o Paul Derecktor, son of the founder of Derecktor Shipyards — the “Billionaire’s Boatyard” in Mamaroneck, NY. Rumor had it back in the day that his father Bob — about 70 years old at at the time — was about to retire and sail around the world with his new wife. Only his wife, who was 32, had hurt her back and was bedridden. Bob was what they then called sexist or a womanizer. And his son Paul — handsome, charismatic, with — as someone other than me — put it recently “ice blue eyes and a somewhat hurried impatient air” was said to be the same.
“Do not date that man,” my father advised after meeting both him and his father. Of course, I never (much) listened to Dad but some months after Paul and I met cruising New York Harbor, above, and soon after I wrote a profile of Paul for Yachting, he and I spent a little time together (not a euphemism for something else),several months after which he got quietly married. When my editor at Yachting asked him about this — asked, namely, if it was true he had gotten married, Paul replied, “who wants to know?”
Some people just get away from us. So I was somewhat sad to hear this week that the famed Derecktor Shipyards has twice, recently, declared bankruptcy. It has the proportions of Greek tragedy, at least to me. Some people are born entitled, rich, elite. What happens to them, if all is lost? Are they still impatient? Do they still possess their imperturbable stillness? My hope for Paul: that he still be the man who looks at women as I imagine he looks at me here: