June 9th: After a very long winter and spring, ORION was finally launched for the 2018 season. Projects completed included new cabin paint, touch-up hull paint, stripped and re-varnished coaming tops (eight coats of Epifanes), and new hatchboards (courtesy of Will Gilmore).
It was a careful yet hasty launch, and the mainsail cover looks a little sloppy. But I hope to be back in a few days for our first official sail, so I’ll have a chance to make everything look nice.
June 12th: Went for a pleasant sail in Niantic Bay to check the rigging and make sure everything worked properly. The wind was light most of the time, but the air was nice and cool, and it was a great day to have our first shake-down sail.
I sailed by the Niantic Bay Yacht Club but didn’t have time to stop and walk around. There are still some empty slips, but the Club is almost full.
It sure is nice to see those new custom hatchboards Will made for ORION as she swings on her mooring. I’m really happy the way they came out and how the design is subtle enough to make you want to look a little more closely if you pass by.
ORION is all tuned up and ready for this sailing season. In less than a couple weeks, my wife and a bunch of friends will be sailing with me to Essex for a few days, just like when we went back in 2016.