Announcing the publication of Godiva News by Dave Hutson with contributions by Marci Hutson.
Godiva News is a compilation of newsletters, titled, cleverly enough, Godiva News, that Dave sent out to a select few friends and relatives while living aboard his 42-foot catamaran sailboat, Godiva, in the Eastern Caribbean. Dave began writing about the cruising life when he left Florida in December 2002 bound for the Virgin Islands and continued until he returned to Florida in June 2009. Some installments of the Godiva News were written by first mate, Marci, when Dave got writer’s block.
In those seven years he and Marci sailed, explored, socialized, swam, and ate their way through the Caribbean. All the while Dave wrote about their experiences.
The newsletters are about many things. Some of the newsletters are about people and places they experienced. Some are technical essays about some piece of equipment on board that Dave had to install, repair, or replace. There is an essay on the baguette, on rum, and another about grits. There are several Romantic Interludes, where Dave attempted to write a romance style short story. However, the majority of the newsletters were about the relationship between Dave and his multiple-personality first mate, Marci. Marci became The Grump, Martha Stewart, the Princess, The Nazi, and Trixie among others. Their lives together, living on a 42-foot catamaran, were full of excitement, frustration, and boredom with an ample dose of humor thrown in.
Godiva News is available from Amazon.com in either paper copy or as a Kindle e-book.
Dave will have a book signing at the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s annual meeting in Melbourne FL on 7 and 8 December 2012.
Dave Hutson bought his first boat, a Hobie Cat, in 1980, and was hooked on sailing from that day on. He met Marci in 1985 while both were working at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Dave was an Air Force officer while Marci worked in the Federal Civil Service. In late 1985, they were reassigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where they continued sailing out of Santa Barbara, on their Endeavour 37 sloop Classy Lady. Sailing Classy Lady to and from the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara’s coast gave them experience in ocean sailing.
After Dave retired from the Air Force, he and Marci moved back to Florida settling in Satellite Beach on Florida’s Space Coast with Classy Lady. For several years. they sailed around the local area and made short trips to the Bahamas. In 1998, Marci retired and they decided that it was time to pull up the anchor and do full-time cruising. So, they bought Godiva, a 42 foot Fountaine-Pajot Venezia catamaran and left for the Caribbean in December 2002. For the next seven years, they sailed around the Eastern Caribbean. During that time, they wrote the Godiva News articles. After their seven year adventure in the Caribbean, they moved back into their home in Satellite Beach where they presently live.
Dave holds a Coast Guard 50 ton Masters license.