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Under the bridge

Had a lovely sail this weekend! Very calm breeze, would have been perfect for a first try of the main sail but I got confused with it so left it for another day. Also getting better with my sailing knots.

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Third sail, to Little Shoal Bay!

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A much more modest mission today! My housemate and I took to the waves for a two hour ride to little shoal bay.

The wind was low to moderate for the duration of the sail, picking up to be consistently moderate once we passed under the bridge for the second time. I failed one tack because the wind was not strong enough to take the bow through the wind, but it was fine, I just turned it into a gybe. Tacking back and forth across ‘regular’ Shoal Bay we got some reasonable lean, enough to make Sarwan exclaim. This was his first time sailing.

I had my usual ambient terror, which ebbed once the day went on.

Third sail:

Things learned: 50

Shit yo’ pants moments: 0

Second sail, to Rangitoto!!

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You can see above my approximate route. It was rather a hectic day and I think I bit off a little more than I could chew, but damn it! I chewed none the less!

Started out pretty chill, blowing a low to moderate south westerly and I cruised slowly under the genoa alone all the way out to Rangitoto. It took probably about an hour and a half. That was when the fun started… It was around two o’clock and I thought getting on home might be a good idea, the wind had picked up and I was getting hungry.

I would like to mention at this point that until now I had only ever actually completed two manouvres, which were the failed tack into a gybe and the successful gybe shown in my first sailing video. I was terrified to say the least, but I am of the opinion that if something is scary that does not mean it should be avoided, instead it should be bested, if possible.

So I started a series of close reaches, tacking back and forth across the mouth of the Tamaki Straight. The boat was heeling at some points until the gunwhale was skimming the surface, and I was terrified, but it felt under control, and when the wind gusted too hard I would turn off the wind to de-power a bit. I realised after a while that I was not going to be able to point high enough to get a decent angle on the channel, and there was no way I was hoisting the main, but I persevered thinking that it didn’t matter if it took a while as I was learning a lot.

As I was approaching the star marked on the map a stronger than usual gust hit, and I tried to turn off only to have the boat wrenched down at the nose as the sails caught the full force of the wind. The prow nearly buried and there was an awful groaning. I was terrified, somehow even more terrified than my ambient level of terror. I loosed the sheets, pulled down the sail and jammed it into the anchor well. Then I turned on the motor and blasted head first into the force five wind and waves for the 40 minutes it took me to get home.

Once moored I ate an entire packed of chocolate chip cookies and drank some lovely warm tea. The sugar and warmth restored a bit of sanity, just in time for the winds to drop… Typical.

But now I know to turn INTO the wind to de-power.

Second sail:

Things learned : 200+

Shit yo’ pants moments : 2 (one lasted the entire day, and one was rather acute)

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First sail!

Got her sailing for the first time yesterday. Only about a kilometer on total, but the trip was a massive learning experience even though it was so short.

Enjoy the video!

 

Foul!

My mission for last weekend was to antifoul Esprit to some extent. Seeing as she has bilge keels is was possible for me to stand her on a beach when the tide went out. I was not expecting the mass of creatures that were living in her unshaven butt beard! You think that is a disgustingly excessive comment?! Wait until you see the pictures!

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Yeah…it’s not so funny when you realise I was not exaggerating. It also explains why my fuel consumption was so high that I ran out of petrol and had to get a tow…

So some metal paint scrapers, a broom handle and about an hour later the collection of mussels, oysters, barnacles, sea squirts, sea weeds, crustaceans, anemones and filter feeding worns were drying out on the mud and Esprit had a rump to be at least semi proud of.

 

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She is now rady to sail. Stand by for my first sailing video tomorrow!

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And now for something completely different!

Goodness me! Four months since my last post! But it has been an eventful time, for example I am in the other hemisphere now, probably exactly opposite my last residence should I discover a manner of drilling and traveling safely through the centre of the earth.

There will be more videos, pictures, blogs, and art forthcoming now that my life has settled down once again. I have probably hours of video that I need to edit and many many new drawings and ideas that I need to communicate. For now I hope you enjoy this video of my recent acquisitions 🙂

(note: The people featured in this video are my friends and flatmates, and in no way represent my possessions or acquisitions. Slavery is bad people!)

 

 

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How about a cool, refreshing glass of…

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My new soft drink.