Sunday Aug 17, 2008

No, I haven't stopped sailing

I've not blogged about sailing in some time. Its not that I've not been Sailing. Its more due to me not blogging enough. I'm going to try and do a weekly recreational blog. (Watch me fail).

Since my last post, I've been helping out at my local Sailing Club (Burghfield Sailing Club)
with their Oppie Club. My oldest daughter got quite into it, and I got her an old wooden Oppie called Major Tom. Here's me sailing it.


As you can see, it's for kids, not adults. (And yes, I did eventually pick up the kid swimming behind the boat).

I've gotten a lot better sailing my Laser 2000, and have been trying to take part in the Wednesday Evening Pursuit races that take place during the Summer at the club. (On Wednesday evenings, funnily enough). I actually came first in one of them this year, and pretty happy with my progress.

Last week we were doing pretty well in quite windy conditions (I think we were 4th or 5th with 15 mins to go), when my main halyard broke, resulting in me having to DNF. The bigger problem was that we're taking the boat down to Cornwall on holiday next week, so I had to get it fixed pretty quickly. This weekend, I spent Saturday morning down at the Sailing club taking the mast down, and feeding a piece of wire up the inside of the mast, and rerunning the old main halyard. (This is harder than it sounds) The Chandlery at the Sailing Club was closed (the owners had a day at the races at Ascot or something) so I couldn't get a new halyard. Felt I might as well run the old rope, and once it's in, its easy enough to replace without having to take the mast down. On Sunday, today, they were open, so I was able to replace the old rope with a nice shiny new halyard.

It's also the first time I'll be towing the boat anywhere, so I also needed to get a couple of towing essentials for the trip. (Fortunately the family car has a towbar). I've decided to play it safe and get a new Jib Halyard as well, as it is also about 8 years old. A trip to the LaserDirect and £100 pounds later, I've got a bunch of stuff coming, hopefully by Wednesday this week, which will give me enough time to fit before setting off on the weekend.

It's also the first time that we'll be taking the L2K onto the open water. The place we've rented is in a sheltered cove, so we don't HAVE to go to sea, but it might be fun to go out for a laugh.

If this is my last ever blog post, you can guess what happened.


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