Here she is before heading from our home:-
|All loaded up and ready for the road|
Onlookers from the club house commented on how well the sails set - we had full sails up and from my perspective they looked wonderful - thanks to Yannick Lemonnier of West Sails for doing such a wonderful job,
But first we had the matter of appeasing Neptune and naming our Somes Sound - PEG - the name of Siobhan's Mum who passed 2 years ago and was an avid support of the building project and sailed with us on our yacht in Greece as a first time sailor well in her eighties!
|Traditional garland of greenery from our garden and some gorse bush|
|Yours truly - Launching Ceremony|
|Vintage Dom Perignon|
By this stage we had the launch party standing by so I decided to ask a more experienced sailor to come out with me for the first run. Philip Watson, Ireland's most experienced sail maker and rigger, kindly obliged and off we went. Needn't have worried as she sailed like a dream - thanks Philip! Philip also helped to make sure our rigging was properly set up so no dismasting would ensue.
Then Rob added some more magic to the afternoon by reciting a beautiful poem:
|Beautiful shot taken by Joan - was was press ganged as our photographer for the day|
|No wheels submerged and the boat is floating - thanks to extendable trailer!|
|Brian & Brendan acting as human fenders - due to an underwater ledge, the small fenders were useless.|
We had four more excursions with more experienced sailors - first Shannon One Design champion David Dixon took the helm with Siobhan's brother Brian and me as crew. Then we had Rob Murphy, dinghy and yachtsman extraordinaire who was effusive about her stability in heavy airs and put her through her paces. Finally John McDonald and wife Ursula, both dinghy and yacht sailors took her out. John's not happy unless there's a F8+ blowing, so he was quite happy with the blustery conditions. Still, we found that the jib sheet arrangement a bit hard to get used to - not normally sailing a self tacker, we were not setting it up quite right. The horn cleats for the jib sheets are quite hard to reach under the coamings, but I think it just needs to be set up correctly - when you are bouncing along in strong winds, everything moves more quickly!
|My fishing buddy - David O'Connor volunteers|
|Launching from our trailer|
|Away she flies!|
|No - really there is no outboard on the back!!|
|Rob at the helm|
Drenched to the skin but elated, we retired to the club house where we were made very welcome. Wonderful food from local caterers, Loaves & Fishes and superb cakes from Una's 2210 Patisserie. Afterwards we had Brian as elder lemon of Siobhan's family say a few words about Peg - following by some reminiscing. Great to have family and friends together.
|Bren- always smiling - always helping!|