Taking down a mast is a pretty precarious job. It requires most of the crew to work together. The very heavy/dangerous mast is slowly lowered using a pulley system right on top of 6-8 crewmen. From there the mast is rested on a temporary tree while it’s prepped for storage. Then the base of the mast is pulled out of it’s nest and the entire beam is lifted parallel to the water for the final rest. All of this is done while keeping the boat as level as possible.
Here’s what happened recently when the pulley system we use to lower the foremast broke. Very scary. It wasn’t until after the video is cut off that we realized how broken the system was or how lucky we had been.
The SpinSheet Summer Cover Contest is underway and our own Tom Rodgers could end up being the lucky cover model! What’s next, Tom – GQ, Esquire????
What a gorgeous weekend! Edmee made it to the start AND finish lines for all three races and the crew began to gel instantly. Although several unexpected events occurred (who knew shrouds could pop out?), everyone worked hard and sailed well. And consumed an admirable quantity of 10 oz Budweisers, per tradition. I have to think some of our skilz came from being properly outfitted at last (thanks for the shirts, Katie!) and from a great post-race bonding sesh at Isabel’s (yes, thank you to all who contributed to the “surprise” photo album on my phone).
Here are the race results (we are consistent AND persistent) and some pix from the weekend (the last two are my faves). Looking forward to the next time the pig flies!
How to attach the club to the jib!
The ends of the club are the most important parts and should be tied tightly with as many passes as possible through the hole in the club to relieve tension from the knot.
The rest of the ties down the club are secured around the club itself rather than through holes. Here the tightness is still important, but less so than at the ends.
The jib sail is different than main and fore – on those sails, the club may only need to be tied to the top and bottom. Apparently there’s a debate about this – Edmee broke a club a couple years back and some people think that tension on the top and bottom on the club caused the break so they advocate for ties along the club itself. This last weekend we went out without additional ties on the clubs.
10 oz. Budweisers are an Eastern Shore staple. They’re also the drink of choice for the crew of the Edmee S. And we’ve perfected the art of disposing of them – smashing them down to tiny discs in order to conserve space.
Method 1: “The Tom” aka “The accordion”
1. Holding the can in both hands, press in with both thumbs right near the bottom of the can.
2. Repeat at the top of the can in line with the first pinch.
3. Rotate the can 90 degrees and pinch the can in the center.
4. Smash can.
Method 2: “The Jenn” aka “The boathouse special”
1. Twist and smash.
It was a big day in the chicken house. Edmee is looking great-she needs a coat of paint on the deck, the fore mast track needs some attention, and reassembly can start! William and Tom will be there this week if anyone has time to volunteer. Friday she’ll move out and make her way home to CBMM. Looking forward to a great start to the season on Saturday!
Winter (er, June) maintenance is hot and heavy right now. That’s right – I said it. See you at the chicken shed this weekend!