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Voyage of Traveler / Blog » Michael & Barbara’s mid Pacific engagement in Transpac 2011 July 13 eNews

Voyage of Traveler / Blog

July 14, 2011

Michael & Barbara’s mid Pacific engagement in Transpac 2011 July 13 eNews

Filed under: Year: 2011, Transpac 2011 — mrlawlerjr @ 10:01 am

Here is the full article: http://www.transpacrace.com/medianews/features/314-different-boats-different-bets

Here is an excerpt:

Once you’re out there, you have to race, but there’s also this Michael Lawler guy withTraveler, who has his own sense of style. In 2007 he used the Transpac as the first leg of a circumnavigation (”We crashed the King of Tonga’s coronation”) and he’s found a way to make 2011 another race to remember. Below we see Traveler and Gracie.

Traveler (left) and Gracie ten days ago. Photo: Kimball Livingston

I’ll let Michael Lawler tell it his way. At sunset Tuesday, celebrating the halfway point, gag awards were given to all the crew. And then:

“I took a knee and gave one last gift. To Barbara. It came in a small jewelry box. I offered it to her and said, “Barbara Lynn Burdick, will you marry me?

“She said ‘yes.’ (She said yes.)

“Oh, and of course the ladies want details. Here we go. The ring is a beauty, a stainless steel one-inch hose clamp that fits her ring finger perfectly, with just a little screwdriver adjustment. (And a promise to go shopping in Waikiki.)

“Popping ‘the question’ during a Transpac and midway between California and Hawaii is appropriate, given that we met on the dock at the Hawaii Yacht Club following the 2005 Transpac, and we have spent much of our six years together, on board Traveler, sailing the world.

“Still living the dream, Michael.”

Written by Kimball Livingston

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