Tamesis Club

Tammy Home Training 4

Welcome to lesson 4
The book Swallows and Amazons starts with a boy running over a field into the wind and zigzagging to imitate a boat sailing to windward.
When you are having your permitted exercise walk you could also practise the sailing “rules of the road” to help distancing .
Simplified then
Overtaking boat (person) keeps clear
Steam (bikes scooters and runners ) keep clear of sail ( walkers and prams )
Boats passing pass port (left hand ) to port
Boats to windward keep clear ( droplets are windborn)
Stay apart stay safeThis week let’s think about rigging .
There are several u tube clips but looking at the Norman Vener Shoestring one  it is reasonable
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFXHi7tUhReTbHrPPN6shg
Hopefully
Couple of points
1 Always rig head to wind
2 Our jib halyard has a wire eye so doesn’t need the knots  also don’t tension it too much as that makes the reefing stiff his mainsail tip is new to me but good !
3 After rigging furl or reef the jib till you get on the water then tighten it as hard as you can
4 Don’t take off the forestay in case you forget to put it back on
5 We used to teach “check bungs battens and buoyancy before you launch”
6 Good point about leaving the transom cover open till hull cools down but again risky so maybe don’t .
7 Don’t forget the masthead buoyancy and remember to drop it afterwards as it biodegrade in sunlight
Sailors saying
The devil is the seam on the waterline and paying is caulking with oakum  and tar
Next “showing the ropes “
On the 25th of June 2011 my mate Roger and I set sail from Grimsby on his  cutter Lady in Blue .
Exit from the harbour is thru a lock which can only be used around high tide
To be continued .
As we said at the start feel free to ask if you don’t understand anything .
Sailing can be fun
Eric
Ps for a laugh find Captain Ron on Sony Movies or catchup
Pops predictive text plays havoc with sailing terms !
On the 25th of June 2011 my mate Roger and I set sail from Grimsby on his  cutter Lady in Blue .
Exit from the harbour is thru a lock which can only be used around high tide
To be continued .