We boarded Zen Again for a two week cruise in western Scotland on Saturday 12th May after another Caledonian Sleeper rail adventure. Happily the weather was good, so we immediately set about making final preparations for sea. These included:
- bent on the mainsail, boombag & lazy jacks (the new carriages are a big improvement);
- rigged the mainsail tack and clew reefing lines;
- hoisted and furled the staysail and yankee (the new headsail Profurl furler is good too);
- rigged reaching sheets; and
- tidied up below, restowing a lot of gear from out-of to in-commission locations
Luckily the wind was light, so hoisting and furling the headsails wasn't too exciting.
|View of renewed lashing on mainsail blocks|
|Beefed up gooseneck|
|New StaLok rigging|
|New ProFurl furler|
On Sunday we sailed from Dunstaffnage to Tobermory. Initially the wind was very light from the SE and we ghosted along in bright sunshine. The wind gradually built up to about 10 knots. Along the Sound of Mull the wind came in from the W and continued to build. It was so nice we even hand-steered!
Twas great to hoist our recently serviced mainsail which now features "AUS" above the previous "F88". We were required to add the AUS to renew our IRC racing certificate. Good to "show the flag" in another way too.
|May the tide be with you|
|Zen Again in iconic Tobermory|
Here is our 26nm track...