Quetzal - Kaufman 47 "... Never lost, just hard to find ..."

John Kretschmer Sailing

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A Serious Ocean

You know it by the northern look of the shore,
by the salt-worried faces,
by an absence of trees, an abundance of lighthouses.
It's a serious ocean.

North Sea off Carnoustie by Anne Stevenson

Tomorrow will have an island
by William Stafford

Tomorrow will have an island. Before night
I always find it. Then on to the next island.
These places hidden in the day separate
and come forward if you beckon.
But you have to know they are there before they exist.

Some time there will be a tomorrow without any island,
So far, I haven't let that happen, but after
I'm gone others may become faithless and careless.
Before them will tumble the wide unbroken sea,
and without any hope they will stare at the horizon.

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.

More Poetry...
Consulting/ Presentations

I have presented more than 100 lectures to a wide range of audiences around the world.  My talks are invariably humorous and focus on people.  My highly entertaining programs are definitely not dull travel monologs or technical treatises. Contact me for fees and scheduling.


Sunday, April 18, 2010


On behalf of the Chicago Yacht Club's Cruising Sail Fleet, we thank you.

We are in your debt: literally and figuratively. You did, as usual, an outstanding job. Your material and presentation style were very well received. And you made it look easy, which is the mark of excellence. Thank you also for coming early to attend the cocktail reception and socialize with our members, which was most thoughtful of you. We really enjoyed meeting your daughter, too. She is delightful. You must be so proud of her.

You should take pride in knowing that your efforts contributed to a fun and memorable evening for the members of the Fleet.

Most sincerely,

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Hi John,
Great program last night! They really loved you.
Tom Garvey
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