“GODSPEED” Dashew 80 – New Spars and Sailplan

“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!”