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Westchester Sets Sail on Memorial Day Weekend

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – While some Westchester County families are enjoying their long Memorial Day weekend with barbecues at home, others are setting sail on the water from various county marinas.

Michael Krebs, owner of a 38-foot sailboat named “Perfect Pitch,” was traveling to Oyster Bay with his wife and two sons Saturday from Mamaroneck’s Brewer Post Road Boat Yard. He was excited and called sailing his passion, especially because he is able to enjoy it with his sons.

“My kids are grown – nice having them,” said Krebs, a Glen Rock, N.J., resident. The name of his boat refers to his sons, who were pitchers in Little League, and one of whom is a musician now, and the perfect pitch needed in Krebs' career as a salesman.

Krebs said he enjoys the “peace, solitude, and adventure” that a boat brings to its owner. He has been boating for 40 years, including 32 years at his current boatyard, and has traveled to Oyster Bay for Memorial Day weekend with his family all that time, he said.

While it will be his family’s first time on the boat since last year, he spent the winter in Florida and just returned from Miami on his boat two weeks ago.

The owners of marinas have been busy before and during this weekend, as many customers are taking out their boats for the first time since last year.

Peter Donahue, owner of the Tide Mill Yacht Basin in Rye for 25 years, was cleaning his boat and furniture under the hot Saturday sun in anticipation of the arrival of his three sons from Manhattan and San Francisco.

A member of the Tide Mill Yacht Basin for 40 years, Donahue said that “boating is fun, but there’s a lot of hard work.” He scrubbed away at one of his six boats, aptly named "Constant Dilemma." Donahue is tasked with storing the boats and making sure they are ready to go for his patrons by Memorial Day weekend, which he accomplished this year, and called “somewhat satisfying.”

His daughter, Christine Kibele, traveled from New Zealand, where she lives with her husband. They are both marine biologists. Kibele said that spending her childhood on the water was a “pretty cool way to grow up” and she became a marine biologist because she was “always happy on the water.”

“I was one of those rare people who knew what I wanted to do from a young age,” said Kibele, who has been living in New Zealand since November, when she and her husband sailed there from California.

While Donahue put many hours into maintaining his boats and getting the others ready for the season, he gladly added that the rewards of owning a boat are endless, and he was looking forward to the “nonstop party till Monday afternoon” as his family reunited from different parts of the globe.

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