A second boat located in San Diego, Magic, was also in the running at the time. Magic, too, was a 47.7 First Beneteau but she was the racing version (deeper keel, taller rig; same model as Kinetic). Magic was three years
newer than Lilly, had less hours on the engine and a much larger complement of sails.
In the end, when John considered the value of Magic's extra sails (admittedly hard to do) and the benefits of being a newer, racier version to the excellent condition of Lilly and all of the features/equipment and spare parts that came with her, Lilly came out on top.
String Theory's name comes from John's love of quantum mechanics and his fascination with how the universe works. The term "String Theory" was defined by Brian Greene, a world renowned British physicist, as the "unified
consistent explanation of the universe." The renaming ceremony for String Theory took place in Roche Harbor during the Round the County race weekend in November, 2013. The ceremony began with a request to Poseidon, the "God of the Sea", to remove Lilly's name from his registry. He was given her metal nameplate to keep as an offering. The deity and his four brothers, the four wind gods, were then asked to bless String Theory, add her to Poseidon's registry and finally, to grant her fair sailing throughout his domain. The offering of champagne - some at the ceremony say too much - was also made to Poseidon throughout the ceremony.
And the rest, as John said when telling this story, is history.
Signed: Banging About Nurtures A Nauseous Attitude, But Racers Easily Alter Disposition