Mowzer was built at the Fountaine-Pajot yard in La Rochelle, France. La Rochelle is on the western coast of France about half-way down and of course this is a long way from St. Thomas. The solution - a delivery crew.
Mowzer was actually completed and delivered to the marina for rigging and testing on December 10. Once the boat was masted, rigged and the sails were bent on, she underwent a period of testing and tuning before being handed over to the delivery crew just prior to Christmas. With some pretty nasty weather hitting Europe, the crew decided to wait out the weather and then finally departed from La Rochelle on December 31st.
Here's the progress so far:
Dec 31 - 1700 GMT - departed La Rochelle, France
Jan 2 - 1447 GMT - N44 2.779 W7 1.196
crossing the Bay of Biscay, north of Spain
Jan 4 - stopover of 36 hours in A Coruna, Spain to avoid a warm front
departed in the morning for Madeira
I'll post more updates as they come in.