Synergy and Team WAVE won Cruising Class and Division and were 14th on corrected time overall out of a fleet of 265 boats that took part in the 100 th anniversary Newport-Bermuda race in June,an especially sweet victory because Synergy's owner Lea de Haas is the first woman skipper to win ever, and we are the first all women team to be victorious.
owner, Lea de Haas
was loving her
boat, as were the rest of the crew.This boat has special meaning to a few of us, having seen it resurrected twice, once from neglect, and the second time from hurricane Lenny.I have sailed aboard her
over the past 12 years and when she
first arrived in the BVI our pre-start maneuvers consisted of nailing sheets of plywood to the deck so you didn't fall through.Now she
is once again ocean racing as she
was designed to do in '74.
the owner, at 58, is an awesome woman of great character and someone I aspire to be like.
had a conversation with the Princess about the crew, the boat and the race.A few of us were asked questions and it was smiles all around.Then we went to the Governor's Mansion to receive our awards. Lea
plaque for First in Class, and another plaque and beautiful half model of Finnistere, a three time winner of the race, for First in Division.
And a special thanks to Conrad Spaans who took time away from his business to help Lea
in the big task of getting Synergy ready.