I am not kidding when I tell people that I have the best job on Cape Cod. There are many times—especially during the summer months—when I think how lucky I am to get paid to do things like cruise around Nantucket’s waters on a big ship, watching stately yachts compete in the Opera House Cup. That is what I was doing in the photo on the right while watching the races aboard the beautifully restored Nantucket Lightship last summer.
Of course, my job is not just about lounging around, enjoying splendid views, delicious cuisine, and conversations with interesting people. The main reason I go on such jaunts is to discover new things to share with you as a Cape Cod HOME reader. For instance, before I hit the deck for this leisurely moment, I spent several hours climbing all over the Lightship for a photo shoot with our intrepid Nantucket photographer, Terry Pommett. I wanted to show you what happens when a resourceful couple combine their love of New England’s seafaring history with an appreciation for craftsmanship and inspired interior design in an unusual environment.
Bill and Kristen Golden were unfailingly gracious as they personally guided numerous guests around their lightship’s spacious quarters. Day after day during this special Opera House Cup event, part of the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the Goldens explained what they were trying to do when they rescued a hulking rust bucket from landing on the scrap heap of some shipyard. The couple also hosted an inspirational cocktail party on deck one evening for Sailing Heals, whose mission is to take individuals battling cancer and their families and caretakers out on the water for a restorative day of sailing.
This year, the Nantucket Lightship will return once again to the island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Opera House Cup. Watch for this beacon of good taste—and good work.
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor