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Bish Bosh

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Made it at last... my first trip back to "home port" since the delivery trip in Sparrow at the beginning of  last season...not the first time I've tried to get there [clicky] either..

So...  another one of those crafty days off that do seem to generate such good sailing days, a full tank of petrol and a half a can in reserve, and I decided to repeat the experiment of last time and motor down past Marker to give me a run at the bottom of the harbour - doubly so as winds were very light at this time of tide, they didn't really start to kick up until high tide...

Motored down to Verner, switched off the engine (oh, blessed relief) and I then had a lovely reach over the Pilsey Sands from just north of the entrance to Mill Rythe towards East Head, where I then turned down the Chichester Channel towards Itchenor and Bosham


Always a little worrying going across the Sands as I have no depth gauge on "Sparrow" but with a rising tide, a Spring, and 4.7m of water, a…

Little make do and mend session..

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With neaps at the moment, and a 9 o'clock high tide on Sunday, coupled with baby sitting the grandson and it meant no opportunity to go sailing...   needs must though and I managed to get put to the boat in the afternoon for a couple of hours of faffing round, err, essential maintenance...  

First off - I had recently got lucky on eBay with a pair of decent blocks that I intended to use for the genoa sheets - the old ones were OK, but largely plastic, and the friction level was fairly high - the new ones (Barton, 45mm, swivel type) are more robust, and the sheaves turn more lightly....  I swapped the old ones over for these new ones..  what I'm hoping for is that this will give a faster recovery of sheets through the tack - one of the problems I am seeing is that the sheets are now so long so as to accommodate the bigger genoa that the sheets are dragging as I go through the tack - so I have to manually free them half way through the tack ... I'm also thinking that when …