Many of the tasks on our lists (see Tasks List Page under ARC 2011) involve having Beyzano out of the water, so in preparation for that we need to get some things done during the weekends leading up to April 4th. On a cold Sunday a couple of weeks ago with the help of two friends, Rob managed to get the main sail off the mast and boom and pack it away ready to be sent to the sailmakers with our other sails for valeting and checking to see if there is any stitching or reinforcing needed.
We still have to get the genoa down but are waiting for the wind to come round to the south so it will be more manageable.
Next will be to get the boom off and disconnect the electrics in the mast, so that when she gets to the boatyard they can unstep the mast before lifting her out of the water.
XW Rigging then have a few days to replace all the standing rigging, lifelines and some new dyneema halyards before the mast goes back up.
We have 8 weeks in total to finish the rest of the tasks relying on the boat being ashore. A friend of ours, Sam, has kindly offered us an ensuite room in her flat whilst we work on the boat, so we will be spoilt for while. It overlooks the boatyard so we can check Rob is working hard!