RP37 LAUNCH - CAPE TOWN

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Above: Early days....

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Above: In need of top coat.

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Above: My lead casting foundary. (always wanted to be a foundaryman) 

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Above: Finally some top coat!

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Above: One Week before launch

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Above: The team!! I miss them already!

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Above: Tight squeeze...

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Above: Taking a break

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Above: Silky launch

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Above: Cardiac Arrest launch

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Above: Final product

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Above: The guys enjoying a well deserved cold one!

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Above: Test drive

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Above: Joe enjoying his boat

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Above: Dock Life....better get used to it!

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Above: Sunset in Cape Town Harbour

 

At the end of last year I was given the opportunity to take over the build of two Reichel Pugh 37 feet, carbon fibre, racing yachts. Having never managed a project of this magnitude and knowing that by accepting, I would delay the departure of our Melody adventure, it was not an easy decision to make. With the support and encouragement from Vivian, Rufus and Kate and the knowledge that I would be working with a world class building team, I took the leap.

After eight months of hard work, lots of stress, laughter and unhealthy amounts of coffee, the two beautiful girls were launched early last week. It would never have been possible to produce products of such high standard without the skill and hard work of a dedicated team. I would like to say a huge thank you to Jean, Sobs, Rufus, Vincent, Steven, Howard, Lennox and Fanie. I am proud of you guys!

Sea trials are scheduled to start tomorrow after which I am free to get back on-board Melody and help prep for the first leg of our adventure. I can’t wait!

Wil