Phillip John Lasensky was born on October 18, 2012 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California. The photo below shows Phillip's three-year-old brother Matthew holding and kissing Phillip in the hospital.
Matthew Holding and Kissing Phillip at Scripps Hospital
Phillip now is at home in Del Mar, California with his parents Marcellite and Peter Lasensky and Peter's son Joey. The photo below shows Phillip peacefully sleeping in a portable cradle.
Phillip Sleeping at Home in Del Mar, California
The Empress crew is growing rapidly! Joey already is a big help doing things such as launching the tender and small sailboat from the boat deck and running the sand line of Catalina moorings. Matthew knows the geography of Mission Bay well enough to direct John to his favorite spots, such as under the Sea World cable cars and tying up at the Paradise Point Resort for lunch.
Photo is a sister ship on a sea trial. As built, Empress is a 65-foot, flush-deck, 74-ton motor yacht designed by Jack Hargrave. In her current configuration, she is 70 feet overall. The hull was built by the Halmatic yard in the Northam area of Southampton, England, and she was completed at the Richardson Boats yard in Meaford on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. The original name of the yacht was San-Su-Cher III and she is Hargrave Design number 6404. Jack Hargrave intended the design to be the basis of a new line of yachts, but economic conditions and fuel prices in the mid 1970s stopped this project from going forward. The yacht got from Meaford to the West Coast of the US on her own bottom throught the Panama Canal. The current name Empress is after Queen Victoria who also was Empress of India. Former owners liked to tie up in front of the Empress hotel in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. Empress currently is owned by John and Marcellite Penhune and is operated by the Penhunes and their extended family. The Penhunes also enjoyed the San Juan Islands, Victoria, the Empress Hotel, and Butchart Gardens while cruising aboard a 45-foot Sea Ranger trawler, Allons-y!