Averisera-Tune-up Sail 2

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Thursday before the Friday arrival day at Hyannis YC we sailed to the Club and picked up a mooring. Trying to, and succeeding at, beating the Friday rush. The wind was from the East at 20 knots with some nice puffs in the low 30s. Our course was due West. What a slide. Averisera rolled along at 8 and 9 knots with occasional 10 and an 11! Two reefs in the main. Slippery bottom. Of course it was raining and foggy.

Norm at the tiller loving every minute.
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Hardings Light at the entrance to Stage Harbor, Chatham.


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Noodles for the rail to comfort our crew's legs.


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Averisera: Tune-up Sail

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Sunday, May 21, Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA, USA

We got everyone together and went for a sail. Beautiful day, 8-12 knots from the NE, flat seas and bright sunshine.

Wow, what a day.

The PLAN A was to do a bit of sail training with our FIGAWI Race crew and enjoy the boat. Executed as planned. (wow, what a day.) Zach, Tabitha, Elizabeth, Tom, and Norm sailed, checked the rig, set and trimmed the #3 in a variety of configurations, flaked same, set and trimmed the new Doug Pope kite, stowed same, set and trimmed the #4, flaked same after sailing into the mooring. Wow, what a day.

The FIGAWI is a 25 mile race from Hyannis to Nantucket via a couple of government marks in Nantucket Sound. www.figawi.com 

The race documents are posted with Yachtscoring.  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4143  We are studying past results, winners, PHRF ratings, etc as part of our pre-race prep. Our various weather sources include a site new to us, ventusky.com. Worry worry, fret, fret...

Averisera is in Class D and we are one of the faster boats.  Our class includes two division winners or top finishers from previous years. One is Tojours the Tartan 37 and the other is Tabu, a Catalina 34. Both are well sailed but neither are distinctly advantaged over Averisera. We can win this race...

A few pictures from the sail. 

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OK, that's ugly. Cunningham on, backstay on, outhaul on... yup looked better after all that!

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C & C 25- New Boat in Family

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Daughter, Laura of New Canaan, has bought a 1970s era C&C 25. She's pretty excited and so are we. Averisera has a baby sister. A little red boat. What's her name? 

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News as it becomes available! Welcome, Laura.

Averisera: Sailing

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Wind West at 20 kts, temp at 50 deg F. Course to Stage Harbor, East. All good.

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Averisera: Closing in on "Sailing"

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Cape Cod Spring. Warm, dry, cold, wet, windy and calm. During a recent spell of foul weather a seagull visited and dropped a big quahog shell into our mast step. The shell cracked open and the gull had it meal. An amazing sort of random shot. Later, when warm, we got up the mainsail and found a few tweaks are required. Finally, after finishing the diesel tank repair, we made the boat look all nice and pretty.

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Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that Nauset Marine came down with their boom truck and put our mast in place. We did that over at the town dock astern of F/V Sea Holly. Thanks Nauset Marine and son Zachary.

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The above picture shows the pretty Joel White design alongside having her rig stepped before ours. It was "pretty boat" day at the harbor.

When we stepped the mast a few bits and pieces from the tang replacement project fell from the spar's interior. During forthcoming maintenance we will watch the tangs carefully for cracks. One was completely broken. The other two had fatal crack that are hard to see.

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Early April: around the house

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The new break through at Chatham occurred on April Fool's Day. Over the years the barrier beach which locals call the outside beach has changed shape often. The latest iteration is a new break opening a channel from the Atlantic to the part of Nantucket Sound called Stage Harbor Roads. The "old entrance" is silting in so the fishing fleet is uprooted. We will watch the developments. A few pictures of after. None of before. The top image is April 2nd, a stunning day. Second pic is a few days later during a North Easter. 

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Continuing with the house work, we built compost bins. We had a ratty looking bin going and decided to upgrade our composting effort. Some pictures of the work in progress. When the old pallets and refuse are carted away the view will improve, especially for our neighbors (their view bottom).

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Averisera-Ten Years

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We closed on Averisera ten years ago. It has been a satisfying term of ownership with no end in sight. Our first blog entry was the 24th of March. A few days later, the happy seller is photographed with the happy buyer on closing day.

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Trying out the half ounce kite. Boston Harbor, May 2007
Thanks Bob Garber for the picture

Ten years later we await another winter storm, this time on Cape Cod. Averisera was launched and ready for delivery from Stratford, CT to Boston in April of '07. We didn't leave until mid-April due to "The Tax Day Storm." It was a wild ride to Boston. Three days and a lot of stories but not many pictures.

Averisera and her owners are now on Cape Cod awaiting the sailing season of '17.


Cape Cod Winter Scenes

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Some before and after pictures from the past week, the 9th through the 15th of March.  Our usual haunts, Harwich Port Boat Yard, Chatham Light, Round Cove where we launch the Skerry and pleasant Bay near Strong Island where we sail the Skerry. The final picture was taken at the same place as the third, one day later.

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Averisera-Winter Snow and Ice

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The engine, Thumper, and the head, Pumper (?), are winterized and there is a teeny heater fan below to circulate air, hopefully keeping moisture at bay. Time for a little more work on the salon table. Winter projects.

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Winter Warm and Winter Cold

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We have had some swings in the weather this February. It seems that the middle of the month will be snowy, windy, and "wicked" cold. After a warm days working outdoors around the house, it snowed. What makes it all the more tolerable is the sun. Sunrise and sunset times are spreading apart. A sunny day after snow is very pretty. Maybe invigorating?

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We assembled the table saw, moved it outdoors and started making a template for our new main cabin table. Here, Norm tests the template which was close. A few notes about adjustments and we'll soon be dining in comfort.

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Could not see out the window. Snow was frozen onto the screen

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Normal Cape Cod snow event. Thankfully, we are not facing the 2015 snow events. We had over 70 inches of snow that winter.


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