After the new Paul Thompson designed rig was installed last February, we only had a chance to sail Aphrodite twice before I had to return to work in the US. But this year has been much different!
We did a 3 day weekend trip a bit over a week ago, and today completed a 5 day trip up to Mangonui and back. Much of the time was in light or no wind, but we did have a couple of days of really steady 15 knot wind that gave us a good feel for how she behaves now.
The short version is that Paul's new rig is about 1.5 knots faster that the old Gallant sails, maybe more; the new sails actually get the boat moving even in winds in the 5 to 9 kt range; and the boat will make about 4 knots when close hauled with the true wind about 55 degrees off the bow. No one sailing a Bermudan rig will brag about that performance, but for Aphrodite's 45,000 pound mass, it's a huge improvement!
I must leave NZ in about 10 days, but until then we will be cruising about in the Bay of Islands. If you see us out there, give a shout, and feel free to take pix ;-).