Monday, June 16, 2008

MoJoe Ready For Bermuda

Just got back from delivering MoJoe to Newport in preparation for the 2008 Newport-Berumuda Race. We left Marblehead at 12:30am on Saturday morning, put the sails up about an hour later, and sailed the rest of the way to Cuttyhunk. After a nice evening moored in Cuttyhunk Harbor, we headed on to Newport, greeting the fleet of the Onion Patch as we arrived.

With a crew of five, MoJoe handled the trip well, encountering only a couple of small issues along the way. She's running with five jibs, three spinnakers, and a brand new carbon fiber pole from Hall Spars. As with BB's comment on Fruition, the scheel keel has altered her ability to point by a couple of degrees. However, she's fairly fast on the reach, making a consistent 7.5kts on 12kts of wind with the #2 jib.

The energy in Newport is absolutely fantastic. Tons of boats and people are filling the city as the starting gun draws near. The harbor is bristling with towering masts, and gear is flying out of the shops faster than it can be unpacked and put on display.

Sitting in her slip next to the other offshore warriors, you can tell this Serendipity is back in her element, and ready to race.

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