Latest news from JF André and his CORDOVA 40
The architect navigator is aboard his 40 CORDOVA, we just received his last newsletter:
NEWSLETTER # 2 – Jean-Francois ANDRE
May, the 15th, 2014
The Cordova slightly pulled its anchor at the bottom of the Tred Avon River, in the east of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA.
It is nice to resume navigation after 5 months at the Annapolis City Dock. The historic town is very pretty, cobbled streets and old houses make its charm.
The winter was severe, people have not experienced such weather for 30 years, a lot of snow with very low temperatures: -15 ° C. Fortunately, the “Dickinson” stove fuel pleasantly warmed the atmosphere of the board, from time to time helped by a Ti Punch (typical Rhum cocktail from Martinique), leftover from our visit in Martinique last winter, when the temperature is at its lowest .
A very good isolation between 60 and 80mm polyurethane foam and the double glazed windows helped to maintain a temperature between 16 and 18 ° inside the boat. Winter has quickly gone away, I went for many visits to Washington, located about 70 miles away and my work on new designs.
We just spent a week in a shipyard to clean the boat. The Cordova has emerged as new. The hull was particularly dirty, it deserved a new antifouling. It is, like us, ready to go sailing again.
It is still too early to go back to Maine, we will firstly return to Newport, Rhode Island, a paradise for those who love sailing. Any size, any style, it is a feast for the eyes, Class J, 12M, etc … etc..
Do not miss also: the museum (located in Bristol) devoted to Nathanael Herreshoff, probably the most talented naval architect.
Our program this year is to join St Pierre and Miquelon and Terre-Neuve.
A lot of fog is expected this summer, cold winter in NE America has favored the development of icebergs, hence a significant cooling of the ocean and creating fog with the first heat in late June .
The boat is well suited to these rather cold regions, even in summer. Wheelhouse, with its glass windows, allows a proper lookout in comfort with navigation instruments under the eyes.
Last summer, during the journey that led us to Quebec, through New York, the Hudson and Lake Champlain, we enjoyed the comfort inside the boat when the wind was blowing, which happened frequently!
Sailing in the Saint-Laurent river can be quite sporty, because of the strong currents, no mistake should be done in the tidal schedules! There are few possible anchorages because of the strong current, we were quite disappointed that we could not stop more often.
We came back with pleasure in the salty water of the Saint-Laurent Gulf, with a beautiful stopover in the Iles de La Madeleine.
The behavior of the Cordova at sea is very good and sailing upwind is quite satisfactory for a center boarder. This is due to a deep dagger board.
The self-tacking jib which takes over the genoa upwind when the wind is blowing stronger is very efficient, tall and narrow, it allows good upwind speed and route and greatly facilitates tacking. No winch maneuver needed, it’s very nice for us who are sailing double-handed.
The boat has now sailed over 11,000 miles and still gives much satisfaction to its owners.
Jean-François ANDRE, St Mickaels, Maryland