With full sail set, Wolfhound gently leans into her task and even though the steering has hydraulic assistance I can immediately sense the yacht coming alive. She tacks with ease, the sails are no trouble to handle – the staysail is set on a boom – the only minor snag being the need to ‘pop’ the fore as its full-length battens remain inverted after tacking in the lightish breeze.
The cockpit is secure, not too large and is well protected by a fixed canvas bimini. Over the length of the deck there are comfortable places to sit, relax or simply take in the view, something that will be constantly changing as Wolfhound progresses on her 12,000-mile homewardbound adventure.
I can imagine Steven Dews being suitably inspired as Wolfhound moves south and no doubt evidence of his experience will manifest itself in future paintings.
Right: Wolfhound heads upwind off the Isle of Wight. Below: Louise in her custom galley. Bottom left: personal touches make Wolfhound very much a home. Bottom right: a slide-out TV