Vento Solare is finally launched! Normally this is just a check in the box but this year a major milestone. The week prior to Easter I felt miserable and had no energy. After a couple of calls to the doctor on separate days, I went to the Emergency room at Newport Hospital on Friday and ended up spending 5 days over Easter in the ICU being treated for pneumonia. I am feeling much better now but have about a 6 week period as my energy level and lung capacity gets back to normal. Let’s just say that grandpa is taking lots of naps these days.
Anyway, all this would not be possible without the help of Gardner Howe and my son-in-law Scott Moeller who spent a day at the boat wet sanding to be ready for launch.
My duties were to change out the paper and spray the hose since I didn’t have the strength to do any sanding. It was a beautiful sunny day and with the well coordinated team was able to complete sanding with 320, 400 and 600 grit in three hours.
I also want to acknowledge Trevor DiMarco and Pat Tormey (with Scott & Gardner) for their help prepping the boat with me before I ended up in the hospital. Vento Solare is very ready for the season with just a few topside cosmetic tasks to be done. Plans are to find a nice day this coming week to bring Vento Solare to her slip at the Navy marina. Our first crew practice is Tuesday, April 25th. Looking forward to seeing you all and being on the water again.