The countdown is on and the final pieces of the puzzle are lining up nicely. It’s not always easy to arrive at definitive decisions when the conversation is spread across thousands of miles and multiple time zones but I think we are there. The end of this week marks the first major clean up as we push towards the reconstruction phase of the refit. Not that Dorade has been in a state of disorganised chaos for the past months just a work in progress.
The interior paint work by Nick has really given Dorade a fresh clean look and the wiring undertaken by Shea is a work of art in itself, so much cleaner than it was before. It will be great to see how she looks once we have rolled up our sleeves and got to the clean up on Friday.
This weekend is another chance to celebrate the legacy of Dorade as a full model of Olin Stephens first design will be unveiled at the New York Yacht Club. The model represents how Dorade appeared when she completed and eon her first Transatlantic Race in 1932. The model shows Dorade pre the addition of the famous vents which were invented by Rod Stephens after the 1932 race.
So not only will Dorade be getting a clean up this week, Nick and I will also need to scrub ourselves up ready to attend the dinner at the club. Now that is probably the biggest challenge of the week!