- After hauling the clew out to the end of the boom and then making
it fast, we hoisted the main a few feet at a time so that Gianna could
insert the battens in the batten pockets. Gianna hauled the main,
cleated, inserted the batten I handed her, and then repeated for the next
I provided the battens and the encouragement to the first mate. That's
what captains do.
We then flaked the main onto the boom and tied her with a few nylon straps.
- Then we hanked on the storm jib to go sailing (it was a bit breezy)
- It was only after making the sails ready that I went to start the
engine. It would not start. Gianna was understandably not happy.
I found the problem with the no start to be a loose wire on the magnetic
switch on the starter the following morning.
- The year's first sail happened the day after rigging the mainsail on the
- Smiles all around. Finally!