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Season opener / new failure modes / new downwind sailing technique


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Warm and windy on my day off, so I declared the sailing season open today.

Turned out a good day to demonstrate why it's wise to sail off a lee shore, especially when sailing solo in an isolated place like Lake Burrumbeet (near Ballarat).

I pioneered a novel way to sail downwind, catching some wind in a billow of mainsail leech while dragging the mast along in the water beside the boat. Hmmm. That's not where the mast is supposed to go.

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Turns out, although I've been paranoid about checking the state of the plates under the side stay saddles... I haven't taken much notice of the bolts themselves. New and interesting ways for a 30+ year old Mari to fail in service.

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Derigged when I got to shore, and only had a short tow through the reeds to get back to the boatramp.

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GPS says I was out for a total of 0.5 miles. Including the wade back to the trailer.

Maybe we can open the season properly another day. Once I get some new saddle bolts.

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