Coincidences around boats, all good.

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A couple pictures of the boat Norm sailed as a youngster. Thetis was in the family from 1958 through 1962. This came up when Norm (that's me) found a very interesting blog about a cruising family and we corresponded. Here's what the 50s and 60s looked like. Just for the Robin Hoods.

Leaving Hatchet Bay entrance in 1961. We loved Hatchet Bay. Saturday night movies for 10 pence a person, cheap ice cream from the dairy, horses, caves, other kids, and my first Boston Whaler ride. We also dragged anchor one night and that was dramatic.

Hermita was Thetis' original name and she was home ported in Marion, MA. We bought her from her third of fourth owner and sailed from Stamford, CT to Cape Cod in the Spring of 1958. It was cold as the dickens.

The skerry on Jackknife Beach, Big Pleasant Bay, Harwich, Cape Cod, MA. A guy named Dave is building a Chesapeake Light Craft NE Dory nearby. He saw our boat on the beach and drove down to say hi and look over our handiwork. A local newspaper had an article about a woman in Orleans who built a CLC Whitehall pulling boat. Norm wrote to her and some day E+N will drive over to see her and then later swop stories and viewings. Nice serendipity meetings. We will get some pics of the other boats up some day soon.

Averisera on Boston Harbor, ten years ago.

Averisera: More Maintenance

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A typical view: the boat on her mooring. Gee, wouldn't it be great to see a picture of the boat somewhere else? Maybe soon? Soon we sail from Stage Harbor to Newport for the New England Solo-Twin July 27-28. Mostly, I am looking forward to the sail home.

Tasks in progress are a toilet repair, holding tank maintenance, varnish, engine hour meter replacement, scrub decks and teak, fix a loose stanchion, and clean up below. 

The stanchion repair is "hopeful" as it is always getting yanked as the launch comes alongside. So... we'll see. I repaired the weak area with an application of a quick setting epoxy on deck and a fender washer below decks.


Averisera: More maintenance

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Hauled out at Stage Harbor Marine. Met some new sailors from the mooring area and we talked boats. 
The tape is off and the red paint is on. What a lot of work. Up and down ladders, moving ladders, sand, wipe clean, brush on paint. The paint will have a couple days to cure before we tape and paint the bottom.

Need a new engine hour meter, toilet rebuild, and some engine room cleaning and fussing.

Averisera: Annual maintenance

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All taped off for a couple coats of red paint. After the red is done and hard, I will do the grey stripe, too. The topsides have been cleaned and polished using Prism Polish. I will apply two coats of the Mirage finish also from the Prism Polish Company.

The boat stored beside Averisera is an O'Day 35 that is now for sale. Looks like a nice boat.

The Yard required that we capture our waste water. I put down this tarp which did catch all the waste water from my bottom washing. The water evaporated leaving the grime and sloughed off paint on the tarp. Worked well. I used 5 gallons of water to clean the bottom. Later, I will sand the bottom and capture the dust, too.

The bottom was pretty clean. Zachary at Harwichport Boat Yard had done a short haul and wash in early May. We raced to Nantucket and did a few day sails. More sailing would have meant an even cleaner bottom.

Last year!

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.

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