Oh happy day
It would seem that we are ready for sea. The new starter engine has been fitted and the alternator is also back in place after it got a clean bill of health. Much to the relief of my wallet.
Great day out today. The first sail of 2021 that didn't have that 'Winter' feel.
Started out brisk and rather cold, but under a bright blue sky.
The first two hours or so were a bit of a slog to windward, but Koeketiene goes to windward rather well.
The new sails certainly make a difference. Especially the mainsail is a (drastic) improvement.
On the downwind stretch (heading for home) the wind dropped significantly and it all got to be a bit boring.
And what happens when I'm bored? I start having brilliant ideas.
Why not get the kite up? It's been over 5 months.
Five minutes later, I'm in the middle of a clusterfuck on the foredeck. Swearing ensued.
A deep breath and another five minutes later, everything was up and flying as it should.
Felt rather accomplished, but some lessons were re-learned the hard way. I had gotten rusty.
And it was all quite enjoyable for an hour or so. Then things got 'interesting'.
When it was time to get the kite down, the wind picked up. Twenty knots true - 12 apparent. SOG a respectable 8.5 knots.
At the Odet river entrance, you can have quite a big swell. The autopilot couldn't cope. Hand-helming it was, but this meant I couldn't take the kite down.
The long and short of it is, that I had to sail the boat a fair bit upriver before things got a bit calmer.
Taking down a kite on a busy river with moorings either side of the fairway... Let's just say I won't be doing that again in a hurry.
My guardian angle certainly earned her keep today.
I'm looking forward to more of the same very soon (bar the exciting bit at the end) as sailing is just about the only thing to keep me sane during the Covid nightmare.