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Serena Refit 2020 

Since the sailing season in New England was becalmed by the COVID pandemic, Serena made a run down to West Palm Beach. Once there, she started her planned 10-year survey and electrical refit a couple months early. Our yacht’s arrival in Florida looked poorly timed when Tropical Storm Isaias began its trajectory up from the […]

Winter Cruising in the Islands 

St. Kitts Anchorage Ballast Bay Nevis in background

Serena arrived in the Caribbean in November as deck cargo in St. Thomas, USVI. (See “Heading South, Serena Hitches a Ride.”) Once underway, she sailed east through the British Virgin Islands and across uncharacteristically placid seas to a winter home base in St. Maarten. Subsequent cruising took Serena south to St. Kitts and Nevis, and then to Antigua, farther east.

Caribbean Cruising Begins 

Serena arrived in St. Thomas by ship and soon motored east and south through the islands towards Antigua. One early stop was in Virgin Gorda's North Sound in the British Virgin Islands in a quiet anchorage in front of Prickly Pear island. When the anchor hit the sandy bottom of the sound, Serena's Caribbean cruising season was officially underway.

Heading South, Serena Hitches a Ride 

When summer ended in New England, Serena’s crew prepared her to sail for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and arranged to hitch a ride aboard the Schippersgracht of Amsterdam. The boat-toting vessel arrived in Portsmouth, R.I., on November 5th, lifted Serena high out of the water and secured her on deck. The ship was expected to make stops in Philadelphia and Freeport, Grand Bahama, before arriving just outside of Crown Bay, St. Thomas, in mid-November. 

Serena Featured in Pilot, the Feadship magazine 

Feadship, the Dutch builder known worldwide for its magnificent superyachts, first constructed the steel hull of Serena in 1964 to the design of legendary Italian boatbuilder Carlo Riva. In a nod to that era, when a relatively few private yachts of Serena’s scale were built, a recent edition of Pilot, the boatbuilder’s magazine, featured our yacht.

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Hauled out in Florida; it’s refit time aboard Serena. #yachtrefit ...

En route from Virgin Gorda to St. Maarten. #smoothcrossing #cruisingtheislands #Caribbean ...

Serena proudly showing off her colors at her NYYC Commissioning last spring 🚩Bet you wouldn’t have guessed that she’s 6 years older than the Newport International Boat Show (who turns the big 5-0 next year)! Good luck finding a prettier sight this weekend 👌🏼 @silkenphoto @thenewportboatshow #newportri ...

Docked in Bristol @herreshoff with @doradesailing1929 ...

As signal boat for the race committee, we’re waiting patiently for the wind at the #operahousecup on Nantucket Sound. ...

Classics waiting for wind - Ticonderoga, Spartan, Serena. #nyyc175 #classicyachts @nyyc_regattas ...

What the action @12mrworldchampionship looked like on the water! Both photos 📷 @ianroman / @north_sails ...

What the action as race committee boat (Serena) and racer (Kookaburra II) @12mrworldchampionship looked like from above, last week. ...

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