We met the next morning for a gigantic buffet breakfast at the BEYC main restaurant, then sat in on the North Sails International Presentation and Press Briefing of their 3Di product, the future of sail technology for cruising sailors. Bill Fortenberry gave the presentation to the group and introduced Joy and me to all the people present as their guests of honor; Bill asked me if I would tell the group a bit about ourselves, our sailing, our yacht, and our first impressions of the 3Di product. What could I say – just awesome. Bill even raved to the crowd about Ocean Angel overtaking the professionally crewed Moorings 45.3.
After the Press Briefing, Dan and Bill boarded Ocean Angel, and we took her out into the bay for a test sail. We had Dan Neri, the CEO of North Sails and past Laser World’s champion, and Bill Fortenberry, Director of Cruising Sails Marketing and Development and past J 24 world’s champion on board Ocean Angel; amazing talent on board. While Joy or I drove the boat, Dan and Bill were setting and trimming the sails perfectly, doing all the hard work. I could get used to this.
The press boat motored alongside taking hundreds, if not thousands of photos of Ocean Angel. At one point the photographer, Amo, launched his drone into the air for overhead photos as we sailed along the edge of the reef bordering North Sound. Amo is a professional photographer who was on board boats in the last two Volvo Ocean round the world sailing regattas, so we had amazing talent in that department as well. North Sails promised us copies of all the photos taken of Ocean Angel in the British Virgin Islands.