speak softly and carry big sticks
We promised you ongoing updates from the fitout of Athos, the largest privately owned two-master on the planet, and here’s a shot that should give you some scale. At 62 meters for the main mast alone, she’ll have trouble getting under the Golden Gate bridge, but the entire stepping operation was over and done in a few short hours. One of the great things about Athos and the breed of modern sailing ships that have come in the wake of projects like Maltese Falcon, Mirabella, and Athena is that the sail handling systems are now extremely efficient, leading to significantly more time under sail than classics of the past couple of decades.
Now an extremely shorthanded crew can make working sail in minutes without breaking a sweat, and with the sound and vibration-proofing used, it’s like the generators aren’t even on. Ideal? Maybe not for a purist. But damned cool, and we want a ride! Photo from our pal Fletch with 20 more from yesterday’s stepping here, and we’re hoping for some more when she goes sailing over the next week or two.