Well. at least in name she will. It all started with our trip to the Toronto International Boat Show. We did the usual things that we do every year - schmooze a little with acquaintances and friends (and pick up the latest on who's bought a new boat), shop a little, eat a little, walk a lot.
One of the main attractions at this and other boat shows has been a man named Derek Hatfield who both captain and crew of the Spirit of Canada.
In September 2002 (ending in May 2003), this fellow built his own 40 foot sailboat and sailed around the world in a solo race called Around Alone, encountering some obstacles, but completing the race, the only Canadian to do so.
Derek has since been working on a new boat, 60 feet long, which was supposed to take part in another around the globe race, the Five Oceans in 2006, but it appears that he will now be taking part in the November 9th, 2008 solo race, the Vendée Globe.
What does all of this have to do with my SIL? Well, about 2 years ago, My Sweetie and I went with her and her son to the Toronto In-Water Boat Show, and she got to meet Derek Hatfield for the first time. she learned about this venture, and has been following his story ever since.
We donated a little cash to Derek's endeavour and as a result we get to put our name on the hull of the boat. However, seeing as my SIL has such an interest in his planned trip, we decided to have my SIL's name put on the hull in place of ours. She has been having a bit of a rough time lately, and we thought that this might cheer her up.
There you go T, you're going around the world next year! Have a nice trip! (Take lots of pictures, and don't forget to write...) :-))