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Necker Belle

She’s now officially Necker Belle!

A few blogs back I mentioned the process involved in changing the name of a yacht. Well last week we held the official ceremony, which saw the name Necker Belle firmly written in Neptune's ledger and the old one disappear forever.

As Richard was in town, the opportunity was too good to miss.

So with champagne on hand, the ceremony went like this:

"Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records and recollection the name Lady Barbaretta, which has ceased to be an entity in your kingdom. As proof thereof, we submit this ingot bearing her name to be corrupted through your powers and forever be purged from the sea."

(At this point, the prepared metal tag bearing the old name Lady Barbaretta in water-soluble ink is dropped from the bow of the boat into the sea.)

"Now therefore, we submit this supplication, that the name of this vessel has hitherto been known as Lady Barbaretta, be struck and removed from your records and archives".

"In grateful acknowledgment of your munificence and dispensation, we offer these libations to your majesty and your court."

(Pour 1/2 of the bottle of Champagne into the sea from East to West and then West to East.)

"Oh mighty rulers of the winds, through whose power our frail vessels traverse the wild and faceless deep, we implore you to grant this worthy vessel Necker Belle the benefits and pleasures of your bounty, ensuring us of your gentle ministration according to our needs."

"Hail! Aelous and Neptune! We seek your benevolence upon this vessel, now to be known as 'Necker Belle'".

"Aeolus, whose mighty hand doth charge the wind, to this vessel gentle zephyrs send, and we who sail within will bend our heads in awe and tribute, without end".

"With breath from high that maketh heaven's breeze, to cause we sailors joy, or fear, upon the seas. We call upon you Aeolus, please grant this ship and all its mortals, ease"

"To Aeolus!"

(Everyone drinks a toast to Aeolus, pours wine into the air and rings the bell)

"O! Neptune, you spirit God of waters great and small, on this vessel, by your grace, allow these sons and daughters all, to pass from port of hailing to their port of call, and on these sailing subjects make your gentle blessings fall."

"You who cause the seas to rage or lie in sweet repose, please list to we mariners here, your servants of the flows. This ship, the captain, the crew and all those who love the wind and seas will follow where thee goes".

"To Neptune!"

(Everyone toasts Neptune, pours wine into the water and rings the bell)

"Let it be recorded, that on this day Monday 28 September, and forever more, this fine vessel is named Necker Belle."

"I name this ship Necker Belle. May god bless her and all who sail in her."

(At this point, Richard cracked a bottle of champagne over the hull).

"And now, a toast to Necker Belle"

(Everyone toasts Necker Belle, pours wine into the water and rings the bell)