The mammoth three-masted gaff schooner Athena showed up in Soper’s Hole sometime yesterday morning, and is still dominating the scenery today. We get these awful “mini-cruise-ship-with-masts” in here a few times a week, which for all their size and apparent glory are a blight in a true sailor’s eyes. Athena, on the other hand… well, sure, she’s got an elevator in one of the masts, but she’s a pretty girl, and a sailor too. The scale of things is overwhelming; i sailed the Dink out yesterday evening to take a look, and found that she was anchored waayyy farther out in the outer harbour than i thought. That, to me, is a sure sign of a well-proportioned boat; it’s really only the antlike folks on deck that give it away.


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