Two poles

When we know we’ll go downwind with the wind shifting slightly, we put up two genoa poles, so we can flexibly adjust the course, swapping the headsail port and starboard. The poles are fixed with lines (foreguys and aftguys), so we can pull them back and forward and sail up to 100 degrees. When the wind moves forward of that, it’s no big job to lay a pole down and fly the genoa without it. On this trip we constantly have to adjust to the fickle winds. Yesterday was another very slow sailing day. We had a dipping bath from the stern ladder, all hatches open all day… It’s comfy but we’re still wishing for wind.
1200 nm to go!

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