Sailing Vessel “Portal”

Hmmm, so I know I said her name WASN’T Portal… but I lied. It really is. We let it simmer within us, within her fibreglass layers, for several months, and despite a less-than-passionate response from you lot, we realized, it IS her name. She whispered it to us, and as we sailed her into the sunset on our maiden voyage, the name settled sweetly into our hearts and water bubbled past her hull with effervescent joy.

Cape Dory 30 Sailing Vessel “Portal”, born June 1979, christianed Spice II, de-named August 18th 2012, re-named “Portal” 0930, August 18th 2012.

De-Naming Ceremony: ~ Charlie and I read this at the bow, as our 20 friends listened on ~

“In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today. Mighty Neptune, king of all that moves in or on the waves; and mighty Aeolus, guardian of the winds and all that blows before them:
“We offer you our thanks for the protection you have afforded this vessel in the past. We voice our gratitude that she has always found shelter from tempest and storm and enjoyed safe passage to port.
“Now, wherefore, we submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has hitherto been known, Spice II, be struck and removed from your records. Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name, she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed.
“In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea. In consequence whereof, and in good faith, we seal this pact with a libation offered according to the hallowed ritual of the sea.”

~ Then we poored a nice (expensive!) bottle of champagne all over the bow ~

Portal’s Re-Naming Ceremony:¬† ~ We, all 20 or so of us, read this one from the dock in unison ~

“We name this ship PORTAL, and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who sail on her.”

And SMASH goes the second bottle of nice (expensive!) champagne, on the bow-sprit/anchor roller!

You’ll be pleased to know we all got to drink a bottle of the stuff too, though we saved the best for Neptune and the Gods of course!


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