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Cap'n Blood Sails Again

© 2010 Gordon Alexander

Gordon Alexander
posted 05.11.10

NEWPORT, VERMONT | Bringing to memory his legendary swashbuckling namesake from a 1935 Buccaneer movie Captain Blood, Captain Brian Blood of Ryegate, Vermont, is back on Lake Memphremagog this sailing season.

Blood's 27-foot Catalina was gently lowered into the chill international waters along with 28 other sailboats at the Gateway Pier here in the traditional pre-Mother's Day mass launch.


The soft-spoken Captain Blood, hardly a flamboyant, scourge of the sea, buccaneer type , (above) ponders how the engine as his only crew-person Amy Alexander, bundled up against the morning/s damp chill from the lake, patiently watches and waits.

The captain chuckles when his fellow sailors refer to him as Captain Blood, claiming he hardly fits the character -- even though he bears a sword-less resemblance to the actor Errol Flynn, who played the leading part in the 1935 movie epic.


His fiberglass craft does not fly the skull and crossbones and neither does he seem to pose a threat to other sailors on the lake, which crosses the US/Canada border between Vermont and Quebec.

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