I recently purchased Holger Danske, a 2001 36 MKII. I was not sure about the name but heard it was Danish and that the original owner was Danish. After researching, it is the name of a mythical king from Denmark that will always step in and make things right if things get really bad. It was also the name of an underground resistance movement during WWII. The first time I raised the main, I noticed that the sail number was 1939. I decided I should keep the name.
Our Mk 1 C36 originally was called Merry Prankster but was changed in the early 1990s. Often when we are coming into a marina we hear other boaters singing the Billy Joel song to us. Unfortunately, we haven’t entertained Billy Joel, Elle McPherson or Christie Brinkley on the boat yet. Perhaps that’s because we live on Vancouver Island, not Long Island!
I have thought about this for a while, to rename my boat, a boats name should have meaning and a story behind it. Previously the boat was named Optimist and that name is only left on the starboard hull currently so I am about to do the de-naming ceremony soon with some Swedish branvin I found called Sailing. Neat little bottle it is tilted on the bottom so that the whole bottle heels when you put it down.
Godspeed is an expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey.
It is also the name of an historic vessel. Godspeed, under Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, was the name of one of three ships that set sail for the New World in 1606. The journey resulted in the settling of Jamestown, VA.
After a few surf trips to Costa Rica I fell in love with the country. I had hoped to move there when I retired but my wife had other ideas. So having sailed for 33 years and having owned a Cat 30 before, I figured my next option was to purchase the boat I had always wanted, and name her Pura Vida. Which I did 2 years ago and have never looked back. There is just no substitute for the relaxation of 5-6 hour sail on these boats.
When I retire, my Hobby Time will become my full time hobby!
Update! I have retired and my Hobby Time is a joy to sail and share with the family.
There is nothing like the lack of mechanical sound that we are all subjected to and the peaceful sound of an ocean breeze.