The Block Island Times

SV Celtic Legend

By J. V. Houlihan, Jr. | Feb 06, 2013
Photo by: Dave Esau Pat sailing to Prudence Island aboard Celtic Legend

My younger brother and I have been messing around in boats since we were kids. As a young man, Pat was a quahoger up around Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay, for many years. After his years quahoging, he also fished offshore on some draggers and lobster boats out of Point Judith. These days he sails his boat Celtic Legend over to Prudence; he has friends there on the west side. When he was digging bivalves, he used to pitch a tent in his friend's backyard and anchor his skiff out in front of his house. Those were the halycon days of digging clams for Pat. ( Block Island clam diggers can relate to this, no doubt.)

About ten years ago, I sold Pat the Celtic Legend, a  Balboa 26, built in California. She spent a brief time at the ferry dock, where I once docked Slainte'. I bought my current boat, also a California design, and then made a deal with my little brother, a deal that he couldn't refuse. Pat now keeps his boat up at Allen Harbor in Quonset Point. One day, Pat was flying by an old quahoger bud of his named Dave Esau, who put down his bull rake, grabbed his camera, and took this snap. Finally, sometimes Pat and I meet up in the bay on our boats and have little one on one races, ya know, a little brotherly competition. I'll tell ya, there is something pretty cool about sailing along side your brother, doing something that you both really like doing, messing around in boats.

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