TOASTING THE SUNSET
An adventurous pair of outdoor-living pioneers turns into a bona fide sea journey aboard their Westport yacht, serving cool Caribbean favorites—and plenty of cocktails.
Mon the water are when we’re approaching port and easing away from the dock, headed out to sea,” says David Sutherland of the voyages he and his wife, Ann, embark upon on their 130-foot Westport yacht. “We’ve just seen something new, and we hold so much anticipation for what we’ll see next.”
The pair, who founded the luxury outdoor fabric line Perennials Fabrics in 1997, has always gravitated to life on the water, particularly during months when Dallas, their landlocked hometown, gets witheringly hot. So when they traded a share in a yacht for a tripledecker of their own, they wasted no time redecorating it stem to stern, readying it for sails with friends down the Atlantic seaboard and through the Caribbean isles, and for the deck parties that kick up most every evening with the breeze. “We’re usually swimming or on the water all day, then we go down to our
An assortment of cheeses and olives, along with fresh plums and dried apricots from Castries open-air market on Saint Lucia, are served at a
often used for casual lunches and cocktails. Ann designed the sail-like sun shade, utilizing reinforced stitchery to create graphic fan patterns.
After a day of swimming and exploring, guests convene at the
along with a fresh green salad. The centerpiece is fashioned from fuchsia bougainvilleas and assorted vines cut from the roadside while in port. Silver-plated water pitcher, lobster tray, footed fruit tray, and flatware, Christofle
that David bought at auction is the site of playful competition at sea, including gin rummy and mah-jongg. Sutherland’s Robin chairs are upholstered in a Porter Teleo print by Perennials. Wine glasses, Ralph Lauren