These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

21 September 2022 | Oakland, CA
19 September 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
13 September 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
09 September 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
02 September 2022 | Apu Bay
28 August 2022 | Bora Bora Yacht Club
25 August 2022 | Aloe Cafe, Bora Bora
20 August 2022 | Fare, Huahine
19 August 2022 | Avea Bay
14 August 2022 | Avea Bay, Huahine
12 August 2022 | Avau Bay
09 August 2022 | Avua Bay
07 August 2022 | Apu Bay, Taha'a
05 August 2022 | Launch Slip, Raiatea Carenage
02 August 2022 | Raiatea Carenage
01 August 2022 | Raiatea Carenage
31 July 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
29 July 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
28 July 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 July 2022 | Pension Tiare Nui

Hard Work in the Yard, Day 2

02 August 2022 | Raiatea Carenage
William Ennis | Hot and rainy
We worked today on raising sails. Each year, we seem to forget the nuances of putting on sails and it was the same this year. We also raced against wind, since raising a sail in wind simply isn't possible and is usually dangerous to people and gear. We have to wait for the lulls to do any work.

Eventually, we got our gear together and decided to get the larger sail on first: the jib. And it's enormous! We got lucky with the jib and endured just a few small gusts before we could get it raised, adjusted, and rolled up on the forestay.

Although the main sail is smaller, it's physically much heavier. There are battens to install: lengths of fiberglass placed through horizontal pockets in the sail that stiffen the sail and provide better shape. We also had to install the "lazy bag", a cloth bag that hugs the boom and into which one can easily drop the main for protecting the main from sun and the elements. Both can be difficult when working in a sea of stiff nylon cloth, flopping in the wind.

While waiting on the wind to cooperate, I studied our next big chore, the water maker rebuild. Conni worked her tail off in the heat and did all of those chores that add up to a well-ordered deck: lines stowed, line bags installed, dodger completed, and lots more. Wings looks like a sailboat on deck, at last.

The weather is supposed to deteriorate starting tomorrow, Wednesday, and continue to be bad until Sunday. We've thought about it and have decided that scrambling for a mooring or dropping a hook then waiting out bad weather, is a poor entry into sailing this season. We've got a boat that hasn't been in the water for almost a year and we'd be facing 12-foot seas and 27 knot wind. Nope. We'll stay ashore and hope that we'll be splashed on Friday and sit in the little launch slip until Sunday, then head to Taha'a. We can fill water tanks, inflate the dinghy, and test the engine, all in the safety of the slip, and with their power and water nearby! Sounds like a plan to us both.
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Constance Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings Southward from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, [...]
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