When Scott DiBiaso and his crew sailed the 65-foot schooner Juno out of Vineyard Haven harbor on Wednesday, Nov. 14, they had a single reef on the mainsail along with a fore staysail. Even with a conservative amount of sail exposed to the cold wind, the 25 knots of northeast breeze pushed the vessel from West Chop, down Vineyard Sound toward Aquinnah at a fast 12 to 13 knots. They were helped along by a three-knot current. It was cold and unlike summer sailing.


The shed behind the Tisbury Marketplace was built to house the construction of Rebecca back in 1997. The shed was just big enough to accommodate the schooner as her builders laid the keel, sawed out the frames and installed the bowsprit and boomkin that would help fasten her spars and rigging to hull and deck.