We sailed the boat for the first time yesterday, in a bit more breeze than ideal for a test ride with 23-30 knots. So took it pretty easy and spent a while to test the technical systems before we sailed up and down the river to Southampton for a couple of hours while adjusting keel hydraulics and discovering small things that needed changing.
Today however, conditions were great with 15 knots increasing to 23+ meaning we could go out in the Solent and have a look at most of our new sails, which looked good and very interesting! Have a look at the photos! Had time to enjoy it all and keep an eye on how the deck systems work – including making an override at one occasion. Rachel staying below deck to look after the systems while the legendary navigator Mike Quilter who is our “weather man” came out sailing and could cover my crew role while I navigated, calibrated and trial-run the data logging systems.