Annapolis Rigging instrumental in Orion success in Annapolis to Newport race June 2017. After breaking her mast in January Orion went to Annapolis rigging, one of the best riggers and Maryland, for a replacement. Built by Offshore spars in Carbon, the mast was delivered to Annapolis for final tweaks and installation. Paul Milo Orion's Owner told the capital newspaper how it went.
Milo had the boat trucked back to Annapolis then set about organizing a repair job. However, the replacement mast did not arrive until two weeks ago, giving the owner precious little time to get the boat ready in time for the June 2 start of Annapolis-to-Newport.
Jay Herman of Annapolis Rigging saved the day, stepping the rig in record time then performing all the necessary tuning.
"Jay really performed a Herculean effort to get the mast in the boat," said Tad Hutchins, a Quantum Sail Design professional who regularly races aboard Orion. "Unfortunately, there wasn't any wind in Annapolis the week before the race so we could not properly test the rig. The first time we loaded it up was during the race."
Orion captured line honors among the 32 boats in four classes that started on Friday and also took first place in IRC 2 on corrected time. It was the first Annapolis-to-Newport Race victory for Milo, who was competing in the offshore classic for the fourth time.