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Thanks for all the help thus far, I really appreciate the open andsupportive nature of the association. I have also been reading all the hard copy bulletins since dot (Richard passed me them with the boat) and wow – what an adventuring spirit I have come across all through the ages. I have been living vicariously itching to go somewhere mad and adventure myself…
I am gearing up to getting A89 Colchide finely tuned and am aiming for the meet in May and sail around to Portsmouth. I have a rigger who will upgrade the stays/spreaders and sort the furling head sail and put in twin spinnaker cranes – that plan is good to go. But it got me thinking – what ‘could’ I do given that this is an opportunity to change. I have seen Solent rigging (twin furlers on a Atalanta etc). I also have ‘Uncle Bernard’s Beast’ – the monster genoa. I appreciate that I may be disavowed from the AOA were I to stick on a bowsprit and add a Code 0 (beast is not far from that). But – realistically – do I really need a kite – I never got on with them on my Wayfarer? I do want to have the ability to super easily furl the gib and swop for the genoa (and vice versa). Extra bits of string for Spinnakers just get in the way. I should say that I have a decent aluminium mast and boom (which is slab reefed).
Grateful for your wisdom as ever. But what would want to do given the chance
As we having our summer holiday on Colchide I am robbing the bank of the holiday fund to pay for such follies (“We’d have spent it anyway darling, and sure you want it to sail well…?!”)
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