Thursday, July 8, 2010

Re-Christening Ceremony

We passed rigging survey and tune on Friday and now with the last of the initial projects complete Cold Feet has a clean bill of health and she's set for the Re-Christening.
She's officially S/V Cold Feet and all is right with Neptune.  The Bishops came up to help us celebrate the re-christening and 4th of July.  (below are the videos)  We had a great time in Anacortes watching the parade down main street and fireworks from the bow.  Thanks to the weather we even tested out the capacity down below, having 4th of July hamburger and hotdogs with two dogs, two kids and four adults - everybody fit.

On Monday we left the slip and hoisted sails for the first time.  It was great!!  We sailed 8 miles, not bad for our first day with a late start.

Here's the script from the re-christening.

We mariners gather here today to call upon the gods of the sea and wind to bless us and grant us safe passage as we, humble new mariners, perform the sacred rights of passage to rechristen our vessel.
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 Sailys and Cathrine, be struck and removed from your records.
We authenticate our request with offerings of libations, in recognition of the venerated rituals of the sea.
Mighty Neptune, king of the seas and all they contain, and Aeolus, ruler of the winds that blow across all waters, we offer our collective and heartfelt gratitude we rededicate this vessel to your domain in the name Cold Feet with the  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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