4 days weekend (30/03 to 1/04) for launching Yasasin, hoping to have a great season with the new mainsail delivered this friday (31st of March)
Launching 1 Launching 2
A very cold and wet to get on with the rig and the cockpit floor.
Batuhan is dedicating himself to the mast while Ardic and Sena concentrate on the cockpit.
At the end of the day, we are about ready to launch. Few details are left for tomorrow.
On the way to the hotel, we drop by North sails to see our new mainsail, as few details might be needed to agree upon.
We discover the loft, impressive building, and very nice people welcoming us all (we were 5 coming)
Weather much better, with sunshine and tshirt quite some hours.
After finishing some few details on the mast (top light) and secure the cockpit floor, the crane can start getting ready. It takes a while before we can lift up Yasasin.
A little panic moment happened when Yasasin was almost thrown up 1,5meter.
Lucky all, no damages (only light scratches)
The rudders are set, and the boat could be launched without any problems.
Then followed the dagger-board and the mast.
Rather quick operation, to end with loading the sails and several gears needed for sailing. (the container is quite far from the mooring spot we have)
We then sail Yasasin to our dock helped by 2 zodiacs and 6 people of the harbor. A perfect manoeuver.
Quickly we manage to hoist the J1 (solent), lash it and furl it.
No wind at all and perfect condition to hoist the J2 (staysail) and later on the mainsail for the very first time.
The operation takes a while because the battens need to be ajusted, the travelers correctly mounted and so on.
No sailing as there is no wind, and that is fine because we need to leave the boat by 17.30
The sea looks rough, and some of us a little worried to go out sailing.
2 reefs in the main to start with where we take several pictures, try to adjust the leech-line, the cunningham, and finally roll out the J2. Not that windy, we are from sailing fast, but the point is more to look at the main of course, and feel the boat, the helm.
The wind drops a little so we hoist to reef 1, and change to J1
On the way back, the wind increases suddenly letting us unable to bare away to roll the J1 not risking to broach.
A combination of few reasons leaded the J1 to get ripped off at batten 4 level.
1. no foil to leeward, 2. too much daggerboard down, 3. J1 not eased off enough to drop the speed, 4. main-traveler eased during bare off.
The lesson is taken, we will have to talk on land, with a white-board or at least in a calm place.
Conclusion for the mainsail is to take it back to the loft for some adjustments, and of course take the J1 as well, to get it fixed.
Next sailing weekend the 28th and 29th of April