On Saturday evening we sailed from FSC to Rockingham in company with Stingrey and Osborne Star. The weather was perfect for Singrey's first night sail - 15 to 20 knots from the SSW initially and the breeze gradually backed around to the south and decreased to 8-12 knots by 2200. We had full moon in a completely cloudless sky.
Here's our track for the two passages...
|Zen Track - tack south, straight back|
|Zen Speed for the passage south|
|Zen Again and Stingrey at Rockingham|
|Osborne Star at Rockingham|
What did work very well was our boom bag which was recently refurbished by Fremantle Ocean Canvas. Work included tidying up the zip and removing the aft part of the bolt rope which secures the bag to the boom. Removing part of the bolt rope allowed us to install slugs to anchor our reefing lines. Doing so avoids their having to pass around the boom and rolled-up boom tent. The modification was tested and works very well.
The sail back to FSC was great. We sailed back with a reef in the main and the No 3 jib. For much of the trip there was a halo around the sun due to thin cirrus cloud.
|Reefing lines no longer pass around the boom|
|We had this passenger for the whole weekend|