Launch Day

June 15, 2016 – The Sea Ranch launch ramp at Napa Valley Marina

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Ravenswing’s first voyage was less than a mile downstream (near that railroad bridge) to Charlie & Barb’s home & dock. We spent a month closing out the workshop and stepping the rig / preparing sails. July 17, 2016 was her first journey by sail, down the Napa River and on to Marina Bay, Richmond. Big thanks to Goose for all these wonderful shots, and for bringing us gas because the skipper forgot to check that!

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