spends an evening out sail testing with North's Bill
Fortenberry. We tried on the new dual purpose
staysail (left) that, despite a size that actually makes
it "cute", gave us a good little kick in the but when it
drew. The course we are steering points us almost
directly to Bermuda...
On the right, the Asymetrical brings us home on a very
tight reach after a beautiful sunset .
storm tri-sail and storm jib are tried out for the first
time. Let's hope we never have to hoist them after
we leave the dock!
Below, safety gear is spread out for inspection by
re-fastens the SSB antenna to the backstay.
Phill Garland of
Hall Spars comes aboard to get the rig tuned up
by weeks of driving rain and howling winds, ESMERALDE's
commissioning fell behind schedule by two weeks.
Getting measured and inclined for the new ORR rule as
well as IRC just didn't want to happen.
tasks include prepping the boat for the Safety
Inspection, getting the rig properly tuned and tested
(new headstay and new d-2s), getting the sails on (new
Code 0, dual purpose staysail, heavy weather staysail,
and storm jib and storm try), and most of all, getting
ourselves acclimated and our routines and procedures
refreshed and efficient.