It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally on-board and waking up to the realization of a life long dream. This past week has been a whirlwind of preparation activities – from sea trials to loading almost 50 boxes of supplies, from figuring out where everything goes to testing all the systems, and from cleaning all the pots and pans to making the beds. We couldn’t have done all this with out our very able crew, Tom and Hannah, and enough can’t be said about the entire Oyster team who have been incredible partners – especially our project manager Luke and commissioning skipper Duncan who oversaw all the last minute details of what became one incredible yacht. The photos below are just a glimpse of this past week.
Now, with much anticipation we’ll be departing Ipswich in the next few days and heading for the Mediterranean. It’s been quite a ride and it’s only just begun.
Spirit is showing off this weekend at the Oyster Private Preview in London at St. Katharine Docks, in the shadow of the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. While we haven’t had the chance to complete the interior décor with our own personal items like throw cushions, blankets and accessories, the Oyster staff have done a great job of doing a little decorating for the preview – our “touches” are still a week away.
After the show on Monday she’ll be sailed back to Ipswich and made ready for the handover the following week – sea trials, systems explanations and a whole lot of questions and answers. At that point we spend a few days loading her up with personal gear, provisions and perhaps a bottle of wine or two.
On Monday, May 18th we cast off for the almost 1,900-nautical mile journey to Palma. Once we start, and If you’re really bored, you can track Spirit’s progress (real time) with the satellite tracker link on the right hand side of Spirit’s homepage at http://theyachtspirit.com
The first photo below was taken in early May of last year – the rest of the photos were taken by our crew, Tom and Hannah, at the preview event going on now in London. What a year!
Early May, 2014
With a little over 20 days before Spirit is officially ours, and we depart Ipswich for the almost 1,900 nm journey to the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Oyster commissioning team is tending to all kinds of last minute details. Some of the most important details are sea trials – making sure all systems are “go” under sailing conditions.
Commissioning team sea trials
Not only is Spirit in the midst of extensive quality control, so are things like our tender – our “taxi ” to get us ashore, take us snorkeling or explore what destinations have to offer.
A 12′ AB Navigo RIB with a jockey console and 20hp Yamaha engine
Every year at the end of April Oyster Yachts has a Private Viewing of their latest yachts at St. Katharine’s Docks in London – a beautiful setting just off the Thames River next to the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.
This year Spirit has been selected to be one of the yachts featured – it will occur just before we take ownership and give Oyster’s commissioning team one last opportunity to insure everything is perfect as they sail her down from Ipswich and up the Thames, about an 84 nm transit. I guess you could call this Spirit’s coming out party after being in the build process for over 16 months. We’re ready!
The 2014 Oyster Private Viewing