Ships log for the yacht "Sparrow" an Ian Anderson designed
'Hurley 20', sail no. 109, launched 16th November 1967.
This is the day to day stuff involved with owning and sailing a
small boat, so nothing earth shattering but there'll also
hopefully be some adventures along the way..

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Sticks up.. rags on...

...so it was that on what was quite possibly the best day we've ever had for raising a mast, the Jolly Boys "mast raising annexe" convened on Sparrow on Saturday afternoon to do the job we were born to...

What can I say? Easily one of the best raises we've done..  which given it is the first time we've done it in over 24 months is not bad going at all -  no issues, no surprises.. and up she went to be followed by beer, banter, pork pies and kettle crisps...  a libation was made to Neptune, the boat and the skipper in equal parts, fair winds, please...


...then on Sunday, in more astonishing weather, I came down and put the rags on, but not before I had to repair a rowlock on the tender - opposite side to the last repair, and a right royal bodge, but it did the job and all I needed was for it to be secure to get me out to the boat...


Half way through, Smithy came by on his kayak, so the beer supplies were damaged again, but it was good to sit in the sun, chat, talk rubbish and watch the world go by..  so that's it, all done...  better go sailing then!

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