I think it was 2000,,,maybe 2001 .
I lived on Mt Desert Island along the coast of maine
. One day a BIG BOAT appeared in the harbor and tied up at the dock
. They had a break in the Whitbread race
and they sailed her over from England
,to the Hinkcley Yard for a paint
job. This was the only yard in North America that could handle this size boat and meet the time constraints of the boat and her 10 days of Down time.
When the boat was done ,they splashed her and tied her up to the dock
in Southwest Harbor. This caught my attention and I walked down the dock to take a look. As luck would have it the captain
of the race
boat came on deck
and I mentioned something about how beautiful she was or some such mention. He asked me to come aboard . Gave me the cooks tour !! That thing was huge down below!
slept the crew of 13 plus some simple common area and the Galley
and the dining area ..they ate in shifts .
I don't remember the engine
she had but when he started her up that whole boat hummed ..had to be 300 horse !!
He explained that he had to get her to boston in 4 days or so and then on to N.Y. to pick up the next leg of the race. He asked me if I would go along as his crew and a buddy of mine ...3 people to sail a 65 ' Volvo
whitbread boat !!
I explained that I had to meet my banker on thursday or friday...I wasn't sure which day he would arrive. I could not call my banker and tell him as he was doing me a favor [and he did ] . he said if I was on the Dock at 10:00 a.m. friday i could go for the trip !
My banker left me on friday at 10:45 and the boat was gone !!
Missed it by "THIS MUCH " !!! am I allowed to say Damn !!! here ?
AAHHH, but for the grace of God !!!
P.S. He told me that one day ,when they were surfing down a wave ,they made 27 knots !!! that is huge and on a huge boat ...nothing gonna stop a boat that big ,goin' that fast !