This is it. We have a real sailing weekend scheduled this time.
Despite the risk of windy conditions at that period of the year, the weekend is reserved in advanced for going out, hoping to be able to try the new NorthSails (J1 and genaker)
Still few things to do before being able to sail out, we prepare all we can in advance.
In DK, I get help for making a tool we need to install the battens in the J1 as well as setting it on the forstay. Thanks to Arne from Vordingborg who found the right product I could use back home before flying to Bodrum.
The crew (10 people this saturday)
Ardic and Gunnur, so much looking forward to sailing again after so long time
Sinan, recovering from health problems, so pleased to get back in the crew
Senol, always in shape for working hard on this boat
Søren G. danish sailor having been an excellent technician and involved with lots of sailing with us already
Niklas D (my son) so happy to finally experience what I am telling him for so long. Strong guy needed on board.
Sena, Gem and Batu, 3 university students who were very kin in trying such a boat, who dared contacting us
After a wonderful flight where we were spoiled in business-class, the work load was waiting for us.
As soon as arriving at the boat, Niklas hoisted Søren up the mast, where many tasks were scheduled: hook marks, lashing J1 and J2, removing tape here and there, setting lazybag holder and so forth.
To save time, Niklas was keeping busy with other tasks while Søren was “enjoying the view” .
Moving the headsails on deck to prepare them with battens and lashing, hoisting the J2 and J1 right after before rolling them, running around doing this and that….., definitely, Niklas has been busy.
We then went to the container with a harbour zodiac to pick up the 3 genakers we believe relevant to have on board.
At 8pm, time to go dinning in a beach restaurant. So nice.
Next morning, at 9am, we are already at the boat, preparing the brand new genaker to be hoisted before rolling it while there is not too much wind. A really heavy task even with only 5 to 7 knots of wind for this huge sail. For info, that sail is not less that 250 m2 and has to be hoisted to the very top of the mast (30meters high).
Later on we are good to go and sail out of the harbour, excited to finally see Yasasin under sails.
Mainsail is up and hooked with no troubles, then the J1 is deployed and the speed comes up gradually. We are quickly reaching 15knots at 60deg to the wind, feeling easy and enjoying the ride.
Ardic at the help looks happy after so much effort and time to get her boat back sailing.
I use time to picture this J1 from everywhere, hoping to show Northsails design team what they need to know.
Then comes the J2 replacing the J1 for a while, trying the height of the drum and the track for the sheeting point. It looks ok, but the wind is light. I guess we will have troubles above 20knots upwind with that sail.
The winds picks up slightly and we decide to reef the mainsail and change again to J1, rolling J2 with no difficulties.
The boat loves that combination, and we speed up to 18knots
Time for trying the brand new genaker.
A fantastic sail, which requires some adjustments as far as the sheeting point is concerned.
On port tack, we reach a comfortable 18 to 19 knots, without pressing anything. Perfect.
Time to jybe.
Onto starboard tack, I notice a big window (50cm2) in the middle of the sail, which happens to be plastic opening like delamination. I quickly take several pictures and we roll again the sail ASAP.
Right away, we hoist the second genaker. Not very new but still an ok shape and certainly adopted for training session from now on.
The day goes by with jybes, switching sails, up wind and relaxing moments for pictures and lunch.
The new young 3 crew are doing their outmost, considering they spent a night in a bus driving from Istanbul, and despite the difficulty to adapt oneself to a boat rather complicated the first time. Very kind, discret, able to move, they found their position on the boat, and I am sure we will call them in again. (Thanks to them for some of the pictures made and sent)
Finally we head to the harbour, having a couple of hours before clearing the boat. Course is set to Didim, and sails begin to be taken away.
Genak first to drop and put in bag, then roll staysail to end up with the mainsail to fold on the boom.
Horror, the engine stops. We start again twice, but we have to admit, something is very wrong.
After almost 30min wondering what the problem could be, we decide to ask for assistance to enter the harbour. We roll out the J2 and head to the entrance where 2 zodiacs wait to tow us in.
Senol will jump in the water to announce loud and clear: no more propeller. Gosh, how lucky we are!!! This could have happened while manouvering to come to our place.
The plan is to hurry to fix that incident and sail the boat to Istanbul early july. We are crossing our fingers
Here are some pictures from the weelkend sailing. and some short videos
(video 1 – video 2 – video 3)
Here are more pictures and short videos taken by our young fellows new crew on board Yasasin