Archive for February, 2014

Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine

Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine

Sail Reef Webs

Sail Reef Webs

South Dock

16th February 2014

Proud as Punch having made my first thing using the new Sailrite LSZ 1 Sewing Machine. Not only that, but the bobbin ran out and I managed to re-wind and re-thread it too!
The machine has a lovely heavy feel about it, a bit like a paddle steamer engine. It looks like it will sew through just about anything and it does.
These web gizmos are to help with reefing Sumara’s mainsail. My main is made from very heavy weight fabric and it is pretty bulky at the gooseneck. The first reef normally slips over the horns easily but the second and third can be hard especially in very cold weather. These webs threaded through the heavy reefing eyelets on the luff will make it really easy. I decided to use a delta shaped Maillon Rapide (WLL 450 kg) on one side so they can be removed and fitted easily. They will remain on the sail at sea. The ring is 6 mm x 40 mm stainless steel and the webbing is 1″ wide polyester five layers thick in the centre. The length is a bit of a guess but the web is 120 mm long plus the fittings. If that needs adjusting I can just knock up some more!

Deal Half Marathon

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

9th February 2014

Deal, Kent

Awaiting the start of the Deal Half Marathon

Awaiting the start of the Deal Half Marathon

The Zetland Arms in glorious sunshine!

The Zetland Arms in glorious sunshine!

The rollers come in at Kingsdown Beach

The rollers come in at Kingsdown Beach

This was a bit of an impromptu race. I mentioned to my friend Philip who was up in London last week that I thought there was a half marathon in Deal which could be fun. Philip emailed the next day to say that we were welcome to stay with him as he lives in the nearby village of Kingsdown. I hadn’t realised it was this weekend! After a bit of deliberation as to whether we were ready for a Half Marathon we decided to go for it and treat it as a training run for the Steyning Stinger in early March.

We drove down on Saturday evening and were treated to a large pasta dish loaded with fresh fish and vegetables, just the ticket. After a restful nights sleep Philip kindly drove us up to the start. We paid our £20.00 late booking fee, collected our chip timing gizmo and numbers and headed off for the 10.30 start. I suppose there were around 400 people there. The route consists of a lead-in of two or three miles connecting to a big loop. The surface is all road and although it is described as hilly it is not severe in any way. All the hills are runnable without any need to put the brakes on during the down hill stretches. The up hill stretches were gentle but quite long. Despite the whole of England being drenched with floods and blasted by gales it was actually a really nice day! The sun was out and there was a very stiff, but not too cold, wind. The road surface was basically dry with just one puddle. Can’t complain about that or indeed anything else. The race was very well organised with ample friendly marshals, lots of water stations and clear mile markers. I don’t normally drink any water on half marathons. I have a good big glassful about an hour before and drink a fair whack after but never feel the need en route. Most of the runners were club runners with all the local clubs taking part and quite a few travelling from far afield. I was pleased enough with my time of 1 hour 46 minutes and 48 seconds (chip time). After the race we all went to the Zetland Arms on the beach in Kingsdown for a gastronomic Sunday Lunch. What a perfect day!

More Vertue News! V61 and Vertue 11 V14

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

 

2nd February 2014

One day I’ll learn to use this WordPress program properly and then I’ll try to organise all the information regarding Vertues in a nice list with all the sail numbers. In the meantime I’m afraid its all a bit random.

A fine steel Vertue called "Virtue" V61

A fine steel Vertue called “Virtue” V61

Last week I got a nice email from Ben Deveson in Holland who has just purchased V61 called “Virtue”. Unusually she is built of steel and believed to be one of three. I had a look in the “Blue Book” and two are listed as being built in 1954 by Hitters and Proost, Netherlands (V61 and V64). There is no mention of V62 or V63 so maybe there are three steel Vertues. The sail number in the “Blue Book” is H331. She looks like great a testament to Dutch steel boatbuilding. Ben is keen to get her sailing as soon as all the other yachts penning her in the shed have been launched. He will then sail her to his mooring by his house in Badhoevedorp for some minor upgrading before embarking on some adventurous cruising the following year. The boat still has her original cotton sails! Hopefully we will meet up when Sumara returns from St Petersburg in 2015/16.

Last week I met Philip who owns Vertue 11 V14 called Corina. Corina is currently moored snuggly in Dover sheltering from the appalling weather. Last year we sailed together across the Channel and Corina beat Sumara by quite a distance. As Corina is having a new set of sails this year I think I shall decline any future racing although hopefully a bit of East Coast Cruising may be possible without undo embarrassment.

We both went to a talk by Robin Knox-Johnston on the Cutty Sark. They have built an 80 seat theatre inside the ship. We weren’t too impressed when he proudly announced that he shot a shark for no apparent reason other than sharing the same sea. Nevertheless everyone seemed to enjoy the talk. I can’t honestly say that I did.