Poseidon was again called upon to witness the bestowing of the name Savage and through champagne and rum implored to protect her with his mighty arm and trident.
We then called on the great Lords of the winds: Boreas (the North Wind); Zephyrus (the West Wind); Eurus (the East Wind); and, Notus (the great Southern Wind) to grant Savage the use of their mighty breath and to spare her the scourge of their wroth. Much champagne and rum was sacrificed in their honor.
With the denizens of the deep and the lords of the winds appeased, Savage’s name was unveiled … with lots of champagne and rum ….
With works and formalities out of the way, Savage really was ready to hit the water. We had also found her a new home (with a bar) so decided that her first sail would be from there, however, we would have to put her in the water and motor there first. It did not start well …..
No problem getting her into the water.
No problem getting her off her trailer.
No problem getting her underway.
Big problem keeping her afloat! She was sinking!
A quick check down below confirmed that a bung had not been placed in the open through hull fitting where the log should be (instruments were still on order). Bung installed, problem averted, off she headed, if a little low in the water.
At her new home and now free of any water inside, the sails were brought onboard. The skies were clear, the forecast was for 6 to 12 knots (the champagne and rum sacrificed to the Lords of the winds had been well spent!) and the crew were onboard. We cast off the lines in perfect conditions and headed out for her first sea trial.
We had already test fitted the new Jib and BR0 (Blast Reaching Zero) but had not test fitted the new big square top main. Ohhh well, no time like the present – up she went and f.ck me it was huge! Bearing away we were pleased to see that the new split backstay system worked largely as planned (a minor tweak or two would be required). As we came down to a reach, we were already doing 7 knots in about that much breeze … with just the main. “Take it easy to start”, we agreed, so practiced gybing down wind and tacking up wind a few times with just the main.
Having pretty much mastered that and identified that the foot of the main was just a little bit too long for the boom (a shim on the goose neck would be required) we hoisted the Jib. The sail was perfect!
It took us a little bit of time to get use to the flying jib rings, but once our groove was locked in, we had the boat moving nicely. We were happily maintaining 7 knots upwind in about 12 knots of breeze and in the double numbers when reaching.