Another new boat in our fleet

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The skerry has a mooring in Pleasant Bay off Jack Knife Beach and we need a beach pram. Thanks to the Newcombs we have and are pretty close to a fully operational fleet.

Maybe just right for Marina?? Name? Colors/Livery?

Averisera in Stage Harbor

Skerry being prepped at home


Z's skiff on Sand Pond

Averisera: Headsails

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We have two 102% jibs, the Heavy 102 and the Light 102.  Yesterday I lay the heavy atop the light and here is the difference. The Light 102 has positive roach supported by battens. The Heavy 102 is a standard hollow roach head sail.

Doug Pope of Rockland, Maine made both sails.

When we bought the boat (ex-Best Revenge) we had 150% and 130% genoas. They proved too big for us in any breeze so we removed the genoa deck tracks and settled on the 102% size. 

Nantucket in the Fog

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After we sailed to Nantucket for the Figawi Race, we stayed for a few days. The PhotoBoat was out and took some nice pictures of Averisera on the first beat. 

Other pictures from Norm's camera follow.


Norm sailed Averisera home on the Tuesday after Memorial Day Monday. Between Saturday evening and Tuesday morning it was thick with fog.  Nantucket is known for that and the island was in all its beauty.  Gardens were in full bloom and the cold damp fog actually enriches the experience.

Things we did:  Whaling Museum (, walk on the Nantucket Conservation Lands, walk through town up to the old windmill, one night in a B&B ashore, the Le Languedoc Inn (, most of our meals at Brotherhood of Thieves (, and a walk out to the Brant Point Light.

The first night, we stayed aboard and it was cold. The wind whistled all during night in the rigging while Averisera shook.  Enough of that nonsense, ashore we went. Well worth the money for the room.

Monday, Elizabeth ferried home and Norm stayed aboard. He sailed the boat home the next day. It was a pleasant reach in the fog and about 10-12 knots of wind on the beam. Sailed into the mooring in Stage Harbor, cleaned up and called the launch. A very satisfying sail.

Figawi: The Race

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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

SW winds about 15 knots and a 2-3 foot chop on Nantucket Sound. Sunny. Cold. Wet.  We started with the heavy 102% dacron jib and two reefs in the main. Rail was in the water so that is about all we could carry. The first beat was uneventful. Then, from the first mark, Can 5, we reached all the way to the finish at Nantucket Harbor Entrance. Outboard lead with light 102% jib and full main. Seven knots consistently. Finished 8th in class, a minute behind Arabesque and a few seconds behind Toujours. The second place boat was a Pearson 39 designed in 1970. Good for them. We finished about 15 minutes behind the winner of our class, a Dickerson 37. It was a good day for boats with long waterlines.

Some nice pictures of our first beat are here---

Simpatico at her mooring in Nantucket Harbor very near Averisera. The yellow sail cover boat is a 38 footer of modern design. 

The following days were foggy and cold. We had a good time anyway.

FIGAWI Preparation, May 2018

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Thursday, we sailed Averisera from Stage Harbor to Hyannis YC, had lunch at the club and Ubered home. Friday, Norm did some last minute preparations including wiping the bottom again. 

We are moored adjacent to the fleet overall winner, a Pearson 32 rating 174. Last year she beat us by 70 minutes. We feel the need to improve on that time delta. Maybe beat her by 70 minutes?

We are in the Spinnaker Division. Our Class, D, contains the slowest spinnaker boats. The ratings range from 210 to 138. Averisera is a 141 boat. The class average is 160. The fleet has two divisions, spinnaker and non-spinnaker. The non spinnaker division contains a lot of boats that rate near us and slower. We will have 55 boats, mostly non-spinnaker, starting ahead of us. Lots of chaos on the course.

The forecast is for 10 to 15 knots from the South West all day. Could happen. Our first and last beats are easy high performance points of sail for us. The 10 is nm reach is the hard part.

Some pictures of the preparation:

In the foreground is the Pearson 32, Expedient. She won the whole thing last year with a first to finish. We noticed that she did not find the wind hole most of the rest of us did. She is well sailed and congratulations.  Hope we prevail this year.  Beyond her is Averisera. Still farther out is a Cape Dory 32. Three boats of the same length and completely different designs.

