Spirit is launched!

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

Spirit being loaded on the transport truck in Wroxham

The challenging UK roads

The challenging UK roads

Oh, the tight turns

Oh, the tight turns

On her way to Ipswich

On her way to Ipswich

In Ipswich preparing for her launch

Preparing for her launch at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich

The Launch

The Launch

The Champagne is ready!

The Champagne is ready!

The big splash

The big splash. She’s Christened the yacht Spirit.

A toast at the helm

A toast at the helm

A toast with our friend and partner Pat

A toast with our friend and partner Pat

Sprit resting after an eventful day

Sprit resting after an eventful day

The mast and boom installed

Spirit with her mast and boom in place