Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Launch Day!!!

Yes I'm smiling.  It's launch day! 
And we got her in the water in June!!!

This is what is looked like when we arrived at the marina.

Gray skies, thunder and lightening in the distance.
It might not be the ideal time to raise the mast, 
but I'm ready and have been waiting too long, 
for this day.

This is my friend Matt.  
He's a newbie sailor and came to help.
Matt has a boat of his own, that he is starting to re-do.

Every boat is a little bit different, but basically has similar  rigging,
whether it's a 21 footer like Gypsy Rose or a 100 footer.

Shipping the rudder.

Here we are in the water motoring to the slip,
where we will set the sails.
Because, it's raining off and on and it's her first time out,
I'm only going to set the mainsail, today.

Some of you might be wondering why Connie's not here.
She is, she's behind the camera.

Today we stayed in the little cove by the marina,
hopefully on the 4th the weather will be great and Connie 
and I can raise the jib and get out and explore more of the lake, .

This is way more fun than it looks.  
I had never sailed her before and was delighted 
to find that she handles like a proper yacht.

Here we are coming back into the slip to change passengers.

This is Matt's family, they were excited to take their first sail, ever.
Connie stayed on shore to set the picnic table for lunch and take all these photos.

 This is a photo of the Key Lime cheese cake that Acashia, Matt's wife brought to the picnic.
 She bakes specialty dessert cakes.
You can find her here on face-book: 
How do you like the looks of our beautiful lake?
Smooth Sailing
Happy 4th of July!

Please leave a comment,

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  1. Steve- Congratulations on the launch! You got'er done! She's a beauty. I am so happy for you. I miss boating. We live on the water but don't boat anymore. What's a little rain when you are surrounded by water anyway! LOVE that Key Lime cheesecake! xo Diana

  2. Congratulations! She looks wonderful and I hope you get lots of nice day to enjoy her. Nancy

  3. WOW! My FIRST sailboat ride! She's a beauty and looks like everything went great! Nice to meet your friend Matt and family! Connie took wonderful pictures and I'm sure she had a nice lunch for everyone! Steve, you did an awesome job with Gypsy Rose....May you enjoy many more sailing days ahead! Blessings~~~Roxie

  4. Happy 4th of July to you too Steve! Looks like you'll be having a great day on the water. Look forward to more of Connie's photos from on board this time! Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off. Have fun, cheers Jane

  5. Gypsy Rose looks amazing and you should be really proud of her. I hope you have some really good fun and wish you safe seas and a fair wind xxxx

  6. Looks like fun, Steve! What a great photographer you have in Connie! Happy 4th to both of you.

  7. Congratulations :)! You did it! These are beautiful pictures and the sailing trip looks wonderful. I guess The Gipsy Rose is where you'll be staying at this summer ;)? Have a great 4th of July and week end.

  8. Congratulations Steve..
    From sailor to sailor.. she looks a little beauty. The Gipsy Rose. You and Connie will have much pleasure sailing around and finding new little places to anchor.. you have done a great job..
    Great photos Connie... you will have to get down to painting her now.. for the cabin..
    fair winds..
    happy days and also the 4th of July.
    val x x x x

  9. This is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing the journey of restoring "Gypsy Rose", I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

  10. YAY! Congratulations on getting her done and on the water! She's a beauty and I can't wait to hear of your adventures.

    Cindy Bee

  11. Wow! She's beautiful! Congratulations on getting her into the water. Connie took some great photos!


  12. I'm so happy for you...She is gorgeous and I see many happy days ahead, with memories those little ones will treasure forever!!


  13. What a wonderful restoration - you should be so very proud! Many, many fun years on the water lie ahead for you and the family. Enjoy! -- Jan

  14. What fun! Congratulations, and happy sailing. You and Connie do beautiful work together, and it is easy to see how happy you both are. Matt and his family are sweet too.

    Kathy M.

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