|Ciao Bella and Jamiebump (white Pegasus 800 with red stripe) Mark on mooring duty for the Bay Cruiser.|
|Four deep on the pontoons|
I left Cowes around 4pm and raised full main and reefed genoa. I quickly realized that the wind was a lot stiffer than this morning and put a reef in. The reefing lines that I put on during the winter worked a treat. I set up the tiller pilot, applied the topping lift, let off the main halyard, pulled a cleated the two reefing lines, tensioned the halyard and let off the topping lift. It all took about 1 minute and was very calm. Reefing used to take me at least 15mins think about whether I wanted to go through the ordeal before I even start to reef. All I need to do now is set up the lines for the second reef.
|I bet this is fun|
|Jamiebump at Anchor, Fort Victoria in background.|
|I love the contrasting light in the early morning.|
|Corky setting off for home|
|Mrs Ciao Bella press ganged onto the boat|
|Ciao Bella at Anchor off Brownsea.|
All in all a really nice weekend. Some good sailing, good company, a new anchorage and Caio Bella performed well with no nasty surprises. Looking forward to the rest of the season.