The previous owners of my sailboat christened her Alpha, and they wrote the name everywhere: on the stern, on the sailcover, on the cushions, on the dock slip.
When David, Charles and I became the owners, we agreed that the name stunk, but we couldn’t agree on a new one. That’s one of the problems of having three partners. So for four years we sailed as Alpha.
It’s not a great name for a boat. If you saw the movie Up, you know what an Alpha looks like–the dog on the left.
See, you don’t want to be sailing an Alpha if you can help it.
The first was after a squall with winds clocked at over 60 mph. Trust me, you do not want to be out in one of those.
The second was in milder conditions–the winds were only 35 mph but the seas were 6 feet, and trust me again, this is a bad time for a fuel line to break. These two events prompted our new friend Captain John of Sea Tow to pronounce, “You men are always a challenge.” We looked at each other and knew this was the name we had been looking for.
So this spring our boat was re-christened. She is now—and we continue to be a—Challenge.