“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” - President John F. Kennedy speaking at the America’s Cup in 1962.
One of President John F Kennedy’s first loves was sailing, the culprit? The Victura, a Wianno Senior 25-foot (7.7 metre) gaff rigged sloop. Though he had enjoyed sailing since he began as a child, his 15th birthday present The Victura, which he received off his parents was his favourite boat, and he avidly sailed The Victura off Cape Cod. The Victura is made entirely of wood, it was built in Osterville, Massachusetts by the Crosby Yacht Yard in 1932.
Today, The Victura, now stands on the lawn of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with its bow pointed toward the horizon.