Don’t judge, yet! There’s a story behind this pic.

60-year old Renald Guindon of London, Canada, anchored in Annapolis to outfit his new boat before sailing it north for the summer. He threw his roller blades into the inflatable kayak, paddled to shore and bladed up main street to the nearest grocery store.

When Ren got to Graul's Market (607 Taylor Avenue), he found the store has a 'no shirt, no service' policy. He did, however, have two grocery bags that he'd brought along. So he improvised. The Graul's staff was amused with his 'bag-shirt' and not only let him in; they offered to take his picture. Ren spent three hours and $300 in the store. Graul's is a unique small-town market and a new experience for the French-Canadian. Ren "Ubered" back to Annapolis' City Dock, where he'd left the inflatable kayak, and piled his in groceries carefully inside for the paddle back to the boat, which was on a mooring ball in the Annapolis harbor. He's still wearing his bag-shirt. Graul's provided him with new grocery bags. Ren's boat is a 2015 St. Francis 50, a 50-foot catamaran, called Guinevere V. He had stopped in Annapolis after sailing her up from George Town, Bahamas, and was provisioning her for a sail up to Cape Cod for the summer.  Ren is an avid sailor who just retired from a very successful career in real estate at age 60. He's tossed away the suits and is living his dream of sailing through the rest of life. Yup, here's to retirement... Ren's way.  Thanks for swinging through Annapolis! Guinevere V, a St. Francis 50 built in South Africa, sailed to Florida for the Miami boat show, where she was purchased, then to George Town, Bahamas, and now on her way to "summer" in Massachusetts.
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Ren "Ubered" back to Annapolis' City Dock, where he'd left the inflatable kayak, and piled his in groceries carefully inside for the paddle back to the boat, which was on a mooring ball in the Annapolis harbor. He's still wearing his bag-shirt. Graul's provided him with new grocery bags.

 

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