This long weekend (6. 7. 8) is reserved to launch Yasasin for rhe coming season.
The main plan being to join the long race from Istanbul to South of turkey in July
Saturday and Sunday we work hard, hoping to sail on Monday a couple of hours.
Perfect weather conditions we are totally lucky to have no wind to launch Yasasin and set the mast.
On Monday we can use 1 reef and J2 .
Great also to manage to use the 3rd reef as to check the position of the hook. (Thanks to Hughes for having measured that so accurately)
It took not less than 2 weeks (10th to 23rd) to prepare Yasasin after the whole one year staying dismasted in port and on land.
Arrived in Didim I found Senol busy cleaning the boat, preparing for painting the antifouling.
The plans were to set up the deck layout before the mast arrives as to concentrate on the rig and 100 details coming with this brand new package.
Senol and I started the job, joined later on by Søren G (from Præstø). Late that same day arrived the impressive convoy unable to make it to the shipyard due to many cars parked all over the place.
Never the less, we were not either allowed to move any further as the custom had to check in details all the gears packed on the huge long trailer.
6 guys, 2 armed policemen were the whole “army” needed to control this strange french package.
(I did not dare taking pictures of all the people)
Finally they released the truck to drive into the yard. We then came to wake the driver up at 6am for him to manoeuver this huge long trailer
All and all, we have been “looking” at the truck and the fret for 5 days in a row, not allowed to touch anything due to custom problems. So frustrating.
Unfortunately, Søren had to leave us Tuesday morning, not able to “work” on the mast and rig. Next time?
The same evening, the custom cleared up all and we could rush to open “our x-mas present”
Late in the evening, the mast was clear off the trailer and set on our cradles close by the boat and container
After hard working days, we got out sailing despite the several small mistakes which came out here and there.
A french guy was hired to secure and control the job was made properly and on sunday, we could sail.
Unfortunately, the wond was too strong for the headsails to be hoisted. 20knts was way too much we decided.
Thanks to those 3 guys coming along to help us with all the set up and trimming on that sunday, allowing us to take some shots of the first sailing day after our dismatting over a year ago
LORIMA has said several times that sentence to make sure I would not worry. Hmm, did I not?
“On the 29th of April, the mast will be loaded on a trailer to be shipped to Turkey, destination: Didim”
This Friday 29th was the day. A page to turn. The whole process of making happen the research, construction, development, and several other deals took an end.
Question being: is everything gonna be alright and as expected. I swear to God, I am crossing my fingers, but I am relieved. That is done. Check
Our mast is on its way to Yasasin
1st a trip across France to reach a ferry on Thursday 5th of May. Just the trailer will be loaded to sail to Pendik (near by Istanbul) to then been driven through custom and delivered in Didim by thursday the 12th hopefully.
Now the question is: when to order the crane to launch Yasasin and set the mast. Friday? Saturday?
At Lorima, the job is well on going to reach the 29th with serenity.
We get Lorima to set the rigg as it seems tricky for those never having tried before.
Some pictures to show few details of what we’ll see soon in Didim, when Yasasin will be sailing again in May
Today the 12th of April
Not many news those days apart from the good ones: the schedule is holding eventhough the delivery day set by the mast builder is the last day of the planned week. So for now, the mast is expected to be loaded on the morning of the 29th of April.
Difficult to estimate a proper ETA as the trailer will be driven across France (Lorient-Toulon: 1200km) then loaded on a ferry to be sailed to Turkey. Then through the custom, then driven to Didim, final destination.
So, what to expect? 10days? 2 weeks? 3?
I am afraid, the 15th of may seems to be the earliest. Let us cross our fingers.
In the meantime, here are the latest pictures taken yesterday
Since november 2015, things have happened.
LORIMA (based in Lorient: Bretagne) has been chosen to build our new mast.
They are specialised in Carbon fiber masts and we believe in a great corporation between us.
My brother, working at Northsails (Vannes) is a great help to get things going, and that makes things lots easier to get going in a confident position for all parts
The contract is signed, things can move forward
A)December At the boatshow in Paris, the building team is having its first meeting with the design group, sailmaker, etc …
Meeting at the yard for the team again in Lorient (France)
C) Early March 2016: the first step is on going
D) 24th of March: mast coming out of the oven
E) 28th of March. Ultra sound test: great success
F) This week, the mast is on the fitting stage where all items ordered are set in place
G) Later will the mast go under painting