Lynn Faulstick shares memories of her husband and their life together on Adventurer
By Manning Lee
Adventurer under sail traveling from New England to the Chesapeake Bay, 2013
The first time he saw her he was still a young man. It was time to make his boyhood dreams come true. She, already an older woman, came with a pedigree and a past. She’d seen much in the time she’d spent with her other men hobnobbing with the rich, the famous, and the powerful. She was long, lean and fast — and that was partly what the others had seen in her. It was no different for Mark, and in 1986, he found a way for them to be together. She would be content to become his mistress for a while, anyway.
His name was Mark Faulstick and her name was Adventurer.
Adventurer was a 1925 John Alden Malabar VI design all wood schooner built by Franklin Post in Mystic, Connecticut. She’s 65 feet long and was commissioned for A.E. Whitney of Glen Clove NY. In the 1950s and 1960s, a man named Jack Savage of Marion, Massachusetts owned her and used her as a charter boat. Brothers Jack and Bobby Kennedy chartered Adventurer back before Jack became the President.
“When Mark was five years old, his uncle took him out on his sailboat in the Poconos. From then on, sailing was all he ever wanted to do,” said his wife Lynn Faulstick of Ridgely.
“Adventurer was a terrific cruiser for the two of us. It was very easy to manage. He was the Captain and I was his first mate, but also got to be his chief cook and bottle washer too,” Lynn laughed. “We went everywhere together to Nova Scotia and Maine. We sailed most of Long Island Sound, from Stamford, Connecticut to Sag Harbor, and New York to Buzzards Bay. Sometimes we went from Martha’s Vineyard through Woods Hole up through the Cape Cod Canal and everywhere else from Maine all the way through the Chesapeake Bay,” she continued.
As a racing sailboat, Adventurer was long and lean which made her very fast. Mark raced almost all of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Races since 1995 winning the race six times and he usually won in his class as well. He raced the Great Provincetown Schooner Race and the Gloucester Schooner Race. Those two races were always on Labor Day Weekend and they would go from one race to the other right across the Bay from Boston. In 2009, Adventurer was awarded ‘Best in Show’ and the ‘Best Schooner in Show’ at the Mystic Seaport Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous.
Owning such a yacht required much maintenance. “Mark and I spent our spring, summer and fall varnishing her. Mark bragged to his buddies, ‘My wife is the best varnisher in the world,’” said Lynn, laughing. “I thought well, whoopie! He was right, though. I did get really good at varnishing and we enjoyed our time together doing it. Work was very fun with him, and I always said, ‘you earn your sail (ticket) that way.’ The guys he sailed with worked hard, but everyone always had a good time. There was never any high sea drama,” she explained.
Lynn Faulstick, top left, reflects on her life with her late husband and the sailing yacht they loved. Top Right: Mark Faulstick at the helm sailing Adventurer on the Chesapeake Bay, 2013. Bottom Right: Lynn and Mark Faulstick on their wedding day in 2003 at the Norwalk Yacht Club. Norwalk, Connecticut. Bottom Left: Adventurer “on the hard,” its annual haul for any repair work and painting, at Campbell’s Boatyard, Oxford, MD, 2018.
Mark was a teacher by trade although he worked in business most of his career. He possessed a naturally gentle teaching spirit that was not off-putting like many captains who come across like modern-day Captain Blighs. Mark was patient while teaching young crew members how to run his boat. Also, each year before The Great Chesapeake Schooner Races in Baltimore, school kids on field trips came down to harbor docks. These students probably had never seen an old classic boat or been even on a dock, but he would invite them on board. He would spend time with them teaching them and relaying his love of sailing and his love of Adventurer.
Lynn described, “He always said to me, you know, ‘Adventurer’s organic, she has a soul’ and I think she does. This boat wants to live. One time up in New London, Connecticut she dragged anchor in the mooring field. Mark and his friend, Tommy were rowing out to the boat in the dingy and Mark yelled, ‘Tommy, where’s the boat?’ Tommy said, ‘It’s not there, Mark!’ I think they used a few expletives though. That day it was pouring rain, I remember because I was the one who dropped them off at the harbor. There were only two other people anchored in the whole harbor and they said, ‘Hey Mark! We saw your boat, we thought you’d fallen asleep!’ Tommy and Mark finally found the boat over by the Coast Guard station leaning against the cement bulkhead. It was like Adventurer was saying, ‘Boom! I’m here!’ Thankfully, all Mark had to do was sand out a couple of scratches the next morning and she was ready to go.”
One night while cruising on the boat, “we were passing from Stamford, Connecticut. I asked him if he wanted to stop and he said, ‘No, let’s go all night.’ For an all-nighter, one of us had to steer while the other slept. I had the helm and then he took over at about three in the morning. When I woke up, his back was to me and the wheel was tied off. His feet were stretched out. There he sat watching the sun rise. And if you want to see a content and happy man, the look on his face was so serene and peaceful. That was heaven to him…it was just what he loved,” said Lynn.
Early in 2019, Mark got sick, diagnosed with cancer and passed away quickly in early April 2019 at their home in Ridgely. Lynn said, “It was though Mark had peacefully slipped his lines and set sail for heavenly seas.” She continued, “you just don’t ever get used to losing the one you love. You simply make adjustments. I’ve made peace knowing that he’s in a good spot. I know where he is. I’ll see him again. I just know that.”
“All his crew used to ask me, ‘You know who his mistress is, don’t you?’ I said, ‘I sure do,’” she added. “I’d say I was passionate about my husband and he was passionate about his boat. He loved it and stayed on her most of the time and I loved him because of it.”
Since Mark’s passing in 2019, Lynn realized the time had come for Adventurer to find her new love. Adventurer needs a new captain in order for her adventures to continue. She needs someone who like Mr. Whitney, Mr. Savage, and Mark Faulstick will love her the way a yacht of her pedigree and experience deserves to be treated.
To find out more about Adventurer, contact George Pilgrim, Rockport Marine Brokerage at www.rockportmarine.com or call 207-236-9651.