Sailing with Wings

The sometimes stories of sailing with Dee and Molly on SV Wings

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A New Boat, A New Beginning

31 July 2021 | Treguier
Dee
Well it's been quite a while since our last post and a lot of water has past under the bridge for all of us. Our new boat, Wings, went into the water in March, roughly one year late, and sat until mid June when we could finally travel to France to join her. Our hopes for a quick commissioning and then a sail north have been tempered with a few hiccups on the boat and the continuing restrictions to travel with Covid, so we have been here in Tregueir for the past 6-7 weeks doing a little sailing locally and getting a few things done on the boat. It has been a process and here is the story.
One of the first tasks was to load the 2 pallets of gear onto the boat. Two Palletss of gearWe rented a van and loaded it all into the back and then spent 2 days transferring it all onto Wings. We managed to get it all onboard without sinking the waterline completely. Finding places for everything was the next task and is still ongoing, even as we speak, as we adjust things around.
Here is a tour of the boat. Helm station Stern with Wind Pilot and Watt and Sea hydrogenerator The pointy end Sail locker forward of a watertite bulkhead Windlass just forward of the mast Nav station in the doghouse Looking out the companionway Up into the doghouse Galley to starboard Main salon to port Starboard Quarter berth with freezer Port quarter berth Aft Head Forward cabin Forward Head Signatures of the creators of this work of art
We been out sailing some and visited a few of the local anchorages, all very spectacular. This, the Cotes d'Armor, a department in Brittany, and Cote de Granit Rose or pink granite coast, is protected by numerous granite rocks and islands forming wonderful anchorages. The real estate increases dramatically at low tide especially at springs when they can be as much as 40 feet. High tide Low tide One nice thing about the Boreals is that they can dry out on the beach with their centerboard up allowing more opportunities for gunkholing into places where others can't go.
We've also been spending a lot of time walking around the neighborhood and enjoying the ambiance, culture and sites of Treguier. The flowers here at this time of year are nothing short of magnificent. We never tire of wandering and looking. There i s a market every Wednesday and we have sampled some of the local cuisine, which is also incredible. I'm not sure if it's because the local produce is locally grown and very fresh or if the soil is that much better, but the fruits and veggies we buy are the best we've ever had. Cherry tomatoes so sweet and strawberries even sweeter.
The cathedral in town is a wonderful place as well. It was built in stages in the 11th, 13th and 14th centuries.
We were fortunate to have the Tour de France pass through town, apparently for the first time ever, and what a spectacle it was. We also were here for Bastille Day celebrated with lots of music and pageantry.Roasting a whole pig on Bastille DayCelebration in town on the square
We have gotten most of the bugs worked out of the systems on board and I've gotten more confident in understanding most of them. This is a very Hi-tech boat and the electronics and electrical setup was somewhat intimidating at first, but now that I'm a little more familiar with the systems I feel a little better about things. I installed the SSB radio and ran all the cables for that and that allowed (or required) me to crawl around in the bowels of the boat and thus became a little more familiar with where everything is and goes.
Next up for us is to go for a sail around to south Brittany and explore a bit of the coast and continue to test all the systems on board.
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Vessel Name: Allegria
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby 42
Hailing Port: Tampa
Crew: Dee and Molly Strickland
About:
Dee grew up in central Florida and was sailing if the wind was blowing and skiing if it was flat. During his residency for oral and maxillofacial surgery in Cleveland he met the love of his life, Molly working as a nurse in the E.R. [...]
Extra: Dee, Molly and daughter Lisa left Tampa Bay in 1994 and sailed to Trinidad and Venezuela, and then back up the US east coast. Lisa was home schooled and then we returned to Tampa Bay where she skipped 4th grade and moved to 5th. She is now studying for her PhD in Art History at SUNY at Stoney Brook.
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