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Topsy-turvey weather continues

June 15, 2015

Macwester Malin mooring

It’s fair to say that the weather has been a disappointment during the first half of the sailing season in Scotland. There have been many days where we’ve simply left our Macwester Malin on her mooring when we would have expected to be pottering around on the river. Look at the starboard rear strop above (that’s in the most sheltered corner of the harbour).

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There have been isolated patches of great weather, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to drop what we’ve been doing and head to the boat. The above shot is from the end of Brucehaven Pier. Below is a starboard panoramic shot taken at breakfast.

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The first three-day spell we had in June was dedicated to remedial work including power-washing the hull and deck. We also drilled a hole in the roller reefing drum in order to adjust the angle that the line leaves the drum. Unfortunately that didn’t help much, but it was probably worth trying.

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We also bought and fitted extra stanchion lead blocks to reduce any friction. Subsequent testing would show that this helped make the genoa easier to furl. We’re going to keep tweaking and improving as we go.

Macwester Malin Capernaum June 2015

By the end of the three days we were ready to hit the high seas; all we need now is some half-decent weather.

This year we’ve made a conscious decision to be a bit more adventurous, so it will be interesting to look back at the end of the season and find out where we end up.

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