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11/13 - 13h12

The Gybe, Miranda Merron this morning

Yesteray was frustrating - seemed to always be on the wrong gybe. Slightly better night.
Here's how it goes:
It's not possible to sail in a straight line to Guadeloupe. The trick is to gybe on the wind shifts to sail the shortest extra distance possible.
So, keep an eye on the wind direction, Yep, it 's time to gybe. Wait a few more minutes to be sure it's not just a temporay shift - check sky for clouds. Good to go.
Move half of stacked equipment to the other side of the boat. Go to bow to set up sock line in front of forestay. Back to cockpit, let spinnaker sheet off the winch, run forward and sock the, by now, wildly flogging spinnaker. Secure it. Back to cockpit, vang off, mainsail centred, new runner on to keep the mast pointing in the air, gybe, let mainsheet out quickly to avoid rounding up into the wind, vang on, set up new spinnaker sheet. Go to bow, unsock, run back to cockpit, sheet on. Go to bow again and move sockline to take down position next to forehatch.
Go below and move rest of stackable equipment. Check wind direction....
Make a cup of tea as reward for semi-efficient gybe. Sudden loud bang - the snapshackle on the tackline (bottom front end of spinnaker) has blown up. Run forwards, sock wildly flogging spinnaker, retrieve tackline from end of 2 metre bowsprit using boathook. Remove remains of snapshackle, tie knot to spinnakertack, unsock, go sailing.
Tea has gone cold....
Did I mention that it was dark?
Almost dawn, time to rinse flying fish scales and gore off the deck.
Miranda/ Campagne de France

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