An update here to catch you up on things, which have been moving along pretty much non-stop since the end of the Atlantic Cup Race. I had to head back home to the Midwest to deal with those things that pile up when youâ€™re away – laundry, bills, storm debris, cars and such. During that time, Bodacious Dream has been sitting patiently on a mooring in Jamestown, RI waiting for my return.
This past weekend, I drove up to Jamestown from Charleston, SC,Â where I had left the spare gear and sails that we didnâ€™t take with us on the race. I had to sort and pack that all up, along with BoDreamâ€™s â€ścradleâ€ť which we shipped by trailer truck up to a marina in Portsmouth, RI.
Anybody who sails knows thereâ€™s never a shortage of stuff â€¦ only a shortage of places to put it all.
Yesterday, I sailed BoDream up to the Portsmouth marina where she was hauled out of the water, so that we can start preparations for our trip around the world â€¦ coming up at the end of the summer! More on that soon!
Once the truck arrived, I was down there to unload it and assemble the cradle, unstep (take down) the mast, supervise hauling the boat out of the water and get everything put away and secured before I leave to head west.
BoDream hauled out of the water …
Here she is being lowered into her cradle …
While sheâ€™s “up on the hard,” there are a number of projects that need to be completed to prepare her for sailing those much longer distances.Â Some of these include adding back-up wind instruments to the top of the mast, a hydro-generator to produce alternate power and improving the satellite communication mounts.
While Iâ€™ll get these projects started, I’m also leaving today for the next adventure, which will be helping to sail Bodacious IV in the upcomingÂ Trans-Pac RaceÂ which runs from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI! This great race starts for our team on July 11th, and Iâ€™ll be sending out more detailed information on whatâ€™s going on with that in a week or so.
So thatâ€™s the up-to-the-very-minute news update!
Coming up soon though … a final recap of the Atlantic Cup Race that covers some of the more exciting points of the racing, as well as a great selection of photos and videos. I hope to have that together for you in a couple of days.Â In the meantime, you can see our â€śbest-ofâ€ť Atlantic Cup photos here & videos here.
I’d like to finish with a few shout-outs.
First off, good luck to the all the Great Lakes Single-Handed Sailors who are racing the Solo Mackinac Races, taking placeÂ on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron right NOW through tomorrow! Many good friends and dedicated sailors out there. I remember all the great times participating in past races â€¦ and all I can say is Iâ€™m envious of them all!Â If you would like to follow along, hereâ€™s the link for the live race tracking.
Also, you might want to keep track of our friends and fellow Atlantic Cup competitors, Hannah Jenner from 40 Degrees and Rob Windsor from Dragon as they finish up their Atlantic Crossing aboard 40 Degrees. You can find them on their Facebook page at Royal Racing. Iâ€™m told they will have some very exciting video uploaded once they arrive, as a videographer, Will Lyons, who worked on the TV show, Deadliest Catch,Â and who shot much of the great Atlantic Cup footage, is sailing along with them to bring their story alive in video. I canâ€™t wait to see what they create.
Until the next update then, enjoy your summer!Â Thanks again for your many good wishes, and weâ€™ll be back in touch soon!
- Dave and Bodacious Dream