“WOW! Amazing adventures indeed!” by Em my dear friend
Hi Amazing Peeps,
Ok, I’ll end the suspense. It has been fun though drawing it out he he he.
So where was I…….oh yes, the Navy wharf with no rocks.
So we dingyed across, well rowed when the outboard refused to start.
We finished the bolt rope and the clew and added further reinforcement. Just a side note: the reinforcement used were just the off cuts of the tarp except for the clew. In that we added a section on sail material that had a small clew in it and just added tarp on top.
The extra munchkins were used as weights.
It was then brought back, rowing mostly – damn outboard – and put into place.
The next morning we were all pretty excited. It was time to attach halyard, raise, furl and pray to God that it doesn’t rip right off the bat.
It took a bit mast work, not by me this time but we finally were ready and up jiberstein went.
I was pulling jiberstein up by hand and it was hard going. I seemed completely oblivious to the fact that there was a winch right next to me.
Up it went, up, up, up until finally it was in. The wind just happened to pick up a touch and I had to admit I was tense watching the clew slap against the sail. I just kept chanting to myself ‘don’t rip, don’t rip, don’t rip’.
My chanting seemed to work because jiberstein stayed strong and picked up the wind wonderfully. But we were at anchor and didn’t want to test how good our ground tackle was under sail, so it was time to furl.
We had to head back that afternoon and decided on an evening sail. That was for two reasons: 1 – sailing at sunset in calm weather is magic, 2 – once it got dark Steve could sit back and laugh as I did my first night sail and watch as I freaked going over waves I couldn’t see. That’s a story for another day.
So as the evening come and the mad dash to clean the deck, the cockpit and the galley were over, we raised anchor. The thing about East Boyd Bay at the moment is that it seems to be a collecting ground for this long sea grass. Its not growing there, just washed in and LOVES anchors and chain. Everyone that anchors there seems to spend a minimum of 5 extra minutes trying free the anchor chain from this parasitical sea grass. We just seemed to get the mother load. Finally anchor free and onboard, we headed out.
Just out from the warf we unfurl Jiberstein for his maiden voyage.
I think it has completely forgotten that it was once a tarp because it picked up the wind beautifully and we were going 2 knots as soon as it caught the wind.
The kids were in control of the winches and did a great job. After a while we put up a reefed main and they had that too. Dad was supervisor, Mum at the helm, little ones inside and older ones on sails – it was Great!
There was the occasional stressed yell from me who felt I needed to control everything else but my own job – I’m working on it, it’s easy.
I’ve just got to just drive, look at wind direction constantly and just drive. Watch for other boats from every direction, their speed and trajectory, watch wind direction constantly and just drive. Keep boat on correct heading (no autopilot), watch for boats from every direction, their speed and trajectory, watch for wind direction constantly and just drive. Oh and swell – what direction is it coming, how do I steer into it and how big is it, keep the boat on correct heading (no autopilot), watch for boats from every direction, their speed and trajectory, watch for wind dection constantly and just drive. Ignore fighting and screaming children down stairs, let older ones manage sails – they’re doing great, make sure everyone’s safe, swell – what direction is it coming, how do I steer into it and how big is it, keep the boat on correct heading (no autopilot), watch for boats from every direction, their speed and trajectory, watch for wind dection constantly and just drive. See only a simple job!
But I digress…
The tarp sail worked like a charm! What started of as a funny project, turned out beautifully. We sailed into Snug Cove in darkness, dropped anchor and called it quits for the night.
We are really happy with it and even though it still is a laugh, it is usable too.
Thanks everyone and stay tuned for a post on what we did for Star Wars Day.
Love you all.
Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the most Amazing Kids on the planet, a Polyglot, an Entrepreneur and an Oracle.