The Schooner Virginia is sporting both new masts and a new game plan. I was out at Lyon Shipyard today as they lowered in the new laminated foremast and mainmast which replace the original solid douglas fir masts. Those old masts were cracked and weather-worn, definitely in need of replacement.
But more important, I think, is the new game plan for the replica schooner. Instead of spending winters down south and summers on the tall ship circuit up north, she will be home-ported in Norfolk, taking school kids out for day sails and maintaining a presence on our waterfront. I don't know the details, don't even know if the details have all been worked out. But I am glad to see the ship has weathered her financial difficulties which I mentioned here a few years ago.
The Virginia is a beautiful ship and I have had the good fortune to sail down Chesapeake Bay on her, I've posted some photos of that trip here. I am very excited that she will be a part of our waterfront here in town and I can't wait to trade tacks with her this summer on the Elizabeth River.