I had the pleasure of delivering home Froya, a McCurdy & Rhodes 46 that was owned by my late friend Briggs Tobin. Built by Frans Maas in Breskens, Holland in 1971, she was designed to go fast in strong winds under large amounts of sail. Unlike modern boats that surf on top of the waves, Froya muscles through them, relying on waterline length and mass to blast through the roughest conditions at maximum speed. Sadly, Briggs died unexpectedly in 2022 and Froya is on the hard and awaiting her next owner after taking second in class in the 2022 Newport Bermuda Race and first among all-amateur crews. 

The boom separated from the mast on the ride back — casualty of heavy driving on the way down – but we made do with a loose-footed main as this spectacular drone footage shows.