Blessing of the Fleet
- At the start of winter we hold an annual Blessing of the Fleet
ceremony for local yachts. Pequot (a William Atkins Dragon design) a
gaff topsail cutter took part in the ceremony. Most yachts motored
past the wall of the local yacht club where the Blessing of the Fleet
is held,in between moored yachts off the wall.
Pequot was initially the only yacht under sail and sailed past with a
full mainsail, staysail and jib in a good breeze of between 20 and 26
knots. We didn't set the jib and gaff topsails!
The design is so good that it was good fun to sail between the moored
yachts and the shore fairly close in, tacking with ease.
Onlookers said the yacht looked fantastic - a tribute to William
Atkin, and it is true that everywhere she sails people remark how
beautiful she looks.
The temperature was down to about 22 degrees C and we did favour the
tacks where the sun shone on the cockpit!
The ceremony takes place in the Whitsundays, Australia, about 20
degress south. There is one other Atkin design permanently in the area
and we have had another two sail through in the past.
Good sailing to you all.
If you can how about posting some pictures?
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>Dirtsailor!I will try, there are photos of Pequot in the photo section of this
site. I will post some if I can get hold of them.
> If you can how about posting some pictures?
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