messing about in boats

Back On The Water

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on November 9, 2009
Deja Vu's new kite sock

Deja Vu's new kite sock and cover

The weather’s been really bad here the past couple of weekends. Gale force winds aren’t very good for relatively novice sailors in a powerful boat. We had a good sail yesterday though – despite the chaos on the water in the second race. Marks had to be rounded to Starboard, with all the good wind on the port side of the course. Cue a lot of crossovers at either end of the course and a several near misses. We seemed to be permanently plagued by a rather unsporting chap in an RS400, but that wasn’t going to spoil a great day on the water.

Deja Vu is sporting her new kite sock and tramp cover, courtesy of Stu at Alverbank Sails. Top work, the kite slides in and out like a dream.

A Torn Spinnaker

Posted in Sailing by Joseph Moore on September 24, 2009
Reinforced spinnaker tack

Reinforced spinnaker tack

Last Sunday was a beautifully sunny day with a gentle force 2 from the north. Ideal for messing about and trying out the kite hoist system which we’d had to rig from scratch as the previous owner hadn’t done it since replacing the mast.

All was going fantastically, a nice reach across the lake with a Hobie Tiger on our heels. Binned the kite, turned around and headed back to the top. Shortly after hoisting the kite for the second time we noticed that the tack had a few holes in it and was tearing apart. Probably best to get that reinforced before trying it on a windy day. Unfortunately the exact same thing was happening on the head of the sail which then decided to rip clean off. Oops.

Brand new spinnaker head

Brand new spinnaker head

Let this be a lesson to you: don’t do what the previous guy did and keep the spinnaker in the chute, the sun’s u.v. will destroy the nylon at the head and foot where they just poke out of the snuffer and you’ll look really silly.

Huge thanks to Stu at Alverbank Sails for replacing the head and reinforcing the tack with such a fast turnaround. Posted it off to him on Monday afternoon and just got it back first thing Thursday morning. Top stuff. Here’s a couple of pics of his handiwork.