cove and northeast around Cowpet Bay for a sunset cruise. She pursued a different course this time.
After picking up a nearby mooring, the Lady Lynsey paused her journey. A woman dressed in black descended the aft steps, bent down and with one swift motion released the contents of an urn into the water before her. Up on deck, along the starboard rail, her friends and family tossed red and yellow flower petals upon the water, briefly distracting the seagulls overhead.
In this poignant moment, a sailor was honored in his or her favorite setting. The blue waters were calm between twilight and dark, and a slight breeze stirred the air. A handful of other sailboats bobbed quietly in the cove.
Soon the memorial service ended, and the sounds of laughter from the departing guests trailed after the Lady Lynsey.
Mike suggested a toast over a glass of merlot, saying, “Here’s to the person who passed away and here’s to the friends and family who dearly loved him. They truly honored him in a beautiful way.”