I have not blogged during the last week because I was in France where I went to launch my yacht following a refit. Although some of you readers may keep yours in Cannes or Monaco, mine is in Baden in southern Brittany.
Although I forgot to take my Abu Dhabi Sailing Club burgee I nevertheless managed to get my yacht properly fitted out and ready for a seasonal launch. I accomplished the mise à l’eau using a borrowed trailer and with a couple of friends we got it down the slipway unscathed and launched it. No champagne, but it was gleaming with a new paint job and it was a proud moment. I provisioned it for the initial cruise by stowing 2 sandwiches and a bottle of water in one of the little open lockers under the forward seat/thwart/mast support.
Unfortunately a stationary high pressure system provided lovely, cloudless skies with wind that was coquettishly fickle, ranging from none to occasional tantalizing breaths that were more exasperated sighs than real breezes. And the tides in the Golfe du Morbihan are not for wimps and more than once I was making going backward, waiting for enough breeze to make some headway.
But I enjoyed a nice shakedown cruise and everything worked out. I made only one obvious mistake – noting a strange vibration coming from the dagger board, I realized I had inserted it backwards. Luckily my crew was a first time sailor (photo below) and he didn’t realize just how stupid this was - I didn’t bother to remedy his ignorance.