I was enjoying some sushi at a business lunch the other day when the subject of sailing came up. I swear I didn't bring it up but once the cat was out of the bag, I jumped all over the subject.
We were talking about weight-obsessed racers when my customer brought up the subject of outboards. I was starting into a story about the Merit 25 I raced on and how we'd keep the outboard below and row into the slip since the outboard was so inaccessible. He stopped me before I could get to the rowing part and said, "which Merit 25?". I told him and he gave an odd look. I knew immediately what the look was and 'fessed up, "yep, I was on the boat after it sank". He smiled and confessed himself that he was on the boat that rescued the crew after the aforementioned sinking.
The Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal
How cool is that? I just have to find out now if he actually got a medal or just that web page?