Monday, July 18, 1960
JFK spent his first day back in Hyannis Port after the nominating convention resting at his home in Hyannis Port. It was a Monday and the first day of a planned two-week vacation before he commenced campaigning in the general election.
He had spent the night before in his house on Irving Avenue. He woke around 8 am and had breakfast with his wife and daughter. He took a second look of a painting done by Jackie that she had given him the night before. It showed JFK in his sailboat Victura sailing toward the shore where family members were waiting.
After breakfast, JFK and Jackie drove the very short distance to the pier to eluded reporters and onlookers and boarded the Marlin for a 3-hour cruise of Nantucket Sound. He was accompanied only by Bobby and Ethel Kennedy and the boat’s captain and his 13 year old son. The family ate a picnic lunch.
Afterwards, the Marlin pulled up the breakwater where they were met by a 16 foot speedboat. Jack and Jackie watched while Bobby and Ethel took turns water skiing before JFK took the launch back to his family’s private beach. Holding hands, Jack and Jackie then cut through the yards of his father’s house to walk back to his house on Irving Avenue.
In mid-afternoon, JFK shook hands of well-wishers that had gathered at his fence and took a nap.
[454, p. 185-6]