Dorade has made it back to the East coast in one piece after an epic year on the West side. After returning from Hawaii and enjoying the Americas cup she was broken down and loaded back into her cradle for trucking back to Rhode Island.
Everything went smoothly in Sausalito and the guys at KKMI did an awesome job getting everything loaded onto the two trucks provided by Tim Pyne and Joule yacht transport. Packing up the entire program in a week was a challenge but yet again we succeeded.
Five days later… I was at LMI Portsmouth Rhode Island to welcome the two loads into the yard. After a quick walk around the boat I was happy that everything looked exactly as it had when she departed.
Now the boat is out of the water and on the hard for a week while we touch up the bottom paint and get all the little jobs done that we didn’t have time to do in California. The rigs are stripped down and I have Bush and his team getting a few coats of varnish on whist they are lying down on horses.
Whist I’m trying to put the pieces of the jig saw back together we are doing a survey of the boat to check she is still fit and fighting strong for the next big race and also a detailed check of all the rigging before we head South next week. This Friday we should have the rigs stepped and on Monday she will be back in the water.
Looking forward to the next adventure now and hopefully sailing for Antigua no later than next Thursday.