Four amazingly frisky windy bone chilling days
heralded in the end of our 2015 sailing season.
With layer upon layer of warm clothing, gloves and hats,
(still in my flip flops though)
for sure our life vests,
and reefed sails
we headed out to grasp those last few hours before
lady R.E.D. is stripped for the winter months.
We weren’t disappointed.
Probably one of the most windy gusty outings of the year
but it was exhilarating.
…mackerel skies suggested a cold front was on its way…
Back safely at the dock we removed the sails,
unstepped the mast
to begin the inevitable winter preparations.
We still have another 2 weeks before R.E.D. is hauled out
but there are so many obligations and committments to address
There will be plenty of days and nights aboard
on the water then on land before the snow flies
but storing the sails well-aired and dry
and checking all the bits and pieces takes time and care.
(each season we remove all the lines and most of the hardware)
Another almost-sheared bolt on the boom will need replacing
but the rest looked good.
Then we treated ourselves to a belly-warming batch of Bulls Shots