Winter Season... again

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Back on her jackstands awaiting Spring.

Another Sailboat Ride

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Norm made another delivery from Newport RI to Tortola, BVI this Fall. This time aboard a Beneteau 43. The trip was uneventful in most ways. The wind was not too strong and only from the wrong direction for a few days. The crew were darn nice guys. 

It would have been much wetter aboard Averisera and the actual sailing would have been way more fun. However, Averisera was not going South and the Beneteau was! So... we sailed the big boat.

Some pictures and a few words about each: 2018 delivery

I was able to sail the boat for a few days before the delivery and the pictures are from a quiet anchorage in Sakonnet River. The pre-deliver experience was helpful at learning the boat.

The Beneteau specs are here:

Alongside us were two boats well suited for ocean voyaging, a Swan 48 and another similar size boat of a type I do not know. The Beneteau is a lot wider and I think not as speedy.

Departure day, October 29 at about 4PM. Newport astern and Pt Judith and the Atlantic ahead. We arrived in St George's Bermuda on Saturday the 3rd. Out on the 4th by noon.

A small double ended dinghy, similar to our skerry, sails in St Georges Harbour. It had me thinking about our grands and the boat we built for them. An early morning picture of the Beneteau at rest in the transient docks. By the way, customs and immigration in Bermuda are first class. 

We did our laundry, had dinner at the White Horse Tavern and left the next day for the fuel dock and departed Bermuda.  Years ago, 1971, Norm was in St Georges for a six week refit of the boat on which he worked. The Tavern was frequented.  Fun to be back after so many years. Yes, it is completely different. 

Crew Leandroe. Nicknamed "Autopilot."

Crew Don. An accomplished seaman and navigator.

Crew, Evan... fussing with a recalcitrant circuit.

Aside from some lumpy seas the first few days, things were pretty quiet offshore.

And then we got to our berth at Village Cay Marina in Road Town, BVI. One tavern to another.

Awoke and had a look around. This is an unusual sight to see at the marina docks. Someone planned an early departure or sail-check or something. An odd sight, none the less.

OK.... we tried out the new Willie T now in Great Bay, Peter Island.

288 Main Street

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Larry and Joe Zabelski (father and son) took out some trees and opened up the grounds to sunlight and air. It also removed a few trees that seemed to threaten the house if another tough winter arrived. It looks nice and thank you S&L Tree Service of Harwich, MA

Plan A is to get some pretty plantings in to beautify our home's entrance.

Looks nice. The area above is behind the house and will get some forest suitable shrubs.

We had a team of guys come over and paint the trim on our house. We are pleased. The work was done under difficult conditions, damp and rain the next day, and the guys did good work.


2019 Racing Schedule??

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Here's what's available in our immediate area for 2019. Some races offer a double handed division which appeals to Norm a lot. It is always fun to get a full crew if we can pull it off. 

Gotta have a pic. Right? Averisera during our first year of ownership in 2007 
There is a funny story to go with the picture. Ask Elizabeth.

Hyannis YC (HYC) Figawi: Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 race over. We don't go to the tent party but have a crew dinner and the crew ferry home.

HYC Baxter Cup, June 29 I will sail the boat over the day before and back the day after the race.

New Bedford YC, June 22-23. Whaler's Race. 100 nm race to Block Island and back from So Dartmouth.

Storm trysail Club Block Island Race Week, June 23-28. this is pretty pricey and it is a strong "maybe."

HYC Distance Race, July 28, Don't know much about it beyond what I read on the  HYC website. Seems to be a 2-3 hr race.

Edgartown YC, July 25-27. Around the island plus some day races. 

Beverly YC, Aug 2-4. Buzzard's Bay Regatta. Very big and expensive probably a no-go.

HYC, Aug 23-25. Cross Sound Race. Hyannis to MV and back the next day

HYC, Sep 15-16, Hurricane Cup, race to Nantucket and back the next day.

HYC link is:

BI Race Week link is:

New Bedford YC link is:

Around The Island link is:

Saint Andrew's School

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I attended SA from 1963 through graduation at the end of the 1968 school year. Later, I lived on campus for a few years with my parents who were faculty. I think it was 1973 that was my last year there.

The 50th reunion for my class was last weekend, Oct 5-7, 2018. A couple of pictures and a few words.

Prior to leaving the Cape, Matt said he wanted to stop at a Waffle House. We did!

One day, it rained biblically. Forgetting that Florida rain is a daily factor, I left the car window open. Oh well...

Matt Tobin after shucking the 72 Katama oysters he brought with him from Martha's Vineyard. Matt rigged himself out in att the gear, bib not shown.

Our house on campus from '64 through '76 when mom and dad decided to leave teaching at SA. It was a nice place to live. A small house with a big outdoors.

Nice to be home with Elizabeth!
An interesting trip. Boca Raton is polished and refined. It sits in stark contrast to our home area of Cape Cod. Here is our little house just an hour before the team of Jamaicans showed up to paint the trim a new color. Nothing like this in Boca!

Where's Averisera?

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Every time we drive past Wychmere Harbor we look for Averisera and she's hard to find. She is under the central mast! There is a small outboard motorboat blocking our view.

End of season sailing

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We have a new carbon mainsail and a five year old, hardly ever used carbon jib. Last weekend, we got them both up together and it was nice. We didn't fuss very much with settings or controls and simply enjoyed sailing a nice boat with a beautiful rig on a stunning day.

Averisera's deck. View before departure from Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA

Our pretty but not spacious interior.

The forward hatch latches need to be replaced. Here is the first fitting of one of the two replaced latches. Thanks, Zachary!

Thanks to Doug Pope's sails and rigging outfit in Rockland, ME

Kid keeps showing up on board the boat.

20180916_112751.jpgParent and grandparent


And then we sailed into Harwichport Boat Yard and unrigged the yacht.

All Done... more

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OK. Now you see the inside of our garage. Monday the 17th.  Everything is off Averisera and in the garage. Sails are in the rafters and the rest of the goods are awaiting removal to the rafters/loft.

Our skerry is hoisted for winter storage. Such a pretty sailor. She stores nicely up there, comes down clean, ready to sail. The rig and oars are in racks on the left wall.

Soon, the Ford will be parked as usual and all will look normal.

A few days later:
Yeah, yeah... I know the place should be a little more tidy. maybe when I get a round tuit...
the ladder is how Teddi the Cat get's to her loft where she spends a lot of her day. 

All done!

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Skerry headed home from Jackknife Beach. Grandma and Z in the truck. Norm and Stos following in the Ford. A Sunday well spent.


Carbon Main

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New mainsail from Doug Pope in Rockland Maine. It is made of Carbon Sport fabric, specifically, CS/15 and CS/10. It fits. I checked the reef and full hoist. This weekend, I will sail the sail. It is pretty and light. The main it replaces is a dacron main also from Doug's loft. The dacron sail is still a good sail for cruising. The carbon sail has about half the weight and folds up into about half the size as the dacron sail. 

An amusing error. Somehow I switched to selfie....
Hard to see the camera on a sunny day.

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