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Under Sail Again



Well, not sure we’ll still be able to point to 30 degrees apparent but we do at least have some propulsion now. We’re heading in the right direction, the speed is disappointing but there’s not so much wind either although it’s due to pick up tonight. I’ve worked right through since about 0630 with only the pause for the earlier e mail, a cup of tea and weather downloading. Just had the last of the bacon with some eggs and toast. , it’s 1700 and I was as hungry as a cyclist.

Putting the Trisail (the storm sail which would normally replace the mainsail) up was initially a waste of time because it’s not cut as a foresail and looked like a bag of washing, which is why it’s ended up, upside down, it’s not one of my mistakes like I’ve made with the spinnaker in the past!

I’m fairly pleased with the boom as a mast, all of the stays, apart from the two backstays are doubled, so I can move the chafing point. There wasn’t room to put the backstay on to the alloy fitting on the end of the boom so that is secured above 3 sliders all, hopefully, secure, with a clove hitch. I’ve put in split backstays because I’m wondering about a gunter set up for the next sail. The other sail which I have which is small is the storm jib but it’s much longer in the luff than the boom, 5.60 as opposed to 3.40 I’m still thinking about whether I can try to rig that, even in lighter winds, I think I may be able to, I have a plan but don’t want to damage anything that I’ve already got up and running.

It’s been not too windy a day since about 1000 but the motion without the mast is quite fast and very uncomfortable, I’ve been swearing a bit too much but no one much else to be offended by it.

A pair of Common Terns came by for a bit this afternoon. They’re quite attractive.

Now something you can help me with. The things that I’ve been seeing which I had thought were Portuguese Men of War, aren’t. I think that they’re some kind of egg / spawn . They are about the size of a balloon a few days after it was initially blown up, pretty transparent but with a mauve tinge to them. They look as if they’ve been blown up. They float, obviously on the surface and have three or four parallel marks on them at a squinty kind of an angle. They are shaped a bit like the Glasgow Transport Museum, sort of curved on top but not hemispherical, more like a slice from a rugby ball along it’s longer axis. Anyway I can’t google it so maybe someone knows what they are.




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miller686
miller686
27. Mai 2021


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Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson
27. Mai 2021

I too think you are doing a great job and wish you all the best.

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
30. Mai 2021
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Thanks Alan

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kerry_macgill
26. Mai 2021

There the lesser spotted triffids! Highly dangerous and likely to explode if the sun comes out! Oh and don’t try eating one!

well done with the rigging , I can’t be more technical than that but appreciate how you have a “ cunning plan”!!

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kass.schmitt
kass.schmitt
26. Mai 2021

Could also be velella: Velella is a monospecific genus of hydrozoa in the Porpitidae family. Its only known species is Velella velella,[1] a cosmopolitan free-floating hydrozoan that lives on the surface of the open ocean. It is commonly known by the names sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail, or simply Velella.[2]

This small cnidarian is part of a specialised ocean surface community that includes the better-known cnidarian siphonophore, the Portuguese man o' war.

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
30. Mai 2021
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Thanks Kass, that sounds knowledgeable and also allows me to not have been quite so wrong tihnking that they were Portuguese Men o’War.

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kass.schmitt
kass.schmitt
26. Mai 2021

It sounds to me like a perfect description of the Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis). What makes you think it isn't?

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
30. Mai 2021
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I thought that the Portuguese men o’ war had an under body, but it looks like this is an earlier stage so my thinking it was spawn, egg, what not wasn’t too incorrect either.

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