Launch Day!

On Monday, June 18, Perception touched fresh water for the first time!  The best way to share our excitement is to direct you to the link below, which will take you to reporter Savannah Fish’s coverage of the event.  We thank Savannah for her excellent coverage on a very damp day.

We would also like to thank Record-Eagle photographer Sarah Moore Kuschell for this photo of Perception being lowered into West Grand Traverse Bay. See more of her photos of the big day at:

We also are indebted to the following for their financial assistance:  Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, August A. Busch III Charitable Trust, Schmuckel Family Foundation, Rotary Club of Traverse City Good Works Fund, Dr. Susan Wainwright,William S. Harper, Nick and Susan Hansen, and Margaret Fogiorne.

We would also like to thank Dave Darga of Harbor West Yacht Club for providing winter storage and moving our masts and spars, Team Elmers for carefully hoisting Perception off the jackstands, onto the truck, off the truck, and into the water, and Premier Marine Services for hauling Perception across the street to Discovery Pier.