Superdave came by with his giant nappie and shinned up the mast
now, drowning does not bother me but I am a bit wary of heights. I was fine until I fell through the garage roof in my early twenties and have been a bit worried ever since. The idea of spending time up a ladder fiddling with sofits frightens me side-ways. Not keen on shinning up a boat mast that is for sure.
However, Superdave does not seem to be bothered at all by heights
so up he went
the first bit of the film is fast the second bit is real time
he removed the ugly and redundant aerial, fitted a burgee halyard, fitted a spinnaker halyard, cleaned the inside of the masthead light and on the way down fitted a spinnaker uphaul.
He also took an opportunity to inspect the shrouds at the top
I have done a fair amount of sailing in the boat now , and in some fairly strong winds so we decided that the forestay is fine - especailly as the boat has a babystay and a spare halyard. The standing rigging is 25 years old and some forum searches suggests that under moderate use this is in no way old... so I have decided to leave well alone.
The good thing is that now I have a burgee to look at - which make me very happy. It is the same one I have been using since I was on the Medway - it is from the Hundred of Hoo yacht club - where my mate Mike sails.
I also have some halyards for courtesy flags
so should I fly a Saltire in Scotland?