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. This mainsail 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
Swinging the lead is pretending to do this properly to save effort
Garrie Mallen loves doing capsize recovery
A2.5 Magnetic variation 5 15’ West in 2000 , annual change 12’ East ie variation is decreasing 12’ annually
Q 2.6 Which of these is not a recognised international distress signal
aEnsign upside down b continuous sounding of foghorn c square flag over ball
d red parachute flare
Sunday 9th set off at 6am after a big breakfast heading ENE into the wind .
Having sailed outside the chain of islands we got to the mouth of the Weser at about 2pm this being low tide we had the tide behind us all the way to Bremerhaven
As we said at the start, feel free to ask if you don’t understand anything
Sailing can be fun
PS for a laugh, find Captain Ron on Sony Movies or catchup
Pops predictive text plays havoc with sailing terms!