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Sailing again,
Fifth year on board Haerlem will see us participating in the famous Newport/Bermuda race and some cruising in the NE waters, as far N as Maine.

Almost wet
03/06/12, Jamestown

Haerlem will be launched at 08.00h on Monday 4 June, at high tide.
She has a complete new bottom and is being waxed and shined.
New Quantum sails will be installed in the afternoon, and on Wed we will start up (trial) the new Spectra Catalina mark III water-maker.

Getting ready for the Newport to Bermuda race
05/04/12, NPT - RI

Haerlem is being worked on @ JBY in Jamestown RI.
The bottom has been sodablasted, faired and sanded, next will be the bottom paint. We are also installing AIS and 2 new RayMarine ST70 instruments.
Further more we have purchased a SPECTRA water-maker and new laminated QUANTUM sails. Kinder Ind. of Bristol RI is installing new curtains and replacing all the velcro on the headliners through out the vessel.
All in all a lot of money spend !

Change in plans
16/08/11, Newport RI

I am sad to have to report that our winter plans have been scratched.
Due partly to the financial upheaval in the stock market where some of my Nov. puts are in critical territory and the fact that there are too many Bison roaming at the ranch, we have decided to stay put.
Haerlem will be sailing the NE waters thru Oct. and again pulled out in Jamestown for the winter.
We still are planning on the Newport-Bermuda race in June 2012

Haerlem being prepared
p/c 60F
05/05/11, Jamestown RI

Haerlem has acquired new AC units, Sirius weather radio, Raymarine autopilot computer and control head, back-stays, weather station. batteries, bimini, cockpit cushions, spray-hood, etc.
All winches have been taken apart cleaned in the Ultrasound, and re- assembled.
Now we are waiting on the stripping of the anti-fouling and new paint.
We hope to be in the water for the J boat races in Newport on June 15/16 and have entered the Swan Regatta to Long Island in late July.
Next Holiday season will find us in the Dutch islands and the Heineken Regatta, St Barth bucket and the Antigua race week, only to be back in Newport in time for the 2012 running of the Newport-Bermuda race in June.

Splendid sail
Sun, 70F, 20/25kn
08/10/10, Connanicut Island

Today we, Mary, Dave and myself circumnavigated Connanicut island, this was a splendid sail in strong Westerly winds. When we rounded the S side the entire World Champions J8 fleet was coming at us with their spinnaker flying. Quite impressive. We ended up at the "Jamestown Boat Yard" where Haerlem will be taken out of the water for winter storage.

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