We’re just one month away from one of my favorite days of the year, The Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo out of Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, New Jersey. The event, which is held in memory of Brett Bailey, who was 28 when he died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, raises money for the families of New Jersey National Guard members, among other charities.
A few years ago, Capt. Bill Pike and I joined Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts, on a delivery run with a Sabre 48 Salon Express from Portland, Maine, to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show in Rockland. I’ve since told everyone who’ll listen how I never feared the boat couldn’t handle the unseasonably raw conditions we saw on that brisk August day (big, gray swells topped with a bit of confused chop), but rather I was more concerned with how I would hold up.