Monday, 27 April 2009

The last sail

We went sailing yesterday, but only stayed out for a couple of hours - the northerly wind was gusty and inconsistent, and we were several times knocked nearly flat by gusts from different directions. In the end we just used jib and motor to head back to the club.

We were finished early, so we took the opportunity to lower the mast and cover the boat for the winter. So that's our sailing season over - only a couple of races, but lots of fun sailing to different places, and sailing more in cruising mode rather than hard-out race trim.

The flukey conditions meant we didn't get a chance to try my latest interest, fitting sheet to tiller self steering. We definitely wanted a settled breeze for the experimenting it takes to get it working.

This clip shows a J80 steering itself - nice!

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