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Merry Christmas everyone! For most of our readership, Santa has probably just barely come down the chimney, but here in the Canaries, the sun is rising and we’re preparing a delicious lox and bagel breakfast. Oh, and we’re ready to try our Atlantic crossing again.
As Amy mentioned yesterday, we had a bit of a false start, and I’m rather embarrassed to admit why. As we were raising the main, I forgot to open the stopper for the new pull down line, even after being reminded to do so by Pat, who was the one who suggested the pull down line in the first place. Not exactly my greatest moment on a boat.
The tension of the halyard raising and the tight pull down line combined to pull the toggle out of the batten on the diagonal batten in our square top. The toggle is the part of the batten car that holds the sail tight to the mast.This sounds worse than it actually was, since a subsequent review of my old pictures revealed that the toggle was barely screwed into the batten, but it was certainly enough to make us turn around and return to Las Palmas.
And of course, that turned into an adventure by itself, because our spot at the dock was taken by a new catamaran that had just arrived and there was no room in the marina for us. So we came over to the anchorage right next door and, for the first time ever, anchored Starry Horizons. There was a fair amount of swell coming into the anchorage, but we managed to get a fairly protected spot.
With the calmer conditions, we were able to diagnose what had happened and with another quick call to Pat, who was awesome enough to answer on Christmas Eve, we felt comfortable that it would be an easy fix we could do ourselves. So, the toggle has now been rescrewed into the batten, we enjoyed our first night at anchor and we’re ready to try this again. And you can be sure that the stopper for the pull down line will be open this time…