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Aug
06

Hot!

Yesterday the wind got less and less and we took the opportunity to try out our newly bought gennaker (asymmetrical lightwind sail) for the fist time. We got a real bargain from Hongkong Sails (just 1.700 Euros incl. delivery to French Poly, ready within 2 weeks, delivered in 4 days to Tahiti!) and the sail itself looks nice, but the sock (the long tube in which the sail is hoisted and that is pulled over the sail to get it down again) is a bit of a flawed construction.
Anyway, we got the gennaker flying after some struggle and suddenly Pitufa was making 7 knots in only 10 knots of wind instead of 4 with the genoa… Towards the evening the wind picked up to 12 knots and we had quite a battle with the beautiful blue and yellow blister until it was back in its sock.

During the night the wind died down again and we were clanging and banging along with 2 knots. At 6 in the morning we gave up and started the engine. At 7 it looked like a breeze was coming back, yeah, genoa out–half an hour later the breeze was gone and the engine back on. At noon we tried to fly the gennaker again, but after initial 8 knots of breeze and brief spell of blister magic the wind was down to 4 knots and not even the most ambitious sail can fly with such little wind a waves that roll the boat..

Now we are motoring again with all hatches open and wind-catchers over the hatches, because it’s horribly hot without a cloud in the sky and no breeze. Even more so, because the pressure cooker has been on the stove for 2 hours – we caught 3 fish over the past 2 days and are making preserves :-)

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