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..and we're out...

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..particularly good this year as I was first out on the Sunday..  

Humungous moon = BIG tides..



Midday high tide, and it was 4.7mtrs so I knew I'd have to get under the bridge sharp'ish, otherwise even with the mast down I wouldn't clear under the bridge..  I think probably an hour and a half either side of HT and it would have been a no go, and as I didn't want to wait until the middle of the afternoon I had to get some skates on...

Got to the club about 9'ish, not enough water yet, cup of tea, made myself known to the lift team, noted very few other skippers around and a yard almost full of boats already, watched them trying to start the tractor (and without that I'd be staying put as it powers the hoist and does the towing..) until in the end they got round the burnt out relay by bridging a connection with a screw driver...

Got a lift to Sparrow on the club runabout - engine on and fired up and I then took 5 minutes to try and remove the pick up tackle bu…

Mast down and ready to come out....

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So on Sunday the intrepid band of brothers (well...  sub annnexe...  as Smithy and t'other Dave aren't safe to be let loose on a small boat ) of Rod the Mod, Dave and I convened aboard Sparrow for the bi-annual wrestle with the mast foot bolts that is the mast raising/lowering...

Have to say that this years was probably one of the best mast lowering's we have - didn't really do anything significantly different to previous attempts [clicky],  and we must have done this about a dozen times now as a team... 

I'd bought a small pry bar to help with just "ooching" the mast up a bit to help getting the bottom bolt out of the mast/tabernacle - not a massive success, but Dave had a suggestion to just slightly increase the size of the bolt holes on the tabernacle..  will do that this winter...

Other than that, the drop was smoother than a smooth thing and fairly soon we were reduced to this ==>



The sun was shining as we took the mast down - chilly though as la…

Last sail of 2016..

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...well on Sparrow anyway.. 

So a crafty half day off to get a last sail in before Sparrow comes out of the water next weekend.. she's due to be lifted on the 16th, and Rod and Dave are booked tomorrow for the bi-yearly fun and games that is the raising/lowering of the mast..  always fun, and I've already got the beer and pork pies in for after.. 

Last weekend was a bit quiet so I thought I'd sneak out and hopefully get a better one, alas was not meant to be.. it was windier, but no more than a F3 all day, but what we did get was an easterly (well, just north of east to be precise) which is about as far from the usual direction as it's possible to get (we have prevailing SW'ly's round here)

So full main, 90% genoa (just because it makes it easier to handle rather than wind conditions) and motored into wind to the end of the "ditch"..  then turned and reached down harbour - kept well over to the side of the channel to keep out of the main tide which I …

Goose wing Sunday...

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Possibly the last sail of the season, but to be honest this was a bit of an anti-climax so I've blown a half days holiday with the intention of getting out again this Friday afternoon...

Big tide weekend ...  4.8mtrs...  so there was a lot of water sloshing around, and not much wind to counter it...  on at least three occasions I was going gently backwards!

Northerly and fluky..  I spent the day either running or beating...  the down wind legs were dead downwind but the wind was switching 5 or 10 degrees continuously, which made it tricky to decide sail position, as goose wing switched from one side to the other continuously...

Either way, downwind to Marker took me two and a half hours, turned an beat back, wind dropped, engine on and back to the mooring..  7 miles in four hours...


Beautiful day though and I got home burnt and tired...  not bad for October!

...not much to dislike on a day like this....


Log:


Distance: 6.9 miles (in 4 hours! ) - cumulative total in the mileage tab a…