Hello Sailor .... RFA ship in the back ground ... smile in the fore ground.
This weekend was a bank holiday weekend in UK, thats a little holiday. I'd also booked Friday as holiday for this turned the bank holiday into a long weekend. Yaaaa ....
The weather promised to be good so Thursday after work I headed off to Alskade. Tracy and Lulu were at home until Saturday so I planned to do a few jobs and chill.
Jobs wise, I managed to fit a small perspexs window on the aft cabin wash boards. I painted the main cabin wash boards for inside and out. Scrubbed down the deck and cockpit and having discovered a little leak in the companionway, dismantled the top hatch and then sikaflex sealed the leak. Finally I managed to tighten the life lines running down Alskade's sides, the previous owner had tied them off with cordage which was beginning to stretch, making the lines sag.
So jobs done under a lovely May sun Saturday evening the rest of the crew arrived. Tracy and I enjoyed a classy evening meal of battered jumbo sausage and chips with curry sauce before popping the cork on a bottle of Port and settling in for the evening.
Setting sail under a cloudy skies.
Jobs done the time arrived for us to get Alskade out on the water for a little sail ..... we left south down Marina under motor and cruised up the river flowing the deep water channel before swinging right into Plymouth sound. We chugged out through the bridge - for those unfamiliar with the bridge its a left over relic from the War when the entrance to Plymouth Harbour was blocked to stop enemy ships and U-Boats entering. Sailing or motoring out through it is a exercise in itself and I have heard many a tail of ships being de-masted or battered while passing through the tall red and green towers.
Once out of the bridge we swung into the wind and raised our sails. Tracy, being the experienced sailor and self appointed skipper (please dont hurt me when you read this) took control of the sails whilst I tried to keep my nose in the wind - this proved a to be harder task then usual as the wind was up and the tide was on the turn.
Once the sails, both Jib and Main were up we had a great time heeling over and bombing along. But sadly time and tide wait for no man and so soon we had to come about and head for home.
Cruising back into Plymouth and the marina the weather growing steadily winder and darker we finally docked and tided off much for an exhausted Captain Lulu's releif.
Main sail flaked, Jib furled and a cracking Ham salad sarnie down our necks we enjoyed a little down time siting in the cockpit and chatting before finally locking up and sadly going home.
Ship log entry reads -
27-05-19 quick sail from Southdown Marina out into Plymouth sound - through Bridge - under motor. Motor sail back through Bridge.
Grey Skies - wind force 5-6, white crests and moderate swell. Spitting.