We had to wait until late in the afternoon to launch Arctic Loon as we needed a rising tide in Cowichan Bay at the public boat launch. We planned on launching Arctic Loon and stepping the mast the same day but it took longer than we thought to get the boat secured on the trailer, so we decided to step the mast two days later on Sunday. We had told a few friends and family about the launch and were pleased to say that the atmosphere was quite festive with about 12-14 people in attendance, taking photos and asking Ellery and I questions about Arctic Loon. At this point, all the essential things had been done on Arctic Loon to make her ready for launch and the trip south to Victoria. The cabin was looking very clean and organized with everything stowed in its place. Her deck and hull were also clean and ready for launch. Just before we launched Arctic Loon, Ellery opened a bottle of champagne, said a toast: May God bless this ship and all who sail in her; and then sprayed her bow.
We would like to thank Ellery’s parents Bob & Sue for allowing us use of their driveway and shop for 10 months while Arctic Loon was in refit. We also appreciate staying at their lovely home pretty much every weekend during this time. Thank you!