After another busy morning faffing about with new sails and plenty of rope there was just enough time to get out for a quick sail. There had been no wind earlier, and I could see from Windguru that change was coming. It had been months coming, so I just had to do it – I had to go sailing with Lucy, before heading home.
I raised the mizzen in the berth, as it would be one less task later. Once beyond the fairway I headed to wind and raised the full main, came back onto the wind and then let the jib unfurl. We were in neutral, yet moving quite nicely – we were sailing! I silenced the Beta, and enjoyed that most sought after of moments when it’s just the sound of a sailing boat on water. If you’ve not experienced it, beware; it has the capacity to cost you a lot of money. It’s addictive.
It was just Lucy, me, and a handful of the Mylor oyster fleet on the water. I had plenty of room, but not much time, after just 40 minutes it was engine on, sails away and back to the berth. It had been worth it, even though I’d still not managed to get the staysail working this time.
The new sails were made in Lymington by Sanders Sails. A tan staysail and a cream jib – and both with the attractive mitre cut. I just had to get both out on the pontoon for a look.