"My name is Dmitry, I work in maritime industry, currently for a
container shipping company, doing vessel operations. Decided to buy a small
sailing boat together with a friend. Something easy to maintain and sail
single-handed. First idea was to get Pierson Ensign since there is a fleet
of them in the area that races every week. Than our budget became an issue
and I started looking for other ideas. Our Freedom popped up on EBay. I did
a little research and became really interested. It matched all our
requirements. Well... we won the auction Even though I am a little bit
superstitious I renamed the boat. Did it according to the tradition with a
little ceremony. Now its name is "Baltika"
We got the boat in April in NJ and sailed it to Brooklyn. Came out at least
2-3 times a week. Did not get a chance to do an overnighter yet.
I raced the boat a few times but due to inexperience did not do well. So
we mostly cruised and went fishing a few times.
Now my friend moved to Panama so I get to take care of the boat by myself.
Like everything about it except the upwind performance."
Photos of Baltika
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