Saturday, July 27, 2013
new blocks, new camera, light winds
A very nice, light wind sail today. It was a chance to use the new blocks on the mainsheet. The old rig had a 3:1 purchase with a combination of a Ronstan fiddle block and a single harken block. The new sails from Dabbler have quite a bit more power and I found myself struggling as I sheeted in the main on breezy days. Spartina now has a 4:1 purchase on the mainsheet with harken 40 mm Carbo Air blocks, a fiddle with a becket and two single blocks. These seem to be very efficient, smooth blocks with ball bearings. I think the mainsheet rigging will work well, but the light winds today were not a good test.
I also tried out the new camera, with which these photographs were taken. A summer day with haze and flat light, it was not the best day to try out a new camera, but I did begin to get a feel for it. Like new sails, new rigging, it will take awhile to figure out how it all works.
The koi was not in the Elizabeth River. It was in a pond at the pagoda in Norfolk where I sometimes tie up.