We arrived in Newport with the Olympic Development Program boat, rigged, and sailed out of Sail Newport for the sendoff of leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Our intent was to have visibility as a team in front of an audience and it certainly served its purpose. We have received several emails and texts with photos and thank yous for representing dingy sailors. This boat will remain in Newport through August, with the addition of the donated boat we are currently rigging, we will have a spare boat for training partners.
Saturday Nikki sailed her Coast Guard Alumni regatta in J/70s and won the day! Lara worked for Martha at Team 1 Newport, where she sold sailing gear and handed out PVS business cards.
We are now settled on the North Fork of Long Island (down the road from where Lara used to coach at Mattituck Yacht Club) to rig the donated boat. Before leaving Miami we took the time to write down parts and purchase all supplies needed for this boat. Yesterday Larry and Nikki laid out fittings and drilled holes for the front of the boat, Lara spliced trap lines. We will complete the rest of the boat, mast, and boom this week and will finally get this boat sailing! A huge accomplishment from where it began this winter with holes from hurricane Irma and rotting leaves.