Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Running backstays

The inner forestay, when tensioned, will bend the mast and sag, unless the mast is supported from the opposite side. This is usually achieved with running backstays (runners) - a pair of wires attaching to the mast near the inner (or, on fractional rigs, only) forestay and tensioned alternately, with the windward one taking the load while the leeward one is eased. The running backstays are needed to fly the staysail on the inner stay, just like the main backstay must be tensioned to fly the jib on the main forestay.
Running backstay (right) supporting the mast

Monday, 14 July 2014

Haul-out weekend

The first weekend of July had been reserved for out-of-the-water maintenance. Auriga was lifted on Friday evening, and we had until Sunday evening to complete all the inspection, repairs and painting.
Our main goal was to clean the hull and renew the antifouling - a layer of special paint previnting growth of any wildlife on our hull.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A video tour of Auriga

Over the weekend, Richard took his junk-rigged Tammy Norie up the Orwell to Fox's marina. We had a chance to have a look around each other's yachts and exchange tips on equipment and maintenance. While Auriga was out of the water, Richard filmed a quick tour of the boat. Enjoy!