2005: A Summer on the Hard

I'm afraid to say that Comet II stayed dry this year. Although we knew that the approaching birth of a new crew member (due August 29th) would preclude our usual schedule of cruising and racing, we had hoped to launch and get sailing, even if only for a few weeks. We'd especially wanted to attend the events celebrating the 100th birthday of the schooner Adare, held in Lunenburg in late July, before hauling and returning to the 'Boston States' at the start of August.

Eliza McKinnon Rhinelander had other plans, however. She arrived on July 22nd at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS. As you can see, it didn't take long to get her out on the water -- she was just 2 weeks old when she joined us aboard Tom Gallant's Avenger for a cruise from LaHave to Lunenburg. She is, as of the time of writing, the most junior Junior member of the ASA!

We did not entirely neglect Comet II, however. We were fortunate enough to secure the services of one of the (and probably the) premier shipwrights in Nova Scotia, Jim Rhodenizer. Jim is now retired, but is willing to help out a few lucky souls from time to time (it helps to have a David Stevens boat!). Jim replaced a 6' section of the starboard bulwarks around the main chainplate, where rot had begun. He also completed extensive galley upgrades, including installing maple countertops and our first stove.

We can't wait to get back out on the water next year.

Alex, Catherine & Eliza