“Godspeed” lost her original aluminum mainmast off Block Island. Rather than replacing the spar as-is, the owner saw opportunity to upgrade and give the boat much-needed sailpower. VPPs were used to optimize new spar length to match Godspeed’s available power to carry sail. New main and mizzen masts were built in high-modulus carbon by Hall Spars, new sails built by North Sails, and deck modifications by New England Boatworks.
Quote from Owner Andrew Lambden:
“The rig and other improvements to Godspeed have been working very well. We had some heavy weather from Bermuda to Charleston (60 kt winds on one day and then a 55 kt gale on another day). On two occasions she picked up speed and surfed down waves. That was pretty interesting! We completed the Bermuda to St Maarten leg in 5 days and averaged about 8 kts. This included one light wind day, short sails during the night and no use of the motor. Light air speeds have definitely improved. The Code 1 dramatically increases performance in under 15 knot winds when reaching. It was great arriving n St Maarten as we came in with the front of the regatta fleet. Under white sails we were keeping up with other boats flying spinnakers!”