LIVE LIKE STEVE

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AT 19, HE TRAVELED THROUGH CEN­TRAL AMER­ICA, AND AT 20, HE CREWED ON A 38-FOOTER FOR A 28-DAY TRANSAT­LANTIC TRIP.

The en­er­getic tap, tap, tap on my ho­tel door rat­tled my sleep-de­prived brain. I was in Costa Rica for a bill­fish tour­na­ment, and it was barely sun­rise on a lay day. Who was get­ting me up at this wicked-early hour? And why?

It was Steve Bo­erema, whom I had met the day be­fore on board the boat. At the time, circa 2003, Steve was the in­ter­na­tional sales man­ager for Cabo Yachts. He said, “Let’s go!”

“Let’s go where?” I mum­bled. “It’s a lay day, man.”

“We’re in Costa Rica,” he in­sisted. “Let’s go have some fun.”

Steve, an avid surfer, tossed out the idea of hit­ting the surf break down the beach. I couldn’t surf if the board had train­ing wheels. We jumped into a Jeep and drove head­long down the road. Next, he had me in a truck, headed up a moun­tain. “What are we do­ing?” I asked.

“We’re go­ing to zip-line the rain­for­est!” he an­swered.

“What?” I asked, still half awake. “Like swing through the trees like Tarzan?” “Yep, it’s go­ing to be awe­some,” he replied, smil­ing.

For three hours, we zipped our way down the moun­tain. It was awe­some. Steve al­ways went first, tak­ing pic­tures as I came down the line. An in­stant friend­ship was born.

I still keep those pic­tures on my com­puter all these years later. When a day gets tough, I look at them. And over the years, we tested sev­eral boats to­gether. A true pro­fes­sional, he knew ev­ery one that he rep­re­sented in­side and out. We also bonded over the fact that we have spe­cial needs chil­dren and would of­ten chat about the chal­lenges and tri­umphs.

At 19, Steve ex­plored Cen­tral Amer­ica. At 20, he crewed aboard a 38-footer for a 28day transat­lantic trip. Last year, he took his fam­ily on a six-month jaunt through In­dia, Sri Lanka and Bali. And he took an an­nual guys’ va­ca­tion: two weeks cruis­ing aboard a cata­ma­ran to an off­shore reef in Cen­tral Amer­ica where it was surf­ing and sun 24/7.

Can­cer took Steve a cou­ple of days ago. Un­like most of us, he lived ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day. His fam­ily and our in­dus­try will miss him, but a star as bright as his never truly goes out.

Do that long-planned cruise. Go have an ad­ven­ture. Live like Steve, if even for a mo­ment. I think he’d like that.

pa­trick sci­acca Ed­i­tor-in-Chief pa­trick.sci­acca@yacht­ing­magazine.com

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