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FANCKLE or how not to gybe

October 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

David:  Thought I would get my version in first before Mary, with her normal whit, portrays me in a light unbecomming to the captain of Giselle!

So its 2:00AM, wind is mid force 5 (20 knots) and its time to gybe to get inside the traffic separation zones on our way to Lisbon.  We have two new rope systems I fitted in Vigo – a faster system for parking the check stays and twin preventors all the way to the back of the boom.  It’s my watch and Mary say’s

“Shall I get up and help?”;  “Just sit on the steps and watch” is my reply.

All the new ropes tangled and while we sorted them the genoa wrapped hard on the forestay.  An hour later we were all straight and Mary could go back to her berth!  In my defence the check stay system was Mary’s good idea.  I guess I’m guitly as charged on this one!

Tags: Atlantic Leg

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kirsty // Oct 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    This reminds me of many other stories!!

  • 2 Chris Hall // Oct 21, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Nice to know it’s not just me that gets things wrong. How’s the weight?

  • 3 David // Nov 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Not got scales on board but the waist measurement is pretty accurate. 1″ equals about 5lbs. Just a few pounds below the 4th July figure which was BMI of 29.1. I notice a few pounds going n when we have visitors. I think because we have occasional bread which is high GI. Buying 34″ trousers same as my son and 16.5″ collar shirts.