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After months of mulling and debate we finally came up with a name for the boat that is meaningful to us and befitting of her style. With the hard part finally checked off the list, we couldn’t wait to begin the de-naming and re-naming processes.

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De-naming calls for the old boat name to be inscribed on a piece of metal and cast into the sea (followed by a whole lot of good wine to help the god of the sea forget the old name). I selected a piping tip from my pastry chef days.

The nautical world is so filled with superstition, if you followed all of it, you’d never leave the dock. But, as sailors who love our boat as much as we love a good party, we embraced the de/re-naming according the nautical custom and made it our own.

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Brian placing the decal on the transom

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Me, seeing the new name for the first time (also, lots of champagne bottles ready to go)

We gathered some friends to help us celebrate the occasion and toast the boat. Brian and I took turns reading the required passages, asking the gods of sea and wind to accept our boat’s new name and to be gentle and supportive in our travels.

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There was reading…

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Brian pouring champagne across the bow from west to east, as is customary.

…and pouring…

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Photo Credit: Kelley Gudahl of Sailing Chance

…toasting…

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Photo Credit: Kelley Gudahl of Sailing Chance

…more toasting…

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This is Paul, our friend who helped us with the design for the transom.

…and then the party continued long into the afternoon…

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Photo Credit: Parker Gard

…and into the night…

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Photo Credit: Parker Gard

…and ended with us piling into Jason and Kelley’s dinghy to grab late night grub at the same Jersey bar where we celebrated our arrival in the harbor back in May. It was a fitting ending to a big day for Nightingale Tune and crew.