Baggy Wrinkles

Baggy Wrinkles
S/V Nautica, Hull #614, Built at Whitby Boatworks Ltd., Ontario, Canada 1977, one of the most recognizeable Carl Alberg designs. A masthead sloop displacing 9000 lbs, keel hull, Yanmar 15 hp diesel, LOA 30.27 Beam 8.75, Draft 4.29, roller furling headsail, tiller, berths for 4, interior teak bulkheads, teak cap rail and cockpit teak coamings, 12 volt lighting, aluminum mast support, Harken self tailing winches, in its day was designed for customers as a Cruiser-Racer, the Alberg 30 remains a Classic design of the large Alberg inventory.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The name change! 

Just before setting out to take part in the Cape Dory Typhoon Nationals ( the 2nd one! ) at the terrific location in Irvington, Virginia, we decided to apply the new name on the Cape Dory.  For about the past one and a half years, La Belle Vie has been transforming into a new identity, "Baggy Wrinkles."


So after tying down the mast and securing the dory, we set out for the Rappahannock River Yacht Club, RRYC, located on Carter's Creek, in Irvington, Virginia.  The setting is a delightful little place with a friendly crowd of folks and more Cape Dory Typhoons than I'd ever seen.  Especially in one place!  The RRYC and its Commodore have to be some of the friendliest folks ever.  This was to be where we would Christen the Dory to her new name.  With fanfare and celebration.  And so we read this preface....


Vessel Renaming Ceremony 


"In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today.

"Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus (pronounced EE-oh-lus), guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:  "We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.

"Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has hitherto been known (say the former name), be struck and removed from your records. "Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed.

"In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea.

"In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea."

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And then the official Christening...



After a boat is de-named, you simply need to rename it using the traditional christening ceremony, preferably with Queen Elizabeth breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow, and saying the words:

"I name this ship Baggy Wrinkles  and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her."


We managed to do a double ceremony with Mikey, whose Radio Flyer, an even older Typhoon was to be renamed herself!  Here is Mikey doing his Christening of Radio Flyer....

With great fanfare and obvious enjoyment, the crowd of fellow Cape Dory onlookers applauded the renaming and enjoyed the Barefoot Bubbly passed around the crowd!

Thus began the Typhoon Nationals for 2014 with good winds and lots of Cape Dories and happy sailors!

Baggy Wrinkles did us well during the weekend although we had to take quick notes as these folks at the RRYC are avid Dory racers and do not wait on anyone to "come about" before they round the marker bouys!  Some fine sailing and keen maneuvering was exhibited in the crowd.  It was good to be around the same yacht design and enjoy the competition on the race course as well as the good spirited conversations around the table and new friendships made.



Voila, "Baggy Wrinkles"