It is a sad day on the Sailing Yacht Lady Bug, our beloved mascot Brendhan the Mantid has passed away. As sailors, we all know the dangers of the marine lifestyle, the constant sun, the wind, the corrosive salt, and mostly the lack of edible bugs. We all endure this because the beauty of the sea feeds our souls if not our frail bodies.
Brendhan the Mantid embodied this ideal; he loved the Sea perhaps more than any of us. He left the safety and comfort of a garden, or perhaps a municipal park, to live the nautical life, eating what few bugs he could find to celebrate the sea and enrich the lives of everyone on the Sailing Yacht Lady Bug.
We hardly knew Brendhan the Mantid yet he touched us all. We don't know where he came from or why he was on the boat. We just know that he loved that cockpit coaming that he called home and took great care of the jib downhaul line, ensuring no rope mites could eat at its core.
Brendhan the Mantid and I had an uneasy friendship at times. Who could forget the time I jammed a winch handle into his home only to recoil as he emerged ready to attack? Or the time I ordered him off of my ship for the innocent crime of being creepy-looking?
But we had great times as well. In our first meeting as I joyously announced that we had a stowaway, calling the kids on deck to take a look. And that first sail when he became such a respected member of the crew that we forgot we had a six-legged friend living in the cockpit coaming. Mostly, we can thank him for tirelessy protecting Lady Bug from other predators.
We will hold a small service, a viewing and ceremony, on Sunday, September 2 on board the Sailing Yacht Lady Bug where the most nautical of all mantids, Brendhan, will be buried at sea. Donations can be made in his honor to The Sierra Club.
Celebrate Brendhan the Mantid's all too short life as he keeps the afterlife free of rope mites.