The Atlantic Cup Race is coming up like a rocket! Bodacious Dream is almost ready. Matt Scharl, my co-skipper is finished planting his fields and is joining me here in Charleston today where weâ€™ll spend the next few days before the start of the race on Saturday finishing our preparations and mapping our strategy to match the weather forecasts. The boats are all gathered now at the Charleston City Marina. I was one of the last to arrive, having been up the Wando River at the City Boat Yard where Bodacious Dream was cozied up for the winter. Thanks to the great crew there and at High and Dry Boat Works for all their hard work getting through the routine maintenance list on Bodacious Dream. If you are in Charleston and need boat work done, these are the people to see!
With the maintenance completed, Bodacious Dream and I left the boat yard Wednesday morning and headed down the Wando River to Charleston. Itâ€™s a great trip – about two and a half hours – along the winding river with beautiful salt marshes and some nice homes mixed in with ocean-going shipping facilities.
As you get close to Charleston, you come upon the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. This bridge brings a smile to my face every time I drive over it, cross under it, or jog up it. On each occasion, depending on the light, it changes personalities with all sorts of shifting angles, reflections and shadows. Last week I crossed over it at sunset and the entire right side was burning bright pink in the fading light.
Had my hand at a bit of photo fun as I passed under it, framing the bridge’s suspension wires with the rigging of the boat.
Once beyond the bridge, we went by the Charleston Maritime Center, which is where the Atlantic Cup Race will start at 2pm Saturday afternoon. From there, we glided around the corner to the City Marina where the other competitors are docked – flags flying and all! And right in the middle of them, the flag of our sponsor â€¦ Newportâ€™s own, FiSH!
I had a chance to meet some of the new competitors this year and reconnect with old friends and fellow-sailors. The great thing about this bunch of competitors is the incredible camaraderie. End of the day is typically time to figure out where everyoneâ€™s meeting up for dinner â€¦ but last night, I headed back to my hotel to take a nap, and try to bank up on some rest.
I hope youâ€™re looking forward to this race and our next “expedition” as much as we are. Weâ€™ve got a whole new Atlantic “Cup” Coast expedition in place over on BodaciousDreamExpeditions.com â€¦ with new “Explorer Study Guides” for you (and the kids) to check out. Actually, everyone can learn something on this trip â€¦ the Atlantic Seaboard is such a treasure of natural and historical wonders â€¦ and we tried to cram a bunch of that info into the Guides, which Iâ€™ll also be referencing in my daily updates.
Also, this past week, we outfitted Bodacious Dream with fast onboard satellite Internet (whoot!) â€¦ so expect more photos and videos along with insightful race commentary from the now well-seasoned duo of Matt & Dave!
You can expect three to four days of exciting racing on the way to New York City. Once the race starts, you’ll be able to track the competitors and check out the standings via the race tracker at www.AtlanticCup.org. And weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date on whatâ€™s happening with us onboard Bodacious Dream on both of our Bodacious Dream websites as well as on our BDX & BD Facebook pages. On our BDX YouTube Channel and on Twitter too @BodaciousDream. Lots of ways to find us!
And of course, if you havenâ€™t already, check out the polling page on the Atlantic Cup website where you can vote for your favorite team (hint … hint – you don’t even have to register – just click on BoDream!)
And thank you again for your ever-steady support.
- Matt, Dave & Bodacious Dream