Thursday, 26 June 2008

Out with Ben

Took Ben out with us for the afternoon. Beat up the Stour to Wrabness and then ran back down.

Tiller felt a bit heavy, Ben pulled some strings and all of a sudden she was perfectly balanced - his Yachtmaster training really worked!

Freeflow through the lock on the way back in.

Aluminium gaff saddle found to be collapsed due to metal fatigue.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Home again

Leisurely sail back from Wrabness to Shotley.

Left 9:30, back on our own berth by noon.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

RHS Trafalgar Rally

we motored up to Holbrook for the Old Gaffers rally and anchored for breakfast at the RHS school.

In the afternoon there was a race round Shotley Spit and back. We hit a squall on the way back and used the engine to steady her while we got the topsail down so we retired from the race.

The barbecue on Wrabness beach in the evening was great.

Stayed overnight on a mooring at Wrabness.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

First Trip

We finally get to sail her! (just a short trip up the Stour)

Left at 14:00 with Alison as skipper, wind N2-3 Hoisted sail off the Ganges pier.

Ran down to Erwarton S Cardinal

Yard still working on her so we left her on the C pontoon after some maneuvering practice in the marina.

Out for about 3 hours with about 1 engine hour.