It’s been just over two weeks since Dorade arrived in Rhode Island and now she is back in the water and ready to sail again. Whilst at LMI we managed to get a lot of work done and now Dorade is looking the best she has in a long time. In the last year I have sailed also seven thousand miles aboard and it has taken its tole. Fortunately it’s been mostly cosmetic and now we have had the opportunity to varnish the masts, booms and do a few paint touch ups to the hull she is looking tip top again and ready to turn heads in the Caribbean.
Also the new mizzen goose neck was fitted to the mast which should eliminate any more cracks developing in the mast around the screws and will also enable us to ease it out further when sailing down wind.
The delivery crew is on board now and has been extremely helpful I getting all the last small yacht husbandry jobs out of the way. My mission now is getting us down to Antigua via Bermuda but the weather gods have decided to delay us for a few days. It looks like Sunday could be a good window for departure but we will keep an eye on it.
Our 20 ft container was picked up and delivered to the Port for shipment to Antigua yesterday and it should be there well before we arrive with all our race sails and cruising gear.
That is all for now and should we manage to leave on Sunday the tracker will be up and running on the website and I’m looking forward to some warmer climes as its starting to get pretty cold he in Newport.