Phil and Gina fell in love with sailing quite a while back, however at last year’s Admiral’s Regatta, Phil decided to throw caution to the wind and find out if Gina might just love him, more than she loved sailing! So he rigged their Sonnet’s spinnaker, to pop the question as the rounded the windward mark. Gina, however was so busy sorting a tangle in the spinnaker sheets, that she didn’t immediately look up at the newly hoisted sail. A few tense moments for Phil, until Gina turned around with a huge smile on her face and a tear in her eye, and said I will, or I do, or something like that …. neither can quite remember.
The story was picked up by the Admiral’s Regatta PR team and went viral on Sailing Blogs around the world. A really cool way to propose!
Footnote: There were married about 6 months later and returned to sail in HBYC’s Admirals 2018 Regatta. Congratulations Gina and Phil!