The story behind the photograph:
The guy on the bagpipes is Greg Elliott, captain of the pilot boat Bottom Scratcher, one of the two escorts boats for swimmers who want to cross the Catalina Channel.
His boat has aided the majority of the approximately 250 swimmers who have crossed. One of the many reasons that his boat is the favored is because, if your swim is going well, he comes to the deck at sunrise and plays his bagpipes. The Catalina Channel swim begins at midnight from Catalina Island, so by the time the sun rises the crew, and the swimmer, are ready for a lift and this certainly hits the spot. I remember Doug asking Greg if he took requests, and so on this morning he played “Scotland the Brave.”