AFTER A CHANCE LATE NIGHT MEETING IN MARINA DEL REY BETWEEN THE CAPTAIN AND A YOUNG CHRISTOPHER CROSS, A HIT SONG WAS BORN.
THE CAPTAIN TOOK THE STRUGGLING YOUNG SONGWRITER UNDER HIS WING AND THE SEEDS FOR YACHT ROCK WERE BORN.
Capn’ Squiggy, (born Waldo Emerson McGuilicutty) came from a long line of outdoorsmen and sea-faring types. Enlisting in the Merchant Marines at the ripe old age of 14, Squiggy began his first of countless trips around the world as a deck swabbing tenderfoot with a nose for trickery and subterfuge.
After rounding the Cape of Good Hope in 1903, he was thrown overboard and washed up on the shores of Pringle Bay, South Africa where he was taken in by a local lighthouse keeper, one Captain Erasmus Q. Fairweather.
I owe my early success to Capn’ Squiggy’s tales of adventure and romance on the high seas, sailing.
“Well it’s not far down from paradise, just you wait and see “
Those were the words that Capn’ said to me on that fateful summer evening in Venice, California.
“Just a dream and the wind to carry me, just you wait and see…beleive me.”
Thank you Capn’ Squiggy, we will always be together on the open sea, the wind at our backs.