It looks like Oyster’s commissioning team at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich has been working overtime! It’s only been a few weeks since Spirit’s christening and now she’s proudly showing off her name and being outfitted with sails, anchor, satellite communications antenna, spray hood, life raft and most likely a lot more not pictured.
This is getting real!
It’s hard to believe…
20 months ago we contracted with Oyster to build a 575 yacht,14 months ago the build began, 10 months ago we first visited the Oyster facility in Wroxham, England and saw nothing more then a shell of a boat – a fiberglass hull. This past week we watched Spirit being moved on a large transport truck from Wroxham to Ipswich where she was lowered into the water, and finally, four days ago she was ceremoniously Christened the yacht Spirit. This has been one incredible journey and we can now look forward to many sailing adventures ahead!
As Spirit was getting ready to leave Wroxham, several of the folks who were responsible for her build came out to wish us well – their words filled with a sense of pride in what they had just built, a sense of pride well deserved. Upon arrival in Ipswich, the commissioning team took over – the final step in the process. From the mast to the rigging to all the final testing and sea trials – everyone on the Oyster team intensely focused on handing over a yacht that will meet the highest standards – we like that.
The pictures below tell the story of our most recent visit. Now, we wait out the 68 days until Spirit will be officially ours.
Spirit being loaded on the transport truck in Wroxham
The challenging UK roads
Oh, the tight turns
On her way to Ipswich
Preparing for her launch at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich
The Champagne is ready!
The big splash. She’s Christened the yacht Spirit.
A toast at the helm
A toast with our friend and partner Pat
Sprit resting after an eventful day
Spirit with her mast and boom in place
Early this morning, in Wroxham England, Spirit was moved outside where final details are being completed before the truck ride south to Fox’s Marina in Ipswich. Everything is moving along according to plan and in just a couple of weeks she’ll be in the water.
Beautiful, simply beautiful.