Carry on up the Chesapeake to Solomons Island
Date 1830 - 29 May 2011 (UTC -4)
0800 saw us away from
Encouraged by such activity we resolved to try the cruising chute. We
last used the chute during the Arc and there was a minor repair to the furler
required, re-fixing the rope guide. There was also a new bracket, made in
All fixings done we hoist the b****y thing only to find that there was a wrap that must have occurred last time we furled it; it is so long ago that we could not remember what happened. Solving this involved dropping the half furled sail onto the deck and then gently unfurling and unravelling it. It was a lot of sail; fortunately the wind was light and the job was successfully completed and the sail hoisted. There followed three hours of great running in increasingly hot conditions; running with only 5 knots of apparent wind does not give much in the way of cooling and the temperature was in the 30’s.
The surroundings deserved something special and a great Spanish Chicken dish was washed down with some of Tesco’s Finest Chablis, chilled of course.