The wind was unbelievably light for up here, practically non-existant, but you could see it out on the water and some chimneys said it was there too, so we went for it.
I had my handheld GPS which was reassuring as it told us we were actually moving, around 1km/h at first. The wind that was out in the open water vanished and for a while we were very sedately crusing along at may be 3km/h. I was lovely though; still water, sun, the odd seal, otter, heron and shags.
Sailing down wind from Brae
Sails goose winged going down wind
More down wind sailing towards Muckle Roe
We had a few squally showers come through which was surprisingly nice; it meant we actually got some wind and topped out at just over 10km/h. Woah... speeding compared to our exremely relaxed pace the rest of the time. Be nice to get out in a nice steady wind though.
As you can see, apart from the jib halyard needing tensioning properly and a few other sloppy issues, the sails need a real good cleaning and alot of the rope work needs replacing, plus sanding and painting inside the hull. Never the less we had a grand hour or so pottering about out from Brae Boat Club. My friend showed me a thing or two about sailing like how to 'Hove To' amongst other things and we had a good bit of fun.
I had to be very careful, and didn't have to do much of the grunt my knee, so luckily my knee was only a bit achey after the outing. I was just tired more than anything. Time for feet up on the sofa now though and a few tablets.
May be she'll get stripped out next weekend, but if the weather's fine...