 Our rail padding is fitted to make certain the hiking crew, Z and t, don't suffer too much from the sharp tow rail edge. Hiking is an important job, more important than often described. Our boat must sail flat.

Zachary and Tabitha are crew, Tom Brown is driving, Norm is doing bow and boat identification.  Elizabeth runs the show and navigates.

Report on the finish to follow.

Averisera: Haul and Wash

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Averisera was in the water all winter and we have just gotten a chance to clean the interior and clean the bottom. All this is in preparation for the first race on May 27, the FIGAWI. Last year, we did not hual early and the resulting growth may have held us back a bit. This year we are going to be slippery.

Special recognition to the Chatham Station USCG crew. We see the men and women often during the season and this year at the boat yard. Averisera was docked next to the fuel dock used for refueling their 40001 patrol boat. The crew came aboard and gave us an inspection. Yes, we passed. We showed off our boat and chatted. It was very nice to get to know them a little better.  Good kids.

I brush the bottom from the floating dock. The brush is OK if it is done every week. This is the result of a brushing last week after a few months of no attention. It is difficult to do a thorough job when working from a floating dock in poor visibility.

At our floating dock we can only scrub one side at a time. This is the unscrubbed side. Cleaning was certainly required. 

As we were about to turn the boat in her slip, the world's nicest boat yard boy (son, Zachary) offered to simplify the whole operation by hauling the boat and pressure washing it.  Thanks! Harwichport Boat Yard.

Skinny and Slippery
Looking good. In a few weeks, we will find out if we are fast enough to bring home a trophy. 

Averisera is a far cry from this three story cruising catamaran pictured in the British Virgin Islands.  This is Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda with Mosquito Island in the background.

Averisera: Summer 2018, Plan A

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Three races we'd like to do. The local Hyannis to Nantucket "Figawi Race" is a must do. We finished fourth and think we can do much better.

The other two are run from the Newport (RI) Yacht Club and are shorthanded. The Offshore 160 is singlehanded. The NEST is a double handed event.

With some luck, we might make the September Maine Rocks Race out of Rockland YC in Maine. It is a 100 nm double handed event we won a few years ago.

Work gets in the way of sailing....

Averisera and Tupelo Honey. Years ago on Boston Harbor

Years ago at a mooring off Provincetown after a double handed race from Marblehead

Our new main and kite from Doug Pope in a drifter on Boston Harbor. The new Pope black sail is just visible on the fordeck. Doug has made us nice sails.

Caribbean Racing Circuit... next season

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At the end of a training cruise aboard a Hanse 505, the crew and I held onto a mooring outside Village Cay Marina/Moorings at the East side of Road Harbour, Tortola. A Beneteau/First 40.7, Olympia's Tigress was at a nearby mooring getting set up for the BVI Spring Regatta. The boat is available as a "head boat" for racers. Looks like too much fun. I love the idea and the program looks solid.


Not my pictures, by the way. Don't know who took them but thanks for the work.

I watched in interest since I love to race more than cruise. In 2005, I ran a Frers 45, Rumor, that was said to be the first American yacht to do the entire Caribbean circuit as a for-charter race boat. We didn't do very well, lost money, and had a pretty good time of it. The next year, I was the boat keeper for a Farr-designed Beneteau 44 foot charter yacht we rebuilt for racing. that was Three Harkoms. The owner arranged for a full season of racing. It was a pretty nice season. 

These days, the circuit has expanded from a loosely organized collection of six or so races to a coordinated series of 14 races. the season kicks off with A New Year's Eve race in Antigua and ends in May with Antigua Sail Week. Meanwhile a full participant is going to sail Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts, Guadeloupe, St Maarten, St Thomas, and the BVI. Over a dozen regattas in about five months. Boggles the mind!

The schedule is posted on the Caribbean Sailing Association's web site:

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Evergreen (later Rumor) in 1984

Three Harkoms with Yeoman in 2009

Rodney Bay, St Lucia

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A long time ago, 1970 and 1971, Norm was mate on a schooner, So Fong, as it cruised and chartered the Eastern Caribbean. We visited the bay on St Lucia near Pigeon Island. It was completely desolate and So Fong was the only vessel in sight. It was said that a resort was planned for the bay area. In March and April of 2018, I saw it for the first time since my So Fong days.

