Tough duty... someone has to do it...
The workshop is gone. Hopefully the new owner of the tools, Matt Johnson will be able to make great use of them in his venture - check out his stuff here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mattjohnsondesigns?ref=seller_info - really neat mixture of wood and metal work.
The house gets a step closer to being sold and the boat a step closer to being home...
After last night's planning meeting (during which far too much Guinness was consumed), I think we can conclude the following tentative sailing schedule for 2012...
May 14 Splash
May 25 - 28 Block Island
June 2-3 Newport
June 9 Laurie's Day-Sail
June 10 Squash Club Day-Sail
June 16 - 17 Father's Day sail to Cuttyhunk
June 23 - 24 Menemsha
June 29 - July 1 Newport - Americas Cup Races
July 3 - 4 Bristol Fireworks
July 7 - 8 Local
July 14 - 29 Summer Cruise: New England's Islands.
- 7/14 Newport Anchorage
- 7/16 Fishers Island
- 7/18-21 New York City (Take in a show)
- 7/22 Depart New York
- 7/23 Arrive Nantucket
- 7/25 Dinner event in Nantucket
- 7/28 Cuttyhunk
- 7/29 Newport
Aug 4 - 5 Cuttyhunk Kids weekend
Aug 11 - 12 Local
Aug 14 - 27 France
Aug 31 - Sept 3 Fall Cruise
- Aug 31 To Shelter Island
- Sept 1 Shelter Is.
- Sept 2 Block Is. (? If open! ?)
- Sept 3 Home
Sept 7 - 9 Marthas Vineyard
Sept 13 - 16 Newport Boat Show
Sept 22 - 23 Local
Sept 29 - 30 Local
Oct 6 - 8 Columbus Day Menemsha Cruise
If you're interested in joining us on any of these days, please let us know...
So here I am in Itajai - venue for the arrival of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race - and I got here a week or two too early! Rats!
Beach right outside the hotel I'm staying at - can't be bad!
From the Balme Sail-Loft - old and new on the way...
Turns out to be a whole bunch more complex than we thought - at one point I was studying how 4 pieces of material came together at the same seam for hours! Which got attached to which first, then second...
I think it's highly likely that there'll be some final fitting required :-(
A lot of firsts this weekend...
-We managed to learn how to use the new sewing machine.
-We turned our house into a sail loft - with a cutting table (the floor) big enough to lay out the 6ft wide x 22ft long sailcover.
-We learned how to sew in zippers (more accurately, we learned how not to), managed to get away with it and know how to do it right next time (we think).
-All this while the two of us prepared for every 50+ year-old's favorite medical examination!
But, we got it done and now have a nice new brighter blue sailcover - all it needs is the fasteners - which we'll put in place when it's on the boat.