White Egret: String and Bandages

White Egret's Web Log
Wed 8 Nov 2006 10:04

Trade wind sailing seems to take quite a lot of string.  I reckon we have well over half a kilometre of line deployed as follows:

2 spinnaker sheets (red 14mm)
2 genoa sheets (blue fleck/grey 12mm)
2 staysail sheets (blue fleck/white 12mm)
main sheet (black fleck/white 14mm)
genoa furling line (red fleck 8mm)
2 pole downhauls (doubling as port and stbd main preventers) (port navy 10mm; stbd green fleck 10mm)
main preventer lead line (green 8mm)
cruising chute tack/downhaul (yellow 10mm)
spinnaker halyard (red fleck 12mm)
main halyard (blue 10mm)
staysail halyard (blue/white 12mm)
spare halyard (blue red white 10mm)
main pole track uplift (white 10mm)
main pole uphaul (white 8mm)
staysail pole uphaul (white/black fleck 10mm)
topping lift (white/black fleck 10mm)
main outhaul (white 10mm)
main furling line (blue fleck 8mm)
vang/kicker (white 10mm)
2 genoa car lines (white 6mm)
traveller (white 8mm)
2 jackstays (blue web)
2 flag halyards (white 6mm)
MOB painter (yellow 8mm)
2 leech lines (red 4mm)

This of course excludes about another half kilometre of spare string: dock lines, trailing warps, kedge warp, etc.  I think I will go into the rope business.

By racing standards, this is of course a modest amount of string but it is more than enough for a crew of over 60s (especially the left handed!)

The string is held together with knots (which are free) but also 10 sheaves in the mast, a total 33 blocks (pulleys if you are a landlubber), 6 wire strops, 14 jammers and 57 shackles.  All will need checking and lubricating before the off.


In the middle of the 'Oggin, it is a long way from the Quack.  You may be interested in some of the contents of our MO's First Aid kit (so might he!)  

The kit is mostly thanks to Pippa Dine, who has even written us idiot's instructions. It includes, amongst other things (like Alka Seltzer):

Every conceivable bandage and hi-tech wound dressing for burns abrasions and cuts
Pain killers
Motion sickness pills
Re-hydration packs (includes an enema kit said to be "effective")
Medical staple gun (for stitching wounds) - we will be most disappointed if we don't get to try this
Superglue - considered good for closing wounds especially in hairy places (unfortunately most of our scalps don't qualify and we are not letting other crew members loose with superglue in other hairy places) (also "if gluing the forehead, lie the person down so glue does not run into the eyes")
Catheter "as complete urinary retention occurs mostly in men over 60".  The only part of the instructions I can remember is "please wash your hands".
Antibiotics for various afflictions 
Dental kit (no injections available)
Glyceryl trinitrate spray. For cardiac chest pain.
Book entitled "Ship's Captain's Medical Book" which includes instructions for delivering babies at sea
Duct tape and Vaseline (both considered essential)
Satellite phone
Book of Common Prayer
100 latex gloves

So far the only call on the medical kit is a case of athlete's foot (from the showers in Portugal) which has become trench foot as the medical kit was deficient in this department (This has been rectified)