Out for a sail on a windless weekend

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Helena and I went out for a sail with the cat this weekend. We really need to get him feeling at home on the boat. If you look closely you can see him in this photo.

There was very little wind but this gave us a change to fly our low-wind “Code-Zero” sail for the first time.

For such a big sail, it was surprisingly easy to handle. It runs on a continual furling line and is hoisted off the bowsprit on the spinnaker halyard. The material is very light-weight and this meant that I could easily furl and deploy it from the foredeck on my own. Looks pretty too right?

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Getting ready…

We’ve spent a lot of time lately just geting the boat prepared for the season, all with the help of our furry companion, Buxton:

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Today we lifted out the cabin sole to check the condition of the bilges and the pumps.