For a boat built in 1912, she moves pretty darn quick. Needless to say, this video was taken during a much calmer moment, as we were headed in.
We're actually off the wind on a bit of a broad reach in this shot. We had to trim the main in to depower the boat, which is why its further in. Going to weather, the rail was burried about 1.5 feet under water. As far as wooden boat sailing is concerned, it was gnarly. We have the same breeze today for practice, but aren't going out. The owner figured we danced with this wind once and had a lovely time, but doesn't want to push it again!
We train with 8 full time crew, but will race with 11 crew (that doesn't include the owner/driver).
That is a stunning restoration.....and she does move! I'll bet modern sail fabrics have enchanced the sailing maneuverabilty of the boat...how much lead is in the keel? Same rudder? Seems like a lifetime ago but I used to sail at the Real Club Nautico in Barcelona. I never sailed on a restored work of art, however!