Some So Fong stories here:,com_joomgallery/func,detail/id,875/Itemid,55/lang,en/#joomimg

Curiously, in 2005, aboard the Frers 45, Rumor, (ex-Evergreen, US7400) I sailed with a fellow who had sailed the schooner away from Viet Nam. 

A digression... It was something special to sail into the place about which I had first learned in 1971. Now, Rodney Bay Marina and Shipyard is a thriving place and economic center for the North end of the island.

This Spring; We sailed from Tortola to Rodney Bay aboard a Voyage 440, Twalzan, with the owner and one other crewmember. The trip featured mostly light air and a lot of motorsaliing to windward. The trip is about 350 nm and took about 60 hours.

Twalzan in her berth at Rodney Bay Marina. It is a beautiful facility and well staffed. Twalzan has some YouTube video of her delivery from St Augustine to Tortola in the Fall of 2017. Look up Twalzan Full Story.

On a road trip by rental car, we visited Marigot Harbour where, among other things, the Dr Doolittle movie was filmed. I was there in 1971 when it was sparse. We tied So Fong to a short pier next to another schooner who's name I forget. She was owned by the Beudreau family, I think.

The famous Pitons of St Lucia and the town of Soufriere which we visited.

Lush rain forest along path leading to Diamond Falls.

Norm at Diamond Falls.

Looking out towards the entrance to the marina harbor from the mall at Rodney Bay Marina. The area is fairly well developed in that typical American and European goods and services are available in quantity. The old fashioned West Indian flavor is gone, on the other hand.

Finally, I met a sailor from France who races against an Aphrodite 101 named Vert Gallant. I follow that boat on line as it is successful on the race course. I am always looking for tips from other Aphrodite 101 stories and pictures.

St Lucia, nice place.

Back in the Virgins

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Antigua was a treat to visit. The island had not been ravaged by hurricanes. The infrastructure was in beautiful condition. Stores and restaurants served up Caribbean hospitality. The yachts were stunning. I look forward to returning with Elizabeth. Years ago, we had some fine times on that island.

Back in the BVI and USVI the ravages of two Category Five hurricanes remained prominent. Progress with the cleanup is visible. It is going to be a long hard job. However, some of the scenes from sailing the areas follow.

A pretty Ruddy Turnstone visited us in Antigua. We see them up North, too, which makes the sighting special in Anegada.

Two 40 footers of the same design on moorings off The Baths in Virgin Gorda, BVI. Norm likes these designs as they are multi-chine designs for amateur boat builders. Both boats are attractive and fast sailors. I enjoyed seeing them sailing. Later, through the efforts of some forum guys, I learned these are RM1200s from the drawing board of Marc Lombard. 

A violent day at The Baths of Virgin Gorda. Sometimes a big wave would crash in a spray enveloped the rocks near shore. No, we did not venture in with our dinghy!

A sleek catamaran at Sandy Cay between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke Islands. Cats are taking over the scene. Most are not as sleek as this one.

Anegada anchorage. two thirds of the boats were various models of charter cats, filled with smiling happy people having fun on the water. 

This freighhter brought construction materials to Tortola along with a little sailboat imported by a sailing school. Once empty, it loaded a lot of catamarans for London. Reports are the cats were damaged but not significantly and will be repaired in England. The below deck boats were loaded mast-down or without masts. Deck cargo of mast up cats can be seen. It took many days to get the cargo stowed.

Intra-island freighter moving dump trucks from the big island to Virgin Gorda, maybe the Bitter End Resort. Background shows a grounded local freighter that hasn't been removed from the beach yet.

Schooner Mandalay. Originally built for E F Hutton in 1923 and named Hussar. Registered in Zanzibar. She is sailing from Norman Island to Road Harbour. Peter Is in background.

Early morning view from my apartment overlooking Cowpet Bay at the East end of St Thomas. My last morning before heading home to Harwich.

The last thing I did with the guys at St Thomas Sailing Center. Replacing a headstay.